24 Hours In Paris: The 16th Arrondissement

Take an in-depth tour of one of the city's chicest areas.

If you visit Paris long enough to see diverse parts of the city that are not touristy, you’ll discover that each arrondissement (or neighborhood) has its own unique identity. While we all have a good mental image of what we think the Parisian girl looks like, her style can drastically change depending on what part of town she’s from. So, we came up with the idea of bringing you a travel guide to all of Paris’ 20 arrondissements – and what do do in each one if you only had 24 hours, plus what to wear to blend in like a local. 

If New York has the Upper East Side and London has Kensington, then Paris has the 16th Arrondissement. This wealthy neighborhood is filled with wide avenues, big buildings and clusters of interesting museums – as well as the city's second-largest park and one of most-visited tourist attractions in the world. Get ready to dress up and rub shoulders with the locals, who most definitely have closets full of chic, designer clothes. 


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They say if you want to get the true taste of the city when traveling, go to a local market because that is where the action is. That statement couldn't be more true when visiting the Marché de L'avenue du Président Wilson: a weekly, open-air, fresh fruit and veg market. Every Saturday, you will find the area's discerning residents buying fresh produce from farmers – and obviously they come dressed to-the-nines, even if it's early morning. After strolling through the stalls, head to La Petite MarquisePetite on Victor Hugo square for freshly baked pastries. This beloved family-run bakery is one of the best in town and some people even cross the river to just have a bite. After getting your energy levels up with some croissants, it's time for a museum tour. First stop is Palais de Tokyo, Europe's largest space dedicated to modern and contemporary art, and Paris Fashion Week HQ. Be prepared to be wowed and puzzled. Nearby is the MAM or the City of Paris' Museum of Modern Art, which houses more than 10,000 pieces in the permanent collection. Across the street is Palais Galliera, the city's fashion museum that only hosts temporary events and exhibitions. Make sure to check the calendar before visiting. 


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Take a mini break from the art and enjoy the once-contraversial masterpiece that is the Tour Eiffel. You can enjoy an excellent view of the Eiffel Tower from Place de Trocadero, but if you don't like being among the crowd, take lunch at Café de l'Homme, the restaurant inside the Musee de l'Homme (an anthropology museum established in 1938, which has undergone 5  years of renovation and re-opened its doors in 2015). If you are an architecture enthusiast, spend sometime at Cité de l'Architecture, where you will get to see everything from a Roman column to models of Le Corbusier's designs. But if you feel like you've had enough culture for one day, go outside and enjoy the sunshine at Bois de Boulogne, the second largest park in Paris that spans 2000-acres and features lakes, greenhouses – even a zoo! It is also home to Le Pré Catelan, a 3-starred Michelin restaurant in the heart of the woods. If you are into tennis, you will have heard of the Bois de Boulogne because the iconic French Open's Roland Garros stadium is also situated here. 


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Start off the evening with a spectacular spectacle at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, one of France’s five national theaters that specializes in dance. For students or young adults under 28, you can get special price tickets for under €20 to see the world-class performances. While the interior is not as extravagant as the Opera Garnier, you still get the same cultural Parisian style here – for less money. For dinner we suggest a taste of Morocco at Essaouira, a beautifully decorated restaurant that serves authentic Moroccan cuisine. If you want to get your hands dirty, go to Mokus L’Écureuil, a neon light-filled pizzeria with a scrumptious variety of treats on the menu. For party animals, don't skip the legendary L'Arc: the ultimate night club designed by rockstar Lenny Kravitz where you might bump into models during Fashion Week, or even a celebrity or two. It's an address in Paris to see and be scene

Shop our selection inspired by uptown Parisian chic style here: 
L'Oéil Dress with Micro-Pleated Blouse  with Round Sleeves - $126
Sister Jane High Neck Midi Dress - $97
& Other Stories Frills Button Down Blouse - $65
Eloquii Button Detail Crop Pants - $90
Front Row Shop PleatedMidi Skirt - $76
Zara Printed Mini Dress - $70
Carmokoma Moon-printed Jersey Dress - $100
Front Row Shop Tulle Plumetis Dress With Puff Sleeves - $87
Gucci 'Sylvie' Mini Chain-embellished Leather Shoulder Bag - $2,250
Marina Rinaldi Wide Neck Tube Dress - $1,150
Topshop Boutique Longline Blazer - $270
Universal Standard Merino Wool Sweater - $130
SIR The Label Slit Wide-Leg Jumpsuit - $250
Pixie Market Ivory Cape Top - $89
H&M+ Patterned Dress - $30
Staud rayon Romper - $250

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