Trocadéro – Passy – Auteuil

    This expansive district stretches along a large portion of the Right Bank of the Seine, covering the southwest part of Paris and the Bois de Boulogne. Numerous little parks, large avenues, tree-lined boulevards, Haussmanian buildings, and posh shopping streets are the backdrop of this wealthy district. The Trocadéro square, atop the hill of Chaillot, is without a doubt the most spectacular landmark in the neighborhood. Lying between two museums (Musée de l’Homme and the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine), the Trocadéro’s wide plaza welcomes crowds of tourists stopping by to take the traditional photos directly across from the Eiffel Tower.

    Trocadéro – Passy – Auteuil Neighborhood, Paris.

My life in the Neighborhood

Before I even moved to Paris, I had heard conflicting things about Passy: from it's too boring, too bourgeois to it's really cute, a true village. Nothing in between. When I finally went to check it out for myself, I fell in love immediately and lived there for the first few months of my life in Paris.

The Haussmannian buildings, the Eiffel Tower peeking through at every corner, the proximity of the Seine, and the fabulous shopping, all work together to truly feel like living in a village inside of Paris.

Tourists are few and far between, some might stray from the Trocadéro, others find their way to the Musée Marmottan Monet, but around the market, and along the Rue de Passy, the little cafés are all reserved for the locals who all seem to know each other.

Even though I now live in the 17eme, I regularly pop down to Passy to catch up with friends on one of the many café terraces, to shop at the market and on the pedestrian-only Rue de l'Annonciation as well as at the second location of the Grande Epicerie of Bon Marché fame, or to check out all the great boutiques. In Passy, you have everything close together without the crowds and it is très chic as well.

By Ulrike  
  • Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro at sunrise
  • Paris botanical garden Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil

Neighborhood Staples

  • Take in a sunrise at the Trocadéro and enjoy beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower before the crowds arrive

  • Admire Monet's Water Lilies and other impressionist artwork at the Musée Marmottan Monet

  • Spend the afternoon at the Palais de Tokyo to experience one-of-a-kind contemporary art installations and exhibitions

  • Visit the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil, a botanical garden consisting of 5 gorgeous greenhouses filled with exotic plants


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