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Last updated on the 5th of August 2022 by Lena
Where to find the best Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris?
With its impressive hight of 324 meters, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris. Hence, when in Paris, you will see the iron lady peaking at you every so often. And it’s always a pleasant surprise.
Occasionally, it will happen unexpectedly, when crossing a street or turning your head the Eiffel Tower might pop up just for a brief moment between houses. At other times, seeing the Eiffel Tower is part of the plan, for example when walking along the Seine or maybe even if you booked a hotel with Eiffel Tower views.
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Either way, if you are visiting Paris, you certainly want to take a stunning photo of the Eiffel Tower, and it can be tricky to find the most amazing Eiffel Tower photo spots.
Where to find the best Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris?
If you are keen to save time and head straight to the best places to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower, read on! I assembled a list of wonderful places to realize your best Eiffel Tower picture ideas.
Keen to take unique photos of the Eiffel Tower? Head to the Observation Deck on the 56th floor of Montparnasse Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Paris. This tower is situated on 33 Avenue du Maine, nearby to the Edgar Quinet metro station.
The view of the Eiffel Tower from Montparnasse Tower is simply jaw-dropping. You’ll get to see it surrounded by the rest of the city, which truly shows off its majestic scale. It is especially beautiful when you see Paris at night.
The best time to photograph this view is during sunset and right after it, when the Eiffel Tower lights up. As it’ll get dark quickly, you’ll need adequate photography gear, such as some great low-light lenses for the Sony a7III, to get the best evening transformation shots.
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Arc de Triomphe
One of the best places to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower is from the top of Arc de Triomphe. From here, you can see the 12 avenues departing in all directions from the Arc and, in the distance, the Eiffel Tower. From this vantage point, the Eiffel Tower stands out among the townhouses and tree-lined streets below. This view is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset.
At the time of writing, the admission fee to climb Arc de Triomphe is €12 for adults and free for children (under 18 years old). Do note the Arc de Triomphe has 284 stairs to climb, though there is an elevator for those unable to climb the stairs.
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Rue de l’Université
Visiting the Eiffel Tower is always a France bucket list item. For one of the best Eiffel Tower photo spots, opt for Rue de l’Université.
Located to the right of the Eiffel Tower (if facing the Seine from the Eiffel Tower side), you’re only a 3-minute walk from the tower itself. This little tucked-away street dead-ends right where you see breathtaking views of the Iron Lady.
While this is far less crowded than the usual spots like Jardin de la Tour Eiffel or Jardins du Trocadéro, it is becoming increasingly popular thanks to many Instagram photos. So, the best way to see this outstanding viewpoint or get photos of your own would be to get here early.
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Centre Pompidou is a world-class contemporary art museum, one of the many impressive buildings in Europe that redefine architecture. Not many visitors would know, though it is also a great spot to view the Eiffel Tower, as the building is slightly higher than its surroundings. Besides, the architecture of this museum features an outdoor escalator surrounded by glass, offering an unobstructed panoramic view.
On the 5thfloor of the center, the balcony has the best view of the Eiffel Tower standing between beautiful houses, together with art pieces from great artists from Miro, Richier, and Ernst.
Rue de Monttessuy
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Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in France, offers unexpected delights at every turn. Whether it’s a hidden café or a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower on a quiet street, it reminds you of why this city is so unique.
The Rue de Monttessuy is one such street that makes you feel like you are getting a special view that no one else is so lucky to see. Manage to be there right at sunset when there is a 5-minute light show, and you’ll pretty much have it all to yourself. To find it, do a search for the restaurant Au Bon Accueil, where you should definitely have a lovely dinner after the show.
Pont Alexandre III
If you’re looking for spectacular photo opportunities of the Eiffel Tower, look no further than Pont Alexandre III. It is one of the most beautiful Parisian bridges and also a good location for stunning photos if you are traveling to Paris on a budget.
This picturesque bridge is not only one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris, but it also offers the perfect angle to capture Paris’ most famous landmark in all its glory. From here, you can also see the Seine River and the beautiful Haussmannian architecture of the city’s Left Bank.
Although you can visit the bridge any time of the day, it’s particularly beautiful at sunset. If you have a telephoto lens, make sure to bring it with you!
Pont Alexandre III is between the 7th and 8th arrondissement of Paris and can easily be reached on foot from the Eiffel Tower or from the Champs-Élysées. The closest metro stations are Invalides and Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau.
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Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Pont de Bir-Hakeim must be one of Paris’ most underrated sights. It has a beautiful design, and it is one of the best photo spots of the Eiffel Tower, combining both the unique design elements of the bridge with Paris’ most famous icon.
The Pont de Bir Hakeim is one of the most beautiful bridges of Paris, constructed between 1903 and 1905 and made of steel. It is often used for infinity shots and for sunrise shoots with the Eiffel Tower.
The steel design of the bridge works very well with the Eiffel Tower in one shot. This photo spot is especially worth visiting in the early morning during sunrise. Seeing the sun rising behind the Eiffel Tower, creates the best photo opportunities you could wish for.
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Galeries Lafayette Rooftop
One of the best spots in Paris for photos of the Eiffel Tower is the rooftop terrace at Galeries Lafayette. The terrace is located atop the iconic Parisian department store and offers breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks in Paris.
To get there, head to Galeries Lafayette in the 9th arrondissement and take the elevator to the 6th floor; from there, you’ll join a queue to get to the 8th floor terrace.
The terrace is open daily until 8 pm. For the best views, visit during sunset or in the evening when the tower is sparkling. During the summer, you can visit the terrace’s pop-up restaurants to enjoy dinner with a dazzling view.
If you’re looking for the best photo spots of the most iconic monument France is famous for – the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero should be definitely on your list.
Trocadero is an open space tucked between the two wings of Palais de Chaillot. Because the area is elevated, Trocadero boasts an outstanding view of the gardens and an impressive fountain below, and the Iron Lady in the distance. The best photo spot is on the stairs down to the gardens. Come here at sunrise for the stunning, golden light.
To get here, get off at Trocadero Metro Stop via line 6 or 9, and you’ll find the spot on your right.
By Mal from Raw Mal Roams
Rue Azaïs in Montmartre
When planning a Paris itinerary, a little-known benefit of visiting during winter is the ability to see the Eiffel Tower from as far away as Montmartre!
Tucked away from the Sacre Coeur and at rooftop level, Rue Saint-Éleuthère. The street gradually inclines, with the best spot to see the Eiffel Tower from its peak. From here, however, one of the neighbors has a sizeable television aerial mounted to their roof, which may be difficult to eliminate out of the shot.
But if you wander up around the corner to Rue Azaïs, you’ll be rewarded. With a car park and trees spanning its length, the higher elevation and position between winter’s bare trees allow for a unique perspective of the Eiffel Tower! Not surprising that this view inspired many artists and you find some of their best Paris quotes here.
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Put on your most fabulous outfit and dine at L’Oiseau Blanc, a fine-dining restaurant with a stellar view of the Eiffel Tower from your table. The romantic French restaurant is located on the rooftop of the luxurious Peninsula Hotel and is the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary or honeymoon with your loved one.
Make your reservation before sunset, so you can watch the Eiffel Tower change as it goes from day to night. After nightfall, you will get to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle. This happens for five minutes at the top of every hour. It’s one of the most glamorous things to add to your Paris itinerary.
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