The 15th arrondissement of Paris is in the south-west of the city on the Left Bank of the river Seine. Quite up-market and quiet, it is the largest arrondissement by both area and population. Housing over 230 000 inhabitants and providing around 150 000 jobs, it is heavy with dense residential and office developments, including the highrise skyline of Front de Seine along the nothern part of the 15th's bank of the river. On the other hand, it sees relatively little tourist traffic, but it does not mean it is devoid of attractions.
The famous skyscraper Tour Montparnasse as well as the neighbouring railway station Gare du Montparnasse are both at the western border of the 15th arrondissement, although the actual district of Montparnasse is right across the border in the 14th arrondissement.
The 15th arrondissement is further broken up administratively into four quartiers: Grenelle, Necker, Saint-Lambert and Javel.
Grenelle is the quarter closest to the 7th arrondissement and thus directly neighbouring the Champs-de-Mars and the Eiffel Tower. Therefore, it houses many hotels advertising the proximity of the Tower. The waterfront part of Grenelle is home to the 1970s highrise residential development of Beaugrenelle, and the eponymous shopping mall. The more inland parts of the quarter are filled with 19th-century haussmannian buildings, interspersed with some more modern ones.
The quarter of Necker, situated between Grenelle and the quarter of Montparnasse of the 14th arrondissement, is home to some of the locations named after Montparnasse, most notably the Tour Montparnasse and Gare du Montparnasse. It also houses more large public service and commercial buildings, such as the expansive Hôpital des Enfants malades. Otherwise, it is full of late 20th century residential buildings, with much less haussmannian immeubles than Grenelle.
The south-eastern quarter of Saint-Lambert is most known for the Parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles, which is one of the largest and most important fairgrounds of France and Europe.
The south-western quartier Javel has long been an industrial area of Paris, but has been reclaimed as office, residential and recreational over the decades. It contains the Parc Andre Citroen, created over the former Citroen factory grounds, as well as the Heliport of Paris in it southern extremity.
The Gare Montparnasse is at the northeastern extremity of the arrondissement and offers many good connections within the district and the entirety of Paris. The Transilien N ends its run here.
RER C runs along the left bank of the river Seine across the 15th arrondissement.
The following lines go through the 15th arrondissement
- M6 crosses the northern part of the 15th from east to west over an elevated estacade. It forms a southern ring through Paris, running between Etoile and Nation and also stopping at Gare Montparnasse
- 'M8; runs from the south of the 15th arrondissement northwards, continuing through the 7th onto the right bank of the Seine, stopping, in.al., at Opera, Republique and Bastille
- M10 takes an southwest / northeast tangent through the 15th, connecting it to the 5th, 6th and Gare de Austerlitz from one end, and the 16th as well as Boulogne-Billancourt from the other.
- M12 runs north-south through the 15th, entering it at the north at Gare Montparnasse. It also stops further north at Gare du Nord and Saint Lazare
Good changeover stations:
- Montparnasse-Bienvenue (at the foot of Gare Montparnasse) - M4, M6, M12, M13
- La Motte-Picquet - Grenelle - M6, M8, M10
- Porte de Versailles - M12 and trams T2 and T3a
- T2 from La Defense ends its run at Porte Versailles, where it connects to T3a and M12
- T3a runs across the south of the 15th arrondissement, starting from the Seine and continuing into the 14th, 13th and 12th
- Parc des Expositions (Porte de Versailles). Paris' international exhibition centre (the 4th largest in Europe) has millions of visitors annually
Museums and Galleries
- Musée Pasteur (Pasteur Museum), Institut Pasteur, 25 rue du Dr-Roux. visits Mo-Fr at 2PM, 3PM and 5PM, closed weekends and public holidays, August. The Pasteur Museum is housed in the apartment where the great scientist spent the last 7 years of his life. Hardly touched since that time, the museum is full of personal memorabilia and scientific instruments. Pasteur is buried on the grounds in a flamboyant mosaic-decorated mausoleum. Entry €7, students €3.
- Tapovan Paris, 9 rue Gutenberg, ☎ . This ayurvedic centre offers both treatment and professional training in various ayurvedic healing arts: hatha & nada yoga, reiki, ayurvedic massage, reflexologie, oil treatments (e.g. Shirodhara), etc. Those seeking greater calm, deeper therapy, or intense training may also take units at their center in Upper Normandy.
- Le Pétel, 4 rue Petel (Métro: Vaugirard), ☎ . Intimate, delicious, and local traditional cuisine.
- Café Zinc-Zen, 114, rue de la Convention, ☎ . Small café with 2 seating areas - seats in the windows and a darker back room. Elegant but not expensive, great lunches/dinners, and superb crème brûlée for a night cap with coffee.
- Chez Geppetto, 69 rue St Charles, ☎ , fax: +33 1 45 58 38 33. Small restaurant with delicious Italian specialities, mostly Sicilian. The menu offers much more than pasta and pizza. Very friendly owner. Complete menu for €31.
- Aloha Youth Hostel, 1, Rue Borromée, ☎ . No membership card required.
- 3 Ducks Hostel, 6 pl. Etienne Pernet (near the Eiffel Tower), ☎ .
- Eiffel Seine, 140, Boulevard de Grenelle, ☎ , fax: +33 1 45 79 46 96.
- Hôtel Oceania Paris Porte De Versailles, 52 rue d'Oradour-sur-Glane, ☎ , fax: +33 2 98 43 69 69, e-mail: email@example.com. €100-205.
- Campanile Paris XV - Tour Eiffel, 30 Rue Saint Charles / 21 Rue Sextius-Michel (2 mn from the Dupleix metro station - ligne 6, 2 mn from the Charles Michel metro station - ligne 10, and 5 mn from the RER C station - Champs de Mars), ☎ , fax: +33 1 45 79 41 13, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 7:00-11:00. English & Spanish spoken at reception. € 70-120.
- Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel, 20 Rue Jean Rey (station Tour Eiffel (RER C) / Bir-Hakeim (metro 6)), ☎ , e-mail: H2175@accor.com. A relatively large mid-range hotel very close to the Eiffel Tower, in a nice, quiet and green area of Grenelle. Despite the closeness, only about a quarter of the rooms, designated as such and commanding higher rates, feature a view of the tower itself. All of the rooms and common spaces have been renovated and feature modern decor inspired by the tower and the metro. The rooms are very functional and feature openable windows, but the amounts of plastic and the violet theme may not provide for a romantic Parisian experience. starting at €145.
- Mercure Paris Tour Eiffel Grenelle, 64 Boulevard de Grenelle (station Dupleix of metro 6), ☎ , e-mail: H1598@accor.com. Not to be confused with the other Mercure of similar name, this one is not far away but in quite a different setting, facing the busy Boulevard Grenelle and the overground metro 6 line. Neither as quiet nor as modern or comfortable as the other Mercure, on balance it is one of the cheaper hotels of its class so close to the core tourist centre of Paris. starting at €125.
- Hotel Sublim Eiffel, 94 Boulevard Garibaldi, ☎ , fax: +33 1 42730713, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, 18 avenue de Suffren (entrance is from 22 rue Jean Rey), ☎ , fax: +331-44385610, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The former Hilton was taken over by Accor's upscale business hotel brand Pullman and is, as of 2013, undergoing extensive renovation to its tired rooms and public spaces. It continues to offer close-up views of the Tour Eiffel from the balconies of its relatively spacious for Paris (32 sqm) unrenovated rooms, while the non-Tour-facing rooms (26 sqm) have already been brought up to Pullman's current standards. Room-only rates starting from €205, breakfast is €25 per person.