Photo courtesy of Galerie Vivienne Paris photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014
Paris is full of passages. And while, no, these aren't necessarily hidden nor secret passages, they are covered passages. These are nothing if not the predecessor to what we now know as indoor... Read More
Paris is full of passages. And while, no, these aren't necessarily hidden nor secret passages, they are covered passages. These are nothing if not the predecessor to what we now know as indoor shopping malls. It pays to spend some time discovering the passages of Paris. There are many. Some of the best ones are in and around the Bourse and Grands Boulevards ; the historical centers where the city's commerce once took place. Galerie Vivienne is one of the most beautiful and is still resplendent with quaint, if quirky, little boutiques. Jean-Paul Gaultier's boutique assures that this tucked away passage will not be forgotten, and Cave Legrand, the exquisite wine shop, gives you all the more reason to go. Bring a book so that when you stop at A Priori Th�, you have a good excuse to dawdle and simply sit and soak up the time and history of your surroundings.
4 rue des Petits-Champs
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Built in a Neo-classic Pompeiian style, this passage as these covered interior walkways are known as, was first inaugurated in 1826. Situated between the Palais Royal and the Bourse, this gem of a mosaic-tiled 19th c. version of a shopping mall was designated an historical monument since July 1974."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: You have not experienced Paris until you've wandered through one of its historical covered passages, aka "galeries." They are like 19th c. shopping malls.