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Charming elegance; shopping in the covered passages

Charming elegance; shopping in the covered passages

Do you know about the covered passages of Paris? Charming, elegant and of great historical and architectural interest, these hidden arcades are an absolute joy. They are ideal for a little leisurely browsing and shopping, and when you’re ready for a break they also offer delightful restaurants and tea rooms. Dotted throughout the capital, the covered passages date from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and each has its own personality. Explore these extraordinary places during your next stay in Paris at the Hotel Royal Cardinal.

 

Galerie Vivienne; splendour and fashion

Located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, the Galerie Vivienne is a listed historical monument and a place of much splendour. An attractive shopping venue, this sumptuous and elegant arcade is home to ready-to-wear boutiques, gourmet food and wine shops and much more. You’ll love the vaulted glass roof, wall decorations and stunning marble mosaic floors, which give it such a sophisticated character.

 

Passage Brady; an intoxicating Indian enclave

A favourite haunt of Indo-Pakistani gastronomy lovers, the Passage Brady, located in the 10th arrondissement, is home to the best restaurants serving authentic dishes from the sub-continent to be found in Paris. You can savour succulent curries, spicy tikka meats, vegetarian stews and other delicacies that bloom with cardamom, caraway or cinnamon. Step into the Passage Brady, take a trip full of eastern promise in the heart of Paris, and learn why this arcade is fondly referred to as ‘Little India’.

 

Passage des Panoramas; the elegant antecedent

In the 9th arrondissement you can find the Passage des Panoramas, the oldest covered passage in Paris, and one of the first to be built in Europe. Inaugurated in 1800, this beautiful arcade has acquired an aura of old-world charm but is still vibrant and vital today. Here you will find delightful retro shops devoted to philately, numismatics and deltiology, as well as a gourmet tea room and various other shops selling a selection of authentic and artisan goods.

 

Passage Verdeau; for rare books

Bibliophiles take note; a wealth of old and rare books, as well as vintage postcards, old photographs and antiques, can be found in the Passage Verdeau. Located in the 9th arrondissement, this covered passage delights visitors with its high glass roof and wonderful old shops. Step inside and experience the effortless elegance of yesteryear.

 

Stay at the Hotel Royal Cardinal

If you’re looking for an establishment with a family atmosphere, one that is comfortable and has all the necessary amenities, then you have found a rare gem by choosing the Hotel Royal Cardinal. Located in the Latin Quarter, in the 5th arrondissement, on the Left Bank, the Hotel Royal Cardinal offers tastefully well-appointed and comfortable rooms. Stay in a typical Haussmann-era building in the centre of Paris from where you can explore the capital's wealth of fascinating covered passages!

 

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For more information :

- Galerie Vivienne
- Passage Brady
- Passage des Panoramas
- Passage Verdeau


Hotel au Royal Cardinal, a 2-star hotel at the heart of Quartier Latin