I’ve been to Paris many times. I first went with mom as a young girl and instantly fell in love with the city. I then went back as a teenager to study art for the summer. In college, while studying abroad in London, I frequently went to Paris on the weekends. I then went back later by myself for a few days and had a love affair with the city all over again. This most recent trip to Paris, I realized I had never taken any photos in front of the Eiffel Tower.
So when my Paris photographer, Hana, asked me where I wanted to shoot I said at a cafe, the gardens and the best view of the Eiffel Tower. She immediately replied to meet her at Trocadero.
If you’re looking for the best spot to take photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, definitely go to Trocadero. I’m sure you’ve seen endless images of this location on Instagram. It’s also the location for many haute couture fashion shows. It’s clear why since the scenery is so beautiful! Here are my top tips if you’re planning to take photos there:
Where to meet
The easiest spot to meet is the metro stop, which is named Trocadero. Hana took the metro. I was freezing that morning (I know you can’t tell by the photos but it was so cold!) so I took an uber with my mom. You simply type in Trocadero metro or tell the taxi to drop you off at Trocadero metro by the steps.
When to go
One word: early! Since it’s such a beautiful spot to take photos of the Eiffel tower, the steps get very crowded. The earlier you can arrive, the better. If you’re not a morning person like me, go on a Sunday. It’s the least crowded day. We arrived at 9:30am and were able to to have a nice space to ourselves.
Be careful of your bags! My mom came with me on my shoot so she was able to watch my bags with my change of clothes. There are a bunch of pickpocketers in the area just waiting to take advantage of tourists. Also, please don’t stand on the ledges. We saw someone stand on the ledge to get “the perfect shot” and it’s just so dangerous. Sitting on the ledge and walking up the steps is beautiful enough… and that way you can arrive home in one piece.
“I like the Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.” – Natalie Lloyd