Posted on Saturday, 5 January 2019 in Fashion and Shopping
A shopping trip to the Covered Passages of Paris
The covered passages are typically Parisian architectural curiosities. These listed historical monuments were early shopping arcades that are still host to a variety of shops, restaurants, tea rooms and more. Take a shopping trip to discover the many delights of the capital’s covered passages.
The Passage des Panoramas; gourmet-oriented and lively
Built in 1799, the Passage des Panoramas is the oldest and certainly one of the most beautiful of the city’s covered passages. Its period lighting and architectural features, its shop windows each reflecting a piece of Parisian history and its superb glass roof make for an enchanting shopping experience. Here you’ll find eateries and craftsmen alongside dealers in vintage coins, postcards and stamps. There are also fine grocery stores, an Italian restaurant and a tea room easily recognisable by the baroque magnificence of its decor.
11 Boulevard Montmartre - 75002 Paris
The Passage Brady; an exotic adventure
This passage built in 1828 is enhanced by the presence of many Indian businesses and offers a treat for all the senses. The Passage Brady is comprised of two parts; one having a glass roof and the other being open to the sky. In this colourful and fragrant arcade, you’ll find a wealth of exotic spices, carpets and incense alongside art objects at very affordable prices and can enjoy a gourmet break with the flavours of the east.
46 Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis - 75010 Paris
The Passage Verdeau; antiques and collectibles
Located in the Grands Boulevards district, the Passage Verdeau was built in 1847 and remains one of the most picturesque Parisian arcades, sporting an appearance practically unchanged since the end of the July Monarchy. Bathed in the natural light streaming through its high fishbone-patterned glass canopy, amidst the sleek design of its neoclassical lines, this passage boasts 75 metres of often unusual shops where you can browse for antiques, embroidery, postcards, old books, vintage cameras and other collectibles. At the heart of this fascinating collector’s cornucopia you’ll find restaurants and tea rooms where you can enjoy a well-deserved gourmet break and rest from your shopping spree.
6 Rue de la Grange-Bateliere - 75003 Paris
Galerie Vivienne; chic and bourgeois elegance
Since its creation in 1823, the Galerie Vivienne has been regarded as one of the most emblematic of the capital’s covered passages. Remarkable for its intricate floor mosaics, half-moon windows and beautiful glass canopy, it is the embodiment of Paris Belle-Epoque style. You’ll appreciate the tranquillity of this place that has preserved its dignified and elegant bourgeois appearance despite the profusion of businesses ranging from ready-to-wear outlets and shops selling wooden toys to tea rooms, vintage book dealers and wine merchants.
4 Rue des Petits-Champs - 75002 Paris
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