We love strolling among the streets, the shops, and the parks of the 16th Arrondissement. Located across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower in the southwest corner of Paris, the 16th is filled with upscale residential neighborhoods such as Passy, Auteuil and Trocadero. This large and elegant arrondissement is worth exploring; in fact, it was hard to keep our list down to eighteen choices… and that's not including all the great food markets!
1. Seine River Romantic Dinner Cruise… With live music & champagne
2. Cheese and Wine Tasting in a Private Paris Cheese Cellar… Learn from a Master Affineur
3. Louvre Masterpieces Tour… Skip the lines for the best experience
4. Dinner Cruise with Maxim's of Paris… An Art Nouveau experience from 1900
We've said it before — the best place to view the Eiffel Tower is from across the river, in the 16th Arrondissement, from the plaza at Trocadero. From here 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.
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 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.
VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
Dinner Cruise by Maxim's of Paris
This elegant building formerly housed the Hotel Majestic back when it was the hotel of choice for celebrities of the Jazz Age from 1908 into the 1930s. After a complete luxury makeover, the hotel 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.
If you're a fan of Claude Monet and Impressionism, this small Paris museum is a must-see. It was Monet's son, Michel, who donated his father's collection to Musée Marmottan in 1966. The petite museum faces on to the lovely Jardin du Ranelagh, a small version of Luxembourg, set in a tranquil upscale neighborhood.
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Here we present our curated list of the ten 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-Plus".
At the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques
The Guimet Museum (as it is otherwise known) boasts an unrivaled 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.
The bistro a La Muette, photo by Mark Craft
A feeling of luxury, or at least comfort, maintains and, if you want to see how the well-off Parisians live, it's worth a Metro ride to La Muette station. You'll be rewarded with an enclave of narrow streets with some of the best gourmet food shopping in Paris. It is one of the largest arrondissements since it also takes in the many hectares of the Bois de Boulogne. There are a lot of things to like here — it was difficult to keep our list down to fourteen!
The Louvre's Greatest Masterpieces
Palais de Chaillot & fountains of Trocadero
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. 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 to go 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.
At Trocadero: Architecture et du Patrimoine, left, Eiffel Tower, right. Photo by Mark Craft.
The name of this museum is a mouthful. However, part of the museum is, in fact, 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. Off and on, there's been a small refreshment area on the main floor where it's been 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!
Versailles with Priority Access + Gardens
Half-Day, Skip-the-Line Tour of Versailles
Who ever 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 have always 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.
A stairway on the promenade, photo by Mark Craft
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.
Wine tasting the the Musée du Vin, photo by Mark Craft
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.
Filled with historical items relating to wine growing and production, we found the museum 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.
VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
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.
Fishing for plastic ducks at Jardin d'Acclimatation, photo by Mark Craft
This 160-year-old park still retains much 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.
La Grande Cascade, photo by Mark Craft
One of our most memorable dining (and most fun) 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.
Eiffel Priority-Access Tours
Eiffel Tower Tour to Level 2 or 3
A plate at restaurant Nomicos, photo Michelin Guide
Here's another 16th Arrondissement restaurant we like, located closer to the center of the quartier. This one also has a Michelin star and it is run by the clever Chef Jean-Louis Nomicos. He is famous for having invented the world's most expensive macaroni — macaroni, truffles 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. Incidentally, Nomicos also won the Michelin star for La Grande Cascade when he was the chef there, before leaving to start his own restaurant.
La Fée Electricité by Raoul Dufy, photo by Mark Craft
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 shown 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 (referred to as MAM) 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.
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