If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a lei, a hair cut and some tandoori shrimp ASAP (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?) there is only one place in Paris you should be. Happily nestled in the middle of Little Turkey, is in fact, Little India, also known as Passage Brady.
Once one of 140 passageways built throughout Paris (and in 1828, victoriously held what I’m sure was the coveted title of longest), Passage Brady is now a whisper of what it was. Despite the development of Boulevard de Strasbourg (virtually cutting the passage in half) and the basic neglect of the early 20th century, this glass domed arcade is thriving as a colorful menagerie of restaurants, markets and spice shops with no shortage of nods to Bollywood.
Come for the sights, sounds and smells of Pakistan, Mauritian and Indian culture, stay for the inexpensive prix fixe meals – especially at lunch. We’ve already sung the praises of Pooja, but any number of delightful restaurateurs will welcome you as you stroll down toward the Boulevard. The grocery is where you’ll find a dizzying array of spices, incense, oils and exotic produce. Across the way you’ll find brightly colored fabrics and traditional dress. If you’re more comfortable in your head to toe Parisian noir, all is not lost. You can still flâner away an hour without hesitation.
While elegant architecture belongs to Galerie Vivienne and overall charm lends itself more to Passage Jouffroy, Passage Brady is a hidden gem, whose rough and tumble exterior should not dissuade the visitor in search of cheap eats (and hair cuts!), fun finds and friendly people.
Passage Brady. 33 Boulevard de Strasbourg.