Opened in the first half of the 19th century, these beautiful passages contribute to the Parisian heritage. They are mainly found on the right bank of the Seine, near to the Grands Boulevards, and in areas that attracted the wealthier classes at the time of their construction. They take the form of galleries covered with a glass roof allowing plentiful daylight to fill the space adding a special effect. These passages were ideal for escaping the city crowds and meeting friends as well as providing a luxurious indoor shopping alternative. Slowly abandoned during the Belle Epoque after the department stores were created, they were forgotten for almost 100 years to regain the affection of Parisians in the late Twentieth Century.
The visit can start with the Passages Verdeau, Jouffroy and Panoramas, finishing at the famous “Galerie Vivienne”. You will enjoy shopping along the way inside the numerous shops, art galleries, and old vintage stores found in the passages.