Where to find the Best Views in Paris (15 of the BEST!)

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Nothing beats a panoramic view of a city, especially one as beautiful as Paris. Seeing a city from above allows you to immediately gain perspective and get your bearings, as well as be inspired by the beautiful cityscape. Fortunately in Paris, you can climb most of the famous monuments and the best thing is that each of them offer an entirely different vantage point. Thus, we’ve listed the most iconic monuments, rooftop terraces and restaurants to help you find the best views in Paris.

Best Views in Paris

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Shangri la – La Rooftop Lounge

If spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower are what you’re after, then this is where you must go. This 5* luxury hotel opens its terrace to the public between the hours of 4pm to 11.30pm during the summer, giving you access to one of the absolute best views in Paris without the per-night price tag. Do be prepared to dig deep into your pockets for drinks, however the view makes the pricy cocktails worth every penny. (Photo via Shangri-La)

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Arc de Triomphe

Standing at the top of the Arc de Triomphe offers a spectacular view of Paris. The twelve avenues stretch out from the roundabout below offering a dizzying view of the city and a birds eye view of the most famous avenue in Paris: the Champs Elysées.  But the real reason this view is so good? It offers an unparalleled panorama of the Eiffel Tower which stands proudly above the Parisian rooftops.

Maison Blanche taken from their website

Maison Blanche

The chic and trendy restaurant Maison Blanche is located on the exclusive Avenue Montaigne, one of the most expensive shopping streets in Paris. The restaurant is as exclusive as the road it lies on, reservations are needed but if you nab a table you won’t be disappointed. The all-white restaurant has large glass panels and an outdoor terrace with views towards the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysée. On Saturdays the upper floor turns into a nightclub for those who want to party with a view over the Paris skyline. (Photo via Maison Blanche)

Montparnasse via Where Kate Resides


It is said that the best view over Paris is from atop the Montparnasse tower, the reason being that when you’re at the top you can’t see the modern monstrosity of the building itself. The second reason being that it offers one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the kind of shot you see on postcards. It also boasts the fastest lift in Europe so an additional bonus is not having to climb hundreds of stairs to appreciate the views but instead reaching the 56th floor in 38 seconds! (Photo via Where Kate Resides)

Hotel Terrass - from their website

Hotel Terass”

This luxury hotel located in Montmartre opens its terrace as a restaurant for lunch and dinner. The verdant and leafy terrace provides the most romantic setting for dinner, only heightened by the breathtaking view over the city of lights with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. (Photo via Hotel Terass”)

Le Perchoir by Where Kate Resides

Le Perchoir

Everyone loves a good rooftop bar. What’s not to love about enjoying a chilled glass of rosé or an expertly crafted cocktail whilst taking in a spectacular view? Paris doesn’t have very many rooftop bars like hip and happening New York does, so Parisians flock in large numbers to the select few rooftop bars in the city. Le Perchoir is one of the trendiest in Paris attracting long queues but offering killer views to boot. (Photo via Where Kate Resides)

Best views in Paris

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris

As one of Paris’ most iconic hotels, you really can’t get a better room view than those on offer at the Plaza Athénée. The entire facade of the hotel is covered in lush greenery and red flowers, making this an even more magical sight with the glorious Eiffel Tower as a backdrop!

Hotel Raphael

Hôtel Raphael

Similar to roof top bars, hotel terraces are a wonderful way to view Paris from above. It tends to be the higher end hotels that house the most impressive roof top terraces, with views spanning over the whole city. Hotel Raphael offers one of the best terraces as it is situated in equal distance between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe; therefore boasts astounding views of both of these iconic monuments.

Sacre Coeur

Atop Sacré Coeur

The view from atop the Sacré Cœur basilica seems to be the least well known of all the monuments. Not many people realise you can climb stairs to the top of the dome roof, but rest assured you can. The basilica is perched on one of Paris’ highest peaks so climbing a further 300 steps to the top of the basilica offers unparalleled views over Paris.

Buttes Chaumont | Best Views in Paris

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

The Buttes Chaumont park is located on one of Paris’ highest peaks therefore offers a pretty spectacular panorama over the whole city. Many flock here for the park itself replete with cascading waterfalls and pony rides for children and others for the views over Paris that they can enjoy whilst picnicking on the expanse of green.

Paris apartment view

Your Apartment

Some of the best views in Paris can be found from apartment windows, especially if the apartment is on one of the upper floors. Every time you go to one of your friends’ apartments in the city, make sure to take a look out their windows and I bet you’ll see some pretty phenomenal views. The above photo was taken from my friend’s place who lives on the 7th floor in the 16th neighbourhood.

Atop Notre Dame | Best Views in Paris

Atop Notre Dame

Climbing the worn stairs of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral built in 1163 is somewhat surreal. The higher you get, the more precarious it feels, but fear not, for it is very safe. The view from the top spans the river Seine and all of Paris’ left bank. Queues form very quickly so I would recommend arriving earlier rather than later.

Printemps terrace | Best Views in Paris


Two of the biggest department stores in Paris, Lafayette and Printemps, offer terraces with beautiful views over Paris. The best part is that climbing to the top of them is entirely free. You come face to face with magnificent Opéra Garnier and get a real sense of the buzz of the city below.

Ciel de Paris photo from their website

Ciel de Paris

Literally translated as Paris’ sky, this dizzyingly high restaurant and bar offers a specular view of the Paris skyline, as its name implies. Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse tower, the Ciel de Paris doesn’t only house a gourmet restaurant but also a chic champagne bar. (Photo via Ciel de Paris)

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Café Richelieu

Café Richelieu is located in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre and has an outdoor terrace with a birds eye view of the Louvre, the Pyramid and the Napoleon courtyard. The food isn’t the best, but it is ideal for photos of this world famous museum without any tourists in front of the lens. (Photo via Café Richelieu)

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    August 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks really valuable. Will certainly share site with my good friends.

    August 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    That is really a beautiful moment. Amazingle captured pictures.

    Becky Wise
    August 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I’m visiting Paris in a few weeks and will defo visit some of these places!

    August 5, 2016 at 1:15 am

    This was so helpful, thank you! Am off to Paris on Saturday so I definitely plan to check out the terrace at the Shangri La, I hadn’t realised they even had one! xoxo

    Brooke Lange
    August 5, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I made a similar post a couple of days ago, including some things not in this one, if you would like to check it out! Thank you for sharing!

    Danielle @ Our Passport Pages
    August 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I agree with the views from Montparnasse! I always tell people to skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower and go there to get the best views. Can’t wait to look at some of these other views you’ve mentioned though.

    Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee ~
    August 2, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Lovely photos (´°ω°`)

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    July 29, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Stunning views. Next time I go to Paris, I’ll definitely bring my camera and check these spots!

    July 29, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Love my city so much ! I feel like at each corner you’ll find the most stunning view of the city ! 🙂

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    Terrarium Tv
    July 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    It’s neat not just amazing!
    Good Work

    July 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I love the view from Montemartre and the Notre Dame!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    July 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Really nice article! every Instagrammers dream haha 🙂

    July 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Wow this looks amazing! Love Paris and finding new viewpoints to view it from 🙂

    July 27, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Amazing! Absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to explore some of these for myself. Thank you so much for sharing!

    July 27, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Love this post so much! Thanks for this, definitely gonna use them when I find myself in Paris one day. 🙂

    July 27, 2016 at 1:40 am

    these are some truly beautiful views! I wish I had seen this before I went to Paris!

    July 27, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Hey Faye,
    Some really good ideas, but you are missing some of the best part of Paris.
    If you can add :
    – le perchoir in the 11th you will have a nice view of this area
    – the 43th up the roof gives an amazing view of saint michel (6th)

    July 27, 2016 at 12:01 am

    The Eiffel Tower shines brightly.

    the adventurer
    July 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I feel like anywhere you look in paris is a beautiful view =o) These are all great! I can’t wait to visit paris again

    July 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    July 26, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Wow that looks like wonderland, Simply amazing

    Shelby @ The Fernweh Wolf
    July 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I wish I had this on my trips to Paris! Oh well I know I’ll definitely be back! Thanks for sharing Faye 😀
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    Posh, Broke, & Bored
    July 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I definitely agree that the views are the best part of Paris (second only to the shopping of course) – it’s the only way to enjoy the romance of the city while being a safe distance from all the filthy streets and hordes of tourists + petty criminals. x

    July 26, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    What a beautiful spread. Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Best, MODENOVA I

    July 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Great post

    sophie nadeau
    July 26, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    The Parc of Buttes Chaumont is definitely one of my fave parks in the city!- and the view is so amazing!

    July 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Paris is such a nice city! Loving these views, definently saving this for another week in Paris 🙂

    india's independence day
    July 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Amazing views, next time i will go there to see how it looks like in real!!

    July 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    This is such a beautiful post, Paris is such an incredibly beautiful city.

    Kelsey x

    July 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I love the view from Le Perchoir! Seeing the city from above is so gorgeous, especially with all the greys and neutrals. The view from Sacre Coeur is pretty good as well!

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    July 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Amazing places and beautiful views 🙂
    Paris is probably the prettiest city in the world, the buildings, the streets – J’adore

    The Untourists
    July 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Lovely. This should be printable and one should be able to carry that on a trip to Paris.

    July 26, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Wow – what an amazing list. Def bookmarking this post! Thanks for this, 🙂

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