The Beaupassage in Paris is just as much a space dedicated to food as it is to nature and art. A relatively recent addition to the capital’s many secret “galeries” (arcades), the project was completed in 2018 after three years and cost a whopping 40 million euros. The space forms a 10,000 m² courtyard with trees, which is overlooked by a fully renovated housing complex with 59 apartments. It was designed both by architects and landscape artists, which explains the innovative features and architecture.
The Beaupassage is nestled between the rue de Grenelle, rue du Bac and boulevard Raspail. It brings together restaurants (including 3-Michelin-star- chef Yannick Alléno’s “Allénothèque”), a Pierre Hermé tea room, art galleries, a coffee bar, a butcher, a cheese shop etc. The most impressive feature is, in my mind, the passageway (when you come from the boulevard), which is lined by what seems to be a mystical forest. The work of art, appropriately named La Traversée (the crossing) is, in fact, made entirely out of cardboard and lines only the right-hand side but is reflected by stainless steel mirrors, thereby creating the optical illusion of a tunnel.
During summer, the Beaupassage becomes a green, peaceful and shady terrace i.e. the perfect place to grab a drink to escape the heat. It also regularly hosts events: in fact, Yannick Alléno recently decided to transform his restaurant into a pop-up for the summer, serving burgers with buns made from fried pizza dough!