Visiting the Eiffel Tower is a must when in Paris. Hands down, no questions asked…you gotta see it! Just say qui!
The views are breathtaking [or that could be the stair climbing (read more about that below)], each night there is a beautiful light show and there are some scrumptious food options at the restaurants that reside in the tower.
There’s something about the Eiffel Tower…not until I saw it did I really truly feel like I was in Paris. Perhaps I grew up watching too many romantic movies about it, or maybe it is the sparkly lights. I’m still not quite sure, but I absolutely love it!
I obviously could NOT STOP taking photos. #gorgeousview
Getting to the Top
How does one accidentally climb the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower?! Quite easily actually. Well, when you’re me that is. The lines for the lifts were very long and there seemed to be a quick one on the opposite side. So, being the impatient girl I am, I hoped in the shorter line. Once I realized it was for the stairs only I figured I might as well give it a shot.
Exercise is good…how bad could it be?!
Let’s just say the beautiful view above distracted me from my jello leg syndrome and my gasping for breath. They say it is 1665 stairs but it felt like a million. It is a great experience however, and will save you a pretty euro.
Taking the Stairs [5 Euro] vs. Taking the Lifts [Depending on which floor you go to 11 Euro, 17 Euro]
Eating & Drinking at the Eiffel Tower
Want to get fancy? [$$$] Located on the 2nd floor of the Tower [aka VERY high up] and accessed by private lift, this restaurant offers an extraordinary experience. Your eyes will be dazzled by the views while your tastebuds delighted by the flavors of contemporary French cuisine.
I mean, if you’re going to splurge on budget and live it up for a meal why not eat at the top of the Eiffel Tower?! Make certain to make a reservation, online, in advance. Bon Appétit!
Want to get kinda fancy? [$$] Located on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower [that means second for those of you from The States] this restaurant offers lunch, dinner or New Year’s Eve dining options with a view. They offer a chic trendy set priced menu where you choose from course options…it was very tasty.
I was lucky enough to grab a table without a dinner reservation but I highly recommend you get one in advance just to be safe. Also, you can pair your meal with the lift ticket buy purchasing from the link above.
Bar à Champagne
Make an Unforgettable Toast [$] A champagne counter is on the top floor of the Tower for an unforgettable and festive moment. Rosé or white champagne will help to titillate this Parisian experience; a souvenir not to miss. [Courtesy of toureiffel.paris]
On a tight budget? [$] Grab some baguettes, cheese, pastries and wine on the famous Rue Cler street. Hiding in the Eiffel Tower’s shadow, this street is lined with shops and food stands full of yummy picnic supplies.
And to picnic under the Eiffel Tower is a fabulous experience. While tons of tourists are busy trying to get to the top you can lounge, nap, people watch and soak in the moment. After all, that’s what experiencing new places is all about!
Have you been to the Eiffel Tower? Did you take the stairs up? Please tell me about it in the comments below. Au Revoir!
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