One of the things I love about living in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. I would not have predicted that she, the Iron Lady, would become a privileged monument, but in this year of uncertainty, to see her peeking over treetops, between buildings, from bridges along the Seine, and bathing in the warm glow of its night beam brought some comfort. And, of course, the twinkling lights that flicker after dark every hour, every hour, for five minutes each time!
These nine places offer exceptional views of the Eiffel Tower. Of course, there are plenty of places in Paris that will offer a glimpse of her, but these nine locations guarantee unforgettable views, perfect for postcards. Seeing the Eiffel Tower when you least expect it always makes me smile every time. Keep your eyes open. She is watching you!
1. Place du Trocadero
Metro station: Trocadéro lines 6 and 9
The Place du Trocadéro offers a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. Located on the north bank of the Seine, just opposite the Eiffel Tower in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, it is a must-see place. At Trocadero there are beautiful gardens, fountains and a large parvis (parvis) for viewing and photographing the Eiffel Tower. It is a popular place to view the Eiffel Tower during the day and at night when it sparkles. Expect a lively atmosphere filled with visitors, vendors and street dancers.
Place du Trocadéro is home to the Palais de Chaillot, where the City of Architecture and Heritage Museum is located, and the National Maritime Museum.
Descend from Place du Trocadero across the Pont d’Iena (Pont d’Iéna) and marvel at the grandeur of the Eiffel Tower as you get closer.
2. The Champ De Mars
Metro stations: Trocadero Line 9; Bir-Hakeim Line 6; Line 8 Military School
Enveloping the Eiffel Tower is the beautiful green space called the Champ de Mars. Named after the Roman god of war, this large space is a gathering place for families and visitors to the city. The manicured garden is full of flowering trees and blooming flowers. Photographing the Eiffel Tower in early spring with cherry blossoms or magnolias in the foreground is a thrill for any photographer!
When the Iron Lady sparkles every hour every night, the Champ de Mars is full of couples and families admiring the marvelous view. The Champ de Mars is also a classic place to watch fireworks, such as the 14th of July, but be sure to reserve 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, stroll a little further along the Seine to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. This gorgeous bridge is another classic spot in Paris to get your postcard-perfect photos of the Eiffel Tower.
Stick to the pedestrian level of the bridge or walk down the stairs to Ile Aux Cygnes, where there are also plenty of Eiffel Tower sightings. For a truly unique view of the Eiffel Tower, take metro line 6 over the Bir-Hakeim bridge and spot the Iron Lady.
You might also like to read about the bridges of Paris and the islands of the Seine in Paris.
4. A cruise on the Seine
Experiencing a Seine River cruise is a highlight of any trip to Paris. You will need to decide whether you prefer to cruise during the day or at night. There are many cruises, ranging from hop-on hop-off cruises, dinner cruises, champagne cruises, and even speedboat cruises. This article on Seine cruises will help you decide which line to take.
Whichever cruise you choose, seeing the Eiffel Tower soar past on the Seine is a real thrill.
5. The observation deck of the Montparnasse tower
Metro station: Montparnasse-Bienvenue Lines 4, 6, 12 and 13
The panorama of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and the impressive historical monuments of Paris, from the Montparnasse Tower is unforgettable. Take Europe’s fastest elevator 200 meters to the 56th floor and soak up the views. The Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Coeur and the Invalides are available to you. There is also an open-air panoramic terrace above the 56th floor. Order a glass of champagne with your evening view of the glittering Iron Lady. Another rendezvous with the Eiffel Tower that you won’t soon forget!
6. Saint-Dominique Street
Metro stop: La-Tour-Maubourg Line 8
As you walk up rue Saint-Dominique in the residential district of the 7th arrondissement, there are surprising views of the Eiffel Tower. The best vantage point is near the corner of rue Saint-Dominique and boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg. But the whole street is a thrill, as the Eiffel Tower looms between the cafes, bookstores, and looms right in front of you at the end of the street! Take your time and browse the shops or stop at a cafe. It’s a fun street to explore.
If you are looking for a true market experience, Rue Saint-Dominique intersects with Rue Cler, a classic narrow street where 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 station: Passy or Trocadero Line 6
It took me some time to discover this magical place to see and photograph the Eiffel Tower. It is a quiet, short and dead end street. But this dead end? It stops on a magnificent balcony with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. When I visited in the morning it was lightly crowded, but choose your time wisely as it is a popular spot, especially for Instagrammers!
Be persistent. It can be a bit difficult to find. If you are on Boulevard Delessert, climb the stone staircase and you will reach the balcony.
8. Haussmann Spring
Metro station: Havre-Caumartin Line 3
Printemps Haussmann, one of the oldest department stores in Paris, offers a fantastic 360 degree panoramic view of Paris. The department store is an upscale shopping experience behind a listed facade and includes a brasserie under a magnificent glass dome. You will definitely want to plan to walk through the different floors. Go to the 8th floor for a breathtaking view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
The little secret of Printemps is that if you cross the rue du Printemps L’Homme (the men’s store), there is another terrace that has the best view!
Find a spot to take the classic photos or, better yet, sit down at La Perruche restaurant and relax while taking in the scenery. You may need to pinch yourself!
9. Arc De Triomphe De L’Etoile
Metro station: 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 Arc de Triomphe, built at the request of Napoleon, aims to honor the memory of the victories of the French army. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe. Its eternal flame is rekindled each evening and new wreaths are laid by veterans. Take the time to see this amazing monument, then decide to climb the 284 steps to the top or take the elevator to the middle level and climb the remaining 64 steps! You’ll also need to decide if you want to visit during the day or in the evening when the lights of Paris come on.
The view of the Eiffel Tower is stellar – and also the view down the Champs Elysées directly to Place de la Concorde and beyond to the Louvre. Another not-to-be-missed experience in Paris.
Pro tips: Be careful with your belongings in the busiest places, such as Place du Trocadéro, for pickpockets. Also, don’t rush. Each of these nine locations will take some time to discover and explore. Finally, while you are in the City of Light, consider: