The “Passage du Caire” is certainly not the most immediately attractive of the Paris galleries (see some previous posts - 1, 2, 3 ,4 - about other galleries), but it’s the oldest, claims to be the longest … and also one of the narrowest. As it’s very particular with a very special atmosphere it’s worth a visit.
There are different entrances; the main one is at Place du Caire, remarkable for the pseudo-Egyptian decoration of the facade with three heads of the goddess Hathor, some (supposed to be) hieroglyphs… . The surrounding streets have also names referring to Egypt. This is all due to the passion for Egypt which followed Napoleon’s campaigns in this country. The gallery dates from 1798. There are different alleys, but if you follow the major one, you will reach Rue Saint Denis.
In the beginning it was occupied by printing and lithography houses. Today, you will basically find wholesales clothes shops. In the passageways you will see people carrying clothes in cardboard boxes, shop equipment, mannequins… We are in the “Sentier” area, known for this kind of business. There are also a lot of workshops linked to these kinds of activities around. It’s however possible that also this area slowly will be transformed into something more fashionable.