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Passage Jouffroy - Paris' largest covered passage
Passage Jouffroy, a 19th century covered gallery on the Grands Boulevards
The Passage Jouffroy connects no10-12 Boulevard Montmartre to no9 rue de la Grange-Batelière.
It is aligned with the Passage des Panoramas, on the southern side of Boulevard Montmartre, and Passage Verdeau on the northern pavement of rue de la Grange Batelière.
It takes its name after its developper, Felix de Jouffroy, Comte de Gonsans.
The Passage Jouffroy was inaugurated in 1847 to take advantage of the success of the neighbouring Passage des Panoramas.
Restaurants, seamstresses, tailors, hairdressers and countless proximity shops opened at once and drew the crowds.
One of the largest covered galleries in Paris, and the first to have a floor heating system, it was also one of the last created in Paris.
It starts as a long corridor, then double bends towards the entrance on rue de la Grange Batelière to adapt to the declivity of the land.
The entrance on Boulevard Montmartre was cut through a mansion eventually replaced by the current Hôtel Ronceray.
A magnificent glass roof, supported by cast iron columns anchored straight into the attics, shelters the gallery.
Oldest shops in Passage Jouffroy
Fashion and luxury boutiques have long replaced all the original establishments, but three.
The Musée Grévin opened in 1882.
The renowned wax museum exits inside the passage, next door to the Hôtel Chopin, a charming hotel inaugurated in 1846.
The Librairie du Passage, by the entrance on rue de la Grange Batelière, is a charming bookshop that specialises in ancient and second-hand books.
The Passage Jouffroy was listed Historical Monument in 1974 and fully renovated in 1987.
You'll enjoy strolling along and admiring the ground mosaics, the shops windows and the glass roof, but also the various lightings and decorations that contribute to its old fashioned atmosphere.
Opening hours: everyday 7am to 9.30pm
Directions: 9th district - nos10-12 boulevard Montmartre - no9 Rue de la Grange-Batelière
Metro station: Richelieu-Drouot or Grands Boulevards on Lines 8,9
Coordinates on Bld Montmartre: Lat 48.871962 – Long 2.341939