One of the things I love about living in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. I wouldn’t have predicted that she, the Iron Lady, would become a favored monument, but in this year of uncertainty, seeing her peek over treetops, between buildings, from the bridges along the Seine, and bathing in the warm glow of her night beam have brought a certain comfort. And, of course, the shimmering lights that twinkle after dark every hour, on the hour, for five minutes thrill every time!
These nine places offer outstanding views of the Eiffel Tower. Of course, there are plenty of places in Paris that will offer a glimpse of her, but these nine spots guarantee unforgettable, postcard-perfect views. Seeing the Eiffel Tower when least expected still makes me smile every time. Keep your eyes peeled. She’s watching you!
1. Place Du Trocadero
Metro Stop: Trocadero Lines 6 and 9
Place du Trocadero offers picture-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower. Situated on the north side of the Seine directly across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, it is a must-visit location. At Trocadero, there are lovely gardens, fountains, and a large parvis (forecourt) to view and photograph the Eiffel Tower. This is a popular place to see the Eiffel Tower during the day and at night when it sparkles. Expect a lively atmosphere filled with visitors, vendors, and street dancers.
The Place du Trocadero is home to the Palais de Chaillot, where the City of Architecture and Heritage Museum is located, and the National Marine Museum.
Walk down from Place du Trocadero across the Pont d’Iena (Jena Bridge) and marvel at the sheer grandeur of the Eiffel Tower as you get closer.
2. The Champ De Mars
Metro Stops: Trocadero Line 9; Bir-Hakeim Line 6; Ecole Militaire Line 8
Enveloping the Eiffel Tower is the lovely greenspace called the Champ de Mars. Named in honor of the Roman god of war, this large space is a gathering place for families and visitors to the city alike. The manicured garden is full of flowering trees and flowers in blossom. Photographing the Eiffel Tower in early spring with cherry blossoms or magnolias in the forefront is a thrill for any photographer!
When the Iron Lady sparkles on the hour each night, the Champ de Mars is full of couples and families taking in the marvelous sight. The Champ de Mars is also a classic spot to take in fireworks, such as on Bastille Day, but be sure to secure your spot with a picnic blanket early in the day.
3. The Bir-Hakeim Bridge
Metro Stop: Bir-Hakeim Line 6
Since we are already close to the Eiffel Tower, wander a little further down the Seine to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. This stunning bridge is another classic spot in Paris to get your postcard-perfect photos of the Eiffel Tower.
Stand on the pedestrian level of the bridge, or take the stairs down to Ile Aux Cygnes, where there are also plenty of sightings of the Eiffel Tower. For a truly unique view of the Eiffel Tower, ride Metro line 6 across the Bir-Hakeim Bridge and catch a glimpse of the Iron Lady.
4. A Seine River Cruise
Experiencing a cruise on the Seine is a highlight of any trip to Paris. You will have to decide if you prefer to take the cruise during the day or in the evening. There are plenty of cruises, ranging from hop-on-and-hop-off, dinner cruises, champagne cruises, and even speedboat cruises. This article on Seine River cruises will help you make your decision on which line to take.
Whatever cruise you decide upon, seeing the Eiffel Tower soaring as you pass by on the Seine is an absolute thrill.
5. The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck
Metro Stop: Montparnasse-Bienvenue Lines 4, 6, 12, and 13
The panorama of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s impressive historic monuments, from the Montparnasse Tower is unforgettable. Take Europe’s fastest elevator 658 feet up to the 56th floor and soak in the view. The Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, and Les Invalides are laid out before you. There is also an open-air panoramic terrace above the 56th floor. Order a glass of champagne with your evening view of the sparkling Iron Lady. Another date with the Eiffel Tower that you won’t soon forget!
6. On Rue Saint-Dominique
Metro Stop: La-Tour-Maubourg Line 8
Walking up Rue Saint-Dominique in the residential area of the 7th arrondissement, there are surprising views of the Eiffel Tower. The best viewing spot is near the corner of Rue Saint-Dominique and Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg. But the entire street is a thrill, as the Eiffel Tower peeks out from between cafes, bookstores, and is standing right before you at the end of the street! Take your time and browse the boutiques or stop at a cafe. It’s a fun street to explore.
If you are looking for a real market street experience, Rue Saint-Dominique crosses Rue Cler, a classic narrow street where the market shops filled with fresh produce, fish, cheese, and all the gastronomic delights of France spill into the streets. Oysters included!
7. From Avenue De Camoens
Metro Stop: Passy or Trocadero Line 6
It took me a while to discover this magical spot to see and photograph the Eiffel Tower. It is a quiet, short, dead-end street. But that dead end? It stops at a gorgeous balcony with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. When I visited in the morning, there were few people, but choose your time wisely as it is a popular spot, especially for Instagrammers!
Be persistent. It can be a bit tricky to find. If you are on Boulevard Delessert, climb the stone staircase and you’ll arrive at the balcony.
8. Le Printemps Haussmann
Metro Stop: Havre-Caumartin Line 3
Le Printemps Haussmann, one of the oldest department stores in Paris, has a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view of Paris. The department store is a high-end shopping experience behind a facade that is a designated historical monument and includes a brasserie under a stunning glass dome. You will definitely want to plan on perusing the various floors. Head to the 8th floor for stunning views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
The little secret at Printemps is that if you cross the street to Printemps L’Homme (the men’s store), there is another terrace that has the best views!
Find a spot to take the classic photos, or better still, take a seat at the restaurant, La Perruche, and relax while taking in the scenery. You might have to pinch yourself!
9. Arc De Triomphe De L’Etoile
Metro Stop: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile Lines 1, 2, and 6
If you are visiting Paris for the first time, chances are that the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris, is on your list of places to see. The purpose of the Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arch), built on Napoleon's demand, is to honour the memory of the victories of the French Army. The tomb of the unknown soldier lies at the base of the Arc de Triomphe. Its eternal flame is rekindled each evening, and new wreaths are laid by veterans. Take time to view this amazing monument, and then decide whether to climb all 284 stairs to the top or take the elevator to the mid-level and climb the remaining 64 steps! You will also have to decide whether to visit during the day or in the evening when the lights of Paris are aglow.
The view of the Eiffel Tower is stellar -- and also the sight down the Champs Elysees straight to the Place de la Concorde and beyond, to the Louvre. Another not-to-be-missed experience in Paris.
Pro Tips: Be aware of your belongings in the most crowded places, such as Place du Trocadero, for pickpockets. Also, don’t rush. Each of these nine places will take some time to discover and explore. Finally, while you're in the City of Light, consider: