Galleries & Passages, Paris
I have known this gallery, one of the numerous ones built in the 19th century, and which is located in the 2nd district when it was just a run-down passage between rue Vivienne and rue des Petits-champs, handy to use in the rainy Parisian winter. It joins Galerie Colbert, and nowadays, they have been beautifully restaured, and specially around Christmas time, with lights and decorations,there is a magical atmosphere in both. Antique books, original toys, an excellent second hand clothes retail shop, tea-rooms, and brasseries are among the finds that both Parisians and tourists enjoy.
Situated in the 6th district of Paris, the Passage Dauphine is a resting and peaceful place that I strongly recommend for people who are fed up with wandering around the most busy and commercial streets of this district...
Les Passages-- back in Pennsylvania, we had the shopping experience of the King of Prussia Mall-- consumerism at its finest, and rather overwhelming. Here in Paris, the 'mall culture' is rather different. There are a series of delightful 'passages,' or malls, that will take your breath away. Visit Galerie Vivienne at 4, rue des Petits Champs et 6, rue Vivienne (in the 2ème arr.)--
Métro: Bourse, Pyramides, Palais-Royal. The photo gives you an idea of what to expect. This 'mall' opened in 1823, and what you see is basically what shoppers in 1823 experienced. Also visit Passage Jouffroy, and Passage des Panoramas... there are more than 20 to discover in Paris, each with its own personality and charm.
Below is a great web site with pictures of them all.
And another interesting site: http://www.metropoleparis.com/1998/322/322pano.html
There are two galleries there, the Colbert and the Vivienne. Built in 1826, they're the most elegant in Paris. Between the rue des Petits-Champs and rue Vivienne.
4, rue des Petits-Champs, 1st Arrondissement.
A particularly interesting kind of shopping experience is the 19th century gallery or 'passage'. There are a bunch of these just to the east of the Opera Garnier.