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Last Updated on 30th October 2018 by Sophie Nadeau

It’s cold and windy. My hands feel like ice cubes. My eyes water and my mascara is running down my face. But I don’t care. Coffee cup in hand, camera in the other, I’m watching the sunrise over Paris.

There’s nothing quite like the first glint of sunlight just over the horizon, that first hint of a golden glow. The candy coloured skyline ablaze, awash with the hope of a new day. I used to think that the best time of day was sunset. Now it’s sunrise…

Sunset is pretty and there’s a pretty adequate amount of time between waking up and the actual event to not be too bleary-eyed yo ensure that you don’t miss a thing. But sunrise is like magic. You wake up with the sun.

Sunrise in Paris: The best place to see early morning in the French capital, Paris, France

The most amazing location from which to watch sunrise over Paris is, without a doubt, Jardins du Trocadéro (and a quick search on google for images of Parisian sunrises doesn’t completely prove me wrong). Located in the 16e arrondissement, the Jardins du Trocadéro lies across from the Eiffel Tower, on the other side of the Seine. Its predominant feature is the Fountain of Warsaw, otherwise known as the Water Mirror.

From this location, the sun quite literally rises above the horizon before shining through the lower levels of the Eiffel Tower. Like magic. And the best part about going to watch the Eiffel Tower early in the morning? Asides from one or two fashion shoots and a few camera-wielding early birds, the place was practically empty. Bonus. 


Tips for photographing sunrise over Paris:

The nearest Trocadéro, and lines 6 and 9 can be found there. If arriving by metro, allow plenty of time for arrival: my train was delayed by around ten minutes and I almost missed sunrise altogether! The weekend will be a lot quieter than during the week. Photo shoots normally take place on a weekday and you’ll soon find that you have the place to yourself.

Bring a coffee and be sure to bring a warm jacket; it can be quite breezy at the top of the jardins! If you have time afterwards, then you may well consider wandering along the Seine towards Place de la Concorde.

And if none of the above has already convinced you to see the sun rise up above the Eiffel Tower (including these beautiful sunrise images): it’s worth noting that seeing the sunrise at Trocadero is completely free. It costs absolutely nothing, making this one of the best free things to do in Paris.


When is sunrise in Paris?

The time of sunrise is entirely dependant on the season. Whereas in the very middle of the winter the sun can reach above the horizon as late as half-past eight, the sun can rise as early as five in the morning in mid-summer. As such, I highly recommend checking online the exact time for sunrise in Paris before you plan to visit!

The one thing you simply must do in Paris, France. M best tip for first time visitors to the city! sunrise over paris: Seeing Trocadéro at dawn is easily one of the best things to do in Paris, France


About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Numan Salman
    9th May 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Paris is very famous city and most visited mainly because of it has the Eiffel Tower. The city is known for its cafe culture.
    Thanks for the Info about the Paris you share.

  • Extracts of Alex
    8th April 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Mesmerising photos, I must visit Paris!

  • Rachel
    24th January 2019 at 2:54 am

    Beautiful photos! I am so excited to see Paris in a few months! Putting this on my go do list while there. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • nicrenzetti
    31st December 2018 at 12:38 am

    Beautiful photos! I’m so happy I found this. I’m going to Paris this spring with my sister and will definitely be doing this! Thank you!

  • Foça Butik Otel
    27th November 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Beautiful pictures…

  • Taryn
    10th April 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Would public holidays be busier than normal weekdays?

  • Ashley
    19th February 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • sidney
    1st September 2017 at 7:48 am

    thanks for this post sophie.. will be visiting here sunday morning 🙂

  • Akshay Koranne
    10th May 2017 at 8:54 am

    Wow awesome pictures Sophie! Paris is no doubt one of the most famous tourist attraction in the world. Add beautiful sunrise from Eiffel Tower making this place even more special.

  • Shem
    1st October 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I cannot believe I didn’t do this on my first trip to Paris. Definitely a reason to go back! <3

  • Arisa Mameda
    12th December 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Hi! I just discovered your blog via my friend on facebook and I think it’s absolutely amazing! You have such beautiful pictures! I followed you instantly 🙂 I was just wondering what blog theme are you using? I really like to use it on my blog too! Looking forward to your future posts 😀

  • Steve Miller
    8th December 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures of the sunrise, thanks for sharing! How are crowds this time of year?


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