The best places to admire the fireworks in Paris

A quick round-up of the most strategic places in Paris for the best views of the Bastille Day fireworks display

Parks from which to admire the Bastille Day fireworks

To ensure that you get a front circle view of the Bastille Day fireworks without spending a euro, the best thing to do is to get early to one of the Parisian parks offering an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower.

The Belleville panoramic viewpoint offers a view over the entire city from the top of the hill. This option gets you away from the centre of Paris and the crowds and you are able to enjoy a panoramic view of the sky and the city

Parc de Belleville, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Monuments from which to admire the Bastille Day fireworks

To ensure that you make the most of the year’s most magical fireworks display, why not go up to the top of a monument in Paris with a bird’s eye view? The Sacré-Cœur, the Montparnasse Tower or even the esplanade at Trocadéro are all places from which the Eiffel Tower is visible and where the atmosphere is certainly festive.You have to get their early to get a good spot.

The tour Paris Montparnasse - Top of the City offers you a special Bastille Day evening on July 14th with a panoramic tour, musical entertainment and great views of the fireworks set off from the Eiffel Tower. On this occasion, public access to the panoramic terrace of the Tour Montparnasse will close exceptionally at 6pm. This is also the case for the Grande Arche de la Défense, which is organising a big musical evening on its roof from 7pm, with Bob Sinclar as the headliner (single price of €70).

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, vue de nuit, Paris © Fotolia - Laurent Davaine

Terraces from which to admire the Bastille Day fireworks

Some Parisian restaurants offer their customers stunning views of Paris from their terrace. Whether they be full of greenery, lounge style, quiet or lively, they are an ideal place from which to admire the Bastille Day fireworks. Far from the crowds on the Champ de mars, they enable guests to benefit from all the magic of the event. Relaxing with a drink or having a meal for two, with the family or friends, you’ll be perfectly seated for the national celebrations.

Here is a selection of Parisian spots from which to admire the fireworks:

The rooftops of the hotels Novotel Paris Vaugirard MontparnassePeninsula ParisRaphaëlTerrass HotelHyatt Regency Paris EtoileMolitor, the Pley, the Canopy by HiltonLa Réserve ParisLes Piaules Nation...

The terrace of the restaurant Les Ombres on the roof of the musée du quai Branly

The restaurant Le Ciel de Paris on the 56th floor of the tower Montparnasse

The terrace of a new concept store in Montmartre : Cœur Sacré

Terraces and rooftops that have become essential:: Créatures on the roof of Galeries LafayetteForest at the Musée d’art moderne de ParisGirafe at the Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine