16th Arrondissement

Basically a vast, swanky dormitory for the bourgeoisie, the 16th is also (not surprisingly) filled with foreign embassies and upscale museums like the Palais de Tokyo, La Maison de Balzac, Le Corbusier’s villa La Roche and the Musée Guimet for Asian art. Highlights include the Passy quarter, Chaillot/Trocadéro for your Eiffel Tower selfies, and, further west, the Bois de Boulogne area and the many treats it contains.

 

Passy / La Muette

This quar­ter is where many of Paris’ 1%-ers live. Remem­ber The Spice Girls? Well, here it’s all Posh, but no Spice. The spici­est thing you’ll find in Passy are some pseu­do-trendy restau­rants where they make you wait 40 min­utes for a side­walk table for no appar­ent rea­son or more well-groomed dogs (sport­ing Her­mès leash­es) per square yard than at an inter­na­tion­al dog show. Passy does have some (vanil­la) ener­gy, a wel­come con­trast to the zom­bie-qui­et, bored-bour­geois vibe found else­where in the Seiz­ième.

Bois de Boulogne

This area’s vibe is dri­ven by the vast Bois de Boulogne, Paris’ west­ern for­est. Here, besides hook­ers and miles of bike paths, you can find the Jardin d’Acclimatation, an adorable, smurf-sized amuse­ment park, and the adja­cent Fon­da­tion Louis Vuit­ton with its well-curat­ed art expos housed in a Frank Gehry-designed struc­ture resem­bling a giant sail­ing ves­sel. Insid­er tip: the entrance to the muse­um is free with your Jardin d’Acclimatation tick­et. Near­by, the Jardin de Bagatelle is also eye-can­dy, with its dreamy gaze­bos, flow­er­ing paths, and mas­cot pea­cocks gal­li­vant­i­ng around. Near the Roland Gar­ros ten­nis com­plex, don’t for­get to stop by the Hotel Moli­tor, a for­mer pub­lic pool turned exclu­sive art-deco hotel where the once run-down olympic basin has been mas­ter­ful­ly trans­formed into a dreamy swim­ming expe­ri­ence sur­round­ed by tech­ni­col­or guest rooms and, of course, a pool bar.

Chaillot / Trocadéro

This chic area is the ulti­mate nir­vana for your full-on Eif­fel Tow­er cre­ative self­ies and for some end­less, fan­cy muse­um expe­ri­ences. Aside from that, we’d say skip it. Unless you enjoy the top-secret (in your wildest dreams) diplo­mat­ic mis­sion of strolling past most of Paris’ embassies and con­sulates.