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Best Views of Paris

The top of the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse tower, L’Arc de Triomphe, sure these are all places from which you’ll be able to admire beautiful views of Paris, but at what price? As if it wasn’t enough that the ticket costs an arm and a leg, you’ll often spend up to two hours waiting in line. Talk about spoiling an amazing view! Here are the seven best alternatives to these overpriced and crowded classics.

Paris Panoramique

There isn’t a local in Paris who would pay to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, so why should you? Head to Rue des Envierge in the 20th arrondissement and make your way up to the Parc de Belleville. Always a propitious place for a little walk, you can also take pleasure in a sublime view of the entire city.

Paris the Movie Set

Another great place with a view comparable to Montmartre (minus the swarm of tourists) awaits you in the 19th arrondissement. The Butte de Bergeyre is situated a few steps away from the Buttes-Chaumont in the midst of charming residences and winding, cobble stone alleyways. Take the large stairway on Rue Georges-Lardennois or mount the winding streets. At the top a lonely bank facing a wire fence welcomes you. Have a seat and enjoy the amazing view encompassing the Sacré Cœur and Eiffel Tower.

Paris from Above

Glide along the Parisian rooftops on the “Coulée verte”. This former train track turned garden hovers above the Paris streets and extends twenty miles through the 12th arrondissement. Take advantage of your Pigeon’s eye view to admire the buzzing streets below—not forgetting the lovely rooftops above, bien sûr. Once you’ve had enough green you can always check out the ateliers and contemporary art galleries wedged into the archways of the track.

Paris from Below

Head down under(ground) to the metro—a veritable Parisian hodgepodge. Sit back and relax as the show unfolds. Over the span of just a few stops you could see a granny, lapdog in hand rubbing shoulders with a pimpled teenager, frantically cramming for class or a laborer sitting across from a natty businessman, not to mention all the street artists bearing violins and accordions, popping in and out the wagons to entertain (or not!) the reserved passengers. In short, you’ll enjoy a genuinely lucid view of, well…Parisians.

Paris Monuments

Rather than simply climbing the monuments, why not admire their exteriors for a change? A few steps from the church Saint-Jean-le-Pauvre, in the Viviani square or from the lantern on the Place Maubert, you can enjoy the splendors of the Notre-Dame-de-Paris from afar.

Appreciate the Eiffel Tower as it towers over the Bir-Hakeim bridge from 46 Avenue du Présdient Kennedy. Time to whip out the camera!

Paris en Terrasse

Imagine, sitting back, and sipping on your drink on a lofty terrasse, enjoying a beatiful view— la classe! Sound good? Then check out la Mer à Boire or Haut Paris at 1 Rue des Envierges, right next to the Parc de Belleville. Or else, head to the 9th floor of the Printemps department store, for a bird’s-eye view of Haussmannian Paris. If your budget is on the tight side, skip dinner and just have a drink. No reservations required!

Paris at Night

The only way to really understand the epithet “Paris, city of light” is by—you guessed it—experiencing Paris by night. So allons-y, let’s go for a late night breath of fresh air along on the Seine. You can’t help but marvel at the beautiful reflections of lights and buildings in the water as you stride past. If you stay up late enough, you, may even catch the Parisian sunrise—a truly incomparable experience.

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