One of the picturesque, little-known aspects of Versailles is most definitely its pedestrian walkways, pleasant shortcuts used by Versailles' residents but often overlooked by its visitors.
Most of them radiate out from the Place du Marché Notre-Dame. Rue des Deux-Portes links the market to rue Carnot, and connects with two business walkways. Passage Saladin also links the market with avenue de Saint-Cloud and on the other side, Passage Saint-Pierre links avenue de Saint-Cloud to rue Clémenceau.
Passage de la Geôle connects with rue Baillet-Reviron and a network of walkways and narrow streets lined with antique shops.
Cour du Plessis, where several artist and craftsman studios are located, is close by. To get there, take impasse du Plessis to rue maréchal Foch.
Across from the Place d'Armes, you can walk along the passage des Récollets from rue de la Chancellerie, near the palace, to rue Bailly and the Old Versailles district, full of craftsmen's shops.
In the Saint Louis district, a passage bearing the same name starts to the left of the cathedral, linking to the Carrés Saint Louis and their nice restaurants and shops.
We could also mention the picturesque Montée du Janicule, which runs from avenue de Saint-Cloud to the top of Butte Montbauron, with its houses topped with widow's walks. In a nutshell, new discoveries to be made…