SFP’s Best Views in Paris


We have scoured all corners of the city for some great views of Paris over the past few years. Our advice? Skip the Eiffel Tower or even the Arc de Triumph and snag some photos at some of these great spots, for free instead!

1. Patio of the Institut du Monde Arabe

Visiting the Institut du Monde Arabe holds many treasures from beautiful exhibits, delicious mint tea and Arab pastries to a rooftop restaurant with a view. If you are on a budget and just looking for a great photo-op, head to the top floor terrace for an incredible view of the Seine, Notre Dame and Ile de la Cité.


2. Rue d’Eylau

Heading off the metro at Trocadero you cannot help but gaze up at our Lady Eiffel but if you walk up the beautiful 16th arrondissement street of rue d’Eylau for a block or two, she will be perfectly framed with Haussmanian-style buildings and tree-lined streets. This is one of my favourite views of our Eiffel Tower in all of Paris.

3. Galeries Lafayette Rooftop

As if Galeries Lafayette wasn’t impressive enough from the inside, head to the very top to their outdoor terrace for a panoramic view of all of Paris including an up-close look at the Opéra Garnier, the Panthéon, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and if you wrap around the side you can see the beautiful Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre. Then you can always do some shopping on the way down!


4. Rue Piat/Parc de Belleville

Walking up the long steps leading from Rue des Courronnes through to the top of Parc de Belleville will take you to a delightful little street with a magnificent view of Paris. If you time it right, you can even see the sun setting behind the Eiffel Tower.

5. Mont Valérien, Suresnes

If you are feeling adventurous, or just happen to be in Paris for a business meeting at La Défense and in need of a taste of the city, hop on over to the hilly suburb of Suresnes and head up the hill of Mont Valérien. Located at 162 meters above sea level, this fortress has fabulous views of the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, the Panthéon and the beautiful Parisian rooftops.  If you bring your gaze down you can see all of the Bois du Boulogne as well!


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