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The Best French Cafés near the Eiffel Tower

What better way to dine in a French atmosphere than after a walk in front of the emblematic Iron Lady? The streets surrounding the Eiffel Tower are littered with traditional French cafes that really give the experience that little something extra…

These are cafes that I would personally recommend (I spend a lot of time in this part of the country, in case you didn’t know).

Brasserie setting in Paris

This authentic brasserie has landed the perfect spot right next to the tower itself. You can enjoy the view of the structure while you drink and dine, and the cafe is open morning to night, seven days a week.

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For what it’s worth, it won’t be the most breathtaking French cuisine you have in Paris. In fact, your food could take well over an hour to reach the table. That said, it’s a great cafe to have a drink, a cake, and enjoy the ever-partying playlist they offer their customers.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: 28 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
METRO STATION: Trocadero

The Fountain of Mars in Paris

This chic cafe is famous in this neighborhood, identifiable by the pale pink awnings that frame the arched entrances.

Those who know this cafe love it. This is one of the most charming places in the area, and they have a fantastic menu for lunch and dinner, also seven days a week. As expected, this place is full pretty much all the time. You will need to make a reservation if you really want to sit down and enjoy.

The Fountain of Mars in Paris – By Google Maps

If they’re extremely full, consider getting takeout and finding a spot on the Champ de Mars, just across from the tower.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. // 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
ADDRESS: 129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
METRO STATION: Trocadero

Lightning in Paris

When I’m looking for a Parisian getaway without really leaving Paris, this is the cafe I go to. It’s cozy as heck and it offers a very different experience than other cafes in this area.

L’Éclair in Paris – by Google Maps

Morning or evening, you will enjoy a range of dynamic dishes depending on the time of the meal. The food is always good and their hot drinks come with a little chocolate to sweeten the deal. Tip: do not put chocolate in your coffee or tea! It seems obvious, but a lot of people make this mistake on the first visit (myself included). It is meant to be enjoyed as a standalone treat and will make your drink incredibly bitter if you mix it up!

USEFUL INFORMATION
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
ADDRESS: 32 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris
METRO STATION: Trocadero

Zia in Paris

Zia is a wonderful cafe furthest from the Trocadero side of the Eiffel Tower. The cuisine is French fused with other Western flavors, providing diners with a more varied range of meals and beverages.

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Many wouldn’t consider Zia a traditional ‘French cafe’, but I find it operates on par with most other cafes in the area. Plus, there are great options here for vegetarians, something French cafes usually lack.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ADDRESS: 22 Av. de Tourville, 75007 Paris
METRO STATION: Trocadero

Carette in Paris

In contrast, we have Carette, just on the edge of the entrance to the Trocadero. Carette is about as French as it gets and is considered one of the best cafes in all of Paris.

Whether you’re looking for breakfast, pastries, brunch, lunch or a three-course dinner menu, Carette has it all. You can come here virtually any time of the day and except for a vibrant buzz of people sipping teas, beers and/or wine.

Carette is famous for its hot chocolate… something to keep in mind when visiting.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: 4 Pl. du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
METRO STATION: Trocadero

Cafe Carmine in Paris

Carmine Cafe is a lively café-bistro in a charming French setting just outside the Eiffel Tower. Happy hour is daily until 8pm, then the cafe is open for a few hours until closing (2am).

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Again, this is a place where the time of day seems to fall, and a constant buzz of people is always to be expected. Something unexpected, however, is that Carmine Cafe does really good pizza? Super tasty, reasonably priced and all with a view of the Iron Lady herself… what more could you ask for?

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