To some people, the Eiffel Tower is just a tower, but to the other 99.9 percent of the human population, it is one of the most beautiful, commanding, and romantic man-made structures in the world. It’s a striking emblem, a Parisian landmark, and quite possibly the best backdrop for a kiss in the world. Because it’s so massive at almost 1,000 feet high, you can see it from most places in Paris But some places are better equipped than others for scene-stealing, romantic moments, like these seven spots below.
Les OmbresLes Ombres, Quai Branly, Paris, France
Saying Musée Quai Branly is just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower is a wild understatement; it’s practically in its shadow. This museum has one of the best collections of multicultural art from around the world, but locals know it as the place with the best views of the Eiffel Tower. You’ll want to look out from the 5th floor panoramic restaurant, Les Ombres. Though it’s a museum restaurant, you can get everything you’d expect from a fancy French meal (foie gras, caviar, etc)–along with the insanely romantic Eiffel Tower literally looming over you, and that’s a whole afternoon right there.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim BridgePont de Bir-Hakeim Bridge
If you’ve seen the movie Inception, you’ll recognize this bridge, which is where Ellen Page’s character learned how to build dreams. Now, in real life building dreams isn’t quite so easy, but you can come here for an almost-as-good view of the Eiffel Tower. Plenty of tourists, Inception fans, and brides in gowns (the backdrop is that romantic) frequent the bridge, so expect tons of people in your selfie!
Champ de MarsChamp de Mars-Tour Eiffel, Paris, France
To fully appreciate the view of the Eiffel Tower at Champ de Mars in the seventh arrondissement, you need a picnic basket loaded with charcuterie and cheese, a bottle of wine, and a whole afternoon. Possibly the most classic Eiffel Tower view is from this sprawling green lawn, where you’ll find loads of locals chilling out, playing soccer, canoodling, and skipping work on a really good day. It’s super romantic and the view is completely unobstructed (there’s not a single buildings towering over it).
Avenue de CamoensAvenue de Camoens, Paris, France
Once you arrive at this famous cul-de-sac in the 16th Arrondissement, and see all the photographers, you may think some international celebrity is staging an event. But no, it’s just the Eiffel Tower that’s stealing the moment. This spot is quiet and intimate, and the centuries-old buildings and French balconies will easily fit in the frame, making it quintessentially “Paris.” Obviously, bring a good camera. We should also mention that because it is such an Instagrammable place, you will probably see “influencers” doing photo shoots, so just grin and bear it until they leave.
PrintempsHôtel Plaza Athénée, Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France
OK, this might not be the most romantic spot, but it’s worth pointing out. The most famous, luxury department store in Paris, Printemps Haussman, has a not-so-known rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. There’s a cafe where you can get a coffee and take in the view. This spot will be less crowded than the others: it’s a secret gem locals like to keep to themselves.
The Eiffel TowerEiffel Tower, Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France
For mind-blowing, one-of-a-kind views, head to the top of the Eiffel Tower itself. You pay about 15 bucks to get to the top (via elevator) and once you’re there, all you can do is gape. There are panoramic maps that identify the famous sights you’re looking at, and there’s also a champagne bar because, well, Paris. If you don’t want to wait in line to get to the top, the second floor offers some epic panoramic views. The best time to visit is just before sunset. For really gorgeous shots, set up your tripod directly underneath the tower, on ground level.
Special Bonus: Literally any luxury hotel in ParisEiffel Tower, Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France
There isn’t one luxury hotel in Paris that doesn’t have views of the Eiffel Tower. If it’s a posh, five-star property, you can be sure it’s going to have views from certain suites and maybe even a restaurant or a rooftop bar. This is unarguable. It’s the one thing rich travelers want when they stay in Paris, so they pay big bucks for these views. See our list of top five-star hotels with romantic suites and romantic views.