Passageways and galleries

Shopping across time!

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Photographe : David Lefranc
Paris has many quiet pedestrian passageways, generally glass covered, which offer a pleasant way to pass from one quarter to another. They form unusual shopping promenades, uniting architectural interest and the joys of window shopping in one place.

The more sumptuous among them are called galleries and are to be found in the area around the Roya Palacel : Galeries Vivienne, Colbert or Véro-Dodat. The refinement of their décor (beginning of the 19th century) is only equalled by the luxury of their antique shops and fashion boutiques.


Near the Grands Boulevards, the popular passageways of Jouffroy and Panoramas conserve their age-old charm and host more generally accessible shops, offering antique stamps, books and postcards, old toys, picture framing.

Certain passageways are consecrated entirely to a particular theme, such as the Passage du Grand-Cerf, on both sides of Rue Saint-Denis which is wholly populated by designers, or Passage du Caire in the Sentier quarter, which is devoted to Egyptian style décor, wholly populated by fabric wholesalers and clothes makers. On the Champs-Elysées, the busy galleries with various types of shop give the impression of luxurious shopping centres. Recently, new passageways have seen the light of day, demonstrating a mixture of traditional architecture and modern materials, such as the Passage de Havre, near Gare Saint Lazare, or the glass structure of Place du Marché-Saint-Honoré. They bring together all sorts of shop, affordable and very chic.


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Photographe : Thomas Sanson

Make the most of your stay in the capital by discovering the mystical, age-old places filled with a charm from times past that connoisseurs will appreciate.











Below is a list of the passageways and galleries not to be missed.

• Passage Ben Aïad

9, rue Léopold Bellan – 8, rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris

• Passage du Bourg-l'Abbé

120, rue Saint-Denis – 3, rue de Palestro, 75002 Paris

• Passage Brady

33, boulevard de Strasbourg - 46, rue du Fg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris

• Passage du Caire

2, place du Caire – 16, rue du Caire – 239, rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris

• Arcades des Champs Elysées (Lido)

76-78, avenue des Champs-Élysées – 59, rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris

• Passage Choiseul

40, rue des Petits Champs - 23, rue Saint Augustin, 75002 Paris

• Galerie Colbert

6, rue des Petits Champs - 6 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

• Passage du Grand Cerf

145, rue Saint-Denis – 8, rue Dussoubs, 75002 Paris

• Passage Jouffroy

10-12, boulevard Montmartre – 9, rue de la Grange Batelière, 75009 Paris

• Galerie de la Madeleine

9, place de la Madeleine – 30, rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris

• Galeries du Palais Royal

2, place Colette, 75001 Paris

• Passage des Panoramas

11-13, boulevard Montmartre – 151, rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris

• Passage du Ponceau

212, rue Saint-Denis – 119, boulevard de Sébastopol, 75002 Paris

• Passage du Prado

18, boulevard Saint-Denis – 12, rue du Fg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris

• Passage des Princes

5, boulevard des Italiens – 97, rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris

• Passage Puteaux

33, rue de l’Arcade – 18, rue Pasquier, 75008 Paris

• Passage Vendôme

3, place de la République – 16-18, rue Béranger, 75003 Paris

• Passage Verdeau

6, rue de la Grange Batelière – 31, bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris

• Galerie Véro-Dodat

19, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau – 2, rue du Bouloi, 75001 Paris

• Galerie Vivienne

4, rue des Petits Champs, 5, rue de la Banque, 6, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

Make the most of shopping, you should also take a walk through the department stores and the markets (covered, open, organic…) where you could find a rare pearl in the heart of Paris.

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