Passage du Grand Cerf

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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,172 contributions
Solo
This covered passage -- one of 17 still remaining and the highest (39 feet) in Paris -- beckoned to me on a recent stay. That's because, as a history buff, I find it fascinating to wander through these forerunners to shopping malls, and I hadn't yet visited this one. A total of 37 such passages went in during the 18th and 19th centuries, edged with shops. The covered arcades made shopping comfortable with overhead protection and paving on the ground. Shoppers could avoid distasteful outside elements when in these passages. They no longer needed to dodge horse-drawn carriages or contend with open sewage, mud, rain, dust, cold and the lack of sidewalks.

I was impressed with the excellent condition of Passage du Grand Cerf, which has undergone at least two restorations since its construction period of 1825-35. It features wrought iron, rich woods and a marvelous glass roof that floods the area. with natural illumination. Decorations along the 384-foot-long passageway include a mounted wooden stag's head (the cerf) and a wooden elephant's head. I especially liked a giant metal dragonfly.

Shops here range from an interior-design workplace to fashion boutiques. I stopped to look in many windows. These featured jewelry; baskets; eyeglasses; flowers; home wares; children's items; and the list goes on. It was easy to move from one side to the other of the corridor because it is only 10-feet wide.

Located within the 2nd Arrondissement in the Bonne-Nouvelle quarter, this passage runs between rue Saint-Denis and rue Dussoubs. It is right by the edge of the popular rue Montorgueil neighborhood. For those exploring that street, I think it would be worthwhile to make a side trip here. Though Passage du Grand-Cerf is by no means the most beautiful or the largest of the arcades, it is an excellent example of this style.
Written December 2, 2017
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
Couples
You've no doubt experienced,single level arcades,but this baby has a whopping three levels with wrought iron, glass roof and wooden shop fronts that invite one to experience stylish arts & crafts and antique shops.
Stylistically ,we love this arcade the most. Its the best of all the passages. Yes,its a little off the tourist map,but when you saunter and check out its accoutrements,you will be delighted,as we were.
Its narrow height gives it a stately allure and if you come in the early evening,the glass ceiling is breathtaking when the flattering lighting makes it look like the interior of a luxury hotel. We liked to actually shop,not only look,as it is lined with small designer and jeweller shops selling high quality at very reasonable prices. We found exceptional souvenirs that were unique and so- Paris.
The passage is only 117 m long but we could spend hours,going shop to shop. Being a boy, my favourite was 'Rickshaw',a carefully curated collection straight out of Ali Baba's cave,filled floor to ceiling with unique and very tempting items. Another,was the vintage spectacles shop where the 1950s frames are original,not imitation . My wife liked 'Cecile Boccarat',a textile jewellery shop with light- as- air designs,so colourful and totally individual.
There is acute cafe 'Le pas Sage',its name meaning...'not well behaved'.... its cheeky reference is to its location on rue Saint-Denis,haunt of sex and strip joints. Its right in the corner of the passage with an atmosphere that's hip and lovely for a sip and supper.
Written December 28, 2013
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Daryoush T
Luleå, Sweden10 contributions
Couples
Passage du Grand Cerf made me feel like I was in the old and original Paris round 1930's.
Light, acoustic smells and shops express genuine Paris as most of us tourists fantasized sometime when we planned the travel.

It's a friendly atmosphere which I long sincerely.

Look at the following panorama view and see for yourself:

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Written December 3, 2014
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Dorothybear
Penfield, NY213 contributions
Couples
I read reviews on this shop and saw the photos. I wanted to purchase yarn from Paris so whenever I wore what I made I would remember my trip.

The taxi driver had a difficult time finding the place because it is tucked away in a charming alley mall area. We found it and loved the shop. Hand dyed yarn by the owner. Several beautiful colors to choose from. She was very helpful and nice.
Written April 27, 2019
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Earth-Visitor
Brisbane108 contributions
Friends
The Passage has a great cafe at one end, Cafe Pas Sage. Great for a lunch, snack or coffee for pre or post shopping. Like 25 other shops in the passage they seamlessly accept Bitcoin for payment so life is simple. The shops range from high end custom jewellery to antiques, small home fashion items, clothes of design, favourite new toys destined to become heirloom collectables, fine threads for embroidery, top end organic cosmetics.... pretty much enough to keep you going for a couple of hours... even if you don't like to shop. The Indian collectables shop will keep the boys busy for an hour... Great value place to spend a morning or afternoon topped off with a lunch or snack.
Written April 10, 2017
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RichmondVALovers
Richmond, VA37 contributions
Couples
Happened upon this corridor-mall while my wife was getting her hair done nearby. After her hair appointment was complete, I took her walking through this gallery and we wound up buying some jewelry and a tote bag from Dear Boutique, which is about half-way through this passage. Most shops were upscale and it was a nice departure from department stores and American malls! Very beautiful, historic architecture and if you go at the right time, you could be in the corridor all by yourself, which creates wonderful photograph opportunities!
Written June 17, 2016
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siu_sim
Hong Kong, China33 contributions
Friends
Eric et Lydie brought me to this place and I love it!
Like all the other reviewers said, this is like a travel back in time. To be honest with you, this place is not very close to the other main attractions but it is totally worth your time going. There are tones of cute little shops selling all sort of Parisian things. The shopkeepers are willing to take their time and talk to you about the things they sell and the story behind it. The architecture/detail is just breathtaking! The overall experience is totally worth the walk and I stop by this place whenever I am in Paris. Recommend you set aside at lease 2 hours for this place since you lose track of time in this wonder Passage!
Written March 30, 2015
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rhm23901
Naples, FL91 contributions
What a charming passage with interesting little shops: yarn and fabric shops (which I rarely see anywhere anymore) and shops for baby clothes and toys. I even saw a menusier at work! I love strolling the side streets and this one deserves the detour!
Written October 28, 2019
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Ellen V
NYC155 contributions
Family
If you need a view of old-world Paris after wandering around Les Halles, stop by this beautiful Passage - it won't take long, but it really is a beautiful sight, with all sorts of small boutiques to either wander into or wander past and enjoy.
Written February 19, 2019
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Chris
Paris845 contributions
Couples
The Passage du Grand Cerf links Rue Saint Denis to Rue Dussoubs in 2nd district. This indoor passage created in 1825 is covered by a glass ceiling 12 metres above ground with an elegant wrought iron structure. It’s unique in Paris.
Several artisans have lovely shops with wide windows in the gallery. There is also a charming little bistro coupled with a wine bar named Le Pas Sage where I had lunch recently. Typically Parisian.
Written August 6, 2018
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