Les Galeries, or covered passages, are something that are tucked away all across Paris. And while I’m sure I’ve unknowingly wandered past quite a few in my time there, it was really only on this last trip with my belle belle soeur that I had the opportunity to discover and explore a few of these gorgeous endroits.
The one that captured my attention most on our little adventure was La Galerie Vivienne, a covered passage constructed in 1823 by François-Jean Delannoy. As an historic monument in Paris since 1974, it has blossomed into a well-preserved, and yet, quiet center.
La Galerie Vivienne is ideal for an afternoon window shopping, book reading, sipping un café or sharing a glass of wine with friends. You can choose to stroll through any of the clothing stores and furniture shops – there’s even a toy shop – or you can relax at any one of the bistrots or the tea house.
Personally, I enjoyed browsing through the bookshop, peering through the windows and catching glimpses of beautiful stairwells behind closed doors (although my favorite place to do this is the le Marais).
Located near the Palais Royal and Les Grands Boulevards, La Galerie Vivienne is conveniently placed and a wonderful spot to take a break from your travels around Paris.
6 Rue Vivienne
75002 Paris, France
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I always find that I get to better explore places I’ve lived when I go back to visit them later. Have you had this experience? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!