Shopping in the covered passages of Paris is an essential activity during any visit to the capital. Indeed, these glass-roofed shopping arcades are a typically Parisian architectural curiosity. These sheltered shopping streets, as diverse as they are remarkable, display an authentic charm that evokes the feel of 19th century Parisian life. Discover these fascinating places during your stay at the Hotel Paris France.


Small shops and exceptional architecture

The covered passages of Paris boast a wealth of shops, restaurants and tea rooms, not forgetting the dealers in collectibles, unusual items and toys of all kinds.

These galleries, located between buildings and sheltered by magnificent glass canopies, make a major contribution to the quirky charm of Paris. You’ll find about twenty, all near the Grands Boulevards.


Each covered passage has its own character

Foremost among these covered passages is the Passage des Panoramas, built in 1799. Here you’ll find the Théâtre des Variétés, dating from 1807, where you can still enjoy a show today.

The Passage Brady, brimming with shops and eating places from all continents, is the perfect place to enjoy a meal break. You can savour dishes from India, Pakistan, Reunion or Mauritius.

Continue your covered passages shopping spree in the Galerie Vivienne, located near the Palais-Royal.

Nearby is the Galerie Véro-Dodat and its luxury boutiques, such as the Christian Louboutin shop. Pick up some great gifts for your loved ones or just treat yourself.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take a walk through the Passage du Grand-Cerf, particularly impressive due to its being a full 12 metres high.

Finally, the Galerie Colbert, dating from 1823, consists of a colonnade and a rotunda decorated with a glass cupola. This covered passage is home to the National Institute of Art History and the National Institute of Heritage. Admission is free.



For more information :

Passage des Panoramas
Passage Brady
Galerie Vivienne
Galerie Véro-Dodat
Passage du Grand-Cerf
Galerie Colbert

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