The 15th is the largest and most populous arrondissement in central Paris. It’s largely upscale residential and doesn’t tend to attract too many tourists. The 15th arr. is close to both Montparnasse (the 14th arrondissement) and the 7th arrondissement , home to the Eiffel Tower and nearby attractions. The 15th is considered by many to be “le vrai Paris” (“real” Paris).
Metro stops: Montparnasse-Bienvenue, Bir-Hakeim, Porte de Versailles, Pasteur and Félix Faure are some of the most commonly used metro stops in the 15th arrondissement.
What to do in the 15th Arrondissement
Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon at Tapovan.
Tapovan is an ayurvedic center that offers both treatment and professional training in various ayurvedic healing arts including yoga, reiki massage, reflexology and oil treatments.
9 rue Gutenberg
Metro: Charles Michels
Tel: +33 1 45 77 90 59
Indulge your inner scientist at the Musée Pasteur.
The Musée Pasteur is located in the apartment where the famous chemist and his wife lived at the end of his life (1822-1895). Visitors can view their furniture, possessions, photos and instruments. Pasteur’s tomb is located in a mausoleum on the ground floor.
25, rue du Docteur Roux
Tel: +33 1 45 68 82 83
Take in some art at the Musée Bourdelle.
The Musée Bourdelle features the work of Antoine Bourdelle, the celebrated sculptor, Rodin’s, star pupil. The museum permanently displays the artist’s drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Visitor’s can also take a tour of the artist’s studio, garden, and house.
16/18, rue Antoine Bourdelle
Get wet at Aquaboulevard
Aquaboulevard is the largest waterpark in Europe, featuring a wide variety of waterslides and pools. Aquaboulevard is located in the Forest Hill Club complex, which also a multi-screen cineplex.
4 to 6 Rue Louis Armand
Tel: +33 1 40 60 10 00
Where to shop in Paris’s 15th Arrondissement
Because it is primarily a residential area, the 15th isn’t really known for its shopping. However, Rue Vaugirard is where you will find a variety of bakeries, food and wine shops, and flower sellers. There is an assortment of clothing and accessories shops along the Rue de Commerce as well. It should be noted that most of the stores in the 15th arrondissement are relatively expensive.
The 15th is home to a variety of open-air markets as well. The most notable of these are:
Rue Convention between Rue Al. Chartier and Rue l’Abbé Groult
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Boulevard de Grenelle
Hours: Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: La Motte-Piquet Grenelle
Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Metro: Javel-André Citroën
Written by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard for EuropeUpClose.com