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In the Neighborhood: Your ultimate guide to Paris’ Trocadero

With a dreamy setting along the Seine River, explore the world-class museums, restaurants and shops that call Trocadero home.

By Tanvi Chheda | March 27, 2024

Located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Trocadero is best known for its views of the Eiffel Tower across the river. Take a closer look on a stroll through the neighborhood, though, and you’ll find several elegant Haussmann buildings, museums and ornamental gardens to take in, too.

EAT

In a city full of exceptional cuisine that will excite your taste buds, Trocadero is no exception. Try:

- Monsieur Bleu: Enjoy a splashy brunch at this classy eatery, where the stunning olive-green interiors perfectly complement the black truffle pizza, lobster rolls and every iteration of eggs possible. The views of the Eiffel Tower are pretty spectacular, too.

- Substance: The dishes at this Michelin-starred restaurant are like works of art with the inventive flavors and presentation. The robust Champagne selection is reason alone to dine here.

- Cravan: With mirrored walls and a beautiful wood-paneled bar, this pint-sized gem is the original Cravan, with a second expansive location along Boulevard Saint-Germain. Savor small plates and craft cocktails, such as the Troca, a wine-based aperitif with orange and sparkling water.

SEE

Fashion, art and incredible views of the Eiffel Tower, this neighborhood has it all. Explore:

- Palais de Tokyo: Exhibiting all medians of modern and contemporary art, this museum is a hub of creativity. With no permanent collection, the space transforms with a rotating roster of site-specific installations (videos, performance art, graffiti) within its warehouse-like spaces.

- Palais Galliera: The fashion-focused museum houses 200,000 pieces, including clothing, accessories, photographs, drawings and more. Think 18th-century silver brocade dresses, pieces from Paris’ renowned couture houses, and all manner of hats, shoes, bags and jewelry.

- Palais de Chaillot: As the neighborhood’s most emblematic landmark, this expansive neo-classical building is often just called Trocadero. Visit its sprawling esplanade for the best photo-ops of the Eiffel Tower.

SHOP

With several chocolatiers, unique museum shops and a grand food hall, there are ample opportunities for retail therapy. Browse:

- Roy Chocolatier: From truffles and nougat to marzipan and more, this shop has been making sweet treats for more than 75 years. Be sure to try the Florentines, an artisanal French chocolate made with almonds, orange strips, honey and candied fruits on top of a dark chocolate base.

- La Grande Épicerie de Paris: A Passay location perfect for ogling cases filled with cheeses and pastries galore. Sample tea and wine as you stock up on pastas, jams and olive oils to bring back home.

- Palais de Tokyo museum store: It’s only fitting that an ambitious contemporary art center has an equally unique and quirky gift shop. Don’t miss this spot for obscure graphic design magazines, coffee table books, stationery and souvenirs.

With incredible views of the Eiffel Tower, several museums and lovely gardens to stroll through, Trocadero is conveniently central and a can’t-miss neighborhood in Paris.

Formerly an assistant editor at Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles-based Tanvi Chheda has been freelancing for 15 years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AFAR, Virtuoso Life, Four Seasons magazine, Qantas, Inspirato, Invited, Pasadena magazine and OLTRE and Ciao Bambino, among others. She writes mostly about lifestyle and travel, which often spills into arts & culture, food, design and more. With two young children, family travel is also a passion of hers. Given her South Asian heritage, she writes about India quite frequently as well (she was born in India and speaks three Indian languages). When not traveling or writing, she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time outdoors.

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