The Eiffel Tower, of course, needs no introduction. It’s the most iconic landmark in a fabulously photogenic city filled with worthy contenders. Though I could also see myself quite happy with spending a few days in a Parisian cafe consuming nothing but the best croissants and baguette sandwiches in the world, I reckon most visits to the City of Lights wouldn’t feel complete without a taste of La Tour Eiffel.
Try out these 8 vantage points in Paris to get your best Eiffel Tower photo.
1. From Champ de Mars
If you fancy a Parisian picnic at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the rolling stretches of green grass at Parc du Champ-de-Mars are the place to be. The mix of greenery scenery, shades of blue skies and the steel monument is magnifique.
2. From the side streets (Rue de Monttessuy)
You can get a shot of the Eiffel Tower playing peek-a-boo from a number of the nearby side streets, such as this one taken along Rue de Monttessuy on the east side of the tower.
3. Underneath the Eiffel Tower
As you get up close to and underneath the Eiffel Tower, you can look up and see its intricate lattice structure in greater detail.
4. From the Eiffel Tower Carousel
When you move towards the western side of the tower, you’ll come upon the classic Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel. The tower and the carousel pair nicely in a photograph.
5. From the banks of the Seine
The Eiffel Tower also plays nicely with the famous River Seine and you can get a shot of the duo framed by trees from the Right Bank after you cross the river.
6. From the Trocadéro Gardens
Probably the most popular viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower comes from the Trocadéro Gardens, and for good reason. From an elevated perch, you can capture a head-on shot of the tower with the garden fountains in the foreground and the city of Paris sprawling across the horizon in the back.
Time your visit to the magic hour and the tower will be beautifully bathed in golden sunlight. And ta-da, you have picture-perfect postcards.
7. The views from the top of the Eiffel Tower
Of course, you’ll not only want to experience the Eiffel Tower from the ground level—you’ll likely want to head on up for its exquisite panoramic views of Paris from above. If you know the possible days and times when you can and want to visit (up to two months in advance), definitely pre-book online and reserve a time slot.
They do sell out quickly, so the earlier the better. You’ll guarantee that you don’t miss out and you’ll avoid having to queue in any dreadfully long lines. Check out the Eiffel tower website for prices and available times.
Once you’re up high in the tower, you’ll be able to look out upon Paris from all angles—west beyond the Trocadéro, east beyond Champ de Mars, all along the Seine. With my 24x zoom camera, I caught an aerial close-up of another Paris icon, the Arc de Triomphe.
8. From Pont Alexandre III
As you get farther away from the Eiffel Tower, it still shows up to make cameo appearances in a lot of your Paris photographs. There is so much of Paris and countless vantage points that I can’t wait to explore on future trips. One spot that I keep going back to is the beautifully ornate Pont Alexandre III bridge. Especially during twilight and into the night, the reflections on the Seine and the luminous Eiffel Tower in the back make you happy to be taking a stroll in the City of Lights.