How do you make the most of the majestic mascot of Paris without having to deal with climbing 704 stairs, waiting in line to take the lift, jostling past swarms of tourists all armed with selfie sticks and forking out a fortune for overpriced champagne in plastic flutes? Not forgetting that once you are up the Eiffel Tower, you don't get a view of.... you guessed it... the Eiffel Tower. INSIDR has you covered, here are 6 of our top spots in Paris to get the best views of the iconic structure :                        


1.    Les Ombres, restaurant

Located at the heart of the Quai Branly museum which conveniently neighbours the Eiffel Tower, Les Ombres, a rooftop terrace restaurant, is within arms reach of the magnificent monument.

We recommend going in the evening so you can experience the magic of enjoying some refined French cuisine whilst being illuminated by the sparkle of the Eiffel Tower.  

 Ideal for a romantic meal out. Pricey. Chic ambiance.

Open everyday for lunch and dinner
Reservation recommended

27, quai Branly
Check their website for more info



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2.    Belleville Park

Wind your way up the hill of Belleville park and you will discover Paris really is a “belle ville”. Perch yourself on the rooftop of the Maison de l’air and you will spot a distant, but beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. Head over there just as the sun is setting and you will get the perfect sunset backdrop to a perfect view.

You can head to the restaurant Moncoeur Belleville right next door for a bite to eat afterwards.

Short walk to the top of the park. Free. Great for families and romantic couples.


47 Rue des Cournonnes
75020 Paris

3.  Terrass-Hotel, restaurant

If you jump into the elevator of the Terrass Hotel and go to their restaurant on the top floor, when the doors open you will be welcomed by an incredible panoramic view of the city. Choose your table wisely (or mention when you book) and the Eiffel Tower is in perfect eyeshot to accompany you whilst you relish a delicious meal.

Or you can walk just a few paces onto their terrace which boasts an equally spectacular view that you can enjoy with a cocktail in hand.

Chic formal meal. Pricey.

Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner at various times,
Bar open everyday from midday- midnight
Reservation recommended

12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre

Check their website for more information


4.    La Maison Blanche, restaurant

If you want to release the inner chic Parisian within you, a dinner at la Maison Blanche will certainly do that for you. Choose a table with a front row view of the Eiffel tower, order a meal of exquisite French cuisine then sit back and enjoy.  

Ideal for a romantic meal out. Pricey. Chic ambiance.


Lunch Monday to Friday from midday-2pm
Dinner from Monday- Sunday from 8pm-11pm
Reservation recommended

15 avenue Montaigne
75008, Paris

Check their website for more information 


5.    Galleries Lafayette rooftop

If you want to enjoy a great view of the Eiffel Tower without spending a dime, Galleries Lafayette's rooftop is where you should go. Just take the escalator to the 7th floor and you will be welcomed with a panoramic view of the city, with the famous monument making a star appearance.

Ideal for people of all ages. Free

Terrace opens at 9.30am- 7.30pm

40 Boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris

Checkout their website for more information

6.    Montparnasse Tower

Whilst from the exterior the Montparnasse tower is somewhat of an eyesore, if you take its elevator to their observation deck you will have one superb view of the Eiffel Tower.

Ideal for people of all ages, very few stairs to climb, around €15 a ticket, can book in advance.

Alice's photo Eiffel tower

Summer hours: 1st April- 30th September, 9.30am- 11.30pm
Entry and meeting point at the foot of the tower

Tour Montparnasse
33 Avenue du Maine

Check out their website for more information 


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