If you are planning a trip to France and have a good camera, here are the places where to shoot the best views of the Eiffel Tower. They are listed in random order and this is not a ranking. I have been enjoying taking pictures in Paris for quite some time. Particularly since 2014 when we moved from Sydney, Australia to France. For the past few years, I truly enjoyed discovering incredible spots of the iron lady.
My Top 10 best views of the Eiffel Tower
There are many vantage points from where you can capture nice shots of the Eiffel Tower. There are trillions of great photos of the Eiffel Tower taken from the Trocadéro and the Champ-de-Mars. I did shoot a few photos from there too!
But there are so many beautiful photos from this area that they’ve become very familiar and not so exceptional… With a bit of research and while walking the streets of Paris, I discovered many fascinating ‘off the beaten path’ places. I’m telling you, I could spend hours shooting the City of Lights. Photographing Paris is definitely one of my favourite passions!
Ok, now let’s go to the 10 places where to shoot the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
1. The Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower from Cours la Reine
One of my favourite spots where you can point the camera at a beautiful Parisian scene: the extravagant Pont Alexandre III with its lamp posts, the spire of the American church and the Eiffel Tower in the background. The best is to hang around at sunset you can shoot some stunning scenes at gold hour… and to stay on the site when the blue hour comes!
2. Avenue de Camoëns
The cul-de-sac street in the 16th arrondissement provides one of my best views of the Eiffel Tower. The monument is framed by grand Haussmannian buildings with their elegant balconies. The place looks great at blue hour with the Eiffel Tower is all lit up and glitters.
3. Rue Berton
You’ll enjoy popping over the picturesque street of rue Berton to get some fantastic shots of the Eiffel Tower. Situated in the 16th century, the street later becomes a narrow lane. Find out more about rue Berton.
4. Place de Mexico
So many tourists wander between the place du Trocadéro and the Champ-de-Mars to admire the Eiffel Tower… but how many of them trek over to the place de Mexico for pictures that are worth a stop?
The perspective from there runs via the avenue d’Eylau and the Place du Trocadéro.
5. Avenue du Président Wilson/rue de la Manutention
From the top of the stairs of rue de la Manutention, you’ll reach the lively avenue du Président Wilson. There you’ll be able to grab a couple of interesting shots of the Eiffel Tower. I recommend shooting the rooftops scene in the afternoon with the light coming through the West.
6. Rue de l’Université
Rue de l’Université is a very long street spanning two arrondissements (6th and 7th). The spot where you get the view to the Eiffel Tower is situated at the corner with the avenue de la Bourdonnais. I recommend shooting it at blue hour when the tower is lit up.
7. The Eiffel Tower from square Rapp
One of the most fascinating ‘off the beaten path’ places where to shot the Eiffel Tower. The secretive square Rapp is surrounded by interesting buildings.
Go there in the morning when the sunlight is still coming from the East or at the blue hour when the tower is lit up.
8. Rue Saint-Dominique
From the corner of rue Saint-Dominique and boulevard de la Tour Maubourg (7th arrondissement), the Eiffel Tower towers over a typical Parisian street. Use your zoom for a better effect.
9. Place de Breteuil
Not many tourists know of this spot in the 7th arrondissement. In fact, you’ll enjoy two perspectives: one leading to the École Militaire and the Eiffel Tower and the other to the Invalids. There is so much magnificent Haussmannian buildings there and I recommend shooting in the morning to get a beautiful light on the tower.
10. Boulevard Pasteur
There is a great view of the Eiffel Tower between the place des cinq martyrs du lycée Buffon and the corner with the boulevard de Vaugirard. The spot makes for some interesting shots.
Other great spots
10 spots to get the best views of the Eiffel Tower aren’t enough, bien sûr ! Here are a few other places you might not be familiar with:
Do you have ‘off the beaten tracks’ spots where to get the best views of the Eiffel Tower? Let us know by commenting below! 🙂