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15TH ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 15th Arrondissement of Paris:

15th-Arr-Beaugrenelle-Skyline-At-NightThe city’s largest and most populous residential arrondissement, it’s easy to think that there’s not much to do when staying here other than to catch the conveniently located metro before heading to surrounding neighbourhoods. But take a moment to explore the sights at your doorstep beforehand in this vibrant, lively and distinctly non-touristy area, some of which are available for little to no cost.

The free stuff!

After exploring this neighbourhood’s the charming residential streets such as Rue du Cherche-Midi and the towers at the Front de Seine on foot, it won’t cost you anything to relax in one of the public parks in the area. Parc André-Citroën is known for its waterfront location, spectacular fountains and architecture. For a memorable experience though, purchase a ticket for the hot-air balloon ride for spectacular views of the city 150 metres above ground level. Popular with the locals, the more intimate Parc Georges Brassens has three playgrounds, a carousel, ping pong tables and a climbing rocks, all of which your children are sure to love.

And for just a little more…

Fancy a bite to eat? Some of the best patissiers in the city can be found in this neighbourhood. Whether it be Pierre Herme ‘s macarons which satisfy your sweet tooth, Des Gâteaux & du Pain baguettes and croissants or a light lunch at Café Pasteur, you are sure to find something to tempt you.

15th-Arr-Montparnasse-Tower-at-NightWhat could be better than a view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower? How about a view of Paris that includes the Eiffel Tower! For such a breathtaking view of the city skyline, purchase a ticket to the observation deck on 56th floor and 59th floor outdoor roof terrace of Montparnasse Tower. And while you won’t be required to take the stairs to such a height, if you’ve worked up an appetite then head to the highest panoramic 360 café in Europe to complete the experience.

If you’re travelling with children, what better way to spend the day than in the aquatic paradise that is Aquaboulevard? The largest waterpark in Europe, it boasts indoor and outdoor pools, flumes, slides, spas and a wave machine. There are even McDonalds and Hippopotamus restaurants in the complex if all that splashing around makes you work up an appetite.

Explore the best the neighbourhood has to offer!

One great alternative to exploring the city on foot is to go on a personalised bike ride using the public bike sharing system. Led by a knowledgeable guide who will meet you at your hotel and take you to the nearest bike station, you can dictate the itinerary for your 2 hour tour whether it be towards the main tourist sights or a little more off the beaten path.

If you’re looking for some night time fun, Le Petit Journal Montparnasse is a brasserie and jazz club popular with the locals. Enjoy dinner and music in an intimate atmosphere with talented live musicians. If you’re after something the locals embrace, one of the best bistros in Paris is also located in this neighbourhood. Jadi’s offers authentic and intimate Parisienne dining experience and is famous for its seasonal menu and chocolate mousse. Other good options include the Café Zinc Zen brasserie, or Le Ciel de Paris, known for its location which includes magnificent views over Paris. Afterwards, end your night with cocktails at Le Cosmos for some neighbourhood cheer and a truly authentic French night.

Make it a night to remember…

Midnight in Paris on Wheels is one great way to do this. After being picked up from your hotel to embark on a private night ride, you will receive a romantic tour of the lights and sights in Paris by night. Whether you’re a first time visitor or seasoned Parisienne traveler, you are sure to learn a little more about the city on this informative tour of the city of lights.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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