Afternoon tour of old Parisian galleries in central Paris

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Kristen
Quality Verified Registered on October 06, 2022

Hello! I'm Christian (Kristen). I'm a proactive pensioner, involved in many cultural and social projects here in Paris. I'm a history buff, with a strong interest in European and French history. I've lived for several years in Paris - at a short walking distance from Montmartre. I've lived in six European countries and visited all of them. I speak fluently English, as I'm British educated. I am a Norwegian-born Italian.

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Tour description

A tour of 18th and 19th century Paris, through it's covered shop filled pedestrian passages, (or galleries). 

Starting from the 9th arrondissement, through the Grand Boulevards area, through several galleries, ending at the Comédie Française square ( in front of Louvre museum).

Definition of passage: A roofed shop filled pedestrain gallery in the 18 th & early 19 th century style & decor.

This tour is more about illustrating various aspects of 19th century Parisian life, using the Galleries as a central point of interest.

  • Rue du Faubourg de Montmartre 
  • Banksy museum (walk by)
  • Jouffroy passage & it's shops
  • Passage Verdeau
  • Wax Grevin museum (outside) & other passage shops
  • Chantier Bouillon restaurant (definitely outside!).
  • Passage Panorama
  • National Library (Richelieu site), Monday one reading room is closed.
  • Passage Vivienne and Passage Colbert
  • Place Victorie and Louis XIV statue (see from distance)
  • Palais Royal arcades and gardens
  • Bouillion Duval and Passage Vero-Dodat (sometimes)
  • Commedie Francais square  next to metro station.

- Meeting at Le Peletier (line 7) metro stop exit at the ground level. Google Maps gives it at 43 Rue La Fayette (9th arrondissement), which is 50 metres from where I’m standing.

I’ll be standing in between the top of the metro  stairs and the ‘La Gargamelle ‘ restaurant.

I’ll be arriving at the meeting place, a few minutes before three , so there is no need to arrive 10 minutes before three. Try to avoid arriving later than three o’clock.

The minimum number of participants is three. If only two or less have reserved by 14.00 pm on the tour day, the whole tour will be cancelled. So if you see few reservations for this tour, make a back up plan for an alternative activity in case the Galleries tour gets cancelled.

Due to the fact we need to do light security checks at the library entrance, please do not bring luggage’s on the tour. 

The meeting place is 20 minutes walk from the Layatte or Printemps department stores. Which is a nice personal pre tour visit very much related to the subject of 19th century shopping experiences.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Le Peletier, 1 Rue de la Victoire, 75...
    Le Peletier, 1 Rue de la Victoire, 75009 Paris, France
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    I will be at the Le Peletier metro station exit, wearing a brown grey and holding a blue folder(or having a dark gray rucksack)

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Rue du Faubourg Montmartre

    Walk down road to reach first Gallery/Passage

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Passage Verdeau

    First Passage (gallery) , a few comments on Passage features and shops

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Passage Jouffroy

    Second Passage (gallery) , a few comments on Passage features and shops

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Bouillon Chartier Grands Boulevards

    Example of 19th restaurant with original decor, still working

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Musée Grévin

    19 th century wax museum, still working

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Passage of Panoramas

    Third Passage (gallery) , a few comments on Passage features and shops

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Palais Brongniart

    19th century Stock market building

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Rue Vivienne

    A few points of interest

  • 9
    Outside visit
    BNF Richelieu Site

    National Library, visit two 19th century reading rooms

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Galerie Vivienne

    See example of Neo classical style gallery. Comment some shops.

  • 11
    Outside visit
    Colbert Gallery

    Fifth and last Gallery, another neo-classical style Passage or Gallery

  • 12
    Outside visit
    Passage des 2 Pavillons

    Example of a mini passage

  • 13
    Outside visit

    Example of palace turned into a shopping center, but in the 1780’s. Still functioning.

  • 14
    Outside visit
    Comedie Francaise

    End of tour, brief comment on surrounding buildings

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Myle 21 Feb 2024

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Travelled in group - Feb 2024
wonderful afternoon with Kristen exploring Paris passages and other beautiful sites.
Jan 20 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Great walk with this very knowledgeable guide!
Nina 13 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Kristen was a great guide, we loved the idea of the tour and the beautiful and interesting places we have visited we would have never seen and know about otherwise. He was very knowledgeable and seemed to have deep interest in the subjects he talked about. Looooved the afternoon!
Elena 03 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
This tour was a nice surprise. I really liked the itinerary chosen and the explanations given by Kristen. I would recommend this visit!
Christina 30 Jan 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2024
Kristen is an excellent guide who is very personable and made the tour interesting and fun! Highly recommended!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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