The Eiffel Tower and the 5 Best Places to See it


Are you looking for the best view of Paris? You’re in Paris, it’s the thing to do. Then trust me, don’t waste your time climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Paris is so flat, the best view is not from the tower. The best view of Paris is everywhere else that includes the Eiffel Tower.

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The Eiffel Tower and the 5 Best Places to See it

It’s an iconic structure with many vantage points to it. I will never forget the first time I visited Paris as a college student. And every time I go, I feel that same magic– mainly because of the Eiffel Tower. Here are my suggestions for the Eiffel Tower and the 5 Best Places to See the Eiffel Tower from above and below its’ rivets and steel.


1. Sacré-Cœur

Head to the steps of Sacré-Cœur a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus located in Montmontre to see the Eiffel Tower and how it stands high above the city. Montmontre is the highest point in an otherwise flat city and offers a panoramic view of the city that includes the Eiffel Tower. The Sacré-Cœur is also your best chance to take the city in with the locals because of its a popular place for them too.

2. The Montparnasse Tower

The Montparnasse Tower offers two viewing points to see the Eiffel Tower. One is on the 56th-floor observation deck and the another is on the open-air terrace. Both are prime viewpoints for Mr. Eiffel’s masterpiece and the sunset you’ll never forget. The observation deck on the 56th floor offers floor to ceiling windows. Displays help you understand what you are looking at. Enjoy a drink at the 360 Cafe or the Champagne Bar with panoramic views of the city. It’s an excellent place to inhale both simultaneously.


3. The Arch de Triomphe

Because the city is so flat, my favorite view of the city is from the Arch de Triomphe. It’s only a few flights off the ground, but the fact that you have an unobstructed view of the 12 streets that converge underneath it, the Champs Elysee and the Eiffel Tower makes it a highlight of any first visit to Paris.

4. A Bateaux Mouche

Take an evening cruise on the Seine. I love having more than one perspective on the tower. You may get a crook in your neck looking up. There’s something extremely magical when its all lit up at night.

5. Galeries Lafayette Paris 

The Galeries Lafayette is an upscale department store in the 9th arrondissement. The rooftop bar has an unobstructed view of the tower. Over the top– Galeries Lafayette was built in 1912. It’s an art nouveau masterpiece with a glass and steel dome and exquisite staircases.

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  1. Becca Talbot

    I love how you’ve explored the city and discovered the best ways and places to see and photograph the Eiffel Tower. Sharing them like this is a great way for others who are considering a trip to Paris to make the maximum of their time in the city 🙂 x

    1. duffelbagspouse

      There are a few more, but these are a little further away from the Eiffel Tower traffic, and in the middle of other things too.

  2. Ruth I.

    Paris is one of my dream places to visit. Your tips are awesome, I will keep this in mind and be ready when that day comes.

  3. Kiwi

    Wow this is very helpful. I hadn’t imagined all the places you could enjoy and view the Eiffel Tower. I am pinning this for later thank u!

  4. Dina Demarest

    Paris is one of the top travel destinations that I would love to go to! Reading this inspires me more to go there!

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I am trying to organize a girlfriend trip to Paris next year. If I can get it into your budget, would you be interested?

  5. Tammy

    My son went there several years ago and he told me it was better to see the tower from different places. Thanks for sharing

  6. Mary

    I have been to Paris several times, but was not aware of the rooftop on the Galeries Lafayette. I will definitely check out the view of the Eifel Tower from there the next time I am in Paris. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Agentszerozerosetter

    Paris is such a fashinating city, I love it! Loved your pictures and your tips to see the Eiffel Tower, there are many beautiful things to see in this city, but this Tower is certainly something important to look at, it’s a simbol!

  8. Jessica M

    Never been to Paris. It’s on my bucket list. I will keep this in mind! Looked like you enjoy.. Thanks for sharing.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Hi LaToyia, take a look around, I’m sure there is something that will interest you before you take that trip to Paris.

  9. Lynn Hogg

    We made the mistake of climbing the Eiffel tower when we visited around 15 years ago. I have a real fear of heights and it is very open on the viewing levels – definitely better from the ground !

  10. Milton Goh

    Thanks for these insider tips! I would be so lost and just do the touristy thing. Hopefully when we visit Paris, we’ll be able to take great photos at the vantage points you mentioned!

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Hi Milton, I hope you get a chance to visit. These tips may be specific for viewing the Eiffel Tower, but they are also relevant for any huge monument in any city. Look for a unique vantage point that someone else may not have, avoid the obvious and the crowds to.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Heather, Heather, Heather… thanks for stopping by to check us out. I wrote this article because I received an email about Paris and figured it was information better suited to share. I hope you take a moment to find something on the blog that better relates to your hobbies and interests.

    2. duffelbagspouse

      Hi Heather, thanks for stopping by. When you are ready to go to Paris, I create personalized itineraries so you can get the most out of your time and money.

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