Ternes and its surroundings

The Ternes area is a lively and family-friendly neighbourhood. It's away from the tourist zones, but still within walking distance, so it's worth your while if you want to discover how and where the chic and trendy Parisian families hang out daily.

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During the 1900s, many car and motorbike dealerships existed in the neighbourhood. More than half of all the automobile stores in Paris were found in only two or three streets in the Ternes area! To this day, the tradition still remains. On the avenue de la Grande Armée (which marks the separation of the Ternes area with the 16th arrondissement), you will still find many today. A statue of Léon Serpollet, the creator of the first industrial steam-powered automobile, can be found on the Place Saint-Ferdinand. But it’s not your typical statue… firstly because of its size, but, more importantly, because of what it depicts. Serpollet is seen standing in a car, with women trying to get in, and a pedestrian nearly being run over! Read more...

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Average-High

  • families
  • businessmen

Main Metro Stations:
  • Ternes (line 2)
  • Argentine (line 1)
  • Porte Maillot (line 1, RER C)
Bus: 43, 93, 31

  • Rue Poncelet
  • Marché des Ternes
  • Passage d'Oisy
  • Place des Ternes
  • Boulevard Pereire

A family neighbourhood with a relaxed atmoshpere

History

The Ternes neighbourhood's history goes back to the beginning of the 13th century. At the time, the area was a small village on the outskirts of where Paris was at the time (around the Ile de la Cité). For many centuries, the area was part of the countryside, where nobles and the kings came to relax, hunt in the woods and enjoy many different leisure activities. During the mid 14th century, the bishop of Paris built a farm, part of his fief, called “Villa externa”. The name “Ternes” has its origins in this farm's name: Read more...

Who you'll find there

The Ternes neighbourhood is quite high-end in terms of restaurant, café and shop prices, but what’s nice is that, since it's more of a family-friendly area, you don’t have that feeling of a closed-gate community, where only a certain type of population is welcome. There are many offices in the area so, during the week, among the families and elderly people going to the market, you will come across a lot of people in suits, going to have a nice meal in one of the many restaurants and cafés, or simply hanging out on the Pereire boulevard, a green “mini-park” on the western side of the Ternes avenue. Read more...