My parisian life

Discovering the Passage des Panoramas and Passage Jouffroy

Tucked away between some of Paris? Haussmanian buildings are a well-kept secret: beautiful covered passages that date back to the 18th century. With tea rooms, cafes and shops selling items like vintage cameras or postcards, each passage has its own charm and it?s worth spending a leisurely afternoon strolling through as many as you can. Today we?re exploring the Passage des Panoramas, the oldest of them all, and the Passage Jouffroy, both located near Grands Boulevards.

Passage des Panoramas

Inside the Passage des Panoramas

This passage was built in 1799 and strolling through it feels like stepping into another time. Today the passage is full of shops specializing in old stamps and postcards, as well as quirky restaurants and cafes. Here are some of our favourite spots.

Marigny Philatelie

This is your best bet if you?re looking for vintage Parisian postcards. On offer are hundreds of gorgeous black and white ones, as well as quirky stamps to add to your collection.


Tomb?es du camion

This little store is a great spot for treasure hunters with a name that roughly translates to ?things that have fallen out of a truck?. It has everything from jewelry and old toys to trinkets and other fascinating finds.



For a decidedly modern lunch experience, try out the Noglu caf? and grocery which specializes in gluten-free treats. There?s even a Noglu restaurant right opposite if you?re looking for a sit-down meal.


Passage Jeffrey

Cross Boulevard Montmartre and you?ll find Passage Jouffroy which was built in 1845. It?s the first Parisian passage to have been built mostly with glass and metal but you can still find wooden touches here and there.

Mus?e Gr?vin

This quirky wax museum was built in 1882 and features wax figurines and scenes that represent the important moments of France?s history. You can also stop for a photograph with the wax versions of the country?s culinary greats Alain Ducasse and Pierre Herm? and check out the gorgeous hall of mirrors.

Pain d?Epices

If you?re looking to feel like a kid again, stop at the Pain d?Epices toy shop for its magical doll houses and little wooden toys. The store has been around since 1972 and has beautifully decorated windows, making it impossible to resist.

Librairie du Passage

There?s nothing more Parisian than browsing for books and the Passage Jouffroy has one of the loveliest bookstores around. The Librairie du Passage was founded in 1846 and has three floors dedicated to the Beaux Arts, as well as some lovely photo books of Paris to peruse.

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