A couple of years ago I had some friends come visit Australia from the US and as I toured them around Melbourne and through the various lane ways and arcades one commented on how Parisian they seemed to be. I didn’t really understand at the time, I’d never seen any image come out of Paris depicting anything like The Royal Arcade, so when I stumbled on The Passages I finally understood.
Located in The Opera Quarter, The Passages (many of which were built in the later 1700’s or early 1800’s) hold numerous, quaint, little stores. We saw antiquated book shops, a boutique hotel, Parisian style home wares, galleries and chocolate shops. As we wound our way down more Passages, I began to wonder ‘How deep does the rabbit hole go?’ As soon as one ended, another seemed to start.
One of my favourite store discoveries was a very quirky cane store (pictured above) featuring old style walking canes made with animal bones and skulls. It was a little creepy, enough to make me not go inside, but where else in the world could you find a store for an antiquated craft such as cane making other than Paris. So fitting.
For a different style shopping trip (perhaps after you’ve purchased your Mercedes on the Champs Elysees for example) The Passages are definitely worth a visit.