Built in 1836, the magnificient Passage Jouffroy has been one of the busiest covered passages in the capital since its creation.
Popular thanks to Musée Grevin
Located on the Grands Boulevards and in the extension of the Passage des Panoramas, it owes its charm to its beautiful iron and glass architecture (the warhead glass roof immediately catches the eye) and its marble paving, renovated in 1987. Jouffroy is the first passageway to benefit, from its inauguration, from underfloor heating, under the black and white checkerboard tiles. Much appreciated innovation, which helped to make it a very busy place, even the busiest passage of all around 1889. The exit from the Grévin museum (a museum of reproductions of famous people in wax opened in 1885) is located in this passage , the popularity of this museum has largely contributed to its success. Many personalities regularly strolled through this covered passage, including: Chopin, Balzac, Baudelaire and the Goncourt brothers .
The oldest Hotel of Paris
Covered passages were built at high-traffic locations in vogue at the time, such as the Grands Boulevards and near theatres. The other asset of Passage Jouffroy is the variety and originality of the establishments it houses. Young and old alike can visit the Grévin museum and its famous wax figures. The Salon des Miroirs is a former 19th century brasserie which, today, can only be privatized and turns into a club on Saturday evenings. In a recess is the Chopin hotel, opened at the same time as the passage, which makes it one of the oldest hotels in Paris. At the time named “family hotel”, its door has never been closed since 1846, it does not have a lock ! There is therefore a person at the reception since that date, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Many shops, each more original than the other, complete the visit: old canes, old books, paper specialists… and many more. others. The windows alone are worth the detour. Gourmets can take a break at Valentin, the essential tea room in the passage. And the youngest will find what they are looking for at Pain d’Epices, a traditional toy store, with wooden horses, old teddy bears, card games, doll houses, etc. Pain d’Epices allows children to create, to imagine with creations of dollhouses, kit bears. Another access to the passage is located at 9 rue de la Grange-Batelière.