Neighborhood Spotlight: 15th Arrondissement
Paris’s 15th arrondissement is the most populous in the city. It is also one of the newest arrondissements, integrated into the city of Paris in 1860. It’s mainly a residential quarter and is home to some large green spaces.
Here are some of the highlights of the neighborhood:
Rue du Commerce. This beautiful shopping street is in many ways typically Parisian: you’ll find bakeries, cheese shops, vegetable stands, wine shops, etc. But there are also many clothing stores, both large international chains and smaller, local shops.
Beaugrenelle. This shopping mall is one of the largest in Paris, and you can find just about anything here. It also features restaurants, a large cinema, and a bowling alley!
Marché Convention. This charming open-air market, open Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday until around 2pm, is a great place to buy produce, cheese, and more.
Musée Antoine Bourdelle. This artist’s studio turned museum gives you a unique perspective on this famous sculptor’s work.
La Tour Montparnasse. Controversial since it was built in 1969, this skyscraper is now ever part of the Paris skyline. You can buy a ticket to the top for a great view over Paris. Sometimes the tower is also host to special events, such as a rooftop ice skating rink in winter.
Dining & Going out
La Javelle. This guinguette-style bar and restaurant right along the Seine is the perfect spot to hang out with friends when the weather is nice.
Le Beurre Noisette is a great spot to try some Parisian bistronomie.
Au Général Beuret. This local bar has a large terrasse and a traditional zinc countertop inside. Come here to experience a real Parisian ambiance!
Parc André Citroën. Inaugurated in 1992, this is one of the largest parks in Paris. It’s open 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy a picnic on one of the large lawns or explore some of the park’s inventive gardens whenever you want. Another unique feature: you can see Paris from above by taking a ride in the (tethered) hot air balloon in this park!
La Petite Ceinture. Formerly a rail line circling Paris, the space has now been converted into a unique park.