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Discover the old Paris of the 19th century

Keywords : Visits
  29 April 2018
Passage Choiseul – 1910
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. Name Date Entrance 1 Entrance 2 Entrance 3 Entrance 4 Opening hours Classified Historical Monument Long Cotation
1 Passage des Deux-Pavillons 1820 6 rue de Beaujolais 5 rue des Petits-Champs       Yes 33m 1
1 Galerie Véro-Dodat 1826 19 rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau 2 rue du Bouloi     Monday-Saturday,  7AM-10PM Yes 80m 3
2 Passage du Bourg-l'Abbé 1828 120 rue Saint-Denis 3 rue de Palestro     Monday-Saturday,  7AM-7.30PM Yes 47m 1
2 Passage du Caire 1798 33 rue d'Alexandrie 2 place du Caire 237-239 rue Saint-Denis 14, 34 et 44 rue du Caire Monday-Saturday,  7AM-6.30PM   360m 2
2 Passage Choiseul 1829 40 rue des Petits-Champs 23 rue Saint-Augustin 40 rue Dalayrac Passage Sainte-Anne   Yes 190m 2
2 Galerie Colbert 1826 6 rue des Petits-Champs 2 rue Vivienne       Yes 83m 2
2 Passage du Grand-Cerf 1825 145 rue Saint-Denis 10 rue Dussoubs     Monday-Saturday,  8.30AM-8PM Yes 117m 3
2 Passage des Panoramas 1800 10 rue Saint-Marc 11 boulevard Montmartre 38 rue Vivienne 151 rue Montmartre Monday-Sunday,  6AM-12PM Yes 133m 3
2 Passage du Ponceau 1826 119 boulevard de Sébastopol 212 rue Saint-Denis     Monday-Fryday,  8.30AM-7PM   92m 0
2 Passage des Princes 1860 5 boulevard des Italiens 97-99 rue de Richelieu     Monday-Saturday,  8AM-8PM Yes 80m 1
2 Passage Sainte-Anne   59-61 rue Sainte-Anne Passage Choiseul       Yes 47m 0
2 Galerie Vivienne 1823 4 rue des Petits-Champs 6 rue Vivienne 5 rue de la Banque   Monday-Sunday,  8.30AM-8.30PM Yes 176m 3
3 Passage Molière   82 rue Quincampoix 157, 159, 161 rue Saint-Martin       Yes 46m 2
3 Passage Vendôme 1827 16 rue Béranger 3 place de la République     Monday-Fryday,  8AM-8PM Yes 57m 1
6 Cour du Commerce-Saint-André 1776 59 rue Saint-André-des-Arts 21 rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie 130 boulevard Saint-Germain     Yes 120m 3
8 Cité Berryer   24 rue Boissy-d'Anglas 24 rue Royale       Yes 95m 3
8 Arcades du Lido 1926 76-78 avenue des Champs-Élysées 59 rue de Ponthieu           1
8 Galerie de la Madeleine 1845 9 place de la Madeleine 30 rue Boissy-d'Anglas     Monday-Saturday,  8AM-7PM Yes 53m 2
8 Passage Puteaux 1839 33 rue de l'Arcade 28 rue Pasquier     Monday-Fryday,  7AM-12PM   29m 1
9 Passage du Havre 1845 69 rue de Caumartin 109 rue Saint-Lazare         115m 0
9 Passage Jouffroy 1845 10-12 boulevard Montmartre 9 rue de la Grange-Batelière     Monday-Sunday,  7AM-9.30PM Yes 140m 3
9 Passage Verdeau 1847 6 rue de la Grange-Batelière 31 bis rue du Faubourg-Montmartre     Monday-Fryday,  7.30AM-8.30PM Yes 75m 3
10 Passage Brady 1828 43 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin 22 boulevard de Strasbourg 33 boulevard de Strasbourg 46 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis   Yes 216m 2
10 Passage du Prado 1830 16 boulevard Saint-Denis 16 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis     Monday-Sunday,  9.30AM-7PM   120m 0