I’m headed to Paris soon! Hooray! This will be my second visit to what is, in my opinion, one of the most amazing places in the world. Last time I was there, I did the whole tourist thing and visited the obligatory landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysses, and of course the Louvre. This time, however, I’m on a mission to dive a little deeper and discover some new and amazing things in the French capital. I’ve been doing my research and I wanted to share with you all about the wonderful places I’ve learned have incredible views of Paris! Read on if you’re headed to Paris (or if you just want to read about Paris)…
Le 43 Up On The Roof
Ok, so don’t let the fact that this place is located in a Holiday Inn stop you. Just head to the roof and enjoy! Le 43 Up On The Roof is popular among both locals and hotel guests and is open from 5pm to midnight every day of the week. Seriously, this is one of the best views in Paris. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time because it’s quite popular.
Chances are, this iconic Paris attraction is already on your list of places to visit while you’re in town. If it isn’t, it should be. Not only is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica a beautiful place, architecturally, but it’s also full of history and not to be missed. Plus, you’ll be treated to some of the best views of Paris around while you’re there. Win-win!
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
This magical place which features a reflecting lake, Elysian fields, and picturesque cliffs also offers some incredible views of Paris. This park, the fifth largest in Paris, was built during the reign of Napoleon III and is some of the most beautiful, dramatic landscaping around. It’s a perfect place for a picnic lunch with a scenic view of the city.
Ciel de Paris
Ciel de Paris is a French restaurant with incredible views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, this restaurant is the highest in Paris, so you know the views are good! The best part about it is that it features a gourmet menu at prices that are actually reasonable for the average person. Hooray!
Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris
Again, this is probably already on your list of places to visit while you’re in Paris, but if it’s not…make sure not to skip this Parisian gem! I really enjoyed Notre Dame on my last visit to Paris. The entire cathedral is spectacular (and free and open to the public to visit), but you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss heading up to the rooftop where you can also catch some amazing Parisian views.
Les Ombres, Musée du Quai Branly
This restaurant delivers some absolutely jaw-dropping views of Paris, and the Eiffel Tower is front and center. It can get a bit pricey, but if you’re careful, it doesn’t have to be a budget buster. If you make a lunch reservation, you can have the menu de saison for €32, which although more expensive than the average meal, isn’t going to put you in the poor house.
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This tower, which stands at over 170 feet high, was completed in 1523. Recently open to the public after a refurbishment, this is a magnificent spot in the city to catch a sweeping view of the city. You should know that the tower is only open Friday through Sunday and they only allow a limited number of visits per day, so you’ll want to get there when it opens at 9:30am for your best shot at getting a ticket.
Ok, I couldn’t write a piece on views in Paris without mentioning the Eiffel Tower. After all, the views up there really are incredible. When I went up in the tower back in 2005 (has it really been that long?!?!?!), the wait times were long, but it was absolutely worth it to enjoy that incredible view at the top and of course to get my chance to explore such an amazingly beloved world landmark. I likely will not be heading back up the Eiffel Tower again this time around because there are so many more amazing places in the city I want to see, but if you haven’t yet done it, you really should go up to the top…just once.
Arc de Triomphe
Keeping with the theme of touristy places that you really probably should visit, I have to also mention the Arc de Triomphe. The views of the Arc from street level are impressive, of course, but don’t miss your chance to head up to the top to catch amazing views of Paris and especially the Champs-Elysses.
The Monsieur Bleu restaurant, located at the Palais de Tokyo on the banks of the Seine, offers al fresco dining on nice days between the months of May and September. You’ll feast on amazing food while taking in views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant opens at noon and closes at 2am daily, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the views either by day or to watch the Eiffel Tower’s lights twinkle at night.
What is your favorite view of Paris? I would love to hear all about it! This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the amazing places in Paris to catch a view, so please…let’s hear your tips! Have you been to any of the spots mentioned in this article? What were your thoughts? Just want to talk about Paris in general? Leave me a comment…I love comments!