The Eiffel Tower stands proud and tall, a representation of the romantic city of Paris. One of our favorite things to do during our last trip to Paris was to see where we could find the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
Some of the places were a little harder to get to and others, like Trocadero, very obvious and crowded. Each one provides a unique view of the French icon and if you’re a photography lover like we are, you’ll have fun framing it differently based off each location. You can use these easy photography tips for any shooting you do in the city.
All of the places we have listed are free of charge, though we made sure to include a few other great spots that do require a small fee to enter.
Map of the Eiffel Tower Viewpoints
The secret view of the Eiffel Tower: Avenue de Camoens
Avenue de Camoens may be a little challenging to find but with the map above, you should have no issues. The street ends with a view to the tower and the only way to make your way past this point is to walk down a set of stairs to the Boulevard Delessert. This street provides you a quintessential view of Paris: the Eiffel Tower with a beautiful French building to its right. It’s such a great way to frame the photo and unique compared to your typical Eiffel Tower photos.
Avenue de Camoens is perfectly lit during sunset and sees little to no people. This is what makes it one of our favorite secret views of the Eiffel Tower.
The most popular view: Trocadero
You’ve seen this view everywhere. It’s the classic head-on Eiffel Tower shot with the beautiful Trocadero garden in the background. The key to accessing the best view of the Eiffel Tower from this spot is to come here very early in the morning, before 8am.
Afterwards, the entire area starts filling up with tourists and with vendors. Before that, you’ll have to share the place with only a handful of people and you won’t have to wait to get a good spot to shoot. As a note, you’ll get really pretty sunset shots if you come during evening. But be prepared to share and/or fight for a spot as there are A LOT of people during this time.
After you shoot from this angle, walk down the stairs and head towards the path on the right. This path will take you past the carousel and towards the Eiffel Tower. Soon you’ll find yourself close to the iconic landmark and you can grab a few photos in this area.
Don’t forget to take some photos of it from the ground looking upwards!
The photographers dream view: Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Pont de Bir-Hakeim is a great spot if you want unique framing for your photos. You can use the Seine as a great backdrop with the Eiffel Tower in the distance and you can also use the bridge. There are plenty of areas to shoot and many different perspectives. This area isn’t quite as popular as Trocadero so you may find that coming here in the afternoon or later in the evening easy to do.
The instagram popular view: Rue De L’Université
This street has gained a ton of popularity on Instagram. It’s the street where all lifestyle and fashion bloggers post from and for good reason. The Eiffel Tower is seen in the distance with a classic French building on the left and the lighting at the end of this street makes it especially great for those wanting to take lifestyle and portrait shots in Paris.
If you’re wondering how best to pose in your travel photos, see our article on tips on posing in photos.
The rooftop view of the Eiffel Tower: Printemps
There are so many Parisian rooftops to choose from when it comes to picking out the best view of the Eiffel Tower. Printemps is a department store and is one of our favorites as it’s easy to gain access to. This rooftop is located at 64 Boulevard Haussmann.
Just take the elevator up to the top floor and proceed outside. Though it is technically free to enter, the rooftop terrace cafe does prefer you purchase something as they like to reserve the area for paying guests. So make sure you grab a coffee and enjoy that view!
Other great views
Galeries Lafayette (rooftop) – This place is located near Printemps and offers just a slightly different angle than the department store. We prefer the department store rooftop as it’s easier to access.
Champ de Mars – A great place to head to if you are planning on shooting a picnic or the sunset.
Arc de Triomphe – For the small fee of 12 euros (as of 2019), you can gain access to the top of the Arc de Triomphe which has some fantastic views across Paris and the iconic landmark in the distance.