Formerly a lumberjacks' village full of tranquil charm, Passy is now one of the most popular districts of the 16th arrondissement. Although it's kept its old-fashioned atmosphere with its picturesque and leafy Rue Berton, its previous residents have now made way for mansions, fashion boutiques and other luxury stores that line its streets, while the most famous labels line Passy's famous shopping street.
Yet the Passy district, accessible via the Metro station of the same name, also includes Balzac's house on Rue Raynouard. As the former home of the famous writer, who lived there from 1840 to 1847, it is now a listed Historic Monument and houses a museum dedicated to Honoré de Balzac, with displays of manuscripts, handwritten letters and rare editions. A little further along on Square Charles Dickens stands the Wine Museum, based in magnificent vaulted cellars built in the 15th century. With its rich collection of over 2,000 objects, it tells the story of wine and winemaking through the ages.
The Passy district also boasts a beautifully preserved covered market, where the stalls selling fruit and vegetables, delicatessen products, cheese, fish and other fresh produce will delight food-lovers and sophisticated gourmets!