The Passage du Bourg l’Abbé was built in 1828, and today it’s really just a shadow of it’s former self. It still retains the charm of times gone by however, the wooden shop fronts and the rounded glass roof are lovely. I rather like it, there’s something a bit mournful about it, it’s usually empty and you still can see remnants of it’s past life – a couple of old fashioned shops and even a workshop.
However it feels like a new life is bubbling under the surface, there are two very cool artisan shops recently opened, and you get the impression that a new beginning is just around the corner. Only 43m long, it’s still worth a walk through, especially as it’s just opposite the gorgeous Passage du Grand Cerf which is one of my absolute favourites.
- Passage Bourg l’Abbé, 120 rue St Denis or 3 rue de Palestro, 75002 Paris. metro: Etienne Marcel
Open Monday – Saturday 07:30 – 19:30