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unusual places to see the eiffel tower from in Paris, France: Quirky and Unique Ideas!

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the most iconic monument in Paris, if not all of France, is the Eiffel Tower! One of the best things about exploring Paris is that you never know quite what you’ll stumble on next! So, if you’re looking for some more offbeat locations in the city of love- but still want the Eiffel Tower experience– then there are plenty of unusual places to see the Eiffel Tower.

Parc de Saint Cloud

Far from the bustling crowds of Paris and high above the city, the Parc de Saint Cloud is an oasis of calm a mere metro ride away from the city. Stroll around the gardens and wander along the long herbaceous borders. After all, they are all that remain of a once grand château that dominated the park. Today, the place is a haven for cycling enthusiasts and is the perfect location to head to on a sunny day. On one particular summer visit to the park, we even managed to find wild strawberries…

unusual places to see the eiffel tower in paris france

From Georges Pompidou Centre

Although the Georges Pompidou centre is much more famous for its abundance of modern artwork (think Picasso, Kandinsky, and Braques to name but a few…), the view from the top should not be missed. Situated in the very heart of le Marais area of Paris, the centre isa a great place to capture some of those iconic Parisian rooftops (particularly at sunset).

eiffel tower from centre georges pompidou

From the Metro

There may be a fair few metro stations below ground in Paris, but of course the only way to see the Eiffel Tower is above ground. And so the metro line running between Bir Hakeim and Passy should not be missed if you’re looking for unusual places to see the Eiffel Tower. If you do choose to capture this image, be sure to stand with your camera at the ready as you’ll only catch a glimpse of the Iron Lady for a few seconds at most…

unusual places to see the eiffel tower in paris france

From the café at Printemps

If there’s anywhere I could return to over and over again to spot the Eiffel Tower from, it’s café Deli-Cieux. Situated on the roof of the Printemps department store, not far from Opera, it’s the perfect place to grab a couple of coffees, use the fast WiFi and enjoy the view; all this for less than €5.

unusual places to see the eiffel tower in paris france

From Parc de Belleville 

Situated in the very heart of the 20e arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Père Lachaise cemetery, Parc de Belleville is where actual Parisians come to hang out. With a great view, its own secret vineyard and plenty of green space, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a picnic in the summer months.

unusual places to see the eiffel tower in paris france

From the Parvis de Trocadéro

I’ve said this before countless times, and no doubt I’ll say it again, but the best place to spot the Eiffel Tower at sunrise is from the Parvis de Trocadéro. Oh, and from the water mirror below. Throughout the year, the sun rises up, from behind the Eiffel Tower, filling the sky with candy colours. Plus, if you choose to visit Trocadéro in the morning, rather than the evening, you’re sure to miss out on the crowds of tourists.

sunrise at trocadero

From the top of the Paris Pantheon

Of all the unusual places to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, seeing the Dame de Fer from the top of the Pantheon is probably my favourite. It’s here you’ll find the iconic Fouquet’s Pendulum (or, a replica at least!), and many famous French people entombed. One of the highest honours a French citizen can receive is to be enterred in the Pantheon. The likes of Voltaire, Marie Curie and many more have all found their final resting places within the marble walls of the Paris Pantheon.

paris pantheon view

From the top of the Arc de Triomphe

There’s no denying that the best view in all of Paris must be from the top of the Arc de Triomphe! I’ve previously said that you shouldn’t go up the Eiffel Tower when visiting the city. Mainly because it’s in the centre of a green space and so you can’t really see those iconic rooftops, but also partly because you can’t see the Eiffel Tower if you’re on it!

arc de triomphe

From a rooftop, any rooftop!

And if you’re still stuck for ideas, almost every rooftop in the city offers views onto the Eiffel Tower. There are actually laws in place preventing the construction of skyscrapers and tall buildings within the city limits. This is why the majority of tall buildings in the city lie in La Defense area of Paris. These decrees also mean that almost every spot of the city offers good views onto the Eiffel Tower!


In your… own home?

If you’re anything like me (self-confessed Paris obsessed), then the likelihood is that you may well have more than a few souvenirs lying around the house. Why not put that postcard in a frame and place it on your desk? Or add some French themed stickers to your mood board? I’ll be the first to admit that I have well and truly tried to bring Paris home to the UK with me (vintage Paris maps on the walls, Eiffel Tower bedspread, French inspired clothing!!)

eiffel tower vintage postcard

Over to you! Know of any unusual places to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris?

Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Reply
    maria salangsang
    15th November 2018 at 9:12 am

    I spotted the Eiffel in Montmarte…Outside Sacre Couer on the right side (if facing the basilica).

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    Jenny Behrends
    25th February 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I also loved Parc de Buttes Chaumont it is an amazing park with amazing views as you climb the stairs that lead up to the lookout.
    Love the little streams that run through it & the sound on the small waterfall cascading over the rocks an amazing place & worth the visit.

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    Megan | Red Around The World
    29th April 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Awesome post! It’s cool to see all the different places with views of the Eiffel Tower. I’m dying to go to Paris, so hopefully I can soonish and will definitely be back to this then!

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    29th April 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Great, now I’ll have to go back again – such a shame! 😉
    Great places!!! I love Paris!

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    29th April 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I couldn’t have read this at a better time! I’m going to Paris for the first time this August and was hoping to get a bunch of great shots so this is super helpful 🙂

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    Trisa Taro
    29th April 2017 at 11:59 am

    Love this! I’m always searching for new places to get the perfect view! Will definitely be checking a few of these out on my new trip to Paris in July! Thanks for sharing!

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    Antonia Uri
    29th April 2017 at 11:21 am

    I love this post! You have given me lots of inspiration for my next trip to Paris!

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    29th April 2017 at 11:19 am

    I love all the views of Eiffel Tower – the Trocadero is my favourite but the one from the PantheonN is pretty good too.
    Thanks for the tips 😀

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    Birthe (from Wandering the World)
    27th April 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for this list, Sophie! We’re heading to Paris in a couple of weeks, so this will definitely come in handy. 😉 LOVE the photo from the Eiffel Tower as seen from the metro, it’s gorgeous! Hope the weather will be nice when we visit. 🙂

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    14th April 2017 at 1:25 am

    You can probably add Las Vegas to the list LOL !

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    13th April 2017 at 11:54 am

    Nice post! Interesting perspective on the Eifel Tower.

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    Mike McLeish
    13th April 2017 at 7:33 am

    Ha this is a really good idea! I’d like to be able to see it from the metro the best

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