Visit the mini-Statue of Liberty in Paris as seen in Polanski's film Frantic. A short walk from the Eiffel Tower, it is well worth the visit, providing refreshing views of the city.
Next to the Pont de Grenelle, 1.5 km south of the Eiffel Tower.
It's a restaurant. Just a few minutes from Paris, you can eat in the beautiful gardens of Chez Clément, and look at the wonderful view, near the river, surrounded by exquisite scenery. The prices are reasonable, about 25 euros for a 3 course meal.
Chez Clément Bougival, 15 bis quai Rennequin Sualem 78380 Bougival
For a trip on the Seine at a fraction of the cost of Bateaux-Mouches, buy a day (or longer) ticket for the Bato-bus.
There are eight stops on both banks of the river, and you can get on and off as you fancy. All the stops are alongside tourist attractions, such as Notre Dame or the Eifel Tower, and there is a useful little outline map of the major sights to be seen from the boat when you buy your ticket.
It is not only a splendid way of seeing some of the main attractions of the city, is is a delightful way of getting about from one end of Paris to the other.
Eight stops from the Eifel Tower to the Botanic Gardens, including Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame, etc. There is a web-site.
The Buttes Chaumont park is slightly different to other parks in Paris, in that it was built on a former quarry and, as such, has some interesting hilly views across Paris, alongside an artificial cave complete with stalactites and waterfall.
A cubed shaped arch that’s 106 metres wide. Take a lift to the top for excellent views, have a pint in the bar and visit the exhibitions on show inside. The business park also has sculptures surrounding it (one is a giant thumb!). Take plenty photos. There are some shops surrounding it but I didn't get a chance to see them!
Place de la Défense, La Défense business district;
This bar is on the 33rd floor of the hotel and overlooks the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Fantastic views. You can watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle while having a glass of your favourite wine.
The hotel is near to the Porte Maillot metro station, you can't miss it
A stunning modern building with Arab influences. Built in two sections, the roof garden can be accessed by a high-speed glass lift and metal walkway on the ninth floor. Not for the faint hearted but the views are fantastic and it's free. There is a cafe/restaurant at the top, but I didn't feel up to it after using the lift and seeing the prices.
1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
As a student of French history and politics, it was quite exciting for me to visit the Pantheon, with the "Great men" of French history. It is an impressive building and there is a nice view from the dome as well.
Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris
near Cardinal Lemoine
With 59 floors the only skyscraper in Paris: easily the best view because, as they say, it is the only place in Paris from which you do not have to look at the Tour Montparnasse! Lift takes you to the 56th floor with photo exhibition then stairs up to the top. Panoramic view, and the sun sets behind the Eiffel Tower which sparkles for the first ten minutes of each hour.
metro montparnasse bienvenüe lignes 4,6,12,13.
Sip a glass of Sancerre on the outdoor terrace at the top of the Pompidou Centre (you don't have to eat in the restaurant) and enjoy a plate of plump olives while you admire one of the best views in and of Paris.
Centre Goerge Pompidou 4th Arrond.
Metro: Hotel de Ville or Rambuteau
The most magical hours of a glorious, fun-filled trip to the City of Lights were spent on the terrace of Pizza Milano with my boyfriend, Martin. We drank in the magical night time atmosphere of the latin quarter, eating good food, well prepared and very reasonably priced. Service was attentive and friendly and there was no wait for a table. To turn unexpectedly to find the stunning view of Notre Dame across the square, its gothic stature lit against the late summer sky, was a 'Can you believe it - you and me - we're really here...' moment.
Place St Michel, Metro Saint Michel,RER B et C, opposite Notre Dame cathedral.
This restaurant is on the very top floor of the Tour de Montparnasse (the Montparnasse Tower) - one of the tallest buildings in Paris - and offers one of the most stunning views of the city possible. You look directly out onto the Eiffel Tower. Go there for an aperitif to enjoy the view or why not treat yourself to dinner - the cuisine's very good. Just been on their website and they say it's 'the highest restaurant in Europe.' They do a three course set menu at £37.27 per person. Not the cheapest place to eat in Paris but the view and the pleasant welcome make it worth it. You won't see a better view than this from a Parisien dinner table.
An old, old tip, this. Slap bang in the centre of the city, you'll probably have passed by this huge department store on a number of occasions if you've been to Paris. If you fancy a good cheap meal with an excellent view then grab a plate in the restaurant on one of the upper floors. Admittedly the decor is somewhat drab, and you're unlikely to bump into any of Paris's chic set (most of the clientelle look like octogenarians) but if you get a table by the window then none of that matters. This is also a good spot for using the toilet if you get caught short.
BHV, 52/64 Rue de Rivoli, near Hotel de Ville metro.
The Eiffel Tower might be the iconic choice, but my favourite view of Paris is from here. Take a leisurely stroll through the shops of the young designers in Abbesses and up through touristy (but still enchanting) Montmartre, and there it is - the whole of Paris laid out beneath you in quite the most spectacular fashion.
The closest metro stations are Anvers, Abbesses, Château-Rouge and Lamarck-Caulaincourt, but I always think half the fun is walking there.
Parks are not Paris's strongest point, but the Buttes Chaumont is a down-to-earth alternative to the altogether more bourgeois (and crowded) Luxembourg. Located on a rocky hill in the 19th arrondissement in north-east Paris, it also gives views of much of the city, including the Sacre Coeur.
This is cheaper than the better-known Eiffel Tower, and offers the distinct advantage of being the only place in Paris from which you cannot see the monstrosity of the tour itself. Of course, the writer Guy de Maupassant used to say exactly the same thing about dining half way up the Eiffel Tower. Next best great view: from the steps of the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.
Nearest metro: Edgar Quinet; www.tourmontparnasse56.com/
L'incontournable, as they say: the unavoidable. There'll probably be a queue, but it is almost always worth the wait. The stairs are for the seriously fit; plus, the moment when the glass-sided lift emerges into the daylight and all Paris is spread before you is too breathtaking to miss. Open late, every day of the year. The restaurant's not bad either.
Nearest metro: Bir-Hakeim, Trocadero, Ecole Militaire; www.tour-eiffel.fr/
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