Etoile, Trocadéro & Auteuil
Discover the chic 16th Arrondissement, tucked in between the banks of the River Seine and the gardens of Bois de Boulogne
Spend time wandering the wide, tree-lined boulevards of the 16th Arrondissement and you’ll feel as if you’ve been welcomed into Parisian high society. Walk along the stunning boulevards, with perfectly-coiffured locals walking tiny dogs, and enjoy incredible views of the Eiffel Tower, which is just a short walk away.
The tourist crowds seldom bother to explore the 16th Arrondissement, which means that the excellent galleries, museums and gardens are quiet enough to enjoy. Pay a visit to Maison de Balzac, the former residence of French writer Honoré de Balzac. This is where he wrote some of his most famous novels, and the museum contains his desk and chair, as well as his manuscripts.
Take a stroll to the extraordinary 2000 acre Bois de Boulogne park, where you’ll find several lakes, a waterfall and botanical gardens, as well as the Longchamp Racecourse and Le Jardin D’Acclimatation, the oldest operating amusement park in the world.
Sports fans will find much to enjoy in this area. Parc des Princes, the home ground of Paris Saint-Germain football club is nearby, as well as Stade Roland Garros, the renowned tennis venue which hosts the French Open.
When you need to inject some Parisian chic into your wardrobe, head to Rue de Passy, where you’ll find all the big name stores, as well as the huge shopping centre, Passy Plaza. Later, wander across the cobbles of Rue de l’Annonciation to Aux Merveilleux de Fred, where you can feast on giant meringues layered with cream and chocolate and rolled in chocolate flakes.