Paris: Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour
- Discover the charming covered passages that are often missed by visitors
- Stroll through the gorgeous gardens of the Palais Royal
- Window shop at some of the most delightful boutiques in Paris
Discover exquisite covered walkways, once lit by some of the first electric or gas lighting in the city. Travel past these richly decorated walkways that are now home to charming boutiques and brasseries, with their café tables spilling out into the passageways. Covered with glass roofs to avoid the inclement weather, they were the perfect place for elegant shoppers.
Over 150 of these gorgeous glass roofed passages, each with its own style, once dazzled both the French and their European neighbors, but now only a handful remain.
With the renovation of Paris, including the building of wide boulevards and huge departments stores, many of these passage masterpieces were abandoned and left to ruin, or even later demolished. Today the remaining few of these tiny shopping arcades have been lovingly brought back to life, and are now home to artisan boutiques and restaurants. You’ll be transported back in time as you explore these tiny marvels.
You’ll also stroll through the beautiful, extremely fashionable Palais Royal. Its arcades are full of history, chic stores and bijou pastry shops. Just a stone’s throw away from the crowds at the Louvre, it’s a hidden paradise: tiny boutiques and cafés are surrounded by tranquil. A former royal palace, the court gatherings here in the 17th century were the place to see and be seen, and royals from all over Europe flocked to them. The shopping arcades, literary salons, restaurants and galleries added at the end of the 18th century continue to attract chic and fashionable crowds. Your expert guide will bring these fascinating buildings and those who occupied them back to life for you.
Your expert guide will show you the gems of these secret places as you explore one of the enchanting sides of Paris and discover some of the best places to shop, eat and relax in the city.
- Guided 2-hour walking tour
- Expert, fully accredited English-speaking tour guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Prepare for the activity
Meet at the metro exit for Palais Royal Musée du Louvre on Place Colette, in front of the Comedie Française The metro exit is very visible, it is made of large, colored glass beads and painted silver.1 12 Place Colette, 75001 Paris.Open in Google Maps ⟶