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Ideas for Unique Places in Paris to Take the Best Picture of the Eiffel Tower

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If you are looking for ideas about where you can get the best view and take the best picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite destinations which includes luxurious Eiffel Tower view restaurants, highrise buildings, famous monuments and more. Check it out!


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Galeries Lafayette   

The view from the Galeries Lafayette
The view from the Galeries Lafayette

40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009, Paris

If you are looking for ideas on where to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower, Galeries Lafayette’s 7th-floor rooftop terrace has some of the best views in Paris. Here you can enjoy a relaxing drink at La Paillote Restaurant & Cube Bar, or take a tour of the remarkable secret garden which features more than 18,000 plants.

Hours: Friday – Wednesday 9:30 am – 8 pm
Thursday  9:30 am – 9 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Free
How to get there: Metro Line 9 – Havre Caumartin or Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette

Printemps Paris Haussmann   

64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009, Paris

The terrace at Printemps will give any photographer many ideas for the ideal picture with its perfect views of Sacre Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, and the Eiffel Tower.

Hours: Friday – Wednesday 9:35 am – 8 pm
Thursday 9:35 am – 10 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Free
How to get there: Metro Line 9 – Havre Caumartin or Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette

43 Up On the Roof Bar, Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame   

4 Rue Danton, 75006, Paris

Open during the summer months to both guests and the public, this 9th-floor terrace serves cocktails and snacks while featuring breathtaking panoramic views of the capital city. For more information about the Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame, click here.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday  5 pm – 12 am
Sunday – Monday     Closed
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: €€
How to get there: Metro Line 4 – Saint-Michel
RER C – Saint-Michel

Parc de Belleville   

The view of Paris from the Parc de Belleville
The view of Paris from the Parc de Belleville by Andrew on Flickr

47 Rue des Couronnes, 75020, Paris

Look over the skyline and you will get one of the best Eiffel Tower views from the highest park in Paris. Located in the 20th Arrondissement, the Parc de Belleville is far away from most tourist attractions. Covering over 11 acres, this park is home to many green spaces with over 1000 plants and a small vineyard. Cascading down the hillside is Paris’ longest water fountain, reaching roughly 100 meters. There is also a museum, La Maison de l’Aira, whose focus is on pollution and air quality, and a wooden playground designed for children ages 6 and up.

Hours: Monday – Friday  8 am – 5:45 pm, 7 pm, 8:30 pm or 9:30 pm depending on the season
Saturday – Sunday and public holidays 9 am – 5:45 pm, 7 pm, 8:30 pm or 9:30 pm depending on the season
Wheelchair accessible: Partial
Cost: Free
How to get there: Metro Line 2 – Couronnes

Monsieur Bleu

Palais de Tokyo, 20 Avenue de New York, 75116, Paris

Enjoy the outdoor terrace at this chic restaurant which sits across from the Eiffel tower on the banks of the Seine. Featuring creative dishes and trendy decor, this is one of the fantastic places in Paris where you can enjoy a meal and take pictures of the Eiffel tower.

Hours: Daily 12 pm – 2 am
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: €€
How to get there: Metro Line 9 – Iéna

Le Rooftop at The Peninsula Hotel

19 Avenue Kléber, 75116, Paris

Located on the 6th-floor roof of the luxurious Peninsula Hotel you will find l’Oiseau Blanc, an upscale restaurant with phenomenal views of the city. Only steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, this elegant rooftop terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a meal or cocktail with friends. Interested in learning more about the Peninsula Hotel? Click here.

Hours: Daily 12 pm – 1:30 am
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: €€
How to get there: Metro Line 6 – Kleber

Tour Saint-Jacques   

39 Rue de Rivoli, 75004, Paris

Situated in a shady square lies the Saint-Jaques tower. Accessible only through guided tours, the tower of this Gothic-style monument stands over 16 stories tall. After climbing the 300 steps to reach the top, you will be greatly rewarded with one of the best Eiffel Tower views, along with views of Notre Dame, Tour Montparnasse, Montmartre and Sacre Coeur, and more.

Hours: Friday – Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (+Monday in July and August)
Wheelchair accessible: No
Cost: Adults €10, Under 18 €8  (Access is not permitted for those under 10)
Wheelchair accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Line 4 – Étienne Marcel
RER A, B, D – Les Halles

Palais de Chaillot (Trocadero)   

The view from Place du Trocadero
The view from Place du Trocadero

1 Place du Trocadéro, 75016, Paris

Across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, on the Place du Trocadero lays the Palais de Chaillot. This magnificent building is made up of two large curved wings separated by a square boasting the best Eiffel Tower views. Here you’ll find the huge Warsaw Fountains which shoot water over 50 meters from 20 cannons in the direction of the Eiffel Tower. The well-manicured gardens, gilded statues, and panoramic views make it a popular spot for photographers, wedding parties and tourists alike. The Palace also houses three museums, a restaurant, and a theatre.

Hours: Always open. Museum hours apply
Wheelchair accessible: Partial
Cost: Free. Museum entry fees apply.
How to get there: Metro Line 6 or 9 – Trocadéro

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris   

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004, Paris

At the very center of Paris lies Notre-Dame Cathedral. A prime example of French Gothic architecture, the two towers of the cathedral are an impressive 69 meters tall. Entering through the north side of the tower, you will climb 387 narrow stone stairs to reach the top. On the way, visitors will see a gallery detailing the history of the cathedral. The summit features unparalleled 360° views of the city and the opportunity to say hello to the famous gargoyles from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Hours: April 1 to September 30: Daily 10 am to 6:30 pm (to 11 pm on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August)
October 1 to March 31: Daily 10 am to 5:30 pm
Closed: January 1, May 1, December 25
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Tower access €8.50
How to get there: Metro Line 4 – Cité
RER B, C – St-Michel

La Tour Montparnasse   

The view from La Tour Montparnasse, which is the highest place on our list of ideas of places to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower
The view from La Tour Montparnasse, which is the highest place on our list of ideas of places to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower

33 Avenue du Maine, 75015, Paris

Standing at an impressive 210 meters or 59 stories tall, the Montparnasse Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Paris. It features an observation platform where you’ll get an ariel view of the rooftops of the most impressive monuments, and Eiffel Tower views worthy of your Paris bucket list. The tower is also home to the 360 Cafe, the gourmet restaurant Ciel de Paris, and a champagne bar which is open May-September.

Hours: Daily 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Partial
Cost: Observation Deck access €18
How to get there: Metro Lines 4, 6, 12 or 19 – Montparnasse-Bienvenüe

Arc de Triomphe   

The view of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, which is one of the most impressive destinations on our list of picture ideas
The view of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, which is one of the most impressive destinations on our list of picture ideas

Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008, Paris

At the end of the Champs-Elysees, at the center of a crazy roundabout in Place de Charles de Gaulle, lies the Arc de Triomphe. To access the Arc de Triomphe safely, you can head through the tunnel beginning on the Champs-Elysees. After walking around the base of the arch, climb up roughly 280 steps to the top of this 49.5m tall monument. Look down and you will see the 12 boulevards which intersect forming the shape of a star. Look outwards and you will see fantastic views of Paris and one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the entire city.

Hours: April 1 – September 30: Daily 10 am – 11 pm
October 1 – March 31: Daily 10 am – 10:30 pm
Closed: January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning), and December 25
Wheelchair accessible: No
Cost: Adult fee to climb €12, Under 17 are free
How to get there: Metro Lines 1, 2 or 6 – Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
RER A – Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile

Fort Mont-Valérien   

92150, Suresnes, France

Just outside Paris sits Fort Mont Valérien, one of the most underrated places on our list Eiffel Tower picture ideas. This fortress offers a unique vantage point sitting at 162 meters above sea level. From here, you can look over the Parisian rooftops and see one of the best Eiffel Tower views. It’s conveniently located on the SNCF train line that you can take from Gare Saint-Lazare (Paris) to Suresnes Mont-Valerien. Mont-Valerian guided tours are free. Lasting approximately 1h30, tours are conducted every day, except Monday.

Hours: March to June, and September to October: Tuesday – Friday 3 pm and 4 pm
March to June, and September to October: Saturday – Sunday 2:30 pm and 4 pm
November to February, July & August: Tuesday – Sunday 3 pm
Closed January 1st, May 1st, June 17, June 18 (morning), August 15th, November 1st and December 25th
Wheelchair accessible: Partial
Cost: Free
How to get there: RER Line U – Mont Valerien-Suresnes

Parc de Saint-Cloud   

Parc de Saint Cloud
Parc de Saint Cloud by Fred Romero on Flickr

Rond de la Balustrade, 92210, Saint-Cloud, France

This award-winning park is located in the Chateau de Saint-Cloud estates, which was home to royal and imperial families during the 16th century. While the chateau was mostly destroyed during the Franco-Prussian war, some of the infrastructures remain. You will find well-kept gardens, waterfalls, and ponds overlooking Paris and the Seine River. From the park’s viewpoint known as La Lanterne, you can see a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding areas.

Hours: Daily 7:30 am – 8 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Partial
Cost: Free
How to get there: Metro Lines 9 or 10 – Porte de Saint-Cloud

The Pantheon   

The view from the Pantheon
The view from the Pantheon

Place du Panthéon, 75005, Paris

The Pantheon looks over all of Paris from atop a hill in the Latin Quarter. Resembling the Pantheon in Rome, the mausoleum is the burial place of some of the most influential people in French history. Join a tour and climb to the 276 stairs to the top. From the viewing platform 35 meters up, you will see marvellous views of Paris. With a maximum number of 50 people in each group, as a result, visitors are guaranteed not to be fighting crowds of tourists to get the perfect photo.

Hours:  April 1 – September 30: Daily 10 am – 6:30 pm
*Tours to the top are closed October 1 – March 31 and May 1
Wheelchair accessible: No
Cost: Adults €10,50, Under 18  Free
How to get there: Metro Line 10 – Maubert-Mutualité

The Top of Sacre Cœur   

The view from Sacre Cœur
The view from Sacre Cœur by bvi4092 on Flickr

35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018, Paris

At the highest point in the city sits Sacre Coeur. Both a cultural and political monument, it is of the most visited landmarks in Paris. From its front steps, you have a great view of the whole city. For something even more remarkable you can access the dome by climbing a spiral staircase. From here you can see almost all of the Paris landmarks. Visibility is up to 30km on a clear day.

Hours: May to September: Daily 8:30 am – 8 pm
October to April: Daily 9 am – 5 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Partial
Cost: Dome access €5.00
How to get there: Metro Line 2 – Anvers or Pigalle or Line 12 – Jules-Joffrin

Grande Arche de la Défense   

1 Parvis de la Défense, 92044, Puteaux, France

The most modern destination on our list for Eiffel Tower picture ideas is the Grande Arche de la Défense, a cube-shaped landmark measures 110m in height, width, and depth. After re-opening the promenade deck to the public in 2017, visitors are able to take a ride up 35 stories in a panoramic elevator to discover 360° views over Paris. From here all the great Parisian landmarks can be seen. It is also home to an exhibition area, a hanging garden, and two restaurants.

Hours: Daily 10 am – 7 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Adult €15, Children (3-18 years) €7
How to get there: Metro Line 1 – La Défense

Centre Georges Pompidou   

The view from Centre Georges Pompidou
The view from Centre Georges Pompidou

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004, Paris

This contemporary art gallery in Central Paris is also home to a public library, and an institute dedicated to the science of music and sound. While modern art isn’t for everyone, those who prefer can skip the galleries and ascend a glass tube escalator to the roof. On the terrace, you can enjoy a meal at Le Georges Restaurant and Bar or simply take in the views of famous landmarks including Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, The Louvre, and The Eiffel Tower.

Hours: Daily 11 am – 10 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Museum and view of Paris €15
View of Paris only €5
How to get there: Metro Lines 1, 4, 4, 11 or 14 Châtelet
RER Lines A, B or D – Châtelet-Les Halles

Metro Line 6 (Bir-Hakeim Bridge)

The view from the Bir-Hakeim Bridge
The view from The Bir-Hakeim Bridge

75015, Paris

Hop aboard Le Metro and travel on its elevated tracks and watch Paris pass you by. This line has over 50% of its route above ground, allowing for picturesque views of the city. Between Bir-Hakeim and Passy stations the metro crosses the Seine, on the Bir-Hakeim bridge where you will see one of the best Eiffel Tower views.

Sidenote: Any fans of ER out there? You might recognize this from the 2005 episode where Kem took Carter on a sunrise tour around Paris.

Hours: The Paris Metro runs from roughly 5:30 am – 12:40 am Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 am – 1:40 am Fridays, Saturdays and on days before a holiday
Wheelchair accessible: No
Cost: €1,90
How to get there: Metro Line 6

A Seine River Cruise

The view of the Eiffel Tower from the Seine
The view of the Eiffel Tower from the Seine

Float along the Seine aboard a river cruise and you will undoubtedly get many ideas for places to take a picture or two of the Eiffel Tower. Passing landmarks such as Notre Dame, The Louvre, the Musee D’Orsay and of course the Eiffel Tower, these cruises usually lasts one to three hours. Some boats offer headsets for listening to informative audio recordings while others offer live narration. There are many cruise options to choose from including sunset cruises, lunch or dinner cruises, wine and cheese cruises, champagne cruises, and hop-on and off cruises.

Hours: Almost all cruises run during the hours of 10 am-11 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Varies based on cruise option chosen
Cost: Varies based on cruise option chosen
How to get there: Varies based on cruise option chosen

Pont de la Concorde and Nearby Bridges

The view from Pont de la Concorde by David Harmantas
The view from Pont de la Concorde by David Harmantas on Flickr

75007, Paris

Connecting the Left and Right banks of the Seine is Pont de la Concorde, one of the 37 bridges which cross the river. From this stone arch bridge, visitors can look along the river to see one of the best Eiffel Tower views.

Hours: Always open
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Free
How to get there: Metro Lines 1, 8, 12 – Concorde

Champs de Mars   

The Champs de Mars, my favourite destination on our list of Eiffel Tower picture ideas
The Champs de Mars, which is my favourite destination on our list of Eiffel Tower picture ideas

2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007, Paris

This expansive green space spanning between L’Ecole Militaire and the Eiffel Tower is my favourite destination on our list of Eiffel Tower picture ideas. A long park, the Champs de Mars is the ideal place to relax after a long day of sightseeing. While families take a walk and admire the beautiful gardens, children are able to play in one of four playgrounds, join in a game of basketball, watch a puppet show, or take a ride on an antique hand-cranked carousel. Afterward set up a picnic on the lawn to watch the nightly light show. This show occurs hourly with 20,000 twinkling lights that light up the nights sky as they sparkle on the Eiffel Tower.

Hours: Always open
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Free
How to get there: Metro Line 6 – Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel

Underneath the Eiffel Tower

The view from underneath the Eiffel Tower, one of my favourite places for photographs
The view from underneath the Eiffel Tower, one of my favourite places for photographs

This wrought iron lattice tower stands at 324 meters tall and is the most visited monument in the world. The base is square-shaped, therefore making it possible to situate yourself directly under the center point of the tower. Looking upwards, you feel the enormity of the structure above you.

Hours: Always open
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Cost: Free
How to get there: Metro Line 6 – Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel


Do you have some ideas that should be added to our list of unique places in Paris to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


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