Photo courtesy of Galerie Vivienne Paris photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014
Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, Attractions, Cultural Venues, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Historic Sites
Paris is full of passages. And while, no, these aren't necessarily hidden nor secret passages, they are covered passages. Galerie Vivienne is one of the most beautiful and is still resplendent with... Read More
Paris is full of passages. And while, no, these aren't necessarily hidden nor secret passages, they are covered passages. Galerie Vivienne is one of the most beautiful and is still resplendent with quaint, if quirky, little boutiques. In a way, these passages of Paris are precursors to our modern-day indoor malls. There are many throughout Paris and to discover several of them in a day would be a pedagogic, as well as historical, way to discover the city. This one, just near the Palais Royal and Place Victoire, is especially beautiful and well-maintained. These shady and cool labyrinthian caverns between towering Haussmanian buildings are also dotted with celebrated restaurants, cafes and quiet little nooks where you can peacefully read a book while sipping your way through an afternoon. Once you get to know the city fairly well, these historic passageways offer a shortcut from one neighborhood to another.
4 rue des Petits-Champs
- Best Attractions & Activities: "You have not experienced Paris until you've wandered through one of its historical covered passages or "galeries." They are like 19th-century shopping malls."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Built in a neo-classical Pompeiian style, this passage was first inaugurated in 1826. Situated between the Palais Royal and the Bourse, this gem of a mosaic-tiled 19th-century version of a shopping mall was designated a historical monument in July 1974.