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Reviewed November 3, 2018

Passage Choiseul is one of the covered passages of Paris, and is the continuation of Rue de Choiseul. The passage was opened in 1827 and is mentioned in tow novels by author Louis-Ferdinand Céline. It is the longest covered passage in the city, at 190 meters long and 3.7 meters wide and is a registered historic monument in France. Allow for ~ 15 min for your visit unless you wander into the shops, then figure more time.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bob K
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

For those who visit Paris looking for postcard landmarks and taking selfies with the Eiffel tower, maybe Passage de Choiseul is not the 'nicest' place. However, for those in love with the real city and appreciate the immersion into its rich layers of history, this 'passage couvert' is as much of a hidden gem as the rest of the Parisian covered passages.
Passage de Choiseul was opened in the 1820s, as most of the other Parisian 'passages couverts' which took roots briefly after the Napoleonic fall, during the Restoration of the Bourbon monarchy. Lots and lots of the city real estate that used to belong to various religious orders, and the Catholic church in general, were nationalized and auctioned during (and following) the preceding Revolution of 1789. The developers of the time, seeking to increase their profits, decided to subdivide the properties and cut them open, placing various businesses and tenants inside those newly pierced passageways.
Being the longest of all surviving Parisian covered passages, Passage Choiseul features several inner "streets" or branches, thus it has entrances on several streets: on rue des Petis-Champs to the south, on rue Dalayrac to the west, and on rue Saint-Augustin to the north. Curiously, its 4th branch or extension, located roughly in the middle of the north-south axis (rue Saint-Augustin to rue des Petis-Champs), going to the east, got a name of its own; it is passage passage Sainte-Anne, opening, aptly enough, on rue Sainte-Anne, nowadays a hub of the Asian, predominantly Japanese restaurants and various stores.
Sure, unlike some of the other Paris 'passages couverts', Passage de Choiseul can't pride itself on intricate boiseries, Belle Epoque store displays or mosaic inlaid floors, but it is a real reflection of a true and rich Parisian daily life.
Passage de Choiseul features endless 'commerces', a veritable vast array of all kind of establishments suitable for various activities, such as shoe and clothing boutiques, jewelry and stationery stores, a spa, hair and and nail salons, home decor and gift shops, salad bars, Vietnamese street food cafe (L'Othentique Vietnam), numerous restaurants such as Lou Pasta, organic burger joint Bioburger, Casa Capasa, BistroPolitain, Pizzeria Luna Rossa, Chinese 'traiteur' (caterer), Korean restaurants Ari Ari and Little Seoul, sushi (Akita) and even bagel (Bagel Chef) little places, and even a small Russian bistrot with a fitting name Babouchka (side rue Saint-Augustin), and a traditional French restaurant Le Petit Choiseul (side rue Saint-Augustin), all of these among other businesses.
Passage de Choiseul is also a home to a venerable Parisian cultural institution, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, founded in the 1850s; it used to serve a stage - as its name suggests - to the 'gay Paris' light musical performances, mostly operettas associated with composer Jacques Offenbach. Nowadays, it is still pretty much up and running, and the star of the modern French cinema Fabrice Luchini (well familiar to cinephiles by his numerous roles in such masterpieces as 2008 Paris, 2011 The Women of the 6th Floor, and 2014 Gemma Bovery) is an active contributor as well as Julie Gayet, the ex of François Hollande, the former President of the French Republic.
Walking from south to north, or from rue des Petis-Champs to rue Saint-Augustin, after passing Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens on your left, look up and admire the beautiful portico ornated with a clock reaching the slanted glass roof.
One of the greats of the French literature of the XXth century, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, spent his entire childhood at Passage de Choiseul, where his mother used to own a fabrics store. However, the brilliant writer turned treacherous collaborator didn't add fame but rather infamy to the locale.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank RGSOUNDF
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Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

We came across this long passage by chance. It's quite a long walkway and we were heading on hat direction. Unfortunately a lot of the shops are run down and mostly closed not so much to see and not been maintained very well unlike some of the other ones.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 936sophiap
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Reviewed April 9, 2017

We started at this particular covered passage which is one of a series that can be walked and provides an interesting insight into shopping experiences from days gone by. This is situated near to Pyramides Metro station on lines 7 and 14 or Quatre- Septembre on Metro line 3 and offers a number of 'one-off' shops to enjoy. The passages do close so make time during your day to visit at least one of them.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank rayp775
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Reviewed March 31, 2017

A bit down-market compared to some of the other covered passages, but I recommend that you see them all for a unique off-the-street shopping and eating experience.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Thomas V
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