As much as Paris is all about the beautiful little details, the city doesn’t lose an ounce of charm when it is admired as a whole. For some reason, no one seems able to get enough of those perfect Parisian views.
Whether it’s the spanning city vistas from the timeless stairs of Montmartre, the lovely Parc des Buttes Chaumont, the newly discovered (for me, at least) terrace at L’Institut du Monde Arabe, the top floors of the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, Paris always manage to make my jaw drop a little when I see it from above.
Paris’s panoramas have played a supporting role in countless movies, fairy tales, and historical events, and have become unforgettable for many of us. How many film sets and design campaigns haven’t used the Place du Trocadero as a backdrop at one time or another? Savvy dream-weavers understand that if you want to get the essence of Paris in one shot, you go for the views.
One might even go so far as to say that the views of Paris are almost as iconic as the monuments that populate them. On my first trip to Paris, I was just as eager to lay my eyes on the Arc de Triomphe as I was to see the view from the top.
When I stopped by the Institut du Monde Arabe for the first time, I actually skipped the museum visit (oops!) and went straight to the top floor to enjoy the view from their gorgeous rooftop terrace.
To my delight, the city continues to take advantage of its best vantage points. And for those, like me, who consider the view on their plate to be just as important as their view from it, I can recommend a few wonderful foodie perches: le Ciel de Paris on the Tour Montparnasse’s 56th floor, where you can have a three-course meal among the clouds; Hôtel Meurice’s rooftop terrace, which is perfect for sipping a glass of champagne while keeping an eye on all of Paris between the Jardin des Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower; and lunch at Georges at the Centre Pompidou, where you can see all the way to the Sacré-Cœur.
No matter the season, weather, or time of the day, I’m always on the hunt for stunning perspectives over this magical city. Do you have a favorite Parisian view? Please share!
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