Covered passages can be found peppered through the 1st, 2nd, and 9th arrondissements, but if you’re not on the lookout, you can easily miss these beautiful shopping walkways that are perfectly preserved snapshots of Parisian history. The character of each varies. Passage du Grand Cerf in the 2nd (next to hip but grungy rue Saint-Denis, near the intersection with rue Dussoubs) is definitely worth more than a peek for the young design talent it hosts. Inside is a mix of mini-boutiques, restaurants, ateliers, and furniture shops.
Here’s a sample of other passages that you should try and pop into if you get a chance: