There are only about twenty left today, but this does not mean that they gave away all their secrets. True witness of the Paris of the 19th century, the capital’s roofed passageways enable you to stroll away from the perpetual bustle of the city. A lot of these architecture’s jewels disappeared after the intervention of Baron Haussmann, but there are still some of them remaining near the Mareuil Hotel that are worth a look.
The Passage du Caire
At the heart of the Sentier, discover this passageway, which tells the passion the Parisians had for Egypt after the victorious campaign of Bonaparte. Don’t miss the three effigies of the goddess Hathor that have pride of place on the entrance.
Entrances: 2, place du Caire – 16, rue du Caire – 239, rue Saint-Denis 75002 Paris
Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 6:30pm.
The Passage des Panoramas
A few steps away from the Passage du Caire, this passageway of the Grands Boulevards dating from 1800 is known for being the capital’ oldest one. It is here that, in the old days, the famous engraver Henri Stern settled, as well as postcard and stamp sellers. Thus, it has become a hangout for collectors.
Entrances: 11-13 boulevard Montmartre – 151, rue de Montmartre, 75002 Paris
Open everyday from 6am to midnight.
The Passage Verdeau
Running on from the Passage des Panoramas, the Passage Verdeau houses under its beautiful glass roof a whole panel of antiques dealers and old books sellers. This is due to its proximity with the Drouot Hotel, true hub of the French and international art market.
Entrances: 6, rue de la Grange Batelière – 31, bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris
Open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 9pm.
The Passage du Prado
This passageway, today provided with a glass hat, was once a place for open-air public balls. Nowadays, this corridor still considered an art-deco treasure, of which both parts are connected by a large rotunda, is invaded by nail bars.
Entrances: 18, boulevard Saint-Denis – 12, rue du Fg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Open everyday from 9:30am to 7pm.
The Passage Vendôme
Built in 1827, it was one of the most prestigious ones, connecting the boulevard du Temple with the Carreau du Temple. But 40 years later, the reorganization of the Place de la République deleted its façade and part of its glass roof. It is the object of a registration among the Historical Monuments.
Entrances: 3, place de la République – 16-18 rue Beranger, 75003 Paris
Open Monday to Friday, from 7:15am to 8pm.