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
Paris is extra stunning when seen from the top of this famous arch (8€).
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
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 River Seine offers some stunning perspectives, take yourself on a nice long walk.
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.
You can also take a riverboat trip, passing right by the tower.
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
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
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.
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
Of course, la Tour Eiffel looks damn good up close too (0€).
The Eiffel Tower observation decks
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?