Passage Couvert Paris – the Secret World of Passages in Paris

Passage Couvert Paris - the Secret World of Passages in Paris

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The covered passages of Paris, also called Paris passages (or les passages couverts in French) are typically not something people visit their first time to Paris. They are unlikely to discover this secret world just at their fingertips unless they’ve been on Instagram which has changed the world we live in and the Paris I am familiar with. Mr. Misadventures and I often wander les passages de Paris in the morning all alone, like mini ghost towns taking photos at will and enjoying the emptiness. 

As usual, I digress! I wanted to provide a little background as to why these little pieces of hidden Paris are precious.

Truth is, many first-time visitors still come to Paris with high expectations: they are finally going to visit the city of their dreams, the one they have read about in novels, seen in movies, and so on. Of course, the real Paris is a little different. 

Paris can be dirty, and its inhabitants are not always the most welcoming toward wide-eyed foreign tourists. Besides, many areas are a far cry from the typical postcard. After all, it is not a museum or a Hollywood backdrop. It is a major capital city with its ups and downs that you learn to love, or at least live with. 

However, there are plenty of pockets that seem to be frozen in time. Some of them are well known and attract hordes of tourists. Others are still flying under the radar and will make you fall in love with Paris all over again. One of these attractions that keep me coming back is the covered passages (les passages couverts).

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Passage Galerie Vivienne covered passage in Paris 2nd arrondissement.

Toward the end of the 18th-century and beginning of the 19th, town planners organized an entire system of passages (or shopping arcades) in the major retail areas around the Louvre and the Grands Boulevards. Often richly decorated with mosaics and glass ceilings, they were conceived to protect the pedestrians from the elements and the hustle of surrounding streets. They soon became the fashionable place to see and be seen, especially among upper and upper-middle-class ladies, with art galleries, cafes, and refined boutiques. At the height of the trend, Paris included over 140 passages, many connected to each other.

However, things changed when Haussmann dramatically changed the urban landscape of the City of Light between 1852 and 1870. Many of the passages were destroyed during the extensive redevelopment undertaken at the time. The others lost their appeal as the Grands Magasins like the Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps, or the Bon Marché became more and more popular.

In the decades that followed, many of the passages fell into disrepair. They were not rediscovered until the 1970s when luxury brand Kenzo opened a boutique in Passage Choiseul. In recent years, many have been painstakingly restored into the Art Nouveau works like they once were. Blink, and you feel like you might find yourself among ladies in sweeping dresses and prosperous merchants twirling their mustache. Others are more utilitarian but still serve the purposes they were built for: a covered passage where retailers and customers can do business without having to worry about the elements.

Here is a list of the surviving covered passages in Paris. With most of them located in the second arrondissement, it is the perfect way to stroll into Paris’ history on a rainy day. Many of them are closed in the evening and on the weekends. Check before setting your heart on one.

Thanks to Ed Coleman of Coleman’s Concierge for the map above!

Passages in the 1eme arrondissement

Galeries du Palais Royal

The Galeries is an oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling area. They include several sections surrounding the gardens of the Palais Royal. Once upon a time, it was home to prostitutes and cabarets. Nowadays, you will find luxury boutiques with names like Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs or Pierre Hardy, and restaurants, including  Le Grand Vefour.
Address: 2 Place Colette.
Nearest metro: Bourse Line 3 or Palais Royal Musée du Louvre on Line 1 or 7.

Galerie Vero-Dodat

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Passage Vero Dodat Covered Passage in Paris 1st arrondissement.

The Galerie owes its name to the two butchers who built it in 1826. It is one of the most elegant passages in Paris and has been completely restored in 1997. Although it is relatively short, it feels a lot longer (and grander) thanks to the perspective given by the black and white diamond-shaped marble paving and the dark wood arcades of the window displays. It is home to elegant boutiques, art galleries, a traditional brasserie, and the giant of luxury shoes: Louboutin.
Address: 19 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau to 2 rue Bouloi. Open Monday to Saturday, except on holidays, from 7 am – 10 pm.
Nearest metro: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre on Line 1 or 7.

Passage des Deux-Pavillons

So-called because of the two pavilions framing its entrance, it is the smallest passage couvert in Paris.  Built in the 1820s, it offers an exceptional acoustic. Professional opera singers have been known to perform impromptu concerts for lucky by-standers, especially on Sunday afternoons around 4 pm.
Address: 6 rue de Beaujolais to 5 rue des Petits-Champs.
Nearest metro: Bourse Line 3 or Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Line 1 or 7.

Passages in the 2eme arrondissement

Passage Ben-Aïad

Passage Ben-Aïad is the last remnant of the once-famous Passage du Saumon. It was the setting of decadent balls and bloody riots in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, it is now closed to the public.
Address: 9-11 rue Leopold-Bellan to 8 rue Bachaumont
Nearest metro: Franklin Roosevelt on Line 1, Havre-Caumartin on Line 9 or Sentier on Line 3 (Exit at 2|R. Des Petits Carreaux).

Passage du Bourg-L’Abbé

Built in 1828, the Passage du Bourg-L’Abbé has known both highs and lows. Some beautiful remnants, like its frescos or the Caryatids that guard the entrance, stand witness to its glorious past. However, it was poorly maintained in the 1980s, as the boutiques were used as warehouses. It was even the victim of a fire in the 1990s. Thankfully, it has been painstakingly renovated between 2002 and 2008. Nowadays, it is home to art galleries, offices, and old-fashion trades. It is a lot less dazzling than some of its better-known neighbors, but also very charming with the painted window displays advertising the names of long-gone businesses.
Address: 120 rue de Saint-Denis to 3 rue Palestro. Open Monday to Saturday, except on holidays, from 7.30 am – 7.30 pm.
Nearest metro: Chatelet on Line 14 or Etienne Marcel on Line 4.

Passage du Caire

It may not be the prettiest covered passage in Paris, but it is the longest with a total of 370 m (1200 ft) covered arcades, and it’s the oldest (built in 1789). Located in the heart of the Sentier, a well-known textile business district, it is very much a working area, with most of the tenants being ready-to-wear wholesalers. With its busy professionals, narrow alleys, and six different entrances, it is difficult not to compare it to a hive.
Address: 237-239 rue Saint-Denis – 14,34 44 rue du Caire – 2 Place du Caire – 33 rue d’Alexandrie. Open Monday to Friday, from 7 am – 6.30 pm.
Nearest metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol (Exit at 3|R. Saint-Denis) on Line 4.

Passage du Ponceau

Like the Passage du Caire nearby, the Passage du Ponceau was built to accommodate the needs of the working class rather than idle housewives with plenty of disposable income. There were few original embellishments, and most of them disappeared – like so many other Parisian covered passages – in the decades that followed their fall into disgrace. The Passage du Ponceau is now primarily used as a shortcut between rue Saint-Denis and Boulevard de Sebastopol, with a few charmless stores thrown in for good measure. The aesthetic is a product of the 1970s, and sadly, very little remains of the original elements.
Address: 212, rue Saint-Denis – 119, boulevard de Sébastopol. Open Monday to Friday, from 8 am – 7 pm.
Nearest metro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (Exit at 5|R. Saint-Denis) on Line 9.

Passage de Choiseul

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Passage de Choiseul covered passage in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement.

At 190 m, it is one of the longest covered arcades in Paris. With its minimalist décor, it is more akin to a covered street than to an Art Nouveau jewelry box some of its neighbors remind me of. Its history is linked to the theater (there is a secondary exit to the Theatre Bouffe in the alley) and literature. Ferdinand Celine, a famous French writer, lived there as a child, and the passage – then in pretty rough shape – makes its appearance as the “Passage des Beresinas” in its book Mort à Crédit (Death on the Installment Plan in English). Thankfully, it has been entirely renovated in the past couple of years. The editor of some of the major poets and writers of the nineteenth century also held a shop here. It significantly contributed to the rediscovery of Paris covered passages since it was home – for a time – to the Kenzo store.
Address: 40, rue des Petits Champs – 23, rue Saint Augustin. Open Monday to Saturday, from 8 am – 8 pm.
Nearest metro: Pyramides on Lines 7 and 14.

Passage Sainte-Anne

This short passage built in 1829 opens up to Passage Choiseul.
Address: 59, rue Sainte-Anne.
Nearest metro: Pyramides on Lines 7 and 14.

Galerie Colbert

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Passage Colbert covered passage in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement.

Connected to its neighbor and rival Galerie Vivienne (more on this one later), the Galerie Colbert has the particularity of not holding any shops. It is a temple of knowledge and art history, being home to the Institut Nationale d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP), and several university research labs and doctoral schools dedicated to French architectural heritage. Thankfully, it is open to the public, so you can still admire its massive glass rotunda and lavish neoclassic décor.

You may get the feeling that you are walking in the steps of the Parisians from the Belle-Epoque, but you would be (kind of) mistaken. The Galerie Colbert has a tumultuous history, mostly consisting of disappointments for the unlucky investors. It was originally built in 1826 to compete with the widely successful Galerie Vivienne next door. No expenses were spared. However, the Galerie failed to find its public and slowly disappeared into oblivion. By the 1920s, access to the Galerie was condemned. The materials used to imitate Pompeian architecture, which was all the rage at the time, were not meant to last. Think plaster (a Parisian invention) and wood décor, velum on the glass rotunda… You can guess where this is going. By the time Parisian galleries were rediscovered in the 1970s, Galerie Colbert was beyond repair. In 1983, it was torn down to be painstakingly rebuilt identically in 1985. To enjoy a glimpse into le Beau Paris, have lunch or dinner at the Grand Colbert, an elegant brasserie straight out of a nineteenth-century novel.
Address: 6, rue des Petits Champs – 2 rue Vivienne.
Nearest metro: Bourse Line 3 or Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Line 1 or 7.

Galerie Vivienne

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Galerie Vivienne covered passage in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement.

Type “Parisian covered passage” on Pinterest, and you will likely end up with countless pictures of the Galerie Vivienne. It is a favorite among the Instagram crowd, and who could blame them? Between the light-flooded arcades, the iconic swirling mosaics, and the fancy boutiques that inhabit it, it is undeniably the most elegant and recognizable passage couvert in Paris. If you can only visit one, Galerie Vivienne is probably the way to go.

The original investors would be proud of this continuous success since the Galerie Vivienne was conceived, from the very beginning, to be the crème de la crème of covered passages. From the fancy décor to the upscale boutiques, everything was thought out to attract the upper-crust clientele from the nearby Palais Royal. And what a success it was. Unfortunately, trends change, and the Galerie Vivienne was more or less forgotten. By the 1960s, most of the boutiques had closed their doors, and the arcade was in serious disrepair. However, it was rediscovered in the 1970s by artist Huguette Spengler who bought back some of the stores to set up her avant-garde art installations. In 1986, Jean-Paul Gautier opened his flagship store in the Galerie, bringing it back to the forefront of the fashion scene. Between the elegant tea houses, high-end fashion boutiques, and upscale specialized stores (including a legendary wine store), the upper-crust ladies of the Belle Epoque would feel like nothing much has changed in the Galerie Vivienne.
Address: 4, rue des Petits Champs – 5, rue de la Banque – 6, rue Vivienne. Open every day from 8 am – 8.30 pm.
Nearest metro: Bourse Line 3 or Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Line 1 or 7.

Passage du Grand Cerf

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Passage du Grand Cerf covered passage in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement.

Le Passage du Grand-Cerf can undoubtedly hold its own compared to better known covered arcades in Paris. Besides, it is a bit off the beaten track, which makes it the perfect stop if you are looking for a respite from the crowds. It is the highest of Parisian covered passages, with three stories under the vertiginous roof and charming iron balconies. It is a favorite among Parisians who enjoy this light-flooded arcade, with its charming boutiques and its distinct lack of tourists. Like many other passages, it was almost torn down in the 1980s. Thankfully, it was carefully renovated and has now been brought back to its former glory. Its décor is undoubtedly soberer than some other passages, but its simplicity only reinforces its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Address: 145, rue Saint-Denis – 10  rue Dussoubs. Open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 am – 8.30 pm.
Nearest metro: Étienne-Marcel on Line 4.

Passage des Panoramas

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Passage des Panoramas covered passage in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement.

The oldest of the remaining Parisian covered arcades (along with the Passage du Caire) is another favorite. Built in 1799, it has managed to preserve its historical charm for over two centuries. You can still enjoy the original light fixtures and décor, from woodwork to signs for stores that have long disappeared. Even without the fancy mosaic and other ornaments you can see elsewhere, the busy atmosphere will take you in and send you back in time. The Passage des Panoramas is a piece of heaven for food lovers and collectors. With its specialty food stores, small eateries, and boutiques selling everything from stamps and coins to old postcards and photographs or odd collectibles, it has something for every lover of Paris from days-gone-by.
Address: 11-13, boulevard Montmartre – 151, rue Montmartre. Open every day from 6 am – midnight.
Nearest metro: Richelieu-Drouot or Grands Boulevards on Lines 8 and 9.

Passage des Princes

By the 1860s, the golden age of covered passages was already over. And yet, developers managed to sneak in a last one: the Passage Mires (present days Passage des Princes). Despite a brief financial success, the Passage soon enough suffered the same fate than many other Parisian covered arcades. It was torn down in 1985. However, by a surprising turn of events, it was rebuilt ten years later, including several original architectural elements, such as the 1930s glass cupola and the wrought iron structure of the glass ceiling. Nowadays, the tenants are primarily toys and video game dealers that will delight the young and young at heart.
Address: 5, Boulevard des Italiens – 97-99, rue de Richelieu. Open Monday to Saturday, from 8 am – 8 pm.
Nearest metro: Richelieu-Drouot (Exit at 2|R. de Richelieu) on Line 8 or 9.

Passages in the 3eme arrondissement

Passage Molière

Strictly speaking, the Passage Molière is not a covered passage since it lacks the “covered” element. However, with its cobblestones and its wooden facades, it would be a shame not to include it in this guide of covered passages. It’s a great spot to get a taste of historical Paris.
Address: 82, rue Quincampoix – 157, rue Saint-Martin.
Nearest metro: Rambuteau (Exit 1|Centre Georges Pompidou) on Line 11.

Passage Vendȏme

If some of Paris covered passages have managed to regain some of their former glory despite several reverses of fortune, it is sadly not the case for others. Open in 1827, the Passage Vendȏme hasn’t found its public despite some renovations in 2005. Most of the stores sit empty, and the passage shows signs of disuse despite the proximity of the popular Place de la République. Let’s hope this passage, which retains its elegant arcades, will one day get its fairy tale ending as well.
Address: 3, place de la République – 16-18, rue Béranger. Open Monday to Friday from 7.15 am – 8 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am – 8 pm.
Nearest metro: République (Exit at 2|R. du Temple) on Line 8 or 9.

More about the 3rd arrondissement from a local.

Passages in the 6eme arrondissement

Cour du Commerce-Saint-André

There are few places as charming as the Cour du Commerce-Saint-André, located in the heart of the Latin Quarter. It has been a hot spot of intellectual life since the French Revolution. You can also find one of the entrances to the oldest restaurant in Paris, le Procope, which has been in business since 1686! With its adorable boutiques, its cobblestones, and its historical facades, it is a real throwback to the Paris of yesteryears!
Address: 59, rue Saint-André-des-Arts – 21, rue de l’Ancienne Comédie – 130, Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Nearest metro: Odéon (Exit at 2|Car. de L’Odéon) on Line 4.

More about the 6th arrondissement from a local.

Passages in the 8eme arrondissement

Arcades des Champs-Elysées

Also known as the Arcades du Lido (the famous cabaret used to be located there before moving further up the street). Most covered passages may have known their heydays in the mid-nineteenth century, but the golden hour of this arcade, located on the most famous avenue in the world, was much later. The Arcades des Champs-Elysees were not built until 1924, in a style that mixes Art Deco and neo-classical esthetics. Sure, you will find a (massive) glass roof and column galore, but this passage has a much more modern feel than most of its counterparts, firmly anchored in the Art Nouveau period. It was once home to a massive luxurious health spa, which included a heated swimming pool. Nowadays, the centerpiece of the Arcades is Starbucks. The boutiques are at the image of the ones you can find of the avenue, mixing the dramatically expensive and the gaudy tourist souvenirs.
Address: 76 – 78 Avenue des Champs Elysées.
Nearest metro: George V (Exit 1|Champs-Élysées) on Line 1.

Galerie de la Madeleine

Much like the neighborhood surrounding it, the Galerie de la Madeleine is quiet, elegant, with a distinctive well-to-do atmosphere. Open in 1846, the Galerie benefits from its prime location. The Lucas Carton restaurant next door is a Parisian institution.
Address: 9, place de la Madeleine – 30, rue Boissy d’Anglas. Open Monday to Saturday, from 8 am – 7 pm.
Nearest metro: Madeleine (Exit 2|Église) on Line 8.

Passage Puteaux

This passage may be the shortest covered passage in Paris, but it makes up in charm what it lacks in size. Its inauguration was tainted with disappointment: Louis Puteaux, the investor and primary developer, bet on the fact that the current Gare Saint-Lazare would be built across the street from his shopping arcade. Unfortunately for him, the project was moved further South, and the passage was not the triumph he was hoping for. Nowadays, it hosts several charming cafes, which makes the Passage Puteaux the perfect pit stop while exploring the neighborhood.
Address: 33, rue de l’Arcade – 18, rue Pasquier. Open Monday to Friday, from 7 am – midnight.
Nearest metro: Saint-Augustin [Exit at 2|Bd Haussmann (Église Saint-Augustin)] on Line 9.

Passages in the 9eme arrondissement

Passage du Havre

There isn’t much left of the original shopping arcade, opened in 1846. The passage was entirely rebuilt in the 1990s to accommodate a large shopping center, with over 40 stores on two levels.
Address: 69, rue de Caumartin – 109, rue Saint-Lazare. Open Monday to Saturday, from 7.30 am – 8.30 pm and on Sundays from 11 am – 7 pm.
Nearest metro: Havre-Caumartin (Exit at 3|R. Auber) on Line 9.

Passage Jouffroy

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Passage Jouffroy covered passage in Paris’s 9th arrondissement.

If there is a place where it feels like the time stands still, it is the Passage Jouffroy. Opened in 1847 as a sort of continuity to the Passage des Panoramas, it was the first one to be built entirely of metal and glass, with only the decorative elements made of wood. It was also the first to benefit from heated floors. Adding to its success, it is home to the Musée Grevin (the French answer to Madame Tussaud). With its old-fashion stores and eccentric cafes, it is as charming as it gets. You can even spend the night at the romantic Hotel Chopin (the only Paris passage with a hotel in it!
Address: 10-12, boulevard Montmartre – 9, rue de la Grange Batelière. Open every day from 7 am – 9.30 pm.
Nearest metro: Grands Boulevards on Lines 8 and 9.

Passage Verdeau

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Passage Verdeau covered passage in Paris’s 9th arrondissement.

Like the Passage Jouffroy next door, the Passage Verdeau has managed to preserve its unique atmosphere straight out of the Belle Epoque. It is a bit less run down by tourists than its next-door neighbors. Thanks to its quirky antic stores, it is a paradise for history lovers.
Address: 6, rue de la Grange Batelière – 31, bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre. Open Monday to Friday from 7.30 am – 9 pm and from 7.30 am – 8.30 pm on the weekends.
Nearest metro: Grands Boulevards (Exit at 3|R. Montmartre) on Line 8 or Le Peletier on Line 7.

More about the 9th arrondissement from locals.

Passages in the 10eme arrondissement

Passage Brady

If most Parisian covered passages are a cameo of Paris’ past, the Passage Brady best represents its diverse and vibrant present.  A world away from the cushy atmosphere of Galerie Vivienne and its consorts, Passage Brady is nicknamed “Little India” by the locals for good reasons. It is home to a colorful community of Indian, Pakistan, Mauritian, and Reunion restaurants and shops. Divided in two by the Boulevard de Strasbourg, only part of it is covered. Passage Brady has a complicated past, including a tragic fire in 2007. Some efforts have been made to restore the passage to its former glory, but it is very much living community – and the best place in Paris to eat an authentic curry.
Address: 33, boulevard de Strasbourg – 46, rue du Fg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris. Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am – 11.30 pm and on Sundays from 6 – 11.30 pm.
Nearest metro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (Exit at 1|Bd de Sébastopol) on Line 8 or Château D’Eau (Exit at 1|R. du Château D’Eau) on Line 4.

Passage du Prado

Like the Passage Brady, the Passage du Prado caters to locals – including a large immigrant community – rather than tourists in search of Paris’ past. To say that it has known better days is a euphemism. Despite an attempt to restore some of its elements, it remains very run-down and is not the best place to hang around in the evenings. The Art Deco style buttresses and plaster decoration were repainted in 2012 in bright colors, adding a touch of brightness in an otherwise gloomy area. Be discrete if you decide to explore on your own.
Address: 18, boulevard Saint-Denis – 12, rue du Fg Saint-Denis. Open every day from 8 am to 8 pm.
Nearest metro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (Exit at 1|Bd de Sébastopol) on Line 8 or 9.

More about the 10th arrondissement from a local.

Passage Couvert Paris - the Secret World of Passages in Paris

C’est fini! The definitive list of the passage couvert of Paris. If you are interested in reading more about the passages, there are very few books in English, but The Covered Passages of Paris (Les passages couverts de Paris) by Guy Lambert does a decent job. Exploring the Paris passages is such a delight and you can do it on your own without issue, but if you like to do historical walking tours, I found three that may interest you (not affiliated links): the 19th Century Covered Passages & Palais Royal Tour from Localers; the Walking Tour through Paris’ Covered Passages from Paris Explorer Pass; and the Walking Tour in the Parisian Covered Passages from Paris Pass (affiliate).

How many of the Paris passages have you been to? Which was your favorite? Was there one on my list that you hadn’t heard of? Do tell!

Illustrations commissioned from Linden Eller.

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50 Comments

  1. LAura
    March 11, 2020

    It’s incredible how many covered passageways there are in Paris, and that they’re all so beautiful! It looks like finding hidden streets. My next visit to Paris I need to explore some of these!

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  2. Megan
    March 11, 2020

    what an interesting history that I was not aware of! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Amber Myers
    March 11, 2020

    Oo now I want to get to Paris again! It’s been ages since I’ve gone. I will be there next March and I can’t wait.

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  4. GiGi Eats
    March 11, 2020

    Love love love! These passages are one of the many reasons as to why I love Paris and miss it so much. I haven’t been in at least a decade and it’s truly time to change that… 🙂

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  5. Tasheena
    March 11, 2020

    I can’t wait to plan a trip and visit Paris. So much to see and do. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  6. Laura
    March 11, 2020

    This is a really interesting article Andi, and I find it fascinating just how many covered passageways there are in Paris. It’s true you may not notice this on first-visit and not having been to Paris since I was young, I will take these tips with me to search for the beautiful hidden streets when I have an opportunity to go. Thank you!

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  7. Anita Fonte
    March 11, 2020

    So many little holes that you can discover. I’ve had friends visit loved it. It is on my bucket list of places to visit and now I have so many passages that I too want to discover.

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  8. Tiana Bantis
    March 11, 2020

    The maps are so helpful and all the passages are so pretty! The 2nd is my fave, love the photos!

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  9. Beth
    March 11, 2020

    My sister has gone to Paris several times and loves it. I am not sure if she knows about these covered passages, so I’ll be sharing this with her.

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  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    March 11, 2020

    It is true that every capital city in the world has both a beautiful and ugly side. However, the covered Paris passages you featured in this post are all so beautiful. I am glad they made such passages! People can walk through and shop without having to worry about being caught in the rain or something. If I get to visit Paris, I will have to visit these places.

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  11. Jenn and Ed Coleman
    March 11, 2020

    I love the arcades of Europe. I never thought much about them, but I always loved stumbling onto them, like they were a magical passage into a time gone by. I love love love what you did with this article so people can enjoy this side of the city.

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  12. Jamie H
    March 11, 2020

    I love how they use the glass ceilings in most of them, so it almost looks like you’re still outside! Paris must be such a fun city to explore! I hope to go there someday.

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  13. Chef Dennis
    March 12, 2020

    Wow! This is really incredible! I never thought of this many passage ways in Paris. Will definitely be here one day!

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  14. Kathy
    March 12, 2020

    Paris is at the top of my bucket list. I have always wanted to go there. These photos are all so beautiful too.

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  15. Karen
    March 12, 2020

    These images of Paris make me want t jump on a plane right now and check out all of these places! I’ve never been, but I can now imagine how stunning the city is from your photos!

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  16. Francesca
    March 12, 2020

    This is such a cool post. I would love to explore all of the passage couvert of Paris. I am supposed to be headed there next week but… it may be canceled. If not I for sure want to head to Galleries Lafayette.

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  17. Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    March 12, 2020

    It has been quite a few years since I went to Paris but I do have fond memories of the city. I’d love to check out all these passages!

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  18. Juliann Jones
    March 12, 2020

    How cool! I was not aware of these passages in Paris. There are a few in Brussels that I pass through regularly. It’s especially nice in bad weather, and the shops/restaurants inside are exquisite. Guess this is something to see the next time I’m in gay Par-ee!

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  19. Sarah
    March 12, 2020

    This is such a fun topic and exactly the kind of travel experience I love to have. I’ve been to classic shopping arcades in the UK, and even some in Ann Arbor that’s built in an older style, and they are always beautiful. It would be fun to explore Paris discovering these passages. Like you mention people often come to Paris with high expectations that can’t be met, as it has its less-than-perfect reality like any other city. I’ve visited a few times and never ‘fell in love’ with it the way some people do. But maybe if I explored these passages I would have a different experience!

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  20. Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    March 12, 2020

    Oh wow! Paris is such a wonderful place. It’s like visiting a paradise. I will definitely be here with my husband and son really soon.,

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  21. Jenn
    March 12, 2020

    I had no idea there were so many of these. I love Paris. I’ll keep this in mind for the next time I visit.

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  22. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    March 12, 2020

    Paris is on my list to visit soon. I will bookmark this, such a great guide to refer to. Such a beautiful place for sure!

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  23. Lizzie Lau
    March 12, 2020

    I had no idea the Paris passages even existed. I’m super intrigued and I have tickets to Paris this summer that I hope I’ll be able to use.

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  24. Erica
    March 13, 2020

    Fantastic. I knew about a couple big these but not all! Just pinned it. Thanks!

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  25. Lynne Nieman
    March 14, 2020

    I knew these passages existed, but didn’t realize there were so many! I think I stumbled upon Galeries du Palais Royal on my first visit to Paris. I know I was in the 1 arrondissement. I love this post, Andi. And next time I’m in Paris, I’ll be sure to seek a few of these out.

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  26. Margarida Vasconcelos
    March 14, 2020

    Had no idea Paris had so many passages. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. Olivia
    March 14, 2020

    This post has me wanting to go back to Paris! I wish I would’ve known about these passages last time I was there – will definitely pin this for my next visit. 🙂

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  28. Natalie
    March 14, 2020

    Wow what a unique article! I didn’t even really know what passages were until I went to Europe. They are so picturesque and beautiful and it looks like Paris has many of them!

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  29. Jacquie
    March 15, 2020

    Although I know Paris really well, this is a different side I haven’t explored. I love this post. So inspiring. thank you!

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  30. Greta
    March 15, 2020

    I never knew this was a thing! So many beautiful passages, thanks for sharing! I haven’t been to Paris in years but will definitely add these to my list for when I go back 🙂

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  31. Katy Liang
    March 15, 2020

    Ooo I love discovering and seeing Paris through these passages, tres chic!

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  32. menty
    March 15, 2020

    wow, interesting! In our recent weekend trip in Paris, I think we’ve just (by chance) passed one of the passages as you listed here! That was a Sunday morning and the weather was between sunny and cloudy/rainy, and probably it was around lunch time, we didn’t see many people nor all cafes/shops opened. However, I totally love it, just passed there. I do love the most local things/places in a city, while probably after I’ve seen the must-see monuments. Your post is absolutely informative for me to plan my next Paris trip.

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  33. Shafinah Neville
    March 16, 2020

    i always love those sketches on your blog posts 😍 do you draw them yourself?

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  34. Angela
    March 17, 2020

    I have been to Paris many times but have never realised that these passages existed or that there were so many of them. I love the tiling in Galerie Vivienne, such beautiful craftsmanship. A really interesting post and next time I travel there I will look out for them.

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  35. Georgina
    March 17, 2020

    I have never heard of these passages before, Andi. How marvellous of you to put this list of passages together for your readers. I have visited Paris a few times but the next time I visit Paris, I will check-out these passages.

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  36. Sharon
    March 17, 2020

    Never imagined a city would have so many passageways. This is such a unique aspect of Paris that I would one day love to tour.

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  37. Sage Scott
    March 17, 2020

    I’ve walked through a few of these over the years during my many visits to Paris and never gave them much thought. To be sure, they’re gorgeous. But isn’t everything in Paris? Now I’ll have to consciously focus on them my next trip!

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  38. Ann
    March 17, 2020

    Oh I love this post, I am so saving it for later!
    We have a trip booked for Paris, so I most defiantly go looking for the beauty you are describing 🙂

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  39. Marilyn
    March 18, 2020

    I’m yet to visit Paris and this insightful post will certainly see me adding the les passages couverts, as part of my visits.

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  40. Tina
    March 18, 2020

    Gorgeous covered passages! Haven’t been to Paris in ages (I was an unobservant teen), so I cannot remember seeing the passages specifically, but now? Now they’ve got my attention!

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  41. Sinjana Ghosh
    March 19, 2020

    Wow thanks for this virtual tour of the secret passages in Paris. You are right. Paris can be dirty , stingy at places, but it’s a great city that grows on you.

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  42. Sarah
    March 19, 2020

    Wow, I wasn’t aware of all these secret passages, how fabulous! As I write, I should be in Paris right now, but alas I guess that won’t be happening any time soon. But I’m saving this post because one day, hopefully soon, I’ll be back!

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  43. Wendy Lee
    March 19, 2020

    I had never heard of the Paris Passages, how fascinating! I would love to wander through some of these, especially since many have been restored. Thanks for sharing something new about Paris.

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  44. Ashley Hubbard
    March 23, 2020

    So, I never would have thought of writing a post on passages, but now I see why you did it. These passageways are so beautiful! I totally get why you love Paris so much. Maybe one day I’ll make it back there!

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  46. Heather Raulerson
    March 26, 2020

    This is an awesome list! I had no idea that these were there. I’m going to save this for my future travels to Paris. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  49. Nancy Hann
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    Oh! These are so wonderfully magical! I would love to wander through these passages for hours. Thanks for sharing about them.

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