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Last Updated: 22 June 2022


One of the most the most affluent and prestigious residential districts of Paris, the Sixteenth arrondissement is located on the right bank between Boulogne-Billancourt and the Arc de Triomphe and includes the vast wooded area of Bois de Boulogne.

A few words about the 16th arrondissement

16th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
16th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

The Sixteenth arrondissement of Paris (le seizième arrondissement) is situated on the right bank of River Seine facing the 15th arrondissement.

It is one of the wealthiest arrondissements of Paris with a population of 169,942 (2011 census). It is Paris’ largest arrondissement, covering an area of 16.305 km2 which includes the Bois de Boulogne. (7.91 km2 without the woods).

16th arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
General view of the 16th arrondissement of Paris © French Moments

It includes the ancient villages of Chaillot, Passy and Auteuil which used to produce wine on their slopes overlooking the River Seine.

Public institutions in the 16th arrondissement

The 16th arrondissement is a place of power due to the presence of the following institutions:

  • the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) headquarters
  • more than 90 Diplomatic missions including embassies of countries such as China, India, Spain, Russia and New Zealand.

Main places of interest in the 16th arrondissement

Parc de Bagatelle © French Moments
The Orangerie © French Moments

The northern limits of the 16th arrt are marked with the Historical Axis (Voie Triomphale). The district features some of Paris’ major monuments and sites:

  • the Arc de Triomphe
  • the Avenue de la Grande Armée, part of the Historical Axis
  • the Palais de Chaillot and Place du Trocadéro
  • the Maison de la Radio
  • the Palais de Tokyo
  • the Bois de Boulogne (Bagatelle, Pré Catelan, Lacs supérieur et inférieur, Jardin d’acclimatation)
  • the Roland Garros tennis complex
  • the Parc des Princes stadium
  • the Galliera Museum
  • the Baccarat Museum
  • the Avenue Foch, the widest avenue in France
  • the Pont de Bir-Hakeim spanning the Seine
  • the Passy cemetery
  • the Place de Mexico and its stunning view of the Eiffel Tower

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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