Whenever I tell people that I live in the 15ème, I don’t always get such a great response. The 15th is known to be quite calm and family-oriented and visitors to Paris may not even step foot into my home quartier unless they are visiting someone. After six years of being a resident of the 15ème, I would like to share some of my favorite neighborhood spots and strongly encourage those of you who have not discovered the neighborhood to come and check it out!
The 15th arrondissement is the biggest arrondissement in Paris and, therefore, not all of these places are cram-packed in a few-block radius like, say, the SoPi post that we did. Nevertheless, the 15th has its own charm and we love visitors so pop by and say hi anytime.
One of the most charming shopping streets in Paris is Rue due Commerce. This small street stretches from metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle to Felix Faure and is jammed-packed with some serious shopping from Zara and H&M to Maje, Mellow Yellow, Comptoir de Cotonniers, Lacoste and more. It is local, and charming and you can take a nice break at Cafe du Commerce or sit in the park and soak up some sun on a nice day before heading back into the shops.
More recently, the massive shopping center of Beaugrenelle opened closer to the river. This is a first-class mall and we have loved popping in here for some mainstreem shopping as well as getting an Essie manicure at their nail bar or having some champagne and popcorn from the champagne bar at the state-of-the-art Pathé movie theatre.
If it is food shopping you are looking for, be sure to stroll down Rue de Lourmel and pick up some cheese at Fromagerie Laurent Dubois (2 rue de Lourmel) and while you are there browse some fine cuts of meat at Boucherie Marguerite (4 rue de Lourmel). On Wednesday and Sunday mornings there is a huge open-air market under the line 6 train from Dupleix to La Motte Piquet Grenelle that we love as well!
Restaurants in the 15th have not always made the must-eat list but there are quite a few gems that are definitely worth checking out.
The most buzzed about restaurant is probably Jadis (208 rue de la Croix Nivert) that serves up unpretentious market-inspired French classics. A lesser-known neighborhood favorite of mine is La Veraison (64 Rue de la Croix Nivert) which serves up delicious French flare with a smile. Another great no-reservations neighborhood brasserie is La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix (53 boulevard de Grenelle) which is one of our go-to lunch spots.
La Casse Noix (56 rue de la Fédération), L’Epicuriste (41 boulevard Pasteur) and Le Grand Pan (20 Rue Rosenwald) are three more French restaurants that are worth the hike into the depths of the 15th arrondissement for some serious good food with friendly neighborhood service.
Sick of French food? One of our favorite local spots is La Lac Tana (38 rue Fondary) where you will dine on home-cooked Ethiopian cuisine in this sweet and comforting restaurant. Or head to the seaside at La Cabane a Huitres (4 rue Antoine-Bourdelle) by Montparnasse and dine on some fine seafood straight from Arcachon.
One of my favorite spots for a casual beer with friends is General Beuret (9 Place du Général Beuret) which overlooks a charming little square. For a classier drink and a spectacular view, head up to the Hotel Novotel Vaugirard Rooftop Bar. This is one of our favorite summer spots for a glass of rosé.
The two biggest parks in the 15th are the Parc Georges Brassens (2 place Jacques Marette) and Parc André Citroën (2 rue Cauchy) but there are man other little squares that provide quiet escapes from city life. Two of my favorites are the Square Violet (4 place Violet) with an excellent playground and tons of grass for picnics. Square Lambert (2 rue Jean Formigé) also has grass for picnicking and a beautiful fountain to splash yourself and cool down in the summer months.