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An Insider’s Guide to the 16th Arrondissement of Paris

Last Updated on 11th May 2024 by Sophie Nadeau

Rich with culture and green spaces, the 16th arrondissement is home to some of the most iconic views of the Eiffel Tower! Abundant with art, history and Art Nouveau architecture to explore, you’ll be spoiled for choice in this elegant part of the capital city. Here’s your guide to the best things to do in the 16th arrondissement, as well as what to know before visiting!

16th arrondissement guide

Best things to do in the 16th arrondissement

Art Nouveau architecture

One of the best highlights of the 16th arrondissement is the sheer number of Art Nouveau buildings dotted around the neighbourhood. Along with the 7th arrondissement, the 16th is the best place in the city to see these 20th-century buildings.

If this style of architecture is something that intrigues you, follow our Art Nouveau guide to Paris and learn about the history of the buildings as well as where to find them in the city.

art nouveau architecture

Rue Berton

For an unusual experience, visit rue Berton. As if stepping back in time, this curious hidden street has an old-timey village feel to it. Situated on a hillside in Passy, not far from the Eiffel Tower.

Characterised by its narrow paved walkways and ivy covered walls, the street is picturesque and reminiscent of the French countryside, a reminder of when Passy was considered to be out of the city limits of the capital. In fact, rue Berton is some of the last remains of the terraces of Passy that you can visit, dating back to the 16th century, it’s a street rich with history.

Maison de Balzac

One of the most famous residents to have lived in Passy in the 16th arrondissement was the French novelist and playwright, Honoré Balzac. Today, his former home has been transformed into a delightful small museum and has been set up much as it would have appeared during the 19th-century.

The museum is also home to a beautiful garden boasting of Eiffel Tower views. The permanent collection of the museum is free to visit.

Maison de Balzac

Parc de Bagatelle

Whether you want to see cherry blossoms in the spring or smell roses in the early summer, this 16th arrondissement gem close to Neuilly-sur-Seine is the perfect spot to soak up some nature.

Nestled in the very heart of the Bois de Boulogne, Parc de Bagatelle is home to one of four botanical gardens in Paris. Best visited in the late spring or early summer when the blooms are at their finest. You can also find a magnificent rose garden filled with over 9000 plants, as well as butterflies, peacocks, and even a clowder of cats!

bagatelle blossom

Fondation Louis Vuitton

To the north of the arrondissement, located within the Bois de Bouloge next to the Jardin d’Acclimitation is the recent and impressive, Louis Vuitton Foundation.

This fascinating transparent ‘architectural gesture’ of glass and metal was designed by Frank Gehry. A cultural gem, this hub of activity is dedicated to the contemporary arts, offering visitors an insight from the 20th and 21st centuries and onwards.

fondation louis vuitton

L’esplanade du Trocadéro

One of the best ways to enjoy sunrise in Paris is from the polished stretch of marble tiles, the esplanade of Trocadéro which lies just across from the Eiffel Tower, on the other side of the Seine.

There’s nothing quite like the first glint of sunlight just over the horizon, the first hint of a golden glow breaking into the candy coloured skyline. Truly a magical way to start the day! Please note that, in 2024, the Parvis of the Trocadéro is going pretty extensive renovations and so much of it isn’t accessible.

sunrise at trocadero

Avenue de Camoëns

Another spot to enjoy the sunrise in Paris and one of the most picturesque roads in all of Paris (lending itself to a particular gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower) is that of Avenue de Camoëns. Leading to an ornate pedestrian-only staircase, this is a dead-end road for cars. In fact, the road is actually only 116 metres long making it likely the shortest avenue in Paris!

You can access Avenue de Camoëns 24/7 and the road is free to access. But be sure to bring your camera as this is truly a picture-perfect spot in Paris!

How to Visit Avenue de Camoëns, 16th Arrondissement
How to Visit Avenue de Camoëns, 16th Arrondissement

Musée du Vin

There is a smattering of museums worth checking out in the 16th arrondissement, and the Musée du Vin is among these. As its name suggests, the wine museum is all about the history of wine and winemaking, with a particular focus on the French methods.

After learning about the history of winemaking and viewing the collection, you can even sample a glass of wine from the museum’s very own vineyard!

Bois de Boulogne

The Bois de Boulonge is a gorgeous public park located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, home to four botanical gardens, and within it you can explore rose gardens, lakes and even a waterfall!

There are also row boats to rent, imagine tranquil waters, and looking at peacocks roaming around the wooded surroundings, its certainly one of the most romantic spots in Paris. This huge green expanse offers respite from the busy hustle and bustle of Paris, it’s an idyllic spot to spend the afternoon reading a book or enjoying a picnic with friends.

 (Please note that the Park has a paid entrance fee during late spring, summer, and early autumn)

bois de boulogne boat rental

Jardin d’Acclimitation

Jardin d’Acclimitation is a green expanse which stretches over more than 18 hectares. Home to the oldest amusement park in France, it was opened in 1860 by Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie. Originally known as Jardin Zoologique d’Acclimatation, it began as a zoo where plants and animals from afar were kept to acclimatise to France’s weather conditions.

Today, Jardin d’Acclimitation stands as a family oriented leisure park, abundant with things to do! From puppet shows, boat rides on the lake, a grand carousel and swinging chairs. Perfect for kids, this is the spot to fill your afternoon with fun and thrill seeking while in Paris (it’s actually the only theme park in the capital city).

Palais de Tokyo & Museum Of Modern Art

Located on the northern edge of the Bois de Boulogne, the Palais Tokyo is a building dedicated to modern and contemporary art. In fact, as of 2012 it became Europe’s largest contemporary art centre.

This bold and unique structure is a one of a kind exhibition space, it has no permanent collection but instead this shell-like interior of concrete and steel plays host to an variety of interactive art exhibitions and installations.

Also worth noting, Palais Tokyo is famous is the skateboarding community! Skateboarders are welcomed to use the huge, smooth marble courtyard situated within, with the added bonus of Eiffel Tower views.

palais de tokyo

Village of Passy

If you’ve read this far, you’ll know that many of the locations previously mentioned are located in the village of Passy.

Possibly one of the most overlooked and intriguing parts of Paris, this delightful and hilly neighbourhood has a distinctly residential feel. Rich with history, and much like Montmartre, the neighbourhood of Passy only became part of Paris properly in 1860. 

Today, Passy village is most famous for its many produce stores, including covered markets and weekly markets, as well as home to several interesting streets and a few museums.

things to do in passy

Rue de l’Annonciation

Situated in Passy, this charming shopping street is mostly pedestrianised and is home to a wide array of artisanal and local shops such as fishmongers, greengrocers, and bakeries. The idyllic spot to get an array of French delights for a picnic and take to one of the local parks! For more inspiration, be sure to check out our guide to the best streets in Paris.

Parc des Princes

This is one for the football fans! Parc des Princes is the main football stadium of Paris, with a seating capacity for a whopping 47,929 spectators, it has also been the home for the Parisian football club Saint-Germain (PSG). For those interested by the sport, you can take a unique guided tour of the stadium and visit the dressing rooms, VIP boxes, and even the tunnel to the edge of the pitch.

Arc de Triomphe

One of Paris’ most famous landmarks, this majestic archway is actually considered to be located in the 8th arrondissement, but due to its intersecting placement its close enough to the 16th to make the list!

At the centre of one of the most hectic roundabouts you’ll ever see in your life, the Arc de Triomphe was was built in the early 1800s, having been commissioned by Napoleon following a victory at the battle of Austerlitz.

This intricately carved monument has become an icon of Paris, and was even once turned into a huge art installation: Wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

It makes for an excellent place to visit and watch the sunset, boasting of beautiful views over the city and thanks to its location you get an interesting perspective of the roads leading up to it.

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe/ by @hurtsyourteeth

Where to stay in the 16th arrondissement

Not as centrally places as others, but thanks to its many points of interest, elegance and beauty, the 16th arrondissement is a great choice in which to base yourself while visiting Paris. Here are some of the best places to stay based on web-reviews and location:

Mid-range- Hôtel Villa Nicolo: Beautifully decorated rooms with beds that are adorned with ornate wooden headboards. There’s a courtyard and guest lounge adorned with art where you can relax in. (Important to note, WiFi is available but for a surcharge). Located a 7-minute walk from both the Jardins du Trocadéro and the Passy metro station, it’s also only a 15 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. Check prices and availability here.

Luxury- Saint James: For an experience at the height of luxury, this lavish 5-star hotel is set within an 1892 chateau surrounded by gardens. Opulent and decadent rooms, if you’re willing to splash the cash then this place will not disappoint. With dining options including a gran restaurant and a library bar, there’s also a sunroom and an eclectic terrace cafe to relax in. Check prices and availability here.

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