One of the best benefits of slow traveling in Paris is the opportunity to enjoy its breathtaking views from various parts of the city for free. Among all the landmarks in the City of Love – the Eiffel Tower, the Iron Lady, or as the French call it, “La Dame de Fer”.

We spent a whole week wandering around Paris, mostly on foot, and guess what? Aside from going to the famous viewpoints, we also found so many secret spots with the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

So, I’ve compiled a complete list of these spots – including the famous ones and the secret gems where you can catch a glimpse of this iconic tower.

I’ve also created a map to assist you in choosing which locations are near you. Plus, I’ve sneaked the best restaurants with a view in some of these spots.

Best Views of the Eiffel Tower + Map

Several locations on the list are close to each other. I highly recommend taking a walk around the area and exploring different viewpoints of the Eiffel Tower.

Below is a map to help you understand which areas are close to each other. These are not just checkboxes so take some time to enjoy these views.

1. Champ de Mars

A clear day at Champ de Mars with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The foreground shows a picnic cloth with croissants, grapes, and strawberries, with people and children enjoying the park around.
Can it get more Parisian than this?

Champ de Mars is our favorite spot for the best views of the Eiffel Tower. It is a slice of tranquility right at the base of the tower.

What I love about this green space is you can set up a picnic here and you can take your time to admire the Eiffel Tower without any rush!

Imagine lying on the grass, enjoying a croissant from Rue Cler, with the view of the Eiffel Tower serving as a breathtaking backdrop. This is exactly how I envision my trip to Paris, right from from vision board!

2. Eiffel Tower Carousel and Trocadero Carousel 

The Eiffel Tower standing tall and clear in the background, with the ornate details of a vintage carousel on the right, in a scene that blends Parisian charm and history.
The Eiffel Tower captured through the blurred movement of a carousel, creating a whimsical and nostalgic perspective of this iconic Parisian landmark

Did you know that there are two carousels near the Eiffel Tower? Both of them offer amazing views of the tower!

The first one is the Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel, which is located right under the Eiffel Tower next to the Seine River. It’s solar-powered and eco-friendly. Interestingly, it spins clockwise, which is unique for Paris.

The other carousel is situated at Trocadero. This one is more vintage-looking. You’ll find the carousel towards the Trocadero Fountain.

If you have time, why not visit both carousels? It’s a great way to see the tower from different angles and enjoy some classic Parisian experiences.

3. Under the Tower

The imposing structure of the Eiffel Tower viewed from directly underneath, showcasing the intricate iron lattice work against a backdrop of a clear blue sky.
Me in white top and pink skirt stands with the Eiffel Tower towering in the background, the lush greenery of the Trocadéro Gardens framing the iconic structure on a clear sunny day.

There is something truly magical about being up close to the Eiffel Tower. Among all the spots to see it from, being right under it is one of the most immersive experiences.

As I stood below the Eiffel Tower, I was overwhelmed with a sense of awe as I gazed up at its intricate architecture.

At that moment, I experienced a rush of emotions, thinking to myself “Wow, I’m right at the Eiffel Tower”. It felt as though I was a part of its story and magic.

To get some unique viewpoints, try different angles when you’re under the Eiffel Tower. And if you’re planning to climb to the top of the tower, make sure to book your ticket well in advance. Tickets tend to get fully booked quickly. We nearly missed getting a ticket.

4. First, Middle, and Top Floor of the Eiffel Tower itself

A woman gazes out over the Parisian skyline from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, with the intricate metalwork of the safety net in the foreground and the city stretching out beneath a sky painted with hues of orange and blue at dusk.
A woman smiling back at the camera, overlooking the panoramic view of Paris from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, with the evening lights beginning to twinkle in the city below.

Many people say skip the Eiffel Tower’s top because it’s too touristy and they claim that what is the Paris skyline without the Eiffel Tower?

But, I convinced my partner to go up, and I’m glad I did. Being on the tower is the best way to experience it. It may sound cheesy, but touching the Iron Lady made me feel like I was part of it.

The Eiffel Tower has three levels with different views. The first two floors are accessible by foot. If you’re not afraid of the 674 stairs, climb the tower. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t forget.

The first floor, with its transparent glass floor, gives you the thrill of watching Paris pass by beneath you.

On the second floor, you’ll find the Michelin-starred Le Jules Verne, which was one of the filming locations of Emily in Paris. I also think that you’ll find the best views of Paris’ landmarks here.

The top floor is at 276 meters. Witnessing the Eiffel Tower’s light show from this height is an unparalleled experience.

I recommend climbing the tower at least once for the breathtaking vistas and the sheer joy of being part of something so iconic.

5. Banks of the River Seine

A View of Eiffel Tower illuminated at night, from the Seine River with moored sightseeing boats and tree-lined banks under a twilight sky.

Walking along the banks of the River Seine is our favorite way to enjoy the best views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

We love the Eiffel Tower from the Seine, and it’s a sight that never fails to amaze us, especially at night.

During our walk, we also see historic cafes, boulevards, and even some bands performing.

We also passed under romantic bridges. Even monumental landmarks such as the Louvre and Notre Dame.

Why not take a day to enjoy slow travel in Paris and take a lovely walk along the Seine? It will not disappoint.

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6. Seine River Cruise

Autumnal hues of yellow leaves frame a Seine River cruise boat filled with passengers, with the Eiffel Tower and Pont d'Iéna bridge in the background under a soft blue sky with wispy clouds.

Taking a Seine River Cruise offers an unparalleled view of the Eiffel Tower. Especially if you time it to catch the tower’s light show.

While dining on board might seem tempting, opt for a cruise specifically to fully savor the views. Paris’s culinary scene on land is too good to miss.

If you’re up for something exclusive, consider splurging on a private boat experience.

This highly-rated boat trip on the Seine River by Visite Paris En Bateau will make you fall in love with Paris. You’ll see the city’s sights and lights from aboard a small boat.

7. Pont d’Iéna

The Eiffel Tower illuminated at night, with its golden lights reflecting on the Seine River, viewed from Pont d'Iéna. The night sky provides a dark backdrop to the vibrant lights and the arching bridge in the foreground adds depth to the urban night scene.

Although you can see the tower from several bridges along the Seine, only Pont d’Iéna provides a front-and-center view. It feels like you’re in the heart of Parisian magic.

This bridge was designed as a pathway connecting the Ecole Militaire and Champ de Mars to the Trocadero across the Seine.

Sure, it might get a bit crowded, but that’s a testament to the breathtaking views it offers.

8. Trocadero

Us standing on the steps of Trocadéro, with the best views of Eiffel Tower in the background and the sun casting a soft glare, creating a romantic scene in one of the best free views in Paris

The Trocadéro is one of the most famous spots to get the best views of the Eiffel Tower up close. So, expect that it can get very crowded.

I recommend either coming before sunrise. You can also walk past the crowds and find a quiet spot on the grass in the gardens around the Trocadéro as we did. Here, you can also watch the beautiful Fountain of Warsaw nearby.

Be careful of pickpockets and scams, like in any busy place.

You can also find the best views of the Eiffel Tower at night here during the light show. It’s magical.

9. Palais de Tokyo

The Eiffel Tower peeking through the colossal stone columns of the Palais de Tokyo, creating a dramatic contrast between the modern monument and the classical architecture, with the warm glow of the sunset in the background.

The Palais de Tokyo is a unique art museum with an exceptional blend of modern art exhibitions. Plus, you’ll find the best views of the Eiffel Tower here.

Many tourists even hire a professional photographer to capture the moment.

Located across the Seine, this museum offers stunning views that are not commonly known.

The museum has also a café, a bookshop, and several restaurants with terrace seating including Monsieur Bleu.

10. Museum of Architecture & Patrimoine in Palais de Chaillot

Morning view of the Eiffel Tower from tMuseum of Architecture & Patrimoine in Palais de Chaillot with their powerful water cannons leading towards the iconic structure, against a backdrop of a clear blue sky with delicate cloud patterns.
Morning view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro fountains with their powerful water cannons leading towards the iconic structure, against a backdrop of a clear blue sky with delicate cloud patterns.

From the Left Bank, take a moment to cross the Pont d’Iéna bridge to the Right Bank. Here, you’ll find a hidden treasure – the Cité de l’Architecture & Du Patrimoine.

This museum is located in the iconic Palais de Chaillot at Trocadero. It showcases the rich history of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

But the most amazing thing about this place is that its windows provide an exquisite view of the Eiffel Tower. It is framed so beautifully that it feels like a live painting.

There is also a library, auditorium, and a restaurant on-site, offering an enriching way to spend your day in Paris.

11. Palais Galiera

Located across from the Palais de Tokyo, Palais Galliera might not be on every tourist’s radar. But, it’s a gem worth discovering, especially for its stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.

Palais Galliera has a beautiful park where you can admire the tower in all its glory from the museum’s steps.

Fancy dining with a view? Head to Monsieur Bleu and enjoy your meal on their terrace with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop.

Located at the foot of Palais Galliera, Les Petites Mains sits in a tree-lined square. It faces the Eiffel Tower and offers one of the most picturesque dining experiences in Paris.

12. Rue de l’Université

The Eiffel Tower looms large at the end of Rue de l'Université, flanked by classic Parisian buildings with ornate balconies, on a cobblestone street lined with budding green trees, capturing the essence of a Paris spring.

Rue de l’Université provides a unique view of the Eiffel Tower intersecting with the allure of Parisian life.

This prestigious street winds through the 6th and 7th arrondissements. It is adorned with some of the most exquisite Haussmannian buildings in Paris.

What makes this location exceptional is how the Iron Lady emerges above these historic facades. At night, the city lights infuse the scene with a warm glow.

13. Rue de Buenos Aires

The Eiffel Tower rising majestically between ornate Parisian buildings, as seen from Rue de Buenos Aires, with intricate sculptures adorning the facades under a bright blue sky with scattered clouds.

Located on the opposite side of Rue de l’Université, Rue de Buenos Aires is another hidden gem in Paris’s 8th arrondissement.

It provides a close-up view of the Eiffel Tower that makes you feel like you can reach out and touch it. Rue de Buenos Aires also offers the best view of the Eiffel Tower for photos.

This lively street is packed with shops, cafes, and theaters. It is the hub of bohemian and fashion culture in the heart of the city.

14. Avenue De Camoëns

View of Eiffel Tower from Avenue de Camoëns, framed by classical Parisian architecture with ornate balconies, set against a clear blue sky.
The majestic Eiffel Tower viewed from Avenue de Camoëns, lined with traditional Parisian lampposts and wrought-iron fences amidst green trees, on a sunny day.

Avenue de Camoëns is a hidden gem located in Paris’s 16th arrondissement. Its charming cobblestone street leads to a staircase. This staircase reveals a stunning view of the Tower behind classic Haussmann buildings.

This spot is one of the best places to take photos of the Eiffel Tower without dealing with large crowds.

What’s unique about this location is how the scenery changes with the seasons. Spring blooms and autumn leaves create a beautiful backdrop for your pictures.

To get here, look for the staircase which sits at a higher level than the street on Boulevard Delessert.

15. Rue Saint-Dominique

Vibrant street view from Rue Saint-Dominique with the Eiffel Tower in the background, Parisian cafes and bistros lining the sidewalk, and cars and pedestrians adding to the dynamic city atmosphere on a clear day.

Rue Saint-Dominique, located in the 7th arrondissement, is where Paris’s vibrant nightlife comes to life. This is especially true at night when the Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour.

It’s a long stretch of perfect viewpoints for the tower. It’s a scenic walk through classic Parisian neighborhoods to Champ de Mars.

The area also brims with charming restaurants and chic cafés. It’s perfect for experiencing the local lifestyle while enjoying the city’s iconic backdrop.

16. Square Rapp and Avenue Rapp

The Eiffel Tower view from Square Rapp, with their balconies and creamy facades contrasting with the lush green treetops and the scattered clouds in the blue sky above.

Avenue Rapp and Square Rapp are two of the most secluded spots to see the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement.

Square Rapp is a small dead-end street off Avenue Rapp that you might easily miss. Particularly when the eye-catching Jules Lavirotte building nearby demands your attention.

This peaceful street is lined with buildings with exquisite wrought iron terraces and art nouveau details. It transports you back to the opulence of 1920s Paris.

What makes Square Rapp unique is it frames a view of the Eiffel Tower. It does this perfectly between two ornate corner buildings.

Because it’s lesser-known, you can capture this iconic sight without the usual crowds.

17. Rue de Monttessuy

Dramatic view of the Eiffel Tower from Rue de Monttessuy on a cloudy day, with the tower's intricate metalwork standing out against the overcast sky, and the wet street reflecting the bustling Parisian life with pedestrians and cars.

Rue de Monttessuy is a hidden gem that offers one of the most enchanting views of the Eiffel Tower.

The street is flanked by classic Haussmannian buildings, and it leads straight to a perfectly framed view of the Iron Lady.

The street is especially magical in winter when the first snow falls. Rue de Monttessuy transforms into a scene straight out of a snow globe.

As day turns into night, the street glows under the warm light of old lampposts, mirroring the sparkle of the Eiffel Tower.

18. Avenue du President Wilson

If you’re near Palais de Tokyo, make your way up the stairs at Rue de la Manutention. You’ll reach Avenue du President Wilson.

Once there, you’ll discover a hidden gem that offers magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower. The view of the Eiffel Tower from this spot is uniquely framed.

For the best lighting, to visit in the afternoon when the sun casts a golden glow from the west. The rooftops are illuminated, together with the Eiffel Tower. It’s one of the best places to take photos of the Eiffel tower.

19. Place de Mexico

Located near the Mexican Embassy in Paris, Place de Mexico is a hidden gem that offers one of the most splendid views of the Eiffel Tower.

Despite its central location, many tourists are unaware of the breathtaking vista it offers.

The district was absorbed into Paris in 1860. But, it still maintains a touch of its former rural charm.

I recommend that you go to Trocadero via Avenue d’Eylau. You’ll be greeted with the full glory of the Eiffel Tower, framed by the elegant facades of the surrounding avenues.

20. Rue Berton

Rue Berton is a hidden gem in Paris. This narrow, cobblestoned path feels like a step back into a quaint French village. Almost nothing like the busy 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Surrounded by trees and ivy-clad walls, it’s a slice of countryside charm right in the city. This spot has an old-world atmosphere that’s hard to find in modern Paris. It takes you back to the days when villages dotted the landscape.

What makes Rue Berton special, though, is the peek-a-boo view of the Eiffel Tower between the buildings. It’s like the Iron Lady herself is playing hide and seek with you.

For the best shot, find the spot alongside the Auguste Perret building. It’s a magical little nook that lets you capture the tower in a way few others can.

21. Pont Alexandre III

Ornate street lamps on Pont Alexandre III with the view of Eiffel Tower in the background, set against a clear blue sky and lush greenery along the Seine River.

Pont Alexandre III is not any bridge in Paris. It’s a masterpiece that embodies the essence of the city’s romance and elegance.

The bridge has stunning architecture, classical lamps, and ornate design. No wonder it’s often called the prettiest bridge in Paris.

As the sun sets, the lanterns along the bridge seem to magically glow. The bridge provides a perfect backdrop for the Eiffel Tower, particularly during its nightly light show.

From this bridge, you can see iconic Parisian landmarks like Les Invalides and Petit Palais.

22. Pont Bir Hakeim

View of the Eiffel Tower from under the metal arches of Pont de Bir-Hakeim, featuring a series of ornate lampposts, on a bright sunny day with clear blue skies.

Among the iconic bridges in Paris, Pont de Bir-Hakeim arguably offers the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

It was built in the early 20th century to span the 15th and 16th arrondissements. This two-level marvel shows a unique view of Paris. One level is for vehicles and pedestrians and the other is for metro Line 6.

This bridge was even featured in the movie “Inception” for its breathtaking views.

Come at night. You’ll see the Eiffel Tower in the middle of a bridge. It’s overlooking the water that reflects beautiful golden lights. It’s absolutely beautiful!

23. Debilly Footbridge

The Eiffel Tower captured from Passerelle Debilly, with the bridge's intricate metalwork and street lamps in the foreground, set against a clear blue sky.
Clear view of the Eiffel Tower framed by the elegant arches and lamps of Passerelle Debilly, with lush trees on the banks of the Seine River, on a bright sunny day.
Eiffel Tower viewed through the structural beams of Debilly Footbridge with lock-covered railings and the Seine River below, showcasing a blend of Parisian engineering and romance.

Passerelle Debilly is an arched pedestrian bridge crossing the Seine. It might not be the flashiest bridge in Paris, but it definitely offers the best views of the Eiffel Tower on a gray day.

Located closest to the tower itself, this bridge offers a clear, unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower.

Built in 1900, what truly makes this bridge stand out is its perfect framing of the Eiffel Tower against the Paris skyline. If you’re lucky, you can even capture a photo when a Seine cruise is passing by.

24. Pont Neuf

The Eiffel Tower and the gold-domed Les Invalides stand tall behind the historic Pont Neuf bridge over the Seine River, with boats gliding on the water, encapsulating a classic Parisian scene.

Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris. It holds a special place in the hearts of locals as it is often considered the heart of the city itself.

This historic bridge isn’t just a passage over the Seine. It offers one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower at any time of day.

It’s also one of our favorite bridges to take a walk on in Paris at night, offering some of the best views of the city.

25. Pont des Arts

The Eiffel Tower bathed in the warm glow of sunset, seen from Pont des Arts, with silhouettes of people gathered on the bridge, reflecting a serene end to the day over the Seine River.
A dense collection of 'love locks' on a Parisian bridge railing, Pont des Arts, symbolizing love and commitment, with a blurred background highlighting the significance of the tradition.

Pont des Arts, previously known as the Love Lock Bridge, offers one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

However, the tradition of attaching locks has faded due to its impact on the bridge and the keys thrown into the Seine. The bridge itself is still a must-visit spot.

From here, you can catch a stunning glimpse of the Eiffel Tower’s top, peeking over the cityscape, with the Seine elegantly curving below.

It’s also the perfect spot for an evening apéro, where you can sip wine and watch the sunset paint the city in golden hues.

26. From the Metro Line 6

View of the Eiffel Tower framed by the window of a metro train on line 6, with the Seine River and a passing barge in the foreground, on a day with scattered clouds in the sky.

Taking the Metro to the Eiffel Tower offers more than a ride, especially if you find yourself on Line 6.

Stay on the train until you’ve crossed the Seine. As you cross the Pont Bir-Hakeim, you get one of the most fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower.

This stretch between Bir Hakeim and Passy is an above-ground secret for catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. It’s also a unique photo spot.

Be ready with your camera; this view is fleeting, giving you a few seconds to capture the Iron Lady. It’s a challenging but rewarding way to see the Eiffel Tower from an unexpected angle.

27. Quai Branly Museum

A view from Quai Branly Museum in Paris, showing a vibrant advertisement for a Picasso exhibition on a glass pane with a reflection of the Eiffel Tower, harmoniously blending culture and iconic architecture.

The Quai Branly Museum is a cultural treasure located in the heart of Paris. It goes beyond showcasing the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

Its beautiful gardens provide the most unexpected and best views of the Eiffel Tower.

The museum’s rooftop also houses Les Ombres, a restaurant with spectacular tower views.

28. Galeries Lafayette Rooftop Terrace

Panoramic view of Paris from Galeries Lafayette rooftop, showcasing the intricate Haussmannian architecture, bustling city streets with cars and pedestrians, and distant landmarks like the Eiffel Tower under a clear blue sky.

Slowly discovering Paris led us to some amazing secret spots, and guess what? Many of the best Eiffel Tower views are free!

Like the rooftop terrace of Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann. From there, you can see the Opera Garnier, classic Haussmannian buildings, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.

The store also houses a stunning Art Deco dome with beautiful stained glass and indoor terraces. During the holiday season, it features a uniquely themed Christmas tree.

29. Sacre Cœur Dome

Aerial view from the dome of Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, with a detailed stone gargoyle in the foreground overlooking the cityscape. In the distance, the iconic Eiffel Tower rises above the urban sprawl under a soft blue sky.

Sacre Cœur is one of the best places to see beautiful panoramic views of Paris. But did you know that you can even go higher and climb up to the dome of the famous white basilica?

Although it requires climbing 300 steps with no lift, the stunning panoramic view of Paris from the top is worth it.

Don’t forget to take your time and explore the breathtaking interior of the basilica, as well.

30. Rue Azaïs, Montmartre

Rue Azaïs in Montmartre is a hidden gem where you can escape the crowds and catch a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.

Located a few steps away from the busy Sacré-Coeur and the Wall of Love, this street provides a peaceful spot to admire Paris from above.

Unlike the front of the basilica, Rue Azaïs offers a unique perspective of the city towards the southwest, directly facing the Eiffel Tower.

For an even clearer view, head down to Square Nadar, which is below Rue Azaïs. Find a spot on the second bench, and you’re in for a treat.

This view, free from obstructions like TV antennas, is one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

31. Parc de Belleville

View of the Eiffel Tower from Parc de Belleville, showcasing one of the best free views in Paris under a partly cloudy sky.
Views of the Eiffel from Parc de Belleville

Looking for a unique Parisian experience with a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower? Parc de Belleville is the perfect spot for you.

Located on a hill, this park has an unmatched vantage point of Paris’s most iconic landmark.

It’s not your typical tourist attraction. It’s a breath of fresh air for those who want to see the city from a different perspective.

The heart of the park is the Belvédère, a pavilion that stands out with its colorful street art.

From there, the view is truly spectacular. You can see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Montparnasse Tower, with the entire city unfolding beneath you.

Read next: The Most Beautiful Parks in Paris to Picnic Away from Crowds

32. Tour Montparnasse

Close-up view of the Eiffel Tower dominating the Paris skyline, with Champ de Mars gardens in the foreground and modern skyscrapers in the background on a hazy day. One of the best views of the Eiffel Tower from Tour Montparnasse.
View of Eiffel Tower at night from Tour Montparnasse, with its beacon light piercing the dark sky. The Parisian cityscape glows with lights stretching towards the horizon, highlighting the contrast between the landmark and the urban environment.

Montparnasse Tower is the tallest building in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. It offers a 360-degree view of the city, including a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower from its 56th floor.

Le Ciel de Paris, the tower’s restaurant, serves delicious meals alongside the incredible views.

To access this spectacular viewpoint, you will need to buy an entrance ticket online.

33. From the top of the Pantheon

Best view of Eiffel Tower in the distance and the French flag flying prominently in the foreground. This view of Paris is from the top of Pantheon.

Pantheon is a stunning building that we often pass on during our walk around the city.

Although most people visit only for the façade, it also offers a hidden spot to get the best views of the Eiffel Tower. The building pays tribute to France’s revered figures like Voltaire and Marie Curie.

But, you can experience the most spectacular view by climbing up to the dome.

You’ll see the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Saint Sulpice Church, surrounded by the charming rooftops of Paris.

34. From the Top of the Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel Tower Light Show in Paris at Night as seen from Arc de Triomphe
Yours truly happily seeing the Eiffel Tower Light Show at Arc de Triomphe

We had our first amazing experience viewing the Eiffel Tower at night from the Arc de Triomphe. It felt like a scene straight out of a romantic movie.

Pro Tip: It does get crowded, so it’s wise to find a spot early. With the Paris Museum Pass, we skipped the long lines.

The entrance to the Arc de Triomphe can be difficult to find as the stairs are located under the roundabout. We tried three ways before nailing it!

You can reach the top of the Arc de Triomphe by foot, using a staircase of 284 steps, or by taking the lift. It’s open until 10:30 pm.

35. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

One of the best views of the Eiffel Tower standing tall amidst the Paris skyline, as seen from the viewpoint of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, with a vibrant blue sky dotted with clouds.
A Chimera statue from Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris overlooks the city, with one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, the Seine River, and Parisian streets below.

Did you miss out on visiting Notre Dame before the devastating fire in 2019? Good news! It’s set to open again on December 8, 2024.

Notre Dame is one of the most iconic places in Paris. It’s perfect for seeing the best views of the Eiffel Tower from up high.

Yes, you’ll have to climb 387 steps to get to the top but trust me, it’s worth it. The breathtaking view from up there is unparalleled! You’ll see the beautiful Seine River, the Eiffel Tower, and even Sacré-Cœur in the distance.

After all that climbing, why not eat French snacks and drink wine at Le Quasimodo Notre Dame? It’s a perfect way to soak in all the beauty of Paris.

36. Les Invalides

A breathtaking nighttime view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower from Invalides, its beacon shining across the cityscape. The skyline glows under a dusky sky transitioning from sunset to evening, with the city lights tracing the streets below.

Les Invalides is one of those spots in Paris that offers an unexpected yet stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. This view becomes even more magical at night.

It’s known for its significant role as a museum, mausoleum, and veterans’ sanctuary. The heart of Les Invalides is the magnificent golden dome, under which Napoleon Bonaparte rests.

This dome adds a layer of grandeur to the already impressive view of the city and its landmarks from the First Terrace.

Although access to the courtyards and gardens is free, you need a ticket to visit Napoleon’s tomb and other exhibits.

37. Promenade Marie de Roumanie

The Promenade Marie de Roumanie is on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is a peaceful haven despite its proximity to the iconic tower. It also has one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

What makes the promenade truly special are the vibrant displays of roses that bloom in every color imaginable during the summer.

It’s a simple path lined with benches, yet it’s the perfect spot to relax and appreciate the beauty of Paris.

38. Parc de Saint-Cloud

Parc de Saint-Cloud is a tranquil location a short metro ride from central Paris.

It’s an excellent site for a picnic. The gardens, which remain from an old château, used to be the grand residence of nobility like Napoleon Bonaparte.

The château was destroyed long ago. But, you can still find stunning statues, fountains, and gardens that survived. These include one designed by Andre Le Notre, who also designed the Gardens of Versailles.

While at the park, look for the Rond de la Balustrade terrace. It is high above Paris and has the best views of the Eiffel Tower, La Défense’s big buildings, and Montmartre Hill. It’s a fantastic view of Paris from up high.

39. Place de la Concorde and Pont de la Concarde

The Place de la Concorde in Paris, with its ornate lamp post and the Luxor Obelisk, the Eiffel Tower in the background, and a lone bicycle in the foreground against a cloudy sky.

Located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris.

The Luxor Obelisk, a 3,300-year-old gift from Egypt, is also located here. It is not only the oldest thing in Paris but also the world’s largest sundial.

You can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Tuileries.

Take a short walk as well to the Pont de la Concorde bridge. You’ll find stunning views of the Eiffel Tower standing tall next to the serene Seine River.

It’s a perfect spot for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Paris from a fresh perspective.

40. Promenade d’Australie

Located in the 15th arrondissement, Promenade d’Australie offers a perfect close-up of the Eiffel Tower.

This pedestrianized path was created in the 1940s. It offers breathtaking, unobstructed views of the tower against Parisian architecture.

It’s one of the best places to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. I also love it for its quintessentially Parisian charm.

41. Place de Breteuil and Marché Saxe-Breteuil

The Eiffel Tower seen from Place de Breteuil, with a striking white statue in the foreground depicting a seated figure and animal figures, set against a vivid blue sky with wispy clouds.

Located in the 7th arrondissement, Place de Breteuil is a hidden gem that many tourists miss.

The area offers two stunning views – one towards the École Militaire and the iconic Eiffel Tower, and the other towards the grand Invalides. Both are framed by beautiful Haussmannian architecture.

A quick two-minute walk away lies Marché Saxe-Breteuil, a market that’s open on Thursdays and Saturdays.

This market is an excellent opportunity to experience local Parisian life with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. Wander from south to north, and the tower reveals itself in its full glory.

Shopping at the market feels like being a local, much like our experience at Rue Cler.

42. The Ferris Wheel, Tuileries Garden

Silhouette of the Eiffel Tower at dusk with the Ferris wheel from Tuileries Garden on the right, and a classic Parisian street lamp adorned with a resting bird in the foreground, all against a golden sunset sky.

The Ferris Wheel in the Tuileries Garden offers a magical viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower, especially at night.

It’s available only in the summer and at the Christmas market. It allows you see Paris from above with the Eiffel Tower shining in the distance.

There’s something special about enjoying the view from the top, surrounded by the garden’s festive atmosphere.

Pro Tip: Ride around sunset. Watching the Eiffel Tower light up against the evening sky from the Ferris Wheel is a moment you’ll always remember.

43. Père-Lachaise Cemetery and Passy Cemetery

Looking for a unique and quiet perspective of the Eiffel Tower? Père-Lachaise and Passy Cemeteries are truly off-the-beaten-path locations that offer the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

Père-Lachaise, located in the 20th arrondissement, is not only the largest cemetery in Paris but also the final resting place of famous people such as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.

In a little-visited corner of the cemetery at Chemin Laplace, you’ll find a surprisingly peaceful viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower that is far from the city’s hustle and bustle.

You’ll also find an interesting view of the Eiffel Tower at Passy Cemetery, which is one of the quieter cemeteries. Established in 1820, it quickly became the final resting place for Paris’s elite by the 19th century.

44. Rooftop Cocktails and Restaurants

Two cosmopolitan cocktails on a glass table with the Eiffel Tower in the soft-focus background, capturing a romantic and luxurious dining experience in Paris.

Dining in Paris can be an unforgettable experience when you choose a restaurant with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

There is something truly magical about enjoying drinks and dinner from a rooftop in Paris. Particularly with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Imagine savoring your favorite drink and meal while gazing at the Eiffel Tower lighting up the night sky.

Some of the best rooftops that offer a view of the Eiffel Tower are TOO Restaurant and Tactac Skybar, Hôtel Dame des Arts Rooftop Bar, Madame Rȇve, Le Perchoir, and Mun.

For restaurants, check out Les Ombres, L’Oiseau Blanc, Le Tout-Paris at Cheval Blanc Paris, and Restaurant Guy Savoy.

If you’re a fan of rooftop experiences, you’ll love Paris’s diverse rooftop bars and restaurants.

Related: The Best Affordable Michelin Star Restaurants in Paris

45. Your Hotel

View of the Eiffel Tower rising above Parisian apartment buildings, as seen from a hotel balcony, with overcast skies above.

Finding the perfect view of the Eiffel Tower from your hotel can transform your Paris visit. It can make it go from great to unforgettable.

First time in the city or you’re celebrating a special moment? Splurging on a room with a view of the Eiffel Tower is definitely worth it.

Imagine waking up to the sight of this iconic landmark. Or seeing it sparkle at night from your window or the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

You don’t have to break the bank for this experience. Hotels like Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, and La Comtesse offer cheap rooms with great views.

And yes, even more affordable places like hostels can surprise you with a small view of the Eiffel Tower. During our stay, we found an incredible view from our hostel that cost us 150 euros for two!

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Wrap Up: The Best Free Views of Eiffel Tower

So there you have it. The complete list of Parisian spots with the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

You can enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower while relaxing on the Champ de Mars with a picnic in front of the tower. You can also watch the sunset from the rooftops of iconic stores such as Galeries Lafayette Rooftop. Or you can take a stroll across the Pont Alexandre III, Pont Neuf or even Pont d’Iéna.

And the best part? The more you wander, the more hidden spots you’ll discover! If you’re excited to see more Parisian secrets during your trip to Paris, check out my Paris posts.

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