The 16th Arrondissement Paris – The Wealthy Quartier In The West

This large Paris arrondissement is found on the southwest corner of the city. The pleasant, mainly residential neighborhoods found here include Passy and Auteuil and Trocadero. They are the wealthy areas of Paris. The boundaries between the 8th and the 16th arrondissements blur at Étoile, but the feeling of luxury maintains.

The 16th is the most posh of Paris arrondissements. If you want to see how well-off Parisians live, it's worth a Metro ride to Passy. You'll be rewarded with an enclave of narrow streets with some of the best luxury food shopping in Paris. Its administrative area is very large, since it also takes in the many hectares of the Bois de Boulogne.

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14 Great Things About the 16th Arrondissement

1. The View of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

We keep telling you that the best place to view the Eiffel Tower is from across the river, in the 16th Arrondissement, from the plaza at Trocadero. From the back of the plaza the Tower seems to float on the horizon. The best time to go is early in the morning, before the crowds arrive, as the sun rises behind the tower.

Starting from here it's a very nice approach to the Eiffel Tower. Walk down the broad staircases past the Trocadero's gardens and fountains, and cross the Seine on Pont d'Iena to take you right to the base of the tower.

2. The Museums at Trocadero – Musée de la Marine

Palais de Chaillot

The Trocadero is more than just a pretty viewing platform. In the two curved wings stretching out from the central plaza are some interesting museums. By the way, although we familiarly refer to the complex as "The Trocadero", the buildings are actually called Palais de Chaillot, named after the hill the complex is located atop. (And which accounts for the great view across the river.)

Musée de la Marine, the national naval museum, is the place for those who are curious about the history of French seafaring. There are lots of models and historic paintings but what we found most fascinating was the actual coronation barge used by Napoleon III.

3. Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Architecture et du Patrimoine

The name of this museum is a mouthful and part of it is a repository for architectural details rescued from buildings that were being demolished. So, there are a lot of marble columns and reliefs and that kind of thing, out of context since the buildings they adorned are long gone. These things are the "Patrimoine" part of the museum.

What we like about this museum (or "Cité", as they have it) are the special exhibitions found on the second floor. This is the "Architecture" section and we've discovered so many fascinating special architectural exhibits here that it's always worth a visit. Another bonus is the magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower from the very tall second-story windows.

The architectural bookstore is one of our very favorites and we enjoy spending time (and money!) there. There's a small refreshment area on the main floor and it's nice to stop for a drink and to take in the Tower views from the terrace. It's a shame their website is so lame!

4. CineAqua – Aquarium de Paris

CineAqua

Who would have thought of this concept? Cinema plus an aquarium — together at last. This modern-idea of a fish tank is located in the gardens of the Trocadero and we found it interesting for both children and adults. The place is huge — 3,500 square meters, all located underground, with over 500 species of marine life.

There are activities, fish petting tanks, a large projection theatre, one of those glass tunnels with water all around you, and tons and tons of fish. With all that goodness, it's hard to believe how bad their website is. Entry is free with the Paris Pass.

5. Walk from Trocadero to Passy

Walk from Trocadero to Passy

Get a real feeling for the 16th Arrondissement on this Paris Insiders Guide Promenade. Start out by admiring the morning view from the Trocadero, across to the Eiffel Tower. Find Rue Benjamin Franklin and head southwest to Place de Costa Rica, where you can admire the small place with its pedestal clock.

Cross the place and take Rue Raynouard, but look out for a doorway on your left called Rue des Eaux. Go through and take the steps down to Rue Charles Dickens. It's a fascinating narrow stairway/alley. At the bottom, if you have time, turn left and walk a few steps to Place Charles Dickens where you can visit the Musée du Vin. Otherwise, turn right on Rue Charles Dickens and pass into Parc de Passy and the pleasant housing development that surrounds it. Turn around for a moment to take in the view of the Eiffel Tower, sit down on a bench and rest for a moment.

Take the wide stairway on your right up to Avenue Marcel Proust, turn left and head southeast to find the narrow passageway called Rue Berton. This cobblestone alley takes you to Maison Balzac, the house of the famous writer, and a plaque indicating the border of the former town of Passy.

You'll find a stairway on your right (pictured above) that takes you up to Rue Raynouard again. Go right along Raynouard to Rue de l'Annonciation and turn left. Follow this to the end where it becomes a pedestrian market street. Turn right on Rue Duban, the left on Rue de Passy and walk west to La Muette, the attractive shopping area of Passy. If you started your walk at 10:00 AM, you can now have lunch at restaurant La Gare, formerly the train station serving the quartier.

6. Musée du Vin

Musée du Vin

What's not to like about a museum dedicated to wine? Especially one created by the organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of French wine around the world — Le Conseil des Echansons de France. The museum is housed in the former wine cellars of the Passy Abbey, built into the high banks — sort of a cliff, really — beneath Rue Raynouard.

The museum is filled with historical items relating to wine growing and production and we found it fascinating. What we liked best, though, was the flight of wine tastings we did at the end of our visit. Musée du Vin also includes a restaurant, a gift shop, and meeting facilities.

  • 5 Square Charles Dickens at Rue des Eaux, 75016
  • Website

7. Bois de Boulogne

Bois de Boulogne

This 845-hectare wooded park is known as one of the "lungs" of Paris, because of the oxygen its forests breathe into the city. (The other "lung" is on the opposite end of Paris, Bois de Vincennes.) The bois is what's left of an ancient oak forest that was the hunting ground of French kings going back to the 7th century and Dagobert, the king of the Franks .

The current Bois de Boulogne dates to the 19th-century reign of Emperor Napoleon III, who donated the land to the city of Paris. Under Napoleon III and his urban planner, Haussmann, islands and waterfalls were created as well as tree-lined boulevards and meandering alleys.

Today, the large parkland is home to two equestrian race tracks, horse riding trials, ponds, waterfalls, hiking trials, row boats for hire, and the Roland Garros tennis complex.

8. Jardin d'Acclimatation

Jardin d'Acclimatation

This 160-year-old park still retains musch of the feeling of a 19th-century children's amusement park. We like the arcade area with old-fashioned fishing games, archery range, a miniature train, and a good playground. There's still a small petting zoo and, all-in-all, it's a fun afternoon outing with the kids.

In more recent decades the park has been somewhat updated. There are fairground rides, a water playground, even zip lining. A children's science museum has been added as well as the modernistic building for the Louis Vuitton Foundation, designed by Frank Gehry. Jardin d'Acclimatation is at the very north end of the Bois de Boulogne, abutting the city of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

9. La Grande Cascade

La Grande Cascade La Grande Cascade

One of our most memorable dining experiences in Paris was in the Bois de Boulogne, at a restaurant that was formerly the hunting lodge of Napoleon III. La Grande Cascade is named for the waterfall it sits next to. Presiding over the kitchen of this Michelin-starred restaurant is master chef Frederic Robert — talented, distinguished, thoughtful, immaculate.

This is one of the Paris restaurants we include as "Worth a Splurge". The room is 19th-century spectacular and the veranda in the summer months is the place to be.

10. Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Here's another 16th Arrondissement restaurant we like, but located closer to Place Victor Hugo in the center of the quartier. This one also has a Michelin star and it is run by the clever Chef Jean-Louis Nomicos. (There was a clue in the restaurant's name.) Nomicos is famous for having invented the world's most expensive macaroni — macaroni, truffes noires, foie gras de canard, céleri, jus de veau, parmesan gratinés. That's right, pasta stuffed with black truffles and foie gras. While many other Parisian restaurants have now copied this dish, his is still the best by far.

Located on a pleasant stretch of street in a mostly residential area, Les Tablettes has one of the most amazing kitchens we've ever seen. Located in the basement, there are distinct work and prep areas for every aspect of restaurant cooking — vegetables, fish, neat, baking, etc.

11. Palais de Tokyo & Museum Of Modern Art

Museum Of Modern Art

Palais de Tokyo is a grand limestone building constructed for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937. It's now home to a couple of modern art spaces. (Appropriately, the building was initially named Palais des Musées d'Art Moderne.)

One side of the palais is given over to an experimental art space called Le Pavillon. (Today, when most people mention "Palais de Tokyo" they're referring to this space.) There are no permanent exhibits, just artist work space and special shows curated by various art people. There's always something to see there, but it can be a bit… puzzling. Now that we've show that we're philistines, we'll tell you about the other half of the building, which we do like.

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is, as you can guess, the modern art museum of the city of Paris. There is some great stuff to be seen in here, and the museum is free. You can see Modigliani's The Woman With Blue Eyes, Robert Delaunay's wonderful La Ville de Paris, and other works by giants of modern art like Picasso, Braque, Calder, Keith Haring, Pierre Bonnard.

What you won't see are Picasso's Le Pigeon Aux Petits Pois , Modigliani's Woman with a Fan, or Fernand Leger's Still Life with Candlestick. That's because these are three of the five paintings that were stolen on May 20, 2010. Given the value of these paintings (well over €100 million) it's been called the "heist of the century". As soon as the theft was discovered the museum reacted in calm, rational way — it closed its doors for years. Luckily, it's now open again and better than ever… hopefully with an improved alarm system.

12. Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe sits on the spot where the 16th, 17th, and 8th Arrondissements meet, so at least a bit of it is in the 16th Arrondissement. See that corner of the Arc nearest to you in the photo? That's the 16th.

13. Musée National des Arts Asiatiques

Musée National des Arts Asiatiques

The Guimet Museum (as it is otherwise known) boasts an unrivalled collection from Asian civilizations with over 20,000 objects covering seven millennia of art. The Himalayan collection is a highlight but there are also collections covering China, Japan, India, Korea, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia.

  • 6 Place d'Iena, 75016
  • Free Entrance with the Paris Museum Pass
  • Website

14. Musée Marmotton-Monet

Impression Sunrise

We've saved one of our favorite Paris museums for last. It's our favorite because we're fans of Monet and Impressionism, and this museum contains good representations from his life's work. It was Claude Monet's son, Michel, who donated his father's collection to Musée Marmotton in 1966. Up until then the museum contained mostly pieces from the time of Napoleon, so today the museum is a mixture of the two distinct, opposing collections.

In 1985 there was a dramatic art theft from Musée Marmotton featuring five masked and armed robbers. One of the paintings stolen was Monet's uber-famous Impression: Sunrise, the work that gave the name to the entire Impressionist movement. A daring police operation that involved French thugs and Japanese heroin traffickers resulted in a round-up of the thieves and the return of all the art.

Musée Marmotton-Monet faces on to the lovely Jardin du Ranelagh, a kind of small version of Luxembourg. There are 2 or 3 intriguing special exhibitions each year. We saw a great one once on the Japanese prints collected by Monet himself.

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The Best Markets in the 16th Arrondissement

The Best Markets in the 16th Arrondissement

  • RUE DE L'ANNONCIATION
    Pedestrian market street off Rue de Passy near La Muette
    Most stores open daily except Sunday
  • PASSY COVERED MARKET
    Place de Passy
    Daily 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.; Sunday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • AMIRAL BRUIX
    Boulevard de l'Amiral-Bruix, between Weber and Marbeau
    Wednesday & Saturday 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM
  • PRESIDENT WILSON
    Avenue du President-Wilson, between Debrousse and Place d'Iena
    Wednesday 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM; Saturday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • SAINT-DIDIER
    Corner of rue Mesnil and rue Saint-Didier
    Indoor market Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM Outdoor market Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM; Saturday to 1:30 PM

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The Best Places to Stay in the 16th

The 16th spreads out from the Arc de Triomphe right down to the farthest southwest corner of Paris. That's a lot of territory and a lot of room for hotels. The two poles of the hotel world of the 16th are near the Arc, right up with the 8th Arrondissement's luxe accommodations, and in the residential area around Passy/La Muette. Of course there are other hotels scattered in between.

Shangri-La Paris

Shangri-La Paris

Up there in the stratosphere of luxury hotels is the Shangri-La Paris, one of the Palace hotels of France. This high-end hotel has everything, including views of the Eiffel Tower and 37 rooms with private terraces. Located in the luxe area near the 8th, the service here is exceptional. In fact, everything is exceptional! Find out what we say in our review.

The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula Paris

This was formerly the Hotel Majestic when it was the hotel of choice for celebrities of the Jazz Age from 1908 into the 1930s. After a complete luxury makeover in 2014, the place re-opened as the Peninsula Paris, to rave reviews. The renovation took almost six years and now everything is brand-spanking new yet with careful attention to historic detail.

The 20 Best Hotels in the 16th

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Here we present our curated list of the twenty most highly-rated hotels in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris. These are the places that visitors have loved staying at and that have received our highest rankings — from "Highly Rated" right up to the top rating of "Superb".

16th Arrondissement Resources

Statue of Liberty

  • Metro Line 9 runs along the "spine" of the 16th Arrondissement, starting at station Franklin D Roosevelt in the 8th all the way out to the last station at Pont de Sevres.
  • Metro Line 6 cuts a little arc through the 16th from Etoile to Passy. Line 10 ends at Boulogne-St-Cloud in the east after making a few stops in the lower part of the arrondissement.
  • We forgot to mention the Statue of Liberty found in the middle of Pont de Grenelle.
  • The Aerodynamic Laboratory of Gustave Eiffel. Amazingly, this laboratory and wind tunnel is still operating after more than 100 years. It's found at 67 Rue Boileau. It can only be visited in pre-arranged groups on Saturdays and Sundays, but yo need to call to arrange it. 01 42 88 47 40.
  • Castel Béranger, designed in 1897 by the then-unknown Hector Guimard (later famous for his iron Metro entrances) can be seen at 34 Rue La Fontaine.
  • The last operating artesian well in Paris is located at Square Lamartine.
  • An obelisk to Benjamin Franklin commemorates the place he installed the first lighting conductor, or lightning rod, in France. 66 Rue Raynouard at rue Singer.

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