Paris Covered Passages and Shopping Arcades

Paris Covered Passages and Shopping Arcades
Passages are pedestrian pass-throughs beneath glass ceilings created to protect shoppers in inclement weather. Shopping today at a passage is an uncommon shopping excursion that combines architecture and pleasures of window shopping; or as the French say faire du lèche-vitrine (literally, window-licking). Galeries Vivienne, Colbert and Véro-Dodat are among the most magnificent of the Paris passages and all are located in the first and second arrondissements. Galerie de la Madeleine in the Paris 9th is a tinier location, just 173 feet in length, but earlier this year it served as a backdrop for haute couture runway shows. The early 19th century setting has a blend of antique shops, fashion boutiques and librairies anciennes. The popular Passages Jouffroy and Panoramas by the Grands Boulevards retain centuries-old charm with shops for collectors of stamps, books, old postcards and vintage toys.                     Some passages are devoted entirely to a theme, such as the Passage du Grand Cerf (Big Deer Passage) located in the quartier Montorgueil, Paris 2nd. Passage du Caire, built in 1798, is popular with contemporary artists, craftsmen, artisans and designers. The busy Arcades des Champs-Elysées passages in the Paris 8th offer the world’s finest in luxury shopping. Enjoy discovering these mystical, ancient places filled with old-fashioned charm from Paris past. PRACTICAL INFORMATION: PARIS 1st: Galeries du Palais Royal 2, Place Colette Métro: 1, Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre Galerie Véro-Dodat 19, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau – 2, rue du Bouloi Métro: 1, Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre Passage Ben-Aïad 9, rue Léopold Bellan – 8, rue Bachaumont Métro: 3, Sentier Passage Choiseul 40, rue des Petits Champs – 23, rue Saint Augustin Métro: 3, Quatre Septembre Galerie Colbert 6, rue des Petits Champs – 6 rue Vivienne Métro: 3, Bourse Passage du Caire 2, passage du Caire – 16, rue du Caire – 239, rue Saint-Denis Métro: 3 & 4, Réaumur-Sébastopol Passage du Bourg l’Abbé 120, rue Saint-Denis – 3, rue de Palestro Métro: 4, Étienne Marcel Passage du Grand Cerf 145, rue Saint-Denis – 8, rue Dussoubs Métro: 4, Etienne Marcel Passage des Panoramas 11-13, boulevard Montmartre – 151, rue Montmartre Métro: 8 & 9, Grands Boulevards Passage Jouffroy 9, rue de la Grange Batelière – 29 Passage Jouffroy Métro: 8 & 9, Grands Boulevards Passage des Princes 5, boulevard des Italiens – 97, rue de Richelieu Métro: 8 & 9, Richelieu-Drouot Galerie Vivienne 4, rue des Petits Champs, 5, rue de la Banque, 6, rue Vivienne Métro: 3, Bourse PARIS 3rd: Passage Vendôme 3, Republic Square – 16-18, rue Béranger Métro: 3, 5, 8, 9 & 11, République PARIS 8TH: Arcades des Champs-Élysées (Arcade du Lido) 76-78 Avenue des Champs-Élysées – 59, rue de Ponthieu Métro: 1, George V Passage Puteaux 33, rue de l’Arcade – 18, rue Pasquier Métro: 8, 12 & 14, Madeleine PARIS 9th: Passage Jouffroy 10-12, boulevard Montmartre – 9, rue de la Grange Batelière Métro: 8 & 9, Richelieu-Drouot or Grands Boulevards Galerie de la Madeleine 9, place de la Madeleine – 30, rue Boissy d’Anglas Métro: 8, 12 & 14, Madeleine Passage Verdeau 6, rue de la Grange Batelière – 31, bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre Métro: 7, Le Peletier;  8 & 9, Richelieu-Drouot PARIS 10th Passage Brady 33, boulevard de Strasbourg – 46, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis Métro: 4, 8 & 9 Strasbourg Saint-Denis PHOTO CREDITS: Galerie Vivienne. ©DolceDanielle; Passage Colbert. ©couscouschocolat; Véro-Dodat. ©NOV-A-KA-IINN; Passage Jouffroy and Panoramas. ©Interzone00. 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