Passages to skip
While I was living in Paris during the fall and winter of 2011-12, one of my activities was exploring the covered passageways there.
There are something like 200 passages total in Paris, but most
are not covered. There are two pages listing the covered ones:
one at Wikipedia,
Passages couverts de Paris,
and one at Paris Inconnu,
also titled Passages couverts de Paris.
The Passage parisien wikipedia page
lists all of the passages, including uncovered ones, by
arrondissement. Seeing all of these would be a challenge, so I
concentrated on the covered ones.
Most of the passages show up on Google Maps when zoomed into
maximum magnification, and sometimes they are labeled as well. I
have included links to Google maps for the entrances and exits
to help you find them. Remember to zoom in to see the passage
on the map.
To see photos, just let your mouse hover over the
Move it away and the photo will disappear. Clicking on the
icon will bring up the photo in a separate window.
Walk 1 (3rd, 2nd, and 1st arrondissements):
You may want to split up this walk into two parts.
at 82, rue Quincampoix.
The closest métro is Rambuteau. Walk through
exiting at 157, rue Saint-Martin.
This isn’t really a covered passage.
Walk North on rue Saint-Martin to #221
and turn into
Passage de l'Ancre,
exiting at 30, rue de Turbigo.
This also isn’t really a covered passage.
Walk southwest on Turbigo. Just after it crosses Boulevard de
Sebastopol, turn left briefly onto rue de Palestro, and
enter Passage du Bourg-l'Abbé,
exiting at 120, rue Saint-Denis.
This is a dreary passageway, that needs renovation, but it
gets you to the next one, which is nice. You’re now in
the 2nd rather than the 3rd arrondissement.
across rue Saint-Denis at #145,
enter Passage du Grand-Cerf,
exiting at 8, rue Dussoubs.
This one is worth poking around in, and the first really nice
one on this tour. Avoid rue Saint-Denis itself; it is
generally a sleazy street.
along Rue Tiquetonne to Rue Montorgueil. This whole
quarter is a pedestrian area. Rue Montorgueil is particularly
nice. Have an eclair at
supposed to be the best in Paris. Perhaps walk the entire
street. (Rue Cler in the 7th is another street like this worth
visiting.) This could be a good point to break up the walk
into two parts.
Walk to 17, rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau.
If you are starting here, the Louvre-Rivoli métro is
close by. This is the 1st arrondissement. From rue
Montorgueil, you can easily walk here and continue the tour,
or start fresh another time.
through Galerie Véro-Dodat,
exiting at 2, rue du Bouloi.
(You could walk by
9 rue Léopold-Bellan
or 8 rue Mandar
on your way to Véro-Dodat to see
Galerie Ben AÏad. According to Paris Inconnu,
Le passage est abandonné et fermé.)
to 4, rue des Petits Champs.
(I suggest walking through the Palais-Royal to get there.)
You’re back in the 2nd. Walk through
exiting at 6, rue Vivienne.
While inside, also explore the side branch to
5, rue de la Banque.
You could also try exploring
Passage des Deux-Pavillons
while you are here. Somehow I missed this one.
I also did not attempt to visit
at 6 rue des Petits Champs
or from Galerie Vivienne because it says
access is regulated, but you could try. The photos
certainly seem inviting.
Walk to 40, rue des Petits Champs,
and walk through
exiting at 23, rue Saint-Augustin.
This one has a side branch too called Passage Sainte-Anne.
to 5, Boulevard des Italiens and find
Passage des Princes,
and walk through, exiting at
97, rue de Richelieu.
This is, architecturally, a particularly nice one, but it is
mostly toy stores.
to 10, rue Saint-Marc,
and walk through Passage des Panoramas,
exploring its branches such as
and exiting at 11, Boulevard Montmartre.
the street at 10, Boulevard Montmartre
you will find
When you cross Boulevard Montmartre you moved from the 2nd to
the 9th. Exit this passage at 9, rue de la Grange Batelière.
across the street at 6, rue de la Grange Batelière,
exiting at 31, rue du Faubourg Montmartre.
This is the last covered passage on this walk.
However, while you are nearby (well, not too far), walk to
9, rue des Martyrs.
There you will find
La Chambre aux confitures.
Taste their jams. Next door is
Premiere Pression Provence.
Taste their olive oils and other products of Provence. (This
store has outlets all over Paris, but the jam place is the one
and only location.)
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Walk 2 (8th arrondissement):
the métro to Madelaine. Walk to
6, place de la Madeleine.
Go mustard tasting at
Next enter Galerie de la Madeleine
across the street. It was
architecturally nice, but very short and the few stores there
don’t justify a special trip, but since it is on the way, why
not? Exit at 35, rue Boissy-d'Anglas.
is on the same street at 24, rue Boissy-d'Anglas,
but the portal here was labeled Le Village Royal, rather than
Cité Berryer, so it was a little confusing. Visit
for chocolate here. Walk through to
25, rue Royale.
Next walk to 9, rue Royale and walk through
which connects to 8, rue Boissy d'Anglas.
This is an updated space, though not really a passage, with
very chi chi stores inside.
You could walk to 31, rue de l'Arcade
and walk through the very short
I didn’t get a chance to do this. Another alternative
would be to take an even longer hike to
59 rue de Ponthieu
to walk through Arcades du Lido.
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Passage du Havre. I didn’t go here, so no comments.
Passage Puteaux. Ditto.
Arcades du Lido. Ditto.
St André. I did visit this one in the 6th. It just isn’t near
many other passages, so it is more a matter if you find yourself
in the neighborhood (and there is a lot of shops in the
This is near Place de République, and so far from the
others. I did visit this one.
This is far from the other passages, over in the 11th
arrondissement. I did not go here.
Passages to skip:
Passage du Caire
Passage du Prado