The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and is a must-visit while on a trip to Paris, France. The question isn’t if you should see the Eiffel Tower, it is where you should see the Eiffel Tower. After spending an entire afternoon meandering around Paris in search for the best spots to photograph the Eiffel Tower, I can confidently say that these spots are some of the best.
The Eiffel Tower
Before you go searching Paris for the best places to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower, it is important that you understand what the Eiffel Tower is. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It has become a symbol of Paris, France and is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Today, the Eiffel Tower is painted a bronze color. However, it hasn’t always been that way. The Eiffel Tower was once painted a red-ish brown color.
The Eiffel Tower is located at Champ de Mars in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. However the Eiffel Tower can be views from various places in Paris.
Best Spots to View and Photograph the Eiffel Tower
Place du Trocadero
Place du Torcadero is one the most popular places to view the Eiffel Tower. This open space, directly across the Seine River offers unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower. Place du Trocadero is the perfect distance away, allowing the Eiffel Tower to be framed well in the distance. This spot is especially favorable amongst photographers at sunrise and sunset as there are plenty of unique spots to shoot from.
Champ de Mars
Champ de Mars is a large pubic green space with direct views of the Eiffel Tower. This lawn is great for leisurely viewing the Eiffel Tower. Champ de Mars is a popular spot to have a picnic and is an ideal spot to see the cherry blossoms when they’re in bloom. The greenery adds a bit of color making Champ de Mars a great spot to photograph the Eiffel Tower.
Eiffel Tower Carousel
For a fun Eiffel Tower picture, head over to the Eiffel Tower Carousel. The Eiffel Tower Carousel is located by Champ de Mars and make a great photo spot! From the carousel, you can see the Eiffel Tower in the background. The carousel adds a unique and very French feel to your Eiffel Tower photo, as the carousel are found all over France.
Pont d’Iéna is the bridge that connects the Eiffel Tower to the Torcadero area. This makes a great spot to view and photograph the Eiffel Tower. You will most likely cross over this bridge if you are going to Place du Torcadero and Camp de Mars. The symmetry of the bridge and Eiffel Tower gives an affect of the bridge leading directly to this landmark.
Passy Station/ Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Passy Station is a metro stop in Paris that offers a unique view of the Eiffel Tower. You can even get a great view of the Eiffel Tower from the metro as you approach the station. (Tip: Have you shutter speed up if you want to get a photo of from inside the metro).
The Metro passes over the Pont de Bir-Harkeim en route to the Passy Station. This bridge offers an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower, framed by the metro bridge. Pont de Bir-Harkeim is a relatively quiet spot, making photographing the Eiffel Tower a breeze.
Avenue de Camoens
The view from Avenue de Camoens is my personal favorite viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower. Avenue de Camoens is located in a residential neighborhood of Paris, a few blocks from Place du Trocadero. A staircase leads to a balcony at the end of this street, offering an idyllic view of the Eiffel Tower, framed by trees and a French Renaissance-style apartment building.
Seine River Boat Cruise
The Seine River Boat Cruise is a quintessential way to experience Paris and see the Eiffel Tower. Taking a river cruise allows you to leisurely see the Eiffel Tower from multiple angles along the river. The best time to take the Seine River Boat Cruise is after dusk, when you can see the Eiffel Tower glittering from the water. Book your Seine River Boat Cruise today to make the most out of your trip to Paris!
Rue de l’Université
Rue de l’Université is a residential street that runs directly into the lawns around the Eiffel Tower. This street is fairly wide and quiet, making it a great spot to photograph the Eiffel Tower. (Tip: Use a wide angle lens to get the entire tower in your photo, these photos were shot with a Tokina 11-16mm lens).
Arc de Triomphe
While there are many spots to view the skyline of Paris, the most iconic view is from the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc de Triomphe offers sweeping views of the city and showcases the Eiffel Tower in the distance. (Admission Fee: 12€ per person, 9€ reduced fee). Click here to get your tickets online to skip the line!
The Galeries Lafayette is a high end department store chain located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Head up to La Terrasse at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann for an unbeatable view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. This spot is great for grabbing a drink to enjoy the view or just stopping for a photo.
Le Recrutement Café
While walking down this street, the Eiffel Tower seems to be out of sight, until you near this cafe. Suddenly, standing outside of Le Recrutement Café, the Eiffel Tower is is perfect view. This is one of the best spots to photograph the Eiffel Tower as it gives a city life perspective to it. This instagrammable Paris cafe makes great spot for Eiffel Tower photos.
Théâtre de la Tour Eiffel
Looking for a unique spot to photograph the Eiffel Tower? Head to the Théâtre de la Tour Eiffel, a super secret garden with the perfect view of the Eiffel Tower! I have only seen a handful of photos from this spot. You need to add this to your list of Paris photo spots. This gated garden belongs to the Théâtre de la Tour Eiffel and is the type of spot I daydreamed of when envisioning Paris. It makes you feel like the Eiffel Tower is there for your viewing pleasure.
Best Hotels with Eiffel Tower View
If you are an Eiffel Tower fanatic like me, you are probably looking for the best hotels with a Eiffel Tower view. You’re in luck! There are many hotels with views of the Eiffel Tower. Whether you are looking for a hotel close to the Eiffel Tower or a hotels with Eiffel Tower view from balcony, you will have plenty of options.
Hotels with Eiffel Tower View
If you are looking for the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views, yet you don’t want to be more centrally located in Paris, these are the hotels for you. Think, the type of views you would get from the Arc de Triomphe. You will see the Eiffel Tower in the distance, along with the rest of Paris.
On my most recent trip to Paris, I stayed at the Renaissance Paris République Hotel. This hotel is located in the République neighborhood of Paris and is very centrally located. This is the best area to stay if you plan to see all of Paris. This hotel is luxurious yet affordable and have views of the Eiffel Tower from the suites and rooftop. Read more about the Renaissance Paris République Hotel from my hotel review! Book now, rooms with a view are likely to sell out!
The Courtyard by Marriott Gare de Lyon is located in a quieter area of Paris, near the Bastille neighborhood. This hotel is moderately priced and offers beautiful views of the Paris skyline, including a view of the Eiffel Tower. This hotel is in walking distance from the Gare De Lyon station and the very instagrammable Rue Crémieux. Book now, rooms with a view are likely to sell out!
Hotels with Eiffel Tower View from Balcony and Room
Perhaps you are looking to splurge on your trip to Paris with hotels with Eiffel Tower view from the balcony and room. Due to their proximity, these are some of the best hotels with an Eiffel Towers view. While these hotels are more expensive, it is worth it for a view of the Eiffel Tower from your room.
The Shangri-La Hotel is one of the top luxury hotels in Paris. This 19th century architectural gem has been listed in the French “Monuments Historiques” registry since 2009 and officially awarded the “Palace” status in 2014. Most importantly, the Shangri-La Hotel has the most incredible Eiffel Tower View from the balcony and room. This would be my dream hotel to stay in. Book now, rooms with a view are likely to sell out!
The Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel Hotel is a more moderately priced hotel in Paris. However the rooms with Eiffel Tower Views are not cheap. However, you’re paying for what you get. And it is 100% worth it for those incredible Eiffel Tower views. Book now, rooms with a view are likely to sell out!
Cheap Hotels Near Eiffel Tower
The best hotels with an Eiffel Tower Views are not in everyone’s budget. However, if you are looking for cheap hotels near the Eiffel Tower, there are plenty of options. Finding a cheap hotels near the Eiffel Tower is ideal for budget travelers who want to be in walking distance to some of best spots to view and photograph the Eiffel Tower.
The Ibis Eiffel Tower is a great budget hotel to stay in Paris. Ibis is under Accor Hotels and is a well-known quality budget brand. The Ibis Eiffel Tower is within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and a great place to stay if you are looking for a cheap hotel near the Eiffel Tower. While I haven’t stayed at this Ibis, I have stayed in other Ibis Budget Hotels throughout Europe and have always been satisfied. Book now to get this deal!