From the museum-filled 7th arrondissement to the luxurious 16th and the quiet residential streets of the 15th, Western Paris offers plenty of options for tourists, professionals, expats and students coming to the French capital.
The 7th arrondissement
Situated on Paris’ Left Bank, the 7th arrondissement is home to more attractions than anywhere else in the French capital. Since the 17th Century, it has been considered the home of the French aristocracy. The Hôtel Matignon, Hôtel Biron and Hôtel de Salm are showpieces of the glorious « Hôtels Particuliers » (mansions) built for such families.
The 7th is, of course, the home of the iconic Eiffel Tower, making it a powerful draw to visitors from across the world. For this reason, restaurants and accommodation tend to be more expensive in this neighbourhood.
Here are our top 5 recommendations:
- The Eiffel Tower
- L’Assemblée Nationale (the French National Assembly)
- The Hôtel des Invalides (a military museum and former hospital for soldiers)
- The Musée d’Orsay (formerly a train station, now a magnificent museum containing the world’s greatest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces, including the likes of Monet, Cézannne and Van Gogh – to name just a few)
- The Musée Rodin (discover the former home and works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin)
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The 16th arrondissement
Frequently likened to New York’s Upper-East-Side and London’s Kensington & Chelsea, the 16th arrondissement (also known as the « arrondissement de Passy ») is one of the wealthiest districts in Paris. It’s made up of high-end residential neighbourhoods, a number of major sports venues (includiung the Parc des Princes and Roland Garros) and, of course, the colossal Bois de Boulogne (Paris’ second largest park).
The 16th is particularly popular with expats and families as it offers plenty of open space, some of the best schools in the capital, direct access to central Paris and the business quarter of La Défense.
Here are our top 5 places to visit:
- The Fondation Louis Vuitton (a state-of-the-art musem in the Bois de Boulogne)
- The Palais de Tokyo (a popular modern and contemporary art museum)
- Trocadéro (home to the Palais de Chaillot and a number of museums)
- Avenue Foch (one of Paris’ most exclusive streets, running from the Arc de Triomphe to the Porte Dauphine)
- The Musée Marmottan Monet (contains a vast collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works from artists including Manet, Sisley, Gaugin, Renoir and Monet)
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The 15th arrondissement
The 15th arrondissement, also known as the « arrondissement de Vaugirard», is situated in the South-West of Paris. Serving as a commercial and residential district, it is the largest arrondissement in Paris, both in terms of size and population.
The 15th arrondissement is famous for its train station, the gare Montparnasse, which was the site of a dramatic derailment in 1895. It is also home to the Tour Montparnasse, the tallest skyscraper in central Paris, which arguably offers the most beautiful view of the city from its 360º viewing deck.
The 15th is more affordable than its neighbouring arrondissements and, if you stay here, you’ll be within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and the 7th arrondissement.
Lodgis Tip: Take a workshop at le Cordon Bleu, the home of the historic cookery school. Short courses start from €45 and range from The Art of French Cuisine to Macaroon workshops.
Here are our top tips for the 15th arrondissement:
- The Tour Montparnasse
- The Musée Pasteur (dedicated to French scientist, Louis Pasteur)
- Rue du Commerce (one of the most charming shopping streets in the capital)
- Explore the green spaces of the Parc Georges Brassens and Parc André Citroën
- The Pont de Bir-Hakeim (a dual-level bridge that crosses the Île de Cygnes, where wou can see the famous Statue of Liberty replica)
- The Musée Bourdelle (former studio of French sculptor, Antoine Bourdelle, which contains his personal collection of works including the likes of Delacroix, Rodin and Carrière)
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Looking for a place to stay in Paris for a few days, weeks or months, but still not sure where? Take a look at our article on the most vibrant districts in which to live in Paris.
We’ll be back soon with our next feature on Eastern Paris.