I do not know if you are familiar with this kind of “arcade”, but in any case, this is the places to be, as much for its architecture as for the shops and restaurants within it.
So I decided to focus on the oldest arcade of Paris, the Passage des Panoramas, 133 meters long, opened in 1800 on the grands boulevards. Anectodely, this arcade was initially created to stroll protected from the weather and without getting your legs dirty (at the time there were no sidewalks or sewer).
Today it has French Historic Monument classification by Decree of 7 July 1974.
Under the brightly glass of roof, we can find out adjacent galleries, restaurants and shops: Travel agency, Indian restaurant, creperie, philately shop (philatelist will be delighted by this arcade), Chinese restaurant…
If I had to recommend a small restaurant there, this would be the Bar des variétés. A real French restaurant, covered with old covers of Paris Match and Salut Les Copains magazines. A true retro setting with bar tablecloths and it is not a tourist trap. The burger is quite excellent.
Whether to eat or just to stroll, this arcade is interesting for its beauty (as, in my own opinion, this is the most beautiful Parisian arcades)
- If you are philatelist, just find out this arcade
- The creperie, a little stingy on the pancakes’ fillings, and anyway they are not very tasty.
How to get there?
10, rue Saint-Marc, 75002 Paris
M8, 9, Grands Boulevards or Richelieu Drouot stations
Every day from 6:00am to midnight