The lovely Shopping Arcades, dating back to early 19th century, are the most romantic shopping venues in Paris.Ideal when it rains, they combine small specialty shops and restaurants. Very charming walks in the City of Lights. Paris stores.
This two hour walk in Paris leads you through the shopping arcades. Ideal in case of rain, this walk combines sightseeing, shopping and gastronomy. This walk is highly recommended.
Start with Palais Royal galleries (A) near the Louvre, continue with Galerie Vivienne (B to C) and Passage du Panorama (D to E), finish with Passage Jouffroy (E to G) and Passage Verdeau (G to F). Discover incredible small stores and restaurants. On the way, visit Grevin Wax Museum.
Paris shopping arcades emerged in early 19th century. Covered with glass roofs, they were the place to shop. Decorated with mosaic floors, cast iron gates and marble pillars, Paris shopping arcades inspired similar arcades in London, Naples and Leipzig.
After years of decay, they have reemerged as out of the beaten track romantic Paris shopping malls.
Passage des Panoramas (1800)
Built in 1799 and sheltered by a canopy, it has retained its old-fashioned charm and merchant spirit. Historical monument.
11 boulevard Montmartre. Paris map.
Passage Jouffroy (1836) No web site
Musée Grévin and its famous waxwork models. Special shops: old canes and walking sticks, old books, toys and Valentin tea room. Lovely and original hotel Chopin.
Passage Jouffroy. Paris map.
Passage Verdeau (1845)
31 bis rue du Faubourg-Montmartre. Paris map.
Galerie du Palais Royal (1781)
2 Place Colette. Paris map.
This exquisite arcade is close to the Louvre Museum. Built in 1823 by Marchoux, it was extremely popular until the Haussmann renovations allowed large shops to open around the Opera Garnier. Its revival came in the 1980s with the opening of the Jean-Paul Gaultier boutique. Today the Galerie Vivienne gathers luxury boutiques, art, book and fabric shops, a tea room and lovely bistros. The elegant canopy and colors offer a rare light into the passage. The mosaic floor and artistic detailing make it a worthwhile visit.
Since 1994, Le Valentin is one of the best tea-rooms in town. Come and discover their specialties and products of Eastern France, in a family atmosphere. Their flagship products are Mirabelles de Lorraine, jams, pastries, travel cakes and a wide selection of teas. Enjoy their pastries and other delicacies that are available as take-away or comfortably seated in the tea room. At noon, the dining room is open to taste traditional cuisine of quality. Partner of Valrhona, Le Valentin offers quality chocolates, based on a traditional production with rich aromas. Le Valentin is featured in the Michelin guide and the Gault Millau.
Pain d'Epices is a store we all dreamed of, with its old teddy bears, wooden horses, puppets and doll houses, traditional games and toys, and birth gifts. It is also the realm of imagination with exclusive creations of doll houses, display cases with bear themes and carded wool felting. It's a little of yesterday that accompanies children today, it's the eternal flavor of childhood. Toys that have a soul and speak of sweetness of life. It is the laughing evocation of a daily heritage engraved as a caress in the depths of our heart.
Si tu veux is perfect for young kids with lots of little gadgets and trick toys, and other unique items that will please them:
the best learning toys (english rules included),
quality wood toys,
crafts for creative play,
birthday party games and supplies,
party favors, games of skill.