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…
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).
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!)
Over to you! Know of any unusual places to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris?
Let me know in the comments below!