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The Passages of Paris

Passage Choiseul – 1910

The “passage” is a typically Parisian concept born in 1776 and further developed in the first half of the 19th century. Paris had up to thirty covered passages in the 1850s and shared its idea with provincial cities such as Bordeaux or Nantes and abroad. Today, Paris has 24 passages, 18 of which are classified as historical monuments, and 10 of which are concentrated in the 2nd district.

We are sharing with you two passages which we hope will help you discover the Paris of old. To follow them, we recommend using the following Google Maps link on your smartphone:

  – Route No. 1, 1.5km covering 5 passages. Estimated walking time: 1.30 to 2 hours

  – Route No. 2, 3.8km covering 9 passages. Estimated walking time: 3 to 4 hours

Here we will talk about the main passages and at the end of the article, you will find a complete table for each place with its respective page. Depending on the languages ​​available, you can branch off to the Wikipedia page language of your choice.

Galerie Verdeau

Opened in 1947, it covers 75 meters. Close to the Hotel Drouot, it has attracted several antique dealers, collectors of old books or old postcards, booksellers… A photo store has been in the same location since 1901.

Passage Jouffroy

It is a fairly long passage covering 140 meters. Since its creation, it has been one of the most visited passages in Paris. It starts at the continuation of the Passage des Panoramas. It has a metal frame with a glass roof and marble pavement. It was renovated in 1987.

Here you will find several interesting shops; books, prints, toys, stationery, and at one of its ends, the Musée Grévin and its famous wax characters, which will interest the little ones for sure.

Passage des Panoramas

It is the oldest covered passage in the capital, and probably the most popular by now. It has preserved a patina of authenticity able to plunge you into the Paris of the 19th century. Its commercial activity is rather centered on food, art, and postcard, money, autograph, and old stamp collectors. You can see period façades like the Marquis chocolatier and the Stern printing house (read our article).

Galerie Vivienne

It is one of the longest and most beautiful galleries in Paris. It definitely deserves a detour (read our article). If you are a wine lover, visit the Maison Legrand, a wine merchant offering a choice of 350 types, 3,000 wines, and 10,000 references.

Passage du Grand-Cerf

Nearly 12 meters high and with a wrought iron structure flanked by a glass roof, this passage offers beautiful light to stroll in and many shops of atypical and creative craftsmen to discover: creators, decorators, designers, dry goods, a gallery, and an interesting brewery at its end.

Arr.NameDateEntrance 1Entrance 2Entrance 3Entrance 4Opening hoursClassified Historical MonumentLongCotation
1Passage des Deux-Pavillons18206 rue de Beaujolais5 rue des Petits-Champs   Yes33m1
1Galerie Véro-Dodat182619 rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau2 rue du Bouloi  Monday-Saturday,  7AM-10PMYes80m3
2Passage du Bourg-l’Abbé1828120 rue Saint-Denis3 rue de Palestro  Monday-Saturday,  7AM-7.30PMYes47m1
2Passage du Caire179833 rue d’Alexandrie2 place du Caire237-239 rue Saint-Denis14, 34 et 44 rue du CaireMonday-Saturday,  7AM-6.30PM 360m2
2Passage Choiseul182940 rue des Petits-Champs23 rue Saint-Augustin40 rue DalayracPassage Sainte-Anne Yes190m2
2Galerie Colbert18266 rue des Petits-Champs2 rue Vivienne   Yes83m2
2Passage du Grand-Cerf1825145 rue Saint-Denis10 rue Dussoubs  Monday-Saturday,  8.30AM-8PMYes117m3
2Passage des Panoramas180010 rue Saint-Marc11 boulevard Montmartre38 rue Vivienne151 rue MontmartreMonday-Sunday,  6AM-12PMYes133m3
2Passage du Ponceau1826119 boulevard de Sébastopol212 rue Saint-Denis  Monday-Fryday,  8.30AM-7PM 92m0
2Passage des Princes18605 boulevard des Italiens97-99 rue de Richelieu  Monday-Saturday,  8AM-8PMYes80m1
2Passage Sainte-Anne 59-61 rue Sainte-AnnePassage Choiseul   Yes47m0
2Galerie Vivienne18234 rue des Petits-Champs6 rue Vivienne5 rue de la Banque Monday-Sunday,  8.30AM-8.30PMYes176m3
3Passage Molière 82 rue Quincampoix157, 159, 161 rue Saint-Martin   Yes46m2
3Passage Vendôme182716 rue Béranger3 place de la République  Monday-Fryday,  8AM-8PMYes57m1
6Cour du Commerce-Saint-André177659 rue Saint-André-des-Arts21 rue de l’Ancienne-Comédie130 boulevard Saint-Germain  Yes120m3
8Cité Berryer 24 rue Boissy-d’Anglas24 rue Royale   Yes95m3
8Arcades du Lido192676-78 avenue des Champs-Élysées59 rue de Ponthieu     1
8Galerie de la Madeleine18459 place de la Madeleine30 rue Boissy-d’Anglas  Monday-Saturday,  8AM-7PMYes53m2
8Passage Puteaux183933 rue de l’Arcade28 rue Pasquier  Monday-Fryday,  7AM-12PM 29m1
9Passage du Havre184569 rue de Caumartin109 rue Saint-Lazare    115m0
9Passage Jouffroy184510-12 boulevard Montmartre9 rue de la Grange-Batelière  Monday-Sunday,  7AM-9.30PMYes140m3
9Passage Verdeau18476 rue de la Grange-Batelière31 bis rue du Faubourg-Montmartre  Monday-Fryday,  7.30AM-8.30PMYes75m3
10Passage Brady182843 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin22 boulevard de Strasbourg33 boulevard de Strasbourg46 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis Yes216m2
10Passage du Prado183016 boulevard Saint-Denis16 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis  Monday-Sunday,  9.30AM-7PM 120m0
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