Wandering around and stumbling across one of the 21 covered passages which are open to the public is a real delight… especially if a hint of rain is in the air! Most of them were built in the 19th century. You can see the influence of Arab markets in them. But still, the covered passages of Paris are unique in their architectural eclecticism, inspired by neoclassicism and by Renaissance, Pompeian and Art Deco décor. The majority contain restaurants, tea rooms, specialized shops (art galleries and boutiques selling antique toys, books, postcards, prints, engravings and more). Located in the 2nd arrondissement, one of the best known galleries in the capital city is the Passage des Panoramas, built in 1799. It is a temple for philatelists. To continue this sumptuous journey, protected from the weather and illuminated by magnificent glass windows, four adjacent galleries have lovely discoveries in store for you: the Galeries Feydeau, Montmartre, Saint-Marc and des Variétés. Calling all window shoppers and bargain hunters! You won’t want to miss out on these hidden treasures.