Galerie Vivienne is a fabulous shopping arcade dating back to 1823 housing quaint Parisienne bookshops sharing space with designer ateliers, cafes, art shops and more.
It is curious in its location as it lies between rue des Petits Champs, rue Vivienne and Passage des Petits-Pères which are all joined together in forming Galerie Vivienne. Nearest landmark is the largest Library in France Bibliothèque Nationale which the Galerie stands behind.
Initially called after Marchoux, the arcade soon changed its name to Galerie Vivienne and was opened to the public in 1826 as a commercial area that housed fashionable shops. Because of its central location it quickly became very popular and was much frequented.
Its a great place to duck into away from the street noise of Vespas charging down narrow streets and police sirens - a dreamy serene conservatory like roof covers soars overhead letting in natural light to the central area where even the tiled floor down to the chalkboard menu outside a cafe pose artistically.
Passage of culture… at Galerie Vivienne
Art gallery - Palais Royal
This very special place has held up to its vocation by continuing to seduce well-heeled Parisians with its high-end boutiques ... A tour of our favorite spots.
Access to Galerie Vivienne by the
- 5, rue de la Banque, 2nd
- 6, rue Vivienne, 2nd
- 4, rue des Petits Champs, 2nd
- At 8: the charming small art Gallery of Martine Moisan, who shows contemporary artists such as Christian Benoist, Jean Noviel or sculptors like Hélène Jousse or François Mayerass. On Saturday (for adults) and Wednesday (for children) she's also getting drawing lessons in the morning for budding artists as well as older ones wanting to discover the Gallery, its architecture or its visitors...
Drawing lesson : 25 € / 3 hours
Tel: 01 42 97 46 65
- At 29: Drop in and take a look at the creations of florist-landscapist Emilio Robba considered as the haute couture designer of the flower! This Italian, who worked for a long time next to Pierre Cardin, creates ultra-trendy artificial flowers of amazing perfection and landscaped environments that are considered today as real works of art
Tel : 01 42 60 43 46
- At 35: take the time to sit down for a proper English tea at A Priori Thé, so British, sheltered by the passage since more than 20 years... On the menu, Damman brews, an amazing cheese-cake and marvelous scones. With raisins and lemon. If it's raining... reserve ahead of time for a week-end brunch !
Plat du jour : 16 €
Cup of tea : 5,50 €
Tel : 01 42 97 48 75