Exploring Covered Galleries and Arcades (Part 2)
by Paris Attitude - 13/06/2013 - Best Places
We discussed the Passage du Grand Cerf, Passage du Bourg-L’abbé and Galerie Véro-Dodat in our first article. This second part presents the passages and arcades located in the Grands Boulevards area.
A shopping arcade since its 1826 opening, Galerie Vivienne is considered one of the most luxurious in Paris. It will charm you with its rich decoration: mosaic floor, paintings, and sculptures. Take the time to sit on the patio at A Priori thé to savor the house specialty, hot chocolate, and to taste the delicious scones and cheesecake made in-house. You can bring your children into Si tu veux, a toy store. Shopaholics will appreciate the stores of famous couture designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, or that of fashion clothing and accessory designer Nathalie Garçon.
Galerie Vivienne – 6, rue Vivienne 75002, Paris.
Passage des Panoramas
This is the oldest arcade in Paris. Built in 1799, then covered in 1925, it is located between the Bourse and Opéra quarters. It is also surely is one of the most original arcades in Paris, thanks to its architecture, composed of 2 panoramas, making it possible to access 4 galleries. If you are a stamp lover, this is the place for you!
Passage des Panoramas – 11-13, boulevard Montmartre – 151 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris.
The architecture of this lovely arcade makes it worth the detour: it’s the first Parisian arcade that was built only of metal and glass, then decorated with wood. If you decide to go take a walk here, you could stroll among the different bouquinistes (second-hand book sellers) and explore the Hôtel Chopin, built under Napoleon III and featuring very affordable rates, despite its exclusive location. Another original feature of this place is that the Musée Grévin is located inside this arcade. Opened to the public in 1882, the museum contains wax figures of many famous personalities.
Passage Jouffroy – 10, boulevard de Montmartre, 75009 Paris.
Located near the Passage Jouffroy and the Passage des Panoramas, the Passage Verdeau is one of the brightest arcades thanks to its great arched glass roof. The opening of the nearby Hôtel Drouot pushed many antiques dealers to besiege the arcade. It also attracts book lovers and collectors of antique postcards.
Passage Verdeau – 6, rue de la Grange-Batelière, 75009 Paris.
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We hope that this little overview will make you want to explore these unusual places that give Paris its charm!