Paris’s 16th Arrondissement: High Society in Passy

 

The 16th arrondissement (also known as “Passy”) is located on Paris’s Right Bank of the Seine. Inhabited by affluent Parisians, Passy is home to opulent 19th century architecture, world-class museums (clustered between Place du Trocadéro and Place d’Iéna), large sporting venues (such as Roland Garros Stadium where the French Open takes place), and upscale shops. Another highlight of the 16th is the Bois de Boulogne, the second largest public park in the city (the Bois de Vincennes, located in the 12th arrondissement is the largest).

Metro stops: Alma-Marceau, Iéna, Bossière, Porte Maillot and Passy are some of the most commonly used metro stops in the 16th arrondissement.

What to do in Paris’s 16th Arrondissement

Take a stroll through the Bois de Boulogne. This expansive park located along the western edge of the 16th arrondissement is home to various sporting venues, playground areas and landscaped walking paths. I suggest visiting the Bois de Boulogne during the day; at night it becomes one of Paris’ best-known red light districts.

Experience the best in spectator sports at one of the areas many sporting venues. Some of the most notable are:

  • Stade Rolland Garros: The French Open takes place the last two weeks in late May and early June at Stade Roland Garros in the Bois de Boulogne. However, if these dates don’t coincide with your trip to Paris, the venue is open for tours year-round whenever tournaments are not scheduled. You can also visit the French Tennis Federation’s national museum, the Tenniseum here.
  • Stade Jean-Bouin: This is the home ground of the State Français, one of the top 14 rugby clubs and a regular title contender. Some of their matches are played at the Stade de France in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis.
  • Hippodrome de Longchamp/Hippodrome d’Auteuil: These two venues in the Bois de Boulogne host some of the best thoroughbred racing in the world.

Musée Marmottan Monet
Spend a quiet afternoon at the Musée Marmottan Monet . This beautiful museum houses work by Monet and other prominent impressionists.
2, rue Louis-Boilly
Tel: +33 1 44 96 50 3
Metro: La Muette (follow the signs through the park to the museum)

Palais de Tokyo
Take in an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo. The impressive Palais de Tokyo, originally constructed for the 1937 World’s Fair, houses rotating visual arts exhibitions.
13, avenue du Président Wilson
Tel: +33 1 47 23 54 01
Metro: Iéna

National Museum of Asian Art Guimet
The Guimet Museum’s extensive collection  includes Asian Art and artifacts. The museum also houses a library and restaurant.
6, place d’Iéna

Metro: stations Iéna (closest) / Trocadéro / Boissière

Musée Baccarat
Get your fill of crystal at the Musée Baccarat. This opulent museum houses the very best of the Baccarat collection. It’s perfect for those interested in the history of Baccarat or decorative arts.
63 rue Edouard Vaillant
Metro: Bossière, Iéna

Maison de Balzac
Visit the residence of a literary sensation: the Maison de Balzac (47, rue Raynouard , 75016 Paris Metro: Passy, La Muette). The great French writer Balzac lived in many places, but this is where he wrote some of his most famous works, including: La Comédie Humaine, La Rabouilleuse, Une Ténébreuse Affaire, and La Cousine Bette.
47, rue Raynouard
Metro: Passy, La Muette

Where to shop in Paris’s Passy District

As one would expect, the shops in the 16th Arrondissement cater to the area’s wealthy inhabitants (so, there are very few bargains to be found here!). These upscale shops can be found around the Place Victor Hugo and Boissiere or along  Rue St. Honore.

The 16th is also home to a variety of open-air markets as well. The most notable of these are:

Marché Auteuil
Place Jean Lorrain
Hours: Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Michel-Ange-Auteuil

Marché Gros-La-Fontaine
Rue Gros and Rue La Fontaine
Hours: Tuesday and Friday,7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Metro: Ranelagh

Marché Point du Jour
Avenue de Versailles, between Rue Le Marois to Rue Gudin
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Porte de Saint-Cloud

Marché Porte Molitor
Place de la Porte Molitor
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Metro: Porte Molitor

Marché Président Wilson
Avenue du President Wilson, between Rue Debrousse and the Place d’Iéna
Hours: Wednesdays from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Iéna

Marché Amiral Bruix
Boulevard Bruix, between Rue Weber and Rue Marbeau
Hours: Wednesdays from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Porte Maillot

Marché Passy (Covered Market)
Place de Passy
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Saturday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 3:30 to 7:00 pm; Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Metro: Muette

Written by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard for EuropeUpClose.com

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