5. GALLERIES LAFAYETTE
The inside of Galleries Lafayette is stunning, but book it straight up the escalators to the viewing deck for some one-of-a-kind views of the City of Lights. Get a clear view of the back of Opera Garnier (it doesn’t compare to the front of the epic Opera House — be sure to walk over there later). Gaze over the rooftops to see the Eiffel Tower standing proudly in the distance.
4. ARC DE TRIOMPHE
You’ll have to pay the entry fee, but the tippy top of the Arc De Triomphe has a little perch with the perfect Eiffel Tower Kodak Moment.
3. NOTRE DAME
The top of Notre Dame Cathedral is not for the faint of heart. A long line (it starts outside on the left side of the building) along with claustrophobic steep staircases and a finale of a caged catwalk-like path between two bell towers may leave some queasy. But the close-up views of the gargoyles and the panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower are worth the climb and any hyperventilating.
2. BENEATH THE EIFFEL TOWER
There’s nothing like walking straight up the Eiffel Tower itself and staying put. The problem with going up the Eiffel Tower is that you can’t see the Eiffel Tower! Watch the glittering light show from below or from the nearby park. The nightly show sparkles every hour on the hour.
1. THE TROCADERO
The number one must-see view of the Eiffel Tower is from The Trocadero, especially at night. There’s nothing more to say except that it’s incredible.