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It is simply the chicest neighborhood in Paris, where the main attraction is admiring the luxurious buildings and private mansions, architectural gems ranging from the Second Empire to the 1970s. From Place du Trocadéro to Bois de Boulogne, passing through the village of Auteuil, the 16th arrondissement concentrates both the most beautiful gardens and the most fascinating museums, both hidden and must-see...
It's a bistro with heart, or rather, an institution. The Dumant family (Aux Crus de Bourgogne, Les Marches...) recreates its signature atmosphere of a bourgeois trucker with checkered tablecloths, aged mirrors, wooden chairs, and banquettes, including a lovely terrace ideal for sunset. Verdict: still as effective as ever. Food enthusiasts will rejoice over the Queen's Bouchée (€35), the tournedos with béarnaise sauce (€29), and the pâté en croûte accompanied by perfect fries that are thin, creamy, and crispy all at once.
Paris 16, 18 rue des Belles Feuilles, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Online reservation or call 01 47 04 56 33.
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Chicer than ever! With white tablecloths, a crowd of people, and sophistication, this brasserie celebrates the tradition of beautiful Parisian addresses with a seafood counter and a sun-drenched terrace that never fails to attract discerning gourmets and elegant tourists. Our favorite option for lunch? The shared roast chicken with fries (€69) before indulging in the +1's crème brûlée (€14). When it comes to name-dropping, Flandrin goes all out in quality, from Philippe Faur's ice cream to Maison Verlet's coffee and Laurent Dubois' cheeses.
Le Flandrin, 4 place Tattegrain, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM. Online reservation or call 01 45 04 34 69.
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Le Petit Rétro
A true institution in the 16th, tucked away on a discreet street, this bistro, opened in 1904, is full of charm with its classified faience decorations, turquoise banquettes, and solid bar. A friendly address where you can bite into a delicious retro-style pâté en croûte, eggs mayonnaise (€9), sweetbreads (€33), and a hand-cut steak tartare (€25), along with a perfectly nostalgic thin apple tart (€13). The authentically bourgeois menu was created by Irwin Durand, the chef from the Michelin-starred restaurant Chiberta and protege of Guy Savoy...
Le Petit Rétro, 5 rue Mesnil, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open Monday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Online reservation or call 01 44 05 06 05.
Top Chef fans will rush to the Jurassian chef Matthias Marc's restaurant Substance (formerly at Racines des Prés, Le Meurice, Lasserre...), where a young and smart team plays with seasonality, top-quality ingredients, and, of course, a good dose of Vin Jaune. Here, unpretentious gastronomy is embraced, exemplified by the surprising combination of scallops with horseradish sauce, cockles, beets, and tagetes, featured in the lunch menu (€62). Success and recognition have followed quickly, with the restaurant earning its first Michelin star.
Substance, 18 rue de Chaillot, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Call 01 47 20 08 90 or online reservation.
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This fashionable restaurant in the 16th attracts trendy crowds in search of fine dining experiences and beautiful dinners. Its superb summer garden, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch under the shade of parasols, resembles a painting with its lush vegetation and floral details on the cushions. Chic fish, slender vegetables, and delightful desserts grace the plates, such as the linguine with bottarga (€39) or the signature coulibiac (€42), with optional caviar, as the Slavic theme demands. The ultimate option? Flirting at the cozy bar with a well-crafted cocktail.
Maison Revka, 59 avenue Raymond Poincaré, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open for lunch Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and weekends from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and for dinner every evening from 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM. Call 01 40 62 72 05 or online reservation.
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The Most Beautiful Terraces with a View of the Eiffel Tower
Les Petites Mains: Located at the foot of Palais Galliera, in a leafy square facing the Eiffel Tower, it is difficult (if not impossible) to find a more wonderful location than Les Petites Mains, the temporary terrace of Paris' most fashionable museum. Every summer, resident chefs (Justine Piluso, Geoffrey Lengagne...) take over this unique spot to offer Parisians a taste of vacation. Our favorite spot? Under the columns, at the top of the stairs, to overlook the garden with an incredible panorama of the Iron Lady.
Les Petites Mains, 14 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Friday from 7:30 PM, and Sunday until 8:30 PM. Call 01 86 95 10 60 or online reservation.
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Forest: With creative small plates that circulate among diners, Julien Sebbag's restaurant is a favorite among Parisians. The beloved chef has set up his terrace in the middle of the esplanade of the Museum of Modern Art, offering an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. A piece of advice (or two): book early and request Table 100, the best spot to admire the panorama while enjoying a perfectly chilled playlist. True to its name, the dishes focus on vegetables and use meat and fish in their purest form, simply magnified by flavorful smoked sauces, crisp vegetables, and other local and seasonal delights.
Forest, 11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open daily from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Call 01 84 25 12 22 or online reservation.
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Shangri-La Paris: It is a must-try at least once in a lifetime! La Bauhinia, the restaurant at the palace, invites you on a journey where chef Quentin Testart excels in enhancing fish with a menu that is light and refreshing. During the warmer months, book a dinner in this extraordinary garden, one of the most beautiful and secret in Paris, with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Our recommendation? Reserve an early dinner around 7:30 PM to savor the sunshine while indulging in a menu focused on the sea, such as citrus-marinated amberjack sashimi (€28), crispy rice with prawns (€32), lobster ravioli (€48), and, of course, divine desserts by pastry chef Maxence Barbot (starting from €22).
Shangri-La Paris, 10 avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open daily for lunch from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, weekend tea time from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and dinner from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Call 01 53 67 19 91 or online reservation.
Saint James Paris : It doesn't get more romantic than this! Few people know about this secret hotel in Paris, which houses a bar-library worthy of Beauty and the Beast. For an elegant drink that is sure to impress your significant other, opt for a cocktail (€26), such as the Bellini-inspired Kumquat (Aperol, amber rum, verjus, kumquat, blonde beer) or the Pere & Nocciole, a smooth and indulgent Manhattan (rye whiskey, poached pear, hazelnut orgeat). And to accompany the drinks, enjoy a pâté en croûte (€26) and a cheese plate (€19).
Saint James Paris, 5 place du Chancelier Adenauer, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open to the public every day from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM.
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Daroco 16 : Paris' trendiest pizzeria has opened the festive and trendy Italian restaurant that the 16th arrondissement deserves. Located in front of Radio France, this address, open every day for lunch and dinner, stands out with its stunning decor featuring ceiling mirrors, a blue Klein fresco, and, in addition to the restaurant and the fantastic terrace, a marble cocktail bar where you can sip a Campari Spritz (€14) like in Rome or a refreshing Blush (vodka, peach, strawberry, lemon, €14) to accompany the bolognese arancini or the now legendary Parmesan and rosemary focaccia. Salute!
Daroco 16, 3 place Clément Ader, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open daily from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Call 01 44 14 91 91 or online reservation.
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Maison de Balzac : Set in a sublime garden with a view of the Eiffel Tower, this beautiful house with green shutters is one of the best-kept secrets in the 16th arrondissement. Between 1840 and 1847, the author of La Comédie Humaine, under the pseudonym "Monsieur de Breugnol," took up residence here to escape his creditors! In addition to exhibitions, year-round workshops, and a freely accessible library, you will find Rose Bakery's lovely tea room in the garden, offering delightful English treats like scones and addictive sandwiches.
3 Extraordinary Gardens
Bagatelle: A true Parisian secret, this botanical garden promises a highly romantic getaway amidst lush vegetation, a monumental rose garden, caves, small bridges, a pagoda, rocks, and waterfalls. Born out of a challenge between Marie-Antoinette and the Count of Artois, this "bagatelle" miraculously emerged from the ground in just 64 days, boasting an Anglo-Chinese style that was trendy at the time, contrasting with the symmetrically designed gardens of Le Nôtre. 42 Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open daily from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Full-price entry €2.50.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil: Thanks to Louis XV's botanical obsession, this exotic garden was established in 1761. With over 1,000 species as rare as they are spectacular, these incredible greenhouses invite you on a journey through continents, featuring giant palm trees, banana trees, colorful parakeets fluttering in aviaries, and countless other curiosities worthy of paradise on Earth. 3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16th arrondissement. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and weekends from 9:00 AM. Free entry.
Pré Catelan and Jardin Shakespeare: In the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, we love strolling in the shade of its magnificent trees, having a picnic on the soft grass, and, in the summer, taking our seats to attend a performance at the outdoor theater. Actors perform in the midst of nature in a space inspired by Shakespeare's plays, just like the musicians who give concerts for an utterly magical evening. Allée de la Reine Marguerite, Route de Suresnes Le Pré Catelan, Bois de Boulogne Paris 16th arrondissement. Free entry.
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