Before going further through hidden Paris gems discovery, you will begin your tour in a charming uncovered passage. Flowery, lined with colorful windows, the Passage where your welcomer will take you to offers a small piece of countryside downtown Paris!
The next two passages, in the Halles district, will get your attention. Unlike to the previous, they’re covered with high glass roofs. Today very quiet, nevertheless very interesting places, they display some beautiful architectural details, as these wooden storefronts reminiscent from old shops.
Nothing is perfect… so you will have to walk a little “open space streets” to join chic arcades district. But the way is mainly made off pedestrian lanes, perhaps with few more galleries to spot.
Here you are, inside stylish and classy Vivienne and Colbert Galleries. They were built to be rival and to compete regarding trade success. But nothing always worked as planned, you know. Your welcomer will tell you about their completely apart fates.
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Next part of the tour is like to walk through a “Kingdom of Colums”. Have a glance on Palais-Royal where column multiplies like an obsession before joining a rare witness – among very few – of Parisian architecture during the French Revolution. The street in question was set even before arcades fashion period, and may have served a prototype. Thus, not to be missed, especially since most Parisians wouldn’t know where to locate it. Very close, other majestic columns will draw your attention. They’re belonging to Paris Stock Exchange building.
Last but not least, Panoramas, Jouffroy and Verdeau passages compose a nice linear sequence across the Boulevard. They might be less elegant but so popular and lively. Their industrial touch gives off a specific charm and you can find everything here: designer shops, old signs boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. A very pleasant and picturesque kind of “tunnel” to follow your welcomer through, till the proper café to have a drink and a pleasant chat with her… still in a passage of course!
And if you look for an historical walking tour in Paris, have a look at our World War 2 tour.