Paris - Ile De France

Passage du Ponceau – Shopping gallery

This page was updated on: Sunday, January 5, 2020 at: 4:14 pm

Passage du Ponceau - Le Sentier district

The Passage du Ponceau is located in Le Sentier, an enclave of Bonne-Nouvelle district.

The 2,5m wide passage connects 212 Rue Saint-Denis to 111 Boulevard de Sébastopol, and is one of Paris’ narrowest and shortest covered galleries.

It was built in 1826, but was shortened in 1854 to give way for the opening of Boulevard de Sébastopol during Haussmann's urban works.

Its original glass roof, candelabra and decoration have therefore long gone.

All that is left are three shops and the caretaker’s lodge or Maison du Gardien, by the exit on Boulevard de Sébastopol.

However, this tiny section has retained its unique and obsolete charm, its original ceiling and shop windows' superb carved columns.

The Passage du Ponceau remained deserted for decades and was converted in a storage facility by the district’s textile wholesalers.

It was also a convenient and popular short cut between Rue St-Denis and Boulevard de Sébastopol!

Renaissance of the gallery

It would seem that the Passage du Ponceau is being slowly rediscovered, hence the fashion shops and restaurants that opened in the past few years.

The latter are quite popular with office workers, as they offer simple, yet very good value for money menus.

This can be an alternative for those of you who want to have lunch away from the buzz of the street.

My favourite place in Passage du Ponceau is the caretaker’s lodge, la Maison du Gardien, which crumbles under flowers and plants.

The gardienne, an elderly woman, comes out as soon as you stop to admire them and welcomes you with a beautiful smile.

She and her flowers bring a touch of gaiety to the gallery and seem to invite you inside!

Dare to venture into the Passage du Ponceau, even if it seems a little dark at first.

You’ll discover a ‘secret Paris’ unknown to most tourists!

Free access
Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 8am to 7pm - Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Directions: 2nd district - no212 Rue Saint-Denis - no119 Boulevard de Sébastopol
Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol on Lines 3, 4
Coordinates: Lat 48.867693 - Long 2.351753

March 27 2020

Garde Republicaine, Paris’ emblematic Gendarmerie force

Garde Republicaine, Paris’ emblematic Gendarmerie force renowned for its Calvary regiment, is in charge of the security of the city and the public
Bust of the composer Lully and ex-voto in Notre Dame des Victoires Basilica

March 5 2020

Notre Dame des Victoires Basilica

Notre Dame des Victoires , a church Louis XIII dedicated to his victories over the Huguenots, but mostly to the Virgin in thanks for the birth of Louis XIV
Hotel Sale - Picasso Museum - Café à Royan - 1940 Cubism

February 19 2020

Hôtel Salé, home to the Picasso Museum

Hôtel Salé, one of the finest mansions in the Marais built with money collected from the salt tax, hence its name, is today home to the Picasso Museum
Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor with the Tuileries in the background

January 24 2020

Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor named after a Senegalese stateman

Passerelle Solférino was renamed Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Senegalese politician’s birth

Sign up to our newsletter

Travel France Online will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates via our newsletter. By selecting the boxes on the form you confirm your acceptance to receive our newsletter.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at admin@travelfranceonline.com

We will treat your information with respect. For more information please visit our privacy policy page