As the sun falls over Paris, you don’t want to miss the dazzling Eiffel Tower light show! There are plenty of places to see the Eiffel Tower at night – in fact, you can see it from all over Paris! But if you want to take a good photo and experience the light display you need to be nearby, which isn’t easy near this busy tourist attraction. You probably also want to avoid entrance fees and crowds… which is why I’m sharing this secret spot with you! My husband and I stumbled upon it by happy accident while visiting the most romantic city in the world in August.
Continue reading to find out the best spot to see the Eiffel Tower at night.
Where is the best place to see the Eiffel Tower at night?
Across the Seine River, next to the Port D’lena Bridge.
[/left] [right] We walked across the Port D’lena Bridge, but found it to be crowded with tourists so we decided to back-track and walk along Avenue de New York. From the Avenue, there are stone steps that will lead you down to the Seine River. From here, you can take a seat next to the canale.
This is a great place to get a photo of yourself standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or just to sit and enjoy the light show! I noticed a few locals who had clearly been to this spot before. They came prepared with a blanket, and a basket full of cheese and wine! Brilliant! When in Paris, right?
We sat on the steps next to the river where it was quiet and peaceful. It was a good place to take a photo in front of the tower. You can also watch the cruise boats sail by on the Seine River while you’re waiting for the light display, or bring along your own bottle of French wine!
When does the Eiffel Tower light up?
The Eiffel Tower lights up for every hour on the hour for 5 minutes while it’s dark – so if you miss the sunset show, you can see it later in the evening up until 1:00 AM.
A more popular (but tourist ridden) spot is the garden right below the Eiffel Tower called Champ de Mars. Champ de Mars is certainly worth a visit to see the Tower up close, but that doesn’t make it is the best place to see it at night. I definitely prefer to steer away from crowds, so viewing the Eiffel Tower across the river was perfect for me!
Have you been to see the Eiffel Tower? Is it on your bucket list?