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Paris/16th arrondissement

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The 16th arrondisement is to Paris what the Upper East Side is to New York - a very affluent, chic and well-known section of town that serves as a home for CEOs, celebrities, and some of the city's most well-known tourist spots. Most first-time visitors will almost certainly catch the view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero Gardens, and many will pay a visit to one of the 16th's excellent museums - among them the Marmottan, Guimet, or Paris' own Museum of Modern Art. The area is also a hub for spectator sports - tennis' famed Roland Garros tournament, matches of glitzy football club Paris Saint-Germain and more are all held in the area. While most of the neighborhood is quiet and residential, there are still rewards for those seeking to venture away from the attractions. The 16th is perhaps Paris' slowest-paced neighborhood, but that makes it great for ambling about and taking in the beautiful and whimsical Art Deco architecture.

Get in[edit]

Trocadero

By Métro[edit]

The 16th is served by five Métro lines: 1, 2, 6, 9 and 10. Many visitors will arrive on Line 9, which runs all the way from the far side of the city across the Right Bank and turns south to bisect the 16th before exiting Paris at Porte de Saint-Cloud continuing to the adjacent suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt. It meets Line 6 at Trocadero, just across the river from the Eiffel Tower and a major point of exit for tourists. (You'll see a great view of the Eiffel Tower on Line 6 while crossing the Seine, before pulling into the Passy station.) Line 9 also crosses Line 10 further south in two places - pay attention as Line 10 has two branches in the 16th - one eastbound, one westbound - that separate and rejoin each other and may leave you further away from your destination than planned. Line 10 is most useful for those coming from central Paris, especially the major tourist destinations of the Left Bank, or heading to the Bois de Boulogne at Porte d'Auteuil station. Lines 1 and 2 both serve the far north of the 16th - Line 1 via Porte Maillot, and Line 2 via Porte Dauphine and Victor Hugo stations.

By RER[edit]

The RER C can be the fastest way to reach the 16th from areas along the Seine or from points northwest or southwest of Paris' city limits. Its Pontoise branch enters the 16th at Porte Maillot, runs southwards along its western edge, crosses Line 9 at Boulainvilliers (offering a transfer to La Muette station on Line 9), and turns east to cross the Seine just past Avenue du President Kennedy.

By bus[edit]

Although the Métro and RER are usually the fastest ways to get to the 16th once in Paris, there are some buses that can be convenient, most from areas where the Métro runs north-south. The 72 is the most likely to be used by visitors - it runs directly parallel to the Seine on the northern side, linking the 16th with the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and several other museums. Line 62 traces Paris' southern edge and terminates at Porte de Saint-Cloud, and the 82 bus is useful for those arriving from the nearby suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

By car[edit]

Arriving by car is not recommended, as parking is both difficult and expensive, the traffic can be stressful, and navigating is often confusing. However, the 16th is well-connected to major throughfares, as it is bounded on the west by the Boulevard Périphérique, on the east by the Voie Georges Pompidou and to the north by the famed Champs-Elysées. Within the 16th however, prepare to be confronted by many crooked, narrow, one-way streets.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Palais du Trocadéro. Great perspective on the Eiffel Tower and Left Bank.  edit
  • Musée Marmottan, 2 rue Louis-Boilly, 16th (Metro: La Muette), 01.44.96.50.33, [1]. 11am-9pm Tues; 11am-6pm Wed-Sun. Last entry 30 min before closing. Monet's best works are in this charming museum, which contains the largest Monet collection in the world as well as works by Renoir, Manet, Berthe, Caillebotte and Gauguin.  edit
  • Musée en Herbe, Jardin d'Acclimation, Bois de Boulogne (Métro: Les Sablons), +33 1 40 67 97 66, [2]. Monday through Sunday 10AM to 7PM.. With a teaching style based on fun and humour, the Musée en Herbe offers classes and games about art especially designed for children. Observation, imagination and identification games permit kids to discover the works of art and objects shown, at their own pace. The exhibits are all hands-on so kids can have a free reign in the museum, and if that's not enough there are workshops as well. 4€ for the exhibitions, €8 for the workshops, but add €2.70 for entrance to the garden. Some discounts are available..  edit
  • Jardin d'Acclimatation, [3]. The northwest corner of the Bois de Boulogne is occupied by the oldest operating amusement park in the world, the Jardin d'Acclimatation, which is mainly known for offering a wide range of amusements which are appropriate even for very small children. They have miniature roller-coasters for children as small as three years, and the usual range of pony rides etc.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

The Bois de Boulogne is a park located along the western edge of the 16ème arrondissement of Paris, near the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt. The Bois de Boulogne has an area of 8.459 km² (3.266 sq. miles, or 2,090 acres), which is 2.5 times larger than Central Park in New York, and 3.3 times larger than Hyde Park in London. At night time, the area welcomes a different scene, and becomes one of Paris' most prominent red-light districts.

Spectator sports:

  • French Open [4] — The second of each year's four Grand Slam tennis tournaments is held over two weeks in late May and early June at Stade Roland Garros in the Bois de Boulogne. The venue is open for tours year-round whenever tournaments are not scheduled, and the French Tennis Federation operates its national museum of the sport, the Tenniseum [5], at the site.
  • Paris Saint-Germain [6] — Football club currently playing in the top-level Ligue 1. Home ground is Parc des Princes. Ticket information is available online only in French [7]. In recent years, the club has purged itself of much of the racism and violence that once plagued it, and it is now one of Europe's biggest-spending clubs, with many international stars.
  • Stade Français [8] — Rugby club in the Top 14, and a perennial title contender. Stade's traditional home ground of Stade Jean-Bouin, across the street from Parc des Princes, reopened in 2013 after a major renovation and expansion. Ticket information is available online in English [9].
  • Horse racing — Some of the world's best Thoroughbred racing can be seen at two venues in the Bois de Boulogne. Hippodrome de Longchamp [10], used exclusively for flat racing, hosts many of France's top races, including the internationally famous Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on the first weekend in October. Hippodrome d'Auteuil [11] is used exclusively for steeplechase racing, and hosts many top-quality races in that discipline.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Carette, 4. Place du Trocadéro (Metro Trocadéro), +33 1 47 27 98 85. This Pâtisserie and Salon de thé also has great food. The salads are amazing, and there is delicious cakes for dessert. Big salads at €15.  edit

Mid Range[edit]

  • La Gare Chaussée De La Muette.  edit
  • Le Malakoff, 6 place du Trocadéro, +33 1 45537527 (). Just take the menu of the day  edit
  • Le Coq, 2 place du Trocadéro, +33 1 47278952. A hip and trendy modern brasserie where the 16th arrondissement's posh population meets  edit
  • Café Brassac, 37, ave. Kléber (close to Metro station Kléber), +33 1 45 53 21 63, [12]. Very nice cafe with good lunch and dinner. Lot's of people go there for their business lunch  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • L'Astrance (Alternative), 4 rue Beethoven, +33 1 4050 8440.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Totem, 17 Place du Trocadero, +33 1 47 27 28 29. noon-2a M-Su. Get a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower from this restaurant-tearoom opposite the Champ de Mars. Just next to the Musee de l'Homme, there certainly are worse spots to grab a drink or two.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Best Western Hotel Victor Hugo, 19 Rue Copernic. Centrally located, this hotel offers clean rooms at affordable prices.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hôtel Gavarni, 5,rue Gavarni, +33 1 45 24 52 82 (, fax: +33 1 40 50 16 95), [13]. In the heart of the Passy village and its fashion boutiques, the hotel Gavarni is fully air-conditioned and touts itself as haven of peace and refinement. It's the first independent hotel in Paris to have been awarded the European Ecolabel. Free WiFi.  edit
  • Mon Hotel, 1 Rue d'Argentine, +33 1 45 02 76 76. With a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, the Mon Hotel caters for those seeking a stylish base in central Paris.  edit
  • Hotel Eiffel Kennedy, 12 Rue Boulainvilliers, +33 01 45 24 45 75, [14]. This small hotel (33 rooms) offers all the basics that you would expect from a three star hotel. ~150.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel, 55-57 Raymond Poincare, +33 1 44 05 66 66, [15]. A quiet small hotel with a wonderful courtyard just north of place and metro Victor Hugo in walking distance from the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel tower and Trocadero. Wired internet at rooms. Reopened in April 2011. Rooms at €329.  edit
  • Hotel Best Western Premier Trocadéro La Tour, 5 bis, rue Massenet, [16]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12am. Completely renovated with a spirit of elegance that is truly Parisian, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Trocadéro la Tour introduces its 41 spacious and refined rooms, which promise you a cosy night’s sleep in the calm and the highest comfort, after a long day of sightseeing, shopping, or business meetings. A stone´s throw from rue de Passy, a shopping area well known by Parisians, you will easily get to the most important landmarks, museums and tourist attractions in Paris. The BEST WESTERN PREMIER Trocadéro La Tour is only two steps from the Eiffel Tower. The Champs Elysées are all a short stroll away. €125-250. (48.85826,2.2766) edit

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