Please note: the 19th Century Covered Passages, Palais Royal & Gourmet Walk is not possible on Sundays.

Housing cafés, theaters, shops and apartments, the arcades of Palais Royal during the 17th century became a meeting place for people from all walks of life. But what was hidden behind those façades? The cafes saw pre-revolutionary plotting and the Palais Royal became known as a hotbed of gambling dens and prostitution. Today the gardens are one of Paris’ most elegant and tranquil spots. Many shops under the arcades sell prints and antiques and still maintain their old-world ambience.

This walk takes you through tiny streets leading to the charming glass-roofed galleries and enchanting passages that weave their way through Paris’ boulevards. These galleries were built during the early part of the 19th century and hailed the beginnings of a new type of shopping in Paris. Afternoon tea is recommended here.

We continue the walk into Paris’ most lively open-air market street, filled with an unforgettable gastronomic ambience.

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