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Where to See the Eiffel Tower Sparkle

where to see the eiffel tower sparkle at night in Paris, France

This post was inspired by reader questions recently. This was a repeat question from a good amount of readers and I wanted to share the answer in a blog post. The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour for five minutes on the hour from dusk until 1 am. The last sparkle of the night is a bit different from all the others and goes faster with a little dance display of lights. It is worth seeing if you are awake and have a good view of the Eiffel Tower.

After many trips to Paris, seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night never gets old. Here are my top locations in Paris to see the sparkle. If there is one I missed, feel free to drop your favorite spot below.

Trocadero

The Trocadero is one of the most iconic spots to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle. Depending on the time of year, it can be very crowded. Watch your belongings here as it is a hot spot for pickpockets. You can take the metro directly here and get off at the Trocadero exit. This can be done before or after dinner. There is a crêpe stand just close to the Eiffel Tower where you can get dessert.

Champs-de-Mars

During my last Paris trip in October, we had a beautiful picnic on the Champs-de-Mars. My friend Whitney loves this spot the most out of all of them. You can grab a blanket, picnic, a bottle of wine, or champagne and enjoy the people watching. The Eiffel Tower sparkles on the hour every hour from sunset to 1 am. It gets tricky with the timing of the sunset so keep this in mind as it may not sparkle right as dusk begins. Just sit back and relax and enjoy!

Pont Alexandre III

One of my all-time favorite bridges in Paris. I love the architecture of the bridge and the street lamps. In the warmer months, you will find people with picnics on the Seine just below the bridge.

A boat cruise on the Seine

If you can time the boat ride just right, you can catch the Eiffel Tower sparkle at sunset or later in the evening. There are several options for boat cruises down the Seine. I wouldn’t recommend eating on board. There are so many great restaurants in Paris and I don’t think the food would compare. For a unique experience, if you have the budget you can hire a private boat for a tour.

From your hotel room

I made a list of hotels with Eiffel Tower views here. If you are visiting for the first time or celebrating something special, the upgrade of a view of the Eiffel Tower is one I would splurge on. There are budget hotels to 5-star hotels that have amazing views. You can relax and enjoy the view from your room.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe closes at 10:30 pm so even on the longer days of summer, you should be able to catch the sparkle. It can get crowded here, so claim your spot before the hour turns so you can have a great glimpse of the sparkle. This is also one of my favorite places to see the Eiffel Tower in the city. If you can’t make it at night, I still recommend a hike to the top for the view. Book tickets in advance or grab a city pass so you can skip the line. This also gives you access to museums around the city.

Montmartre

Depending on the time of year, there are two great places to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle. In the winter, the trees are bare and you can see a good view from just to the right of Sacre Coeur. That is when the photo was taken below. If you are in the warmer months, try from the steps of Sacre Couer. There is a good chance you won’t be the only people there. The steps of Sacre Couer are where a lot of people gather to hang out. *watch your belongings.

Rue Saint Dominique

Located on the Left Bank of Paris, you will find Rue Saint Dominique which is filled with restaurants and shops. You can get a great view of the Eiffel Tower from here and if you time it just right, see her sparkle.

Printemps

This department store has a great location in the city for a view of the Eiffel Tower. The alternative is just down the street at Galleries Lafayette. At the top of Printemps, there is a restaurant called Perruche which serves cocktails and food. I have watched beautiful sunsets from the rooftops here.

Place de la Concorde

I love this romantic spot close to Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. It’s just at the end of the Champs Elysée on the way to the Tuileries. I walked through here on the way to get engaged. My fiancé took me on a long walk through Paris to get to Palais Royal.

Pont des Arts

One of my favorite bridges in Paris. This was the love lock bridge that has now been replaced with plexiglass. I always find a way to walk across it when I am in Paris from the left bank to the right bank. It’s a perfect viewing spot to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that next time you are in Paris, you take the time to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle.

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