Guide Tour of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, France

The 15th arrondissement of Paris, also known as arrondissement of Vaugirard, is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. It is located on the left bank of the Seine, in the south-west of the city. It is the city’s most populous arrondissement. It is home to the convention center Paris expo Porte de Versailles and the high-rise district of the Front de Seine. the arrondissement also include the second tallest skyscraper in Paris, the Tower of Montparnasse with 210 meters high. In 2026, another new skyline Paris, the Tower of Triangle with 180 meters high will completed.

An elegant and quiet residential area of Paris that develops south of the Eiffel Tower,the 15th arrondissement is a residential and family district which brings together in these neighborhoods many centers of attraction: a remarkable heritage and museums for culture, theaters and performance halls for going out and having fun, large parks for taking in the fresh air and playing sports, ever-increasing greening of its avenues and main thoroughfares for walking, local shops and a large-scale shopping center for shopping.

This district located south of the Eiffel Tower will allow you to enjoy unforgettable views of Paris, seen from above. Stroll at night along the banks of the Seine, to admire the high illuminated office buildings, such as the famous Sequana tower, with its promenade on the quays of Grenelle and André Citroën planted with office buildings whose illuminated towers reflect on the waters of the Seine.

Stroll through the streets of the Vaugirard district, which for centuries was a holiday resort reserved for the Parisian bourgeois. Now an integral part of the city, Vaugirard is home to one of its most popular attractions, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center. Motor shows, weddings and other themed fairs await you in this huge space, one of the largest exhibition centers in Europe.

Nearby, the Dôme de Paris – Palais des Sports hosts sporting events, such as figure skating competitions, as well as musical performances and concerts. Under its uniquely designed dome, the Palais des Sports has a maximum capacity of 4,600 people.

The lights of the business buildings in the Front-de-Seine district are reflected in the waters of the river. It is one of the few places in inner Paris where there are office skyscrapers, such as the Crystal Tower. Take photos of the Paris cityscape from one of the nearby bridges, such as the Pont Mirabeau or the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Admire the frescoes that adorn the esplanade.

Administrative quarters
The 15th arrondissement is further broken up administratively into four quartiers: Grenelle, Necker, Saint-Lambert and Javel.

Saint-Lambert quarter
The Saint-Lambert district is the 57th administrative district of Paris located in the 15th arrondissement. It is named in honor of Bishop Lambert of Maastricht (around 636-around 705). The southeast 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 exhibition centres in France and Europe.

The relatively hilly geography of the place favored the exploitation of vineyards and quarries. Many monuments in Paris, such as the École Militaire, are built of Vaugirard stone. As Paris grew, the village was considered by Parisians as a near suburb, a pleasant place for country walks, with its guinguettes and cabarets. In 1860, Vaugirard was annexed to Paris, along with all the other outlying villages.

Necker quarter
The Necker district is the 58th administrative district of Paris located in the 15th arrondissement. 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 Montparnasse. It also houses more large public service and commercial buildings, such as the expansive Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades. Otherwise, it is full of late 20th-century residential buildings, with many fewer Haussmannian structures than Grenelle.

The station and the Montparnasse tower are certainly the most famous places in the district. Around the station, the district has been renovated, and currently features high residential and office buildings, a park (the Atlantic garden) built on a huge slab above the railway tracks, shopping centers. Finally, the Necker district is home to many public buildings, including the Buffon high school, the Necker-Enfants Malades hospital and the Pasteur Institute.

Grenelle quarter
The Grenelle district is the 59th administrative district of Paris located in the 15th arrondissement. Grenelle is the quarter closest to the 7th arrondissement and thus directly neighbouring the Champ 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 high-rise 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 Kinopanorama cinema, built in 1959 on the site of the former Splendid cinema (inaugurated in 1919), enlivened the district from 1959 to 2002. A set of towers was built from 1970 along the Seine (the Front-de-Seine), with a shopping centre, Beaugrenelle, constituting the heart of the new district of Beaugrenelle. Another part of the district is occupied by the commercial node around the rue des Entrepreneurs and the rue du Commerce.

Javel quarter
The Javel district is the 60th administrative district of Paris, located in the 15th arrondissement. The southwestern quartier Javel had long been an industrial area of Paris, but has been reclaimed as office, residential, and recreational over the decades. It contains the Parc André Citroën, created over the former Citroën factory grounds, and the Heliport of Paris in its southern extremity.

The district is currently occupied by the Georges-Pompidou hospital and large office buildings and television studios (Sagem, Snecma, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, Canal+, France Télévisions …). The old Boucicaut hospital closed its doors at the end of 2000; a program including a school, a crèche, housing and a public garden are being created while preserving the memory of the site and its architectural heritage. The headquarters of the National Printing Office, formerly rue de la Convention, was closed in 2005. At the same location are located various departments of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

In this district, we find the port of Javel, the rue de Javel, the Fontaine des Polypores by Jean-Yves Lechevallier, the station of Javel on line C of the RER and the metro stations Balard, Lourmel, Boucicaut, Félix Faure and Javel – André Citroën. In addition, to the south of the ring road, an outgrowth of the 15th arrondissement, a former maneuvering field then an aerodrome (at the beginning of the 20th century), is now occupied by the heliport of Paris – Issy-les-Moulineaux, a sports complex (Suzanne-Lenglen sports park), a leisure center (Aquaboulevard) and a collective housing block called “Les Frères-Voisin”.

Main Attractions
The 15th Arrondissemen, located just south of the Eiffel Tower and is living, breathing proof that there is a lot of treasure to discover. with a feeling of neighborhood life here and the streets are lined with shops, restaurants, salons, markets, and boulangeries…

Maine-Montparnasse Tower
Tour Maine-Montparnasse, is a 210-metre office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris, France. Constructed from 1969 to 1973, it was the tallest skyscraper in France until 2011, when it was surpassed by the 231-metre Tour First. It remains the tallest building in Paris outside of the La Défense business district. This is an office building with an observation and shopping area on the 56th floor, where the elevators stop, and an open viewing area on the roof. Arguably the view is better than from the Eiffel Tower.

Grand Pavois de Paris
The Grand Pavois de Paris is a vast real estate complex in Paris, France. Built from 1969 to 1971 in two stages by architects Jean Fayeton (Jean-Louis Fayeton) and Michel Herbert for Cogedim, it consists of two buildings that intersect. The building also houses many shops (a supermarket, a sewing shop, a pharmacy, etc.), some of which are distributed by a shopping arcade on the ground floor, and many liberal professions. It also housed a homonymous movie theatre until 2007.

Most of the building is occupied by housing units, which number over 600. The south-eastern facade of the 16 stories building is entirely made up of balconies, also equipping the north and south gables. By its population and the variety of services offered, the Grand Pavois can be considered as a city on its own. In 2021, the Grand Pavois is one of the three complexes having been the subject of a consultation within the framework of the “Buildings to share” project under the aegis of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal which is a prospective study of the transformation of the condominium regime in Paris.

Front de Seine
Front de Seine is a development in the district of Beaugrenelle in Paris, France, located along the river Seine in the 15th arrondissement at the south of the Eiffel Tower. The Front de Seine district is the result of an urban planning project from the 1970s. It includes about 20 towers reaching nearly 100 m of height built all around an elevated esplanade. That esplanade is paved with frescos that can be seen only from the elevated floors of the towers.

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
The Porte de Versailles exhibition center, or Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, is the largest exhibition center in France. It is located on the territories of the Saint-Lambert district of the 15th arrondissement of Paris and the communes of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Vanves. The Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center covers an area of 217,134 m2, divided into seven exhibition halls, placing it second in France and fourth in Europe among exhibition centres. In 2007, it welcomed more than six million visitors to two hundred shows, congresses or events.

Cultural space
The many cultural spaces, museums and theaters scattered throughout the 15th arrondissement testify to the cultural richness of this arrondissement.

The district is home to many other cultural sites, including the Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris and the Pasteur museum housed in the apartment of the eminent scientist Louis Pasteur.

At the edge of the André Citroën park, the Caroline Aigle gardenhouses Les Étincelles, an eco-responsible ephemeral structure of the Palais de la Découverte intended to host its activities outside the walls during its renovation until 2024. Under the colored capitals, three scientific mediation spaces present presentations, demonstrations and workshops related to the universes du Palais (chemistry, physics, mathematics, geology on Mars, etc.).

Avenue du Maine in the heart of the Montparnasse district also houses another artists’ residence, the villa Vassilieff, where the Espace Krajcberg is located., an exhibition space open to the general public.

Another remarkable place in the 15th arrondissement is the Old Book Market, which opens every weekend in the halls adjoining the Georges Brassens park. A unique place imbued with conviviality, with more than 50 booksellers from different backgrounds.

The 15th also offers several theaters with a rich and varied program. In the south of the arrondissement, the Monfort Théâtre is dedicated to contemporary creation and the discovery of emerging companies. A few minutes away on foot, the Espace Paris Plaine is an Italian-style theater renowned for its programming for young audiences.

Located in a former cinema on the rue de l’Arrivée, the Grand Point-Virgule is popular for discovering the big names in comedy and young talent. More confidential, the Théo Théâtre and the Comédie Tour Eiffelare no less demanding, offering shows and workshops for young and old. Circus arts are also represented thanks to the baroque marquee of the Cirque Bormann, a stone’s throw from the Pont du Garigliano.

Bourdelle Museum
The Bourdelle Museum is located at 18 rue Antoine -Bourdelle in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. It is installed in the apartments, workshops and gardens where Antoine Bourdelle lived and worked from 1885 at the address of the time. The place was transformed into a museum in 1949. It is one of the 14 museums of the City of Paris managed since January 1, 2013 by the public administrative establishment Paris Musées.

Museum of General Leclerc de Hauteclocque and the Liberation of Paris – Jean-Moulin museum
The Museum of General Leclerc de Hauteclocque and the Liberation of Paris – Musée Jean-Moulin was one of the fourteen museums of the city of Paris managed since theJanuary 1, 2013by the public administrative establishment Paris Musées. This double museum is dedicated to Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque and Jean Moulin, two personalities of Free France during the Second World War. Through their fate, the museum presents the course of the war, the fate of occupied France and the action of the Resistance.

Pasteur Museum
The Pasteur Museum was opened to the public in 1935 in the Institut Pasteur at 25, rue du Docteur-Roux, in the Necker district of the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The apartments of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pasteur are remarkably preserved and also offer perfect historical testimony to the Parisian bourgeois habitat at the end of the 19th century. The building was classified as a historic monument in 1981. The museum finds its origin in a family donation in the 1930s.

The Pasteur Museum, dedicated to the life of Louis Pasteur, is housed in the apartment occupied by him for the last seven years of his life. The visit ends with the Byzantine-inspired chapel. According to a plan by the architect Charles Girault, the crypt where Louis Pasteur and his wife rest, was decorated with mosaics, made by the Parisian mosaic workshop Guilbert-Martin. These were made on the basis of the drawings and cartoons of the painter Luc-Olivier Merson, evoking the various works and fields of activity of the scientist.

Paris Postal Museum
The Musée de La Poste is the La Poste Group’s corporate museum dedicated to French postal history and philately. The Musée de La Poste is a place for the presentation, conservation and dissemination of postal heritage. It is centered on Writing, History and Culture. From seven-league boots to the heroes of the Aéropostale, via the panorama of 150 years of postage stamps in France, the collections of the Musée de La Poste tell a story, not only that of a company but also that of the France on a daily basis. The museum preserves and exhibits over more than 1000 m², the historical, artistic, philatelic and scientific heritage made up of pieces from collections as diverse as the first maps of post routes, postmen’s uniforms, artists’ models, stamps -poste, popular objects and finally a large collection of mail art and mail art.

The Musée de La Poste is the beneficiary and the manager for the State of the compulsory deposit of the archives of the manufacture of French postage stamps, of Andorra and of the Overseas collectivities, including the issues of the stamps of the TAAF, the Lands French Australs and Antarctics. It preserves 1,267,000 works, including more than a million philatelic items (preparatory drawings, models, punches and postage stamps), more than 200,000 images, 37,000 works and objects illustrating the history and trades of La Poste from the Middle Ages to the present day, 30,000 printed works, 800 magazine titles and a fund of mail art and contemporary art.

La Ruche city of artists
La Ruche is a city of artists with around sixty workshops, located in the Saint-Lambert district of the 15th arrondissement of Paris. La Ruche is located at number 2 of the Passage de Dantzig, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. Until 1910, the residence was linked to Montparnasse by a tram pulled by two horses. Behind the large iron gate half-hidden under the ivy stands this green space in the heart of Paris and one of the most important artistic centers of the 20th century. The octagonal wine pavilion occupies the center of the property, which covers nearly 5,000 m2. Rising on three floors, it is composed of many small workshops of about thirty square meters. The facades and roofs of the building are listed as historical monuments by an order of the19 janvier 1972.

The city of artists La Ruche, founded at the beginning of the 20th century to help young artists in the making, it counted among its occupants renowned painters and sculptors such as Amedeo Modigliani, Chaïm Soutine, Constantin Brâncuşi, Fernand Léger, Marie Laurencin, Ossip Zadkine or even Marc Chagall. La Ruche, which is still in operation, still hosts around sixty workshops today.

The Convention district includes many cafes and small restaurants, some of which are on quite pleasant pedestrian streets or squares. In Montparnasse, you will find some good addresses at reasonable prices before arriving at the station. In the other direction, towards Porte-de-Versailles, you will have more choice, but the quality will be more random. You can also opt for the very lively Place Charles Michel and even push on to the Beaugrenelle center where you will have a varied choice.

The 15th arrondissement is an arrondissement full of shopping addresses. Small shops on a human scale, major major brands and shopping center. Located on the banks of the Seine, the Beaugrenelle Paris shopping center is a department store with a very Parisian spirit which has no less than 120 shops and restaurants. The brands are sharp, French or international. The most popular brands, with their very affordable prices, are also very well represented.

From rue de Convention, to rue de Vaugirard, passing by rue du Commerce or even the antique dealers of the Swiss village, the district takes on the air of a village. Ideal for strolling while discovering small local shops, artisans and food markets.

Natural space
With more than forty parks, gardens and squares, the 15th is an arrondissement in which to stroll. The 15th arrondissement offer its walkers a structuring green arc currently being created, which will eventually become the longest in the capital, at 8.2 km. It will connect the Georges Brassens park to the Gare Montparnasse, passing through the small railway belt, the André Citroën park, the banks of the Seine, and the boulevards of the Fermiers Généraux enclosure.

The André Citroën park located on the site of the former car factory extends over 14 hectares to the Seine. Known for the modernity of its landscapes, this vast park is home to two greenhouses, tropical and Mediterranean, a bamboo grove, an artificial island, large expanses of greenery and a viaduct. A tool for raising awareness of air quality, the immense Ballon de Paris stationed there is also a very original attraction for admiring the capital from the sky.

The Georges Brassens park covers nearly 9 hectares, on the site of the former Vaugirard slaughterhouses. Its animal statues, its ping-pong tables, its puppet theater and its rides make it a very popular place for families. Joggers take advantage of the height difference to perfect their stride. It houses the Clos Morillons and its many vines of Pinot Noir in memory of the wine-growing tradition of the district and an educational apiary to learn about beekeeping.

Isle of the Swans is a small artificial island on the river Seine in Paris, France, in the 15th arrondissement. It was created in 1827 to protect the bridge named the pont de Grenelle. The uninhabited island is 850 metres long and 11 metres at its widest point, making it the third-largest island in Paris. A tree-lined walkway, named L’Allée des Cygnes (Path of Swans), runs the length of the island. Since 2012, there has been a public workout space with bicycles and a climbing wall underneath the Pont de Grenelle, close to a Statue of Liberty replica.

Square Béla-Bartók is a green space located in the heart of the Front de Seine buildings, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. A small garden between the towers of the Front de Seine where you can admire a statue of Béla Bartók by Imre Varga and a sculptural tribute to the musician, signed Jean Yves Lechevallier.

The Suzanne Lenglen park. It is a vast multi-sports park which offers walkers and sports enthusiasts numerous training grounds, slides and shaded rest areas. Innovative, it also hosts an educational urban farm, with dwarf goats, Ouessant sheep, chickens, and even rabbits.