Area Guide: Paris 16th Arrondissement

The 16th Arrondissement is associated with size; it is the largest of all the 20 Arrondissements, so large it has too postcodes (75016 and 75116), but it is also known for the size of the properties of people who live there.

More than half of the district is made up of the Bois de Boulogne, the second largest green space in the city. Just as in London, or any capital across the world, having lots of green space at the same time as being in the thick of city life puts a premium on all real estate in the area.

Its divine 19th century buildings line large avenues, many of which have their own green spaces running down the middle; the ultimate visual accessory. Prestigious schools and a quiet, calming temperament make the area a less cosmopolitan than others, but it is and has been perfect place for French high society’s family homes for countless decades.

In fact, the name ‘le 16e’ or ‘le seziem’ is now seen as a phrase that is linked to wealth and prosperity. Despite the undertones of pomp and ceremony, the general feeling of the district is one of affable calm. And in any case, it’s not actually the richest district at all, coming in behind the more central and prime 8th, 7th and 6th Arrondissements.

The quantity of green space in le 16e has made it Paris’ busiest area in terms of sporting venues. Three of the country’s most popular sporting homes are here. The Parc des Princes, home to Paris Saint-Germain football club is one of the largest, with Rolland Garros and Stade Francais. The home of the city’s professional rugby club.

Even though it’s Paris westernmost district, it still oozes touristic appeal, especially on its eastern fringes. Taking in the Arc de Triomphe, Place Victor Hugo and the striking Trocadero, which sits under the indomitable gaze of the Eiffel Tower, there is always to look forward to around each turn.