8 amazing spots to view Paris from above

View from the Centre Pompidou
View from the Centre Pompidou

Whether you hate or love Paris, let’s agree on one thing: the city of love is gorgeous. On photos, in person, by the Seine, on the streets, on the parks, and of course, from above, the French capital will at least once in your lifetime take your breath away.

There are wonderful places where you can enjoy stunning views over Paris, and these might be the 7 most amazing spots to do that:

8. The Eiffel Tower

View from the Eiffel Tower

It’s not my favourite. After all, you can’t see the Eiffel Tower from there, but it’s still beautiful, and you can also make your experience last longer by having dinner or lunch at the tower’s restaurant.

Tip: buy the ticket online; it will save you a lot of time.

 7. Centre Pompidou

View from the Centre Pompidou

From the 5th floor and from the escalator of the museum, you can contemplate an impressive view over the rooftops of Paris and of Montmartre.

Tip: the entrance is for free on the first Sunday of the month.

 6. The terrace of the Galleries Lafayette

View from the Galleries Lafayette terrace

Not everyone knows about this one, the view is gorgeous and it’s for free.

Tip: it can be tricky to get up there. You will need to take the elevator and some extra stairs, don’t hesitate to ask someone if you’re not sure how to get there.

5. Tour Montparnasse

View from the Tour Montparnasse

The tallest of the 7 and one of the tallest in Paris, offers a 360° view over the city, the possibility of having champagne and lying on the floor looking at the sky.

Tip: no need for booking in advance and you can get a discount if you have the Paris Visite card.

 4. Montmartre

View from Montmartre

As if it wasn’t enough to be one of the prettiest neighbourhoods of Paris, Montmartre also offers amazing views over the city. Dawn and sunsets here are unforgettable.

Tip: getting there early in the morning means you can have the place for yourself, and it’s worth it!

3. Notre Dame Cathedral

The Eiffel Tower from the Notre Dame Cathedral

The wait and the stairs that leads to the top of the cathedral are worth it. The view is something, and the place gives you the feeling of being in the heart of Paris, probably because you are. Not to mention the place will remind you of the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Tip: arrive as early as possible if you want to avoid the long line. If you don’t mind waiting, the sunset is worth it!

  2. 43 Up on the Roof

View from the 43 up on the roof, Paris

Probably the most affordable rooftop bar of Paris – still doesn’t mean it’s cheap – this place offers one of the most stunning views over town. Located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, on the top of the Holliday Inn hotel, the bar isn’t far from the Eiffel Tower, and not too high. Great cocktails and wine.

Tip: reservation required.

  1. Arc du Triomphe

Eiffel Tower from the Arc du Triomphe

It’s hard to compete with this view, which I find the most amazing in Paris, especially at sunset and night. No to mention it’s the perfect place to see the entire Champs-Élysées

Tip: no need for reservation and you can get a discount if you have the Paris Visite card.


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Lou Messugo

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A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Places People Stories

    Amazing shots! Now I really have some new places to visit next time I am in Paris 🙂

    • Thank you Hanne 😀
      I hope you visit Paris again with your hubby soon <3.

  • Wow I didn’t really know about any of these and have only seen the one from the Eiffel Tower but if I return, I’d like to try out the one from the rooftop bar and Montmartre which honestly sounds like such a pretty neighbourhood ☺

    • Yesss, go back and visit them 😀 it’s amazing!!
      I still have some left on my list I would like to visit… next time!

  • The_Paris_Itinerary

    I agree with all of them! I always tell people to see Paris at night from the top of the Arc du Triomphe. Bises, Kimberly

  • My fave view is from Notre Dame. Medieval Paris below looks like a miniature diarama!

  • Thank you dear 😀
    Mine too, the Arc de Triomphe is my favourite by far!

  • Thank you Lisa, you too 😀

  • Really?? That’s great to know! Another one for my list. There are still some places for good views I need to visit, next time I go I will finish the list.

  • 😀 yes, over the years each time I went there I tried to visit a different one.

  • Thank you <3 😀

  • Really?? I think it’s tie to go back 😀 <3

  • Phoebe Thomas

    Great list Allane, I don’t know which is my favourite, maybe from Notre Dame. I hope you link this up to #AllAboutFrance next time!

    • The Notre Dame view is stunning <3 I love it!
      When is the next #AllAboutFrance? I need to mark it on my calendar, otherwise I will forget it 🙂

      • Phoebe Thomas

        it’s always the first Thursday of each month.

        • First Thursday of the month! I missed again this month, I was in London and was hard to catch up with everything. I set an alarm on my calendar for next month, I hope I can make it, I have some posts of Paris to share 🙂
          Have a great week!

  • I’ve only seen the view from Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur. I have to agree that Arc de Triomphe has an amazing view! Next time!

    • Yess, next time try it from there… it’s my favourite, specially at sunset/night. 🙂

  • Awesome!! Will definitely save these for when Franz and I make it to Paris one day! 🙂

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    Wow, the best pic I love of all is the last one, I never knew I could watch a beautiful sunset right in the centre of Paris! #MondayEscapes

    • Yes you can 😀 It’s the best spot, at least is my favourite one!! 😀

  • Hi Mary!
    Seeing Paris from above is a great reason to return 😀 I hope you get the chance to go back and visit some of these attractions 😀

  • 😀 yess you can go to the terrace of Galleries Lafayette and the one from Printemps too… I tried going to the latter but it was closed for a private event when I got there 🙁
    Next time 😀

  • That’s awesome, can you go up there? I didnt know! One more for my list 😀

  • Thank you Trish 😀
    I hope you return soon… these views are worth seeing 😀

  • I have to admit I love both, to walk around it and to admire it from above 😀 I always try to combine them.

  • I was there in July and already miss it too 😀
    I never ate at the restaurant of the Eiffel Tower, I think I should try next time 😀

  • I hope you visit them next time you are in Paris 😀

  • Thank you Lisa, happy that you liked it 😀

  • Thank you Cathy 😀
    I couldn’t agree more… nothing like a great view and a cocktail!

  • Thank you Fiona 😀

  • One of my favourites too 🙂
    awwwwwnnn the perfect place to get engaged!!

  • Happy that you liked the post Urska! Thank you 🙂

  • Don’t worry, there is still time to go, and I’m sure you will be impressed with this city 😀

  • Same here Marta, I also always underestimated the Tour Montparnasse. The view was totally worth it!
    Apart from these views, there some other that I still haven’t visited! Next time 🙂

  • Hi Brynn!!
    So nice to meet you! How amazing that you live in my country. Happy that you found my blog and to have you as a reader. You are always welcome here 🙂
    How’s life in Victoria?

  • Thank you dear 😀 glad you liked it! I hope you go back to Paris soon 🙂

  • I totally understand why you love that view Christine. I love it too! I hope you get to visit some of the others 🙂

  • Thank you dear 🙂
    I hope you do check them out next time when you are in Paris

  • Thank you Sabrina 🙂

  • Thank you dear 🙂
    I have to say that the view from the Pompidou really impressed me when I went there!

  • Thank you Kana 🙂 I hope you do, you will love it!

  • Thank you Amber! I hope you visit Paris sometime, the architecture is stunning 🙂

  • Thank you so much dear! I hope you get to check them all, it’s worth it 🙂

  • Thank you! I hope you visit it again sometime 🙂

  • Thank you Sara!
    Ohhh next time I need to try Le Perchoir, I never heard of it before. This one at the Holiday Inn is pretty cool, but pricey and you might imagine 🙂

  • Awesome Kendra!! There are still a few I need to check out, but I will have to do it next time 🙂

  • Thank you Tara 🙂 Happy to know that!

  • Thank you so much!! Happy to know that 🙂

  • I love this view from Notre Dame too Jess! I hope you had a wonderful time in Paris 🙂

  • Thank you dear, happy to know that you liked them 😀

  • Yaaay, glad the post helped! And how exciting that you are going to Paris. I’m always happy to go there. There are always something to do in Paris, so don’t worry 😀

  • hahahaha yes do it!! It’s a very tempting place so be careful 😀

  • I loved the view from the rooftop bar, do go there next time you return to Paris 😀

  • Phoebe Thomas

    so glad you linked this up to #AllAboutFrance Allane!

  • Heeey that’s awesome!! Yes please lets meet!
    Let me know when you are in Munich next time and we can meet somewhere 🙂
    Glad you liked my post 😀 thank you!