Many well-to-do Parisians and expats inhabit le seizième. It is a very proper residential district. Think elegant Art Nouveau buildings and small squares populated by perfectly coiffed old ladies and mild-mannered children wearing navy jumpers from fancy boutiques.
You can get the very best view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro (when it isn’t under construction).
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The 16th has a plethora of museums and historical attractions amid its quiet streets, Like Musée Marmottan (a must-see of Monet’s admirers) or Galliera (all about fashion in Paris) or the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. As the name suggests, it’s an architectural museum featuring parts of past buildings and architectural exhibits, and literature.
The Palais de Tokyo offers some breathtaking exhibits (and a fun Foto Automat vintage photo booth inside). The building also features the Museum of Modern Art, a free-to-access theater of art from legends including Picasso and Pierre Bonnard. There is a great shot of the Eiffel Tower between the 2 buildings.
Head to the Musee du Vin museum to learn the history of French wine’s growth and production. You’ll taste a variety of French wines from one of the world’s famous cellars.
That fresh Paris air you breathe comes from a place in the 16th arrondissement dubbed the ‘green lung.’ The ancient oak forest was donated by Napoleon III and was used by kings as a royal hunting ground. The Bois de Boulogne features boulevards, alleys, and waterfalls created by Napoleon’s urban planner.
The Jardin d’Acclimatation is an old amusement park featuring Paris’ oldest wooden horse merry-go-round. (See all the carousels in Paris in this post.) It has modern updates, including zip-lining, but it still retains a 19th-century feel.
On your way to the village of Auteuil is the Porte de Saint-Cloud, which features the first illuminated fountains in Paris. The village has lush green spaces, a market, and many shops.
The village of Passy has a traditional feel with cobblestone streets and green spaces. It also features shops and picturesque mansions owned by the wealthy.
Sports fans have their pick of stadiums to visit. The Parc des Princes, home of Paris Saint-Germain football club, and the Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the Stade Francais rugby union club, lie in the 16th arrondissement.
The 16th arrondissement has many of Paris’s top rooftop bars that you will want to check out. When it comes to food, the 16th is unsurprisingly Parisian and refined. You can have an excellent meal at La Fontaine de Mars, a charming bistro right in front of the Eiffel Tower, or go for a Michelin-starred restaurant like L’Atelier Joel Robuchon.
Great spots in the 16th arrondissement curated for you:
16eme/16th Arrondissement Restaurants
- Bambini Paris, Palais de Tokyo (13 Av du Président Wilson) an elegant eatery attached to the museum with a carefree Italian theme.
- Brach (1-7, rue Jean Richepin) a roof-top terrace with flavors from Asia.
- Comice (31 Av de Versailles) is a Michelin star restaurant with delicious food and wine.
- Forest (11 Av du Président Wilson) is an immersive post-modern eatery attached to the Museum of Modern Art.
- Le Galliera (15 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie) French staples served in a modern brasserie.
- La Grande Cascade (Bois de Boulogne, Carr de Longchamp) is perfect for romantic dinners in a historical dining room of the 19th century.
- La Suite Girafe (1, place du Trocadéro et du 11-Novembre) gourmet sea-food dishes.
- Maison Noura (21 Avenue Marceau) upscale Lebanese gastronomy.
- Monsieur Bleu, Palais de Tokyo (20 Av de New York) a chic eatery facing the Eiffel Tower with a beautiful terrace service on Sundays.
- Nomicos (16 Av. Bugeaud) Michelin-starred restaurant.
- Pinky Bloom (68 Av de New York) is a totally Instagrammable tea salon.
- Substance (18 Rue de Chaillot) is an innovative menu with tastings and wine pairings in a contemporary atmosphere.
16eme/16th Arrondissement Coffee + Tea Shops
- Coutume (78 Rue de Passy) inside the Grande Épicerie.
- Cravan (17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine) cafe during the day (bar at night).
- Philippe Conticini (42 Rue de L’Annonciation) delicious pasteries.
16eme/16th Arrondissement Bars
- Brasserie Auteuil Rooftop Terrace (78 Rue d’Auteuil) is the best of Italian cuisine on a Parisian terrace.
- Canopy by Hilton Trocadéro (16 Avenue d’Eylau) landscaped rooftop bar with spectacular Eiffel Tower views.
- Le Rooftop Hotel Raphael (17 Avenue Kléber) all-day snacking, cocktails, and champagne with incredible views.
- Le Rooftop Molitor (6 Avenue de la Porte Molitor) is an excellent place for tapas, cocktails, and breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.
- Le Rooftop Peninsula (19 Avenue Kléber) adorned with ancient roses and rosé wines in summers.
16eme/16th Arrondissement Parks, Museums & Things to Do
- Aerodynamic Laboratory of Gustave Eiffel (67 Rue Boileau) this first aerodynamic lab, built by Mr. Eiffel himself.
- Benjamin Franklin obelisk (66 Rue Raynouard) marks the spot where he installed the first lighting conductor.
- Bois de Boulogne (Blvd des Sablons) huge public park.
- CineAqua – Aquarium de Paris (5 Av. Albert de Mun) Paris’s aquarium.
- Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (1 Pl. du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre) museum of architecture.
- Jardin d’Acclimatation (inside the Bois de Boulougne) amusement park.
- Le Jardin des Serres (3 Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil) a botanical garden with a history dating back to Louis XV.
- Louis Vuitton Foundation (8 Av. du Mahatma Gandhi) art museum.
- Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (11 Avenue du Président Wilson) modern art with permanent and seasonal exhibits.
- Musée de la Marine (17 Pl. du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre) national naval museum (not be confused with the new Hôtel de la Marine in the 8th arrondissement.
- Musée National des Arts Asiatiques/Musée Guimet (6 Pl. d’Iéna) Asian art museum.
- Musée du Vin (5 Square Charles Dickens) housing wine artifacts in a 15th-century vaulted cellar, also offers free wine tastings.
- Musée Marmottan Monet (2 rue Louis Boilly) home to over 300 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Monet.
- Palais de Tokyo (13 Av. du Président Wilson) contemporary art museum.
- Rue Jean De La Fontaine, a great strolling street paying homage to the late French poet, Jean De La Fontaine.
- Trocadéro gardens and ponds and fountains.
16eme/16th Arrondissement Shopping
- There are several marché in the 16th – I have bought the most delicious pastries at President Wilson Market also called Pont de l’Alma Market (Av. du Président Wilson) there is also Marché Belgrand (Rue Belgrand) which is quite good.
16eme/16th Arrondissement Lodging
- Brach (1-7 Rue Jean Richepin) is a fashionable hotel with eclectic artwork and decor.
- Hôtel des Academies et des Arts (15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière) a hotel and an artists workshop with a rich Belle Epoque history.
- Hôtel Raphael (17 Avenue Kléber) classic French hotel inspired by the Roaring Twenties.
- Mama Shelter Paris East (109 Rue de Bagnolet) eclectic rooms and decor with old-school Parisian vibes.
- The Peninsula Paris (19 Av. Kléber) is a luxury hotel set in an ornate 19th-century building.
- Saint James (5 Place du Chancelier Adenauer) is the only chateau-hotel in Paris.
- Shangri-La Paris (10, avenue d’Iéna) set in a former royal home overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.
The 16th arrondissement also has the only campground is Paris! Camping de Paris (2 Allée du Bord de l’Eau) is a great outdoor camping area in the heart of Paris.
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