View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

15 amazing Eiffel Tower viewpoints in Paris

If you’re going to Paris, you’ll of course want to see the Iron Lady herself: la Tour Eiffel. I’ve been to Paris 5 times and it’s literally always a thrill to catch a glimpse of her!

These are my favourite viewpoints across the city…

Arc de Triomphe

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Paris is extra stunning when seen from the top of this famous arch (8€).

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

View over Paris from the Notre-Dame Cathedral

You’ll want to visit this 800-year-old monument no matter what, but if you time the queues right it’s definitely worth climbing the towers to take in the city from 387 steps up (10€).

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

View from the dome of the Sacre Coeur, Paris, France

There’s an OK view from the Butte Montmartre but for a better perspective you can climb up to the dome of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica (6€ for the dome, entry to the church is free).

The Seine

Bonjour le #TourEiffel, vous etes trés beau, je t'aime beaucoup! (Can you tell my French is rusty?)

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The River Seine offers some stunning perspectives, take yourself on a nice long walk.

Various bridges

Pont de la Concorde, Paris, with champange at sunset

My favourite bridge viewpoints are the Pont de la Concorde and Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Top tip: grab a bottle of champagne and watch the sunset.

Boat cruise

Paris boat cruise

You can also take a riverboat trip, passing right by the tower.


Eiffel Tower, as seen from Trocadéro, Paris

Directly across the Seine, Trocadéro is a popular spot from which to watch the Tower’s illuminations i.e. the light show that occurs hourly from sunset (0€).

Department store rooftops

View from the roof terrace at Printemps department store, Paris

Both Galeries Lafayette (40 Boulevard Haussmann) and Printemps (64 Boulevard Haussmann) have free roof terraces from which you can admire the Paris skyline (0€), and grab a coffee if you wish.

The streets of Paris

Au revoir Paris! (Although not on time, boo Eurostar…)

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Of course you’ll stumble upon vistas of the Eiffel Tower all over Paris, but there are particularly great views from Rue de Buenos Ayres and Avenue de Camoens.

Tour Montparnasse

View from the top of the Tour Montparnasse, Paris

It’s said this monolithic skyscraper offers the best view in Paris—because it’s the only place in the city from which you can’t see it. It ain’t pretty but it does offer a decent view of the Eiffel Tower from its 56th floor and rooftop observation decks (15€).

Parc du Champ-de-Mars

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Of course, la Tour Eiffel looks damn good up close too (0€).

The Eiffel Tower observation decks

View from the Eiffel Tower, Paris

In my opinion la Tour is best appreciated from other parts of the city, but for a few Euros you can go up to one of the viewing decks.

Have I missed any other great Eiffel Tower viewpoints?

We’re just back from Belgium—back soon with our Bruges tips and (finally) my Paris recommendations from this trip (spoiler: it’ll be a big one!).

Last week was a lot more Instagram-worthy than this one… #Paris #EiffelTower #TourEiffel

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