La Terrasse at Galeries Lafayette
Even from afar, The Eiffel Tower oozes charm. You can get this (free) view at the top of Galeries Lafayette, a high-end french department chain. This flagship store is on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. The rooftop terrace, aptly named La Terrasse, is on the 7th floor of the building.
Wish I had known this earlier, but that telescope is not a typical telescope. It's a virtual reality telescope that takes you back in time to Paris in 1912. Depending on the time of year, the Cube Bar is also set up to provide you with refreshments and tapas while you watch the sunset.
Arc de Triumphe
While the view of the Eiffel Tower from Galeries Lafayette is free and a quick elevator ride up, the view from Arc de Triumphe is not. It is, however, a good cardio workout if you want this view. Unless you're handicapped, good luck on your way to the top. The stairs become narrower and steeper, but the view is worth it - right?
The best time to go is around dusk. You'll get to see the tower in the daylight, during sunset and at night when it lights up and sparkles. Eat a baguette. Drink some wine. Nibble on cheese.
Trocadero is across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower and offers another picturesque view of the Eiffel Tower. Once the locale for the World's Fair in 1867, it's now where everyone goes to take pictures of the tower. How can they not?
Many tourists and locals pack a picnic and lay around all afternoon to watch the sunset and the tower glitter at night.
Love you, Paris <3