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Where is the best viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower?

There are several spots around the Eiffel Tower where you can take a photo with the symbol of Paris easily! Here are some of my favourites, but there are actually many more + a bonus exclusive location at the end of this page! Do have a chat with me after booking a photo session so I can help to design a route that best fits your time and wishes. Note that different spots can be better for different weather situation, so it would be great if you can trust me to design the route for you based on the weather.


Tip: If you would like to shoot at some of the most popular spots below (especially Trocadéro),it is a must to do early morning soon after sunrise to have the best lighting and to avoid the crowds as much as possible!




1. Avenue de Camoens

Recommended shooting time: Sunrise, earliest possible

Recommended shooting situation: Sunny & cloudy days, early autumn


This is a very popular spot where you can view the Tour Eiffel. It is a particularly enchanting scene during autumn when you have the red leaves in the background!



2. Rue de l'Université

Recommended shooting time: Sunrise, earliest possible

Recommended shooting weather: Cloudy days or at sunrise



An extremely popular spot with very limited space, often crowded with bloggers and tourists, where you get the nice cobbled-stoned roads, stylish Parisian buildings and the Eiffel Tower at the end of the street.



3. Trocadéro Gardens

Recommended shooting time: Only at sunrise, earliest possible

Recommended shooting situation: Sunny days


Breathing in the fragrant spring air, you blend in with the beautiful colours of blooming cherry blossoms and many other types of flowers around this time of the year!


There is often big events in the weekends, so it's not recommended to shoot here at this time. On any given day, it's a very popular spot for shooting and you may need to queue for a photo if you are very particular about a certain shooting spot.



4. Trocadéro

Recommended shooting time: Only at sunrise, earliest possible

Recommended shooting situation: Sunny days


The plaza just next to the metro station is often a good starting point of the shooting, and in the internet/social media it's swamped with photos from this location, so it's often over-crowded and full of rubbish.


There is often big events in the weekends, so it's not recommended to shoot here currently. On any given day, it's a very popular spot for shooting and you may need to queue for a photo if you are very particular about a certain shooting spot.


** Construction boards are set up in many parts of it right now so the space left for shooting is very limited. NOT a recommended shooting spot.


5. Pont d'Iéna

Recommended shooting time: Mornings or night time

Recommended shooting situation: Sunny or cloudy days


One of the spots where you can get closer to the Eiffel Tower, and where the River Seine flows just below this bridge. It is easy to capture both the Eiffel Tower and the Seine around here. At night when the light of the Eiffel Tower turns on, the light reflects on the water surface so it's very pretty.



6. Rue de Monttessuy

Recommended shooting time: Mornings or night time

Recommended shooting situation: Very early or late mornings and afternoons on sunny days. Perfect for cloudy days. There can be a lot of passerby in the afternoon.



One of my favourite spots with the Eiffel Tower. I always suggest my clients shoot in the small streets of Paris. As in this case, the elegant blue-roofed Haussmanian buildings as the backdrop adds interest to the photo.



7. Rue Saint-Dominique

Recommended shooting time: Very early morning or late morning on sunny days, cloudy/rainy days

Recommended shooting situation: Any type of weather

From here, we can easily walk to the Alexandre III bridge, so it is a good shooting spot if you have limited time but would like some candid photos of the Eiffel Tower as well as the most classic and beautiful bridge in Paris.




8. Pont Bir-Hakeim

One of the most popular spots around the Eiffel Tower area. One of the scenes in the movie "Inception" was actually filmed here! However, there are lots of bikers and cars, so it takes some patience to wait for the perfect shot! Since it has cover, it's the perfect spot when the weather is unstable and a chance of rain.


Recommended shooting time: Any time of the day including night shooting, but less crowded in the early morning.

Recommended shooting situation: Any type of weather



10. Area near Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Recommended shooting time: Any time of the day but less crowded in the morning.

Recommended shooting situation: Winter


11. Pont Alexandre III

Recommended shooting time: Sunrise or sunset for the best light and the sky colours. Otherwise doable any time in the morning, but it gets busy later in the morning.

Recommended shooting situation: Sunrise/Sunset (much more crowded in sunset)


Surely this is one of the most stylish and elegant bridges in Paris. On a clear day you can even see the Tour Eiffel just behind it! It the closest landmark is still walkable from the Eiffel Tower. For the rest, you'll have to take transportation to reach as Eiffel Tower is isolated on the west side of the city.


12. Passerelle Debilly

Recommended shooting time: Morning

Recommended shooting situation: Sunny

Passerelle Debilly locks
Passerelle Debilly photoshoot

Around just 5 minutes' walk from the Eiffel Tower, there's this footbridge with a magnificent view of the Iron Lady. The bridge is full of love locks from couples expressing their eternal love for each other! It is less crowded in general.



















12.Galerie Lafayette

Recommended shooting time: Morning, after 10a.m.

Recommended shooting situation: Any type of weather

On a good day, on the top floor of the Galerie Lafayette - the free public viewing deck, you're able to see the Eiffel Tower from far away!




















13.Jardin des Tuileries

Recommended shooting time: Morning

Recommended shooting situation: Any type of weather


This is the area closest to the Louvre and at the same time it offers a view of the Eiffel Tower. So it's a good place to include if you are short on time but would like to do the shooting with both the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. It's less crowded so it's still doable even later in the morning.



14. Some other hidden spots

Not a morning person but still want to have some photos with the iconic Eiffel Tower, minus the big crowds? Here are some spots which are not completely inundated with tourists, not even in the afternoon or at the weekends.





15. BONUS - private Parisian rooftop!



Want to shoot in a private location without plenty of crowds passing by? Want a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the famous Parisian rooftops that looks different from any other person? I can organise such shootings for you (Additional costs apply and limited availability). Exclusive rooftop locations only reserved for my clients.


Can't wait to explore Paris with me? Contact me for a booking and let's plan out the shooting with more hidden spots ;)


 

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