There are several nice passages to discover in the streets around Beaubourg.
For example, take a few steps north on rue Saint-Martin, at #157, you’ll see one entrance to Passage Molière.
It’s a charming quiet paved alley, where you will find “the house of poetry” in the Molière Theater, and a few shops.
and it will lead you to rue Quincampoix # 82
Crossing boulevard de Sébastopol, you’ll find at rue de Palestro corner the main entrance of passage du Bourg l’Abbé.
It is one of the most genuine of Paris covered galleries.
Though the pipe’s factory at the entrance is now an insurance company office, at #18 the woodwork shop still exists.
And on the other side of the gallery, you’ll find another passage entrance:
On the opposite side of rue Saint-Denis opens passage du Grand-Cerf
With it’s three floors, and apartments doors, it is the tallest Paris covered gallery.
Under it’s beautiful glass roof, you’ll find mostly design shops. It leads you out on rue Dussoubs
There, rather than looking at your map, just look in front of you :
This strange and quiet place next to the crowded Montorgueil shopping area is called place Goldoni, and on the wall inlaid with soccer balls, two white pannels with strange “poetics” tales written on it.
This one says : “It’s been told that the vibrations created by balls thrown against this wall might wake up the roots of some small trees that have been sleeping for centuries. It might be just a coincidence, but when they reach the prints made by the balls which made them come back to life, most of these trees are fully grown. But on the contrary, some look for other landmarks to have a reason to grow up a little more.
The other talks in the same way of bugs grubs asleep in the wall, awaken by the children’ voices, and going out, they make tiny holes forming letters echoing to the children’s screams and songs.
Just an unexpected pause.
Passage Molière : 157 rue Saint-Martin/ 82 rue Quincampoix 75002 Paris metro Rambuteau. Information and programs for Théâtre Molière – Maison de la Poésie on : http://www.theatreonline.com/guide/detail_theatre.asp?i_Theatre=436
Passage du Bourg l’Abbé : 3 rue de Palestro/120 rue Saint-Denis 75002 Paris Metro Etienne Marcel, more information on : http://www.passagesetgaleries.org/texts/passages/2fiches_passages/fiches/bourg_labbe.html
Passage du grand cerf : 145 rue Saint-Denis/10 rue Dussoubs 75002 Paris Metro Etienne Marcel, all about it on : http://www.passagedugrandcerf.com/