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Passage Giboin

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony, Historic district, UNESCO World Heritage, 19th C in Vichy
  • Passage Giboin is the most beautiful of the city's many passages. Covered and full of charm, it was opened in 1888 on the site of the former garden of the Hôtel Mombrun.

  • Many of these passages have been established between the shopping center and the spa district. Each one is unique: glass roofs, old stores, cobblestones...

    Vichy is the commercial epicenter of the entire region. Whether you're a compulsive shopper or a discerning one, you'll always find a good reason to come to Vichy, if only to stroll through its many shady parks, and to go from surprise to surprise - if you have even the slightest sensitivity to Belle Époque, Art Nouveau or Art Deco...
    Many of these passages have been established between the shopping center and the spa district. Each one is unique: glass roofs, old stores, cobblestones...

    Vichy is the commercial epicenter of the entire region. Whether you're a compulsive shopper or a discerning one, you'll always find a good reason to come to Vichy, if only to stroll through its many shady parks, and to go from surprise to surprise - if you have even the slightest sensitivity to Belle Époque, Art Nouveau or Art Deco architecture.

    For those who like to combine the practical with the pleasurable, Vichy offers a number of stores where the container is in dispute with the content: florist and pharmacy (rue Wilson), confectioners (rue Montaret and Georges-Clémenceau), fashion boutiques (rue Wilson)...

    At Les Marocains, Vichy's oldest confectionery (1870), nothing has changed since Napoléon III. You'll appreciate the Belle Époque décor, and in particular the glass door, engraved André Prugnière (after the craftsman who designed it over 140 years ago), which opens onto the workshop. Improbable liqueurs such as melon, wild strawberry and Vichy absinthe brighten up the store. Everything is handmade according to recipes handed down from generation to generation, like these delicious chocolates that require three passes through the hands of the chocolatier. Of course, you'll leave with a box of "marocains", the house specialty since the dawn of time: a butter and cream caramel, soft on the inside and hard on the surface.

    UNESCO heritage
    It has all the charm and cachet of the Parisian passages, those micro-universes dedicated to slow-shopping, with that je-ne-sais-quoi of a hushed atmosphere and that extra touch of heritage, creating a delightfully old-fashioned atmosphere. Passage Giboin is an unlikely link between two towns: Vichy les bains and the shopping heart; between two temples: the Saint-Louis church and the Casino.
    On the Casino side, the passageway pierces the façade of the former Hôtel Mombrun, as evidenced by the crown of the entrance, monogrammed HM. On the Saint-Louis side, the metal architecture gives it a different look, with the air of a large Parisian train station.
    Built in 1888, architect Antoine Percilly's plans show the installation of 21 small shops in the passage, which is covered by a glass roof resting on a wrought-iron frame, itself supported by cast-iron columns, all originally lit by gas spouts.
    The Passage has always been one of Vichy's commercial hotspots, and in recent years it has welcomed a new generation of shopkeepers and craftsmen who, having fallen in love with the atmosphere of the Passage, are working together to reinforce its identity and perpetuate its exceptional character.
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