This district covers the entire 16th Arrondissement, from the famous view of the Eiffel Tower at Trocadéro and down through the areas of Passy and Auteuil.
Main metro stations in the Trocadéro neighborhood:
This self-guided walking tour takes off from 1). the Trocadéro, with its fabulous view across to the Eiffel Tower. Instead of heading down the steps toward la tour, turn around, then cross the large round-about and head to 2). the Passy cemetery. This walled cemetery is on a much smaller scale than the well-known ones in Paris but is just as atmospheric.
Next, cross the Rue Benjamin Franklin and walk along the small sand pathway that runs alongside the private road 3). Rue le Tasse. Take a moment to marvel at the dreamy apartments and impressive architecture on your right.
Continue down the path and wind your way through 4). the gardens of the Trocadéro. Turn right when you reach the Avenue des Nations Unies and then make a quick left to follow Rue Le Nôtre down to the Seine. Once on the river banks, turn right and walk towards 5). the Pont Bir-Hakeim (the bridge made famous by the film Inception).
Just past the bridge, turn onto the historic 6). Rue des Eaux and continue past the Square Charles-Dickens and up the steps. Take a left on Rue Raynouard and continue until you reach N°47. This enviable address was once 7). the home of famous French author Honoré de Balzac and is now a museum dedicated the prolific writer.
Retrace your last few steps and head up the Rue de l’Annonciation, passing the Notre Dame de Grace de Passy cathedral before turning on Rue Jean Bologne. Once you reach the Rue de Passy, turn right and shop 8). the Passy Brocante for flea-market finds and antique treasures.
Return to Rue de l’Annonciation to reward yourself with a heavenly pastry from 9). Aux Merveilleux de Fred at N° 29. Further up this little pedestrian street, you’ll find 10). the Café Aéro on the corner, the perfect place to rest your feet and enjoy some people watching. Or, if you’re in the mood for a picnic, go around the corner and pick up some excellent produce at 11). the covered Passy Food Market.
Stroll along Rue de Passy, full of individual boutiques, a small mall, and 12). Paris’s second Grand Epicerie location. If you’re looking for a truly unique and luxurious souvenir from Paris, pop into 13). Guerlain at N° 93 while you’re here. Inside this elegant shop, you’ll be able to create your own personal perfume.
After working up an appetite with all that shopping, head towards the street Chaussée de la Muette. You’ll find two great restaurants here, 14). La Rotonde de a Muette, a restaurant with a gorgeous terrace that’s perfect at any time of day, and 15). La Gare, a restaurant set in an old train station.
Once you’ve filled up on fine French cuisine, walk up the Boulevard de Beauséjour to stroll along the former belt-railway, 16). La Petite Ceinture. Meander through 17). the Jardin de Ranelagh as you make your way to 18). the Musée Marmottan Monet, a museum which houses the largest collection of Monet’s works and other impressionist paintings in Paris.
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“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 Le 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.”