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Passage du Désir, Paris

Passage du Désir (Desire Passage) is not a fairytale souq, borrowed from the pages of The Arabian Nights, as its oneiric name might lead us to think. The curiously named passage is very much living “here and now”, in modern-day Paris and you can pass by its wrought iron gates anytime.

Getting in is a different matter, however.

The Passage doors open exclusively to residents who do actually live in the passage. So no matter how many “Open Sesame!” you lips utter in vain, your only ticket past the locked passage doors would be getting an invitation by one of the mythical creatures living inside…

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