You can’t leave Paris without snapping an iconic photo of the Eiffel Tower. Last time I came to Paris I was alone and staying near Notre Dame (which is quite a hike from the famed monument) so I did not make it down to see the tower for myself so I knew this time it was a must. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite photo spots and tips for getting the best pictures possible with the Eiffel Tower.
Before I dive in to the photo spots, here are a few tips you should know before planning a photo shoot.
+ Arrive early. These shots were taken starting at 7:30am in the fall. I would recommend getting there a few minutes before sunrise so you can stake out a spot. There are a lot of elopements/proposals/fashion shoots that all have the same idea as you so be prepared for a crowd even at sunrise. The good news is, most of the people are working with local professional photographer so it is very cordial and people take turns, make space, and are generally pleasant.
+ Hire a professional. I found Gabi Alves via an extensive Instagram hashtag search and her style of photos was so beautiful. Hiring a local is also helpful because they know all the best spots and the other photographers shooting in the area so they’ll make sure you’re getting the best shot.
+ Be Prepared. If you’re shooting a few outfits there are not any public restrooms open that early in the morning so make sure your outfits are easy to get in and out of or see if your photographer can bring a handy pop up changing pod.
+ It’s Convenient! All of these locations are in walking distance of one another (except one) so that’s the good news!
I’ve done my best to include addresses for you guys of the exact spots I went to so without further delay….here we go!
By Metro – Take the Metro via line 6 or 9 and stop at Trocadero metro station.
By Car/Uber – Here is the address. Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris, France. You’ll see a large platform from which most people take photos.
This is probably the one you are most familiar with (and for a good reason!). You can get so many different shots from this one location. From the open platform, to sitting on a ledge, to the iconic staircases. See examples below:
Location: Prom. Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: 10am – 8pm daily
If you walk down the stairs of Trocadero on the left (if you’re facing the Eiffel Tower), you’ll take a walkway down and notice a carousel at the end. The carousel is not open until 10am so if you’re looking to take photos on it or without the gate, you’ll need to come after then. We took them at a distance so the gate is not that noticeable but depending on what you’re looking for, you may want to come back at another time.
Location: 228 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris
Tips: This street view is probably my favorite for Eiffel Tower photos. I love that you get the beautiful architecture of a Paris street with the tower in the background. These shots were taken probably around 8:00am so there were not many people around. This is also a street that people actually live on so be respectful. If you’re here early in the morning, be quiet!
THE SEINE WALKWAY
Location: Place de Varsovie, 75016 Paris, France
Tips: Located within walking distance of the carousel, you have to walk down a staircase off Place de Varsovie to get down to Port Debilly for a beautiful view of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. We were here around 8am and no one else was there with the exception of a few joggers. That made it easy to change clothes with the aide of a light shade my photographer had.
Location: 50 Rue Saint-Dominique (Le Recrutement). My mom and I stayed at a cute little Airbnb on this street during our stay this time and we came across this view while out exploring the neighborhood.
Tips: Obviously since this is a busy street it’s best to go in the morning to avoid a lot of pedestrians and car traffic. But I took these in the middle of the day and after waiting for a few moments was able to get the shot I wanted.
There ya have it folks! Hopefully you found this helpful when looking at where to get the most iconic and Instagram worthy Eiffel Tower photos.
All photos (with the exception of the last two) were taken by the very talented Gabi Alves. Be sure to look her up if you’re ever in need of a photographer in Paris.