Hidden places in Paris you can’t be missed (Part 1)
There are a lots hidden places in Paris that you can’t be missed when having plan to visit this year.
Paris is always amazing! The city is best discovered on foot, without plans or regard for time.
GALERIE VIVIENNE PASSAGE
Galerie Vivienne, built-in 1823, is one of the most iconic covered arcades in Paris. In a peaceful location, behind the Bibliothèque Richelieu and near the Palais-Royal, it’s definitely worth a visit. Visitors can admire the colorful mosaics on the ground and then lift their eyes to appreciate the beautiful glass roof which lets in the light.
There are many shops: ready-to-wear boutiques, tea rooms, gourmet food boutiques, wine cellars, grocery shops, old bookshops, and much more. You can also access Galerie Vivienne via Rue de la Banque and Rue Vivienne.
Created by the Cardinal Richelieu in 1633, the Palais Royal and its gardens, just a short walk from the Louvre, housed royal families up until the Palace of Versailles was built. Prestigious and peaceful, the gardens are surrounded by a superb futuristic architecture with contemporary sculptures by Buren and Bury.
The Colonnes de Buren were designed by artist Daniel Duren and are situated in the courtyard, near the garden and Ministry of Culture. The 260 black and white striped octagonal columns are definitely worth a visit and are one of the symbols of Paris.
PAVILLON DE LA REINE
This hotel is dedicated to the art of writing and can be summed up in a few words: 26 bedrooms, 26 letters, 26 authors, and 26 texts. A passage for a different writer (Baudelaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Zola…) appears in each bedroom and in the communal areas. The relaxation space also serves as a breakfast room and bar, and books and magazines are available for you to read.
THE COURTYARD INSIDE PLAZA ATHENEE
True to its extraordinary city, Hôtel Plaza Athénée is no ordinary hotel. Here, on the prestigious avenue Montaigne, the tree-lined boulevard of fashion, the hotel has proudly offered guests the best of Paris since 1913.
This is where a century of designers and artists have found their inspiration, so whether enjoying three Michelin-starred dining, people-watching on avenue Montaigne or luxuriating in a Dior spa treatment, we invite you to make your own mark on our remarkable legacy.
The Galerie Véro-Dodat has an ideal location. It is close to the Louvre, and, it is one of the district’s rare covered arcades. It’s not particularly long, but this is compensated by the sense of perspective given by the black and white diamond-shaped marble paving. The parts of the ceiling that are not glass are decorated with beautiful engravings. A real haven of peace, full of Parisian charm, the Galerie Véro-Dodat has a few surprises in store for its clients. It houses many elegant boutiques: furnishings, decorations, art gallery, musical instruments, old dolls, etc.
There are a variety of places to eat: the Véro-Dodat restaurant, a brasserie, etc. And fashionistas swarm the Christian Louboutin workshop-boutique, the luxury footwear shop at the entrance to the arcade (Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau). The second entrance to this arcade, which is perfect for a nice stroll, can be found at Rue du Bouloi.
PONT ALEXANDRE III
Inaugurated on the occasion of the 1900 Universal Exhibition and classed as a historic monument, the Pont Alexandre III is one of the most emblematic bridges in Paris because of its architecture and location. At its four extremities are huge 17 metre-high pylons crowned with gilt bronze sculptures of winged horses representing the illustrious Arts, Sciences, Commerce and Industry.
Pont Alexandre III connects the Invalides on the Left Bank to the Grand Palais and Petit Palais on the Right Bank. From the bridge you can enjoy a sweeping view of these buildings as well as the Eiffel Tower and over the Seine, which makes it a popular place for a stroll at any time of day or night.
Since it was built in 1836, Passage Jouffroy has been one of the most visited covered arcades in the capital. Situated on the Grands Boulevards and in the continuation of Passage des Panoramas, it owes its charm to its beautiful iron and glass architecture (the ogive glass roof immediately catches the eye) and its marble paving, renovated in 1987. The other asset to the Passage Jouffroy is the variety and originality of the establishments which it houses. The children and adults visiting the Musée Grévin and its famous waxwork models.
The Salon des Miroirs is a former 19th century brasserie which, today, is only used for private hire and transforms into a club on Saturday nights. The Hôtel Chopin is an original place to spend the night. Some of the most original shops add a special touch to the visit: old canes and walking sticks, old books, paper specialists and many others. It’s worth a visit for the window displays alone! Gourmets can take a break at Valentin, the unmissable tea room. It is also accessible via 9 Rue de la Grange-Batelière.
Sources of information: https://en.parisinfo.com/
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