Covered passages: from Palais-Royal to Great Boulevards
The covered passages of Paris are mysterious disgressions in the middle of the city.
People go into it for a few metres just to cast a glance and are bewitched by the shops with their outdated charm and the nostalgic atmosphere released from the walls.
Let yourself be carried away in this walk which will lead you from the Palais-royal, dating back to the 17th century, to the more recent passage Verdeau, built during the second half of the 19th century.
Those passages, luxurious for some of them, more outdated, settled in their time or more modern for others, tell the urban and commercial development of Paris. Inventions of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the use of metal enabled the quick rise of those unique places. Whether it is inside the galleries or between them, the tour is marked out with historical « witnesses » who all have a story or an anecdote to tell.
For once you can combine culture and unusual shopping, it would be a shame not to enjoy it!
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Starting point :
underground station Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre Acces 2 (underground lines 1 and 7).
- Public : All
- Means of transport : By foot
Access for persons with reduced mobility :
a tour to do on weekdays preferably; shops and some passages are closed on Sundays.