Traditional shopping galleries in Paris

Uploaded by Mxsmanic on 08.04.2011

The Passage des Panoramas gallery is more than 200 years old.
Galleries like these tend to host cozy restaurants and quirky shops.
Like most of these traditional galleries, it's narrow and straight.
And it is lit mostly by a high, frosted-glass skylight roof.
One shop here, Stern, has been here since the gallery opened.
This was the first place in Paris to benefit from gas lighting, too.
The gallery opened in 1800, and is named after a huge mural that it once featured.
Menus like this one are handwritten and change regularly.
The Passage des Panoramas was tremendously popular in the years after it opened in 1800.
These days, there's competition from modern malls, but it still attracts lots of people.
Today, the Passage des Panoramas has a number of stamp dealers and bookstores in particular.
These older galleries have something the new ones don't: atmosphere.
Rents are lower in these galleries, so the shops are often more unusual.
Middle-eastern restaurants are a modern innovation, in a more cosmopolitan Paris.
Okay, so much for that gallery. Worth a visit.
The Galerie Vivienne is in the same neighborhood. It was built in 1826.
It's notable for its very well preserved early 19th-century architecture.
These mosaic tile floors and the rest of the architecture are charming.
Unusual and interesting stores abound. No Starbucks or McDonald's here!
And no traffic noise! What a pleasant relief!
Used-book sellers are just as common as sellers of new books in Paris.
And this brightly-lit, very quiet gallery is a relaxing place to eat.
Yes, I like “you-are-there” traveling shots, even if I don't have a Steadicam.
A slight change of architecture, but still the same gallery.
Bye-bye to the Galerie Vivienne.
The Passage de Choiseul is contemporary with the Galerie Vivienne.
However, it hasn't ever done as well.
It has seen better days, and worse days.
It's the longest gallery in Paris, and it does have some nice shops.
And so long to that.
The Passage Jouffroy, on the other hand, is doing well.
It has lots of nice shops, like this candy store.
It was built in 1845, across the street from the Passage des Panoramas.
The gallery was completely renovated in 1987.
It was the first gallery in Paris made entirely in metal and glass.
The famous Grévin wax museum exits into this gallery.
This was also the first gallery in Paris to have underfloor heating.
It's in a busy part of town and gets plenty of shoppers and strollers.
Yes, another one of my famous traveling shots.
The facade of this hotel is charming, although I've never been inside.
And this 3D mural over the wax-museum exit is pretty cool.
The gallery is a little crooked and also changes elevation a bit.
This store that sells miniatures is particularly cool to visit.
Yes, the tiny lamps really work!
More bookstores … the French love books!
All kinds of books on sale—not just a handful of recent bestsellers.
And you can take your time picking the book you want.
Done with that. One more place to show you across the street.
The Passage Verdeau gets the overflow from the Passage Jouffroy.
Just a quick walk-through. Some nice shops here, too.
That's about it. Someday I'll try to show some other galleries.
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