Explore the Covered Passages in Paris, Episode 29


Today we explore the Covered Passages in Paris and why return visitors to the City of Light should definitely consider visiting some of them. There are lots of them all over Paris, but in today's episode we are discussing our favorites.

These passages are known under many names: "galeries" or "passages couverts" in French. Occasionally they are also called "arcades" or "shopping galeries".  No matter what you call them, they are a nice place to go explore on a rainy day!

Elyse explains how they came to be historically, why she likes them so much, and suggests a few you may want to concentrate on because they offer particularly wonderful architecture or ambiance.

What You Will Learn About in this Episode

    • What are the Covered Passages?
    • Where can you explore the Covered Passages in Paris?
    • How French Kings and Noblemen created the Galleries
    • The Galleries were the original shopping malls
    • Explore the Covered Passages in Paris:
      • Passage Panorama (Near Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, 1799)
      • Passage Jouffroy (1847)
      • Passage Verdeau (think "verre d'eau!", 1847)
      • Galerie Vivienne (Palais Royal area)
      • Galerie Véro-Daudat
      • Passage Brady (ehtnic foods from Pakistan and India)
      • Galerie Colbert near the Bibliothèque Nationale
      • Passage du Grand Cerf between rue Saint-Denis and place de la République
      • Passage des Princes
      • Passage de Choiseul (1825, had theaters and cabarets)


Learn More: Paris Walks, How to Skip the Lines in France




Subscribe to the Podcast
Apple Google Spotify RSS
Support the Show
Tip Your Guide Extras Patreon Tour with Us Merchandise
covered passages in paris: vivienne
La galerie Vivienne, photo Annie Sargent.
Read more about this episode
Show Notes 


First Time in Paris, Paris, Paris Walks

Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
4 Comment threads
8 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
KayeUrsula PanizoJohn LopezMary HoekzemaAnnie Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

Please make a correction. It’s City of Light, not City of Lights.

Mary Hoekzema
Mary Hoekzema

I have read about these galléries, but have never heard such a complete explanation. Your descriptions and the beautiful photos make hem come alive. Would it be possible for you to post a map that would show where they are so I can find them the next time I visit Paris? I love every one of your episodes. Thank you.

John Lopez
John Lopez

Bonjours Mesdames,

Merci pour le episode. Quel est le nom de livre avec des passages couverts?

Merci beaucoup,
John Lopez

Ursula Panizo
Ursula Panizo

Thank you ladies for mentioning my itunes comment during your episode 29 podcast, it made me feel special . Like I mentioned before ,I enjoy all your podcasts in particular the one regarding vacationing in France . I would like to visit Mont Saint-Michel next year, will you be doing a podcast on this area?
Ursula Panizo.