The Best French Cafés near the Eiffel Tower


Where better to dine in French flair than right after a walk past the iconic Iron Lady? The streets surrounding the Eiffel Tower are littered with traditional French cafes that really give the whole experience that little extra something… 

These are cafes I would personally recommend (I spend a lot of time in this neck of the woods, incase you didn’t know). 

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Frame Brasserie in Paris

This authentic brasserie snagged the perfect spot right next to the tower itself. You can enjoy the views of the structure as you drink and dine, and the cafe is open from morning until night, seven days a week. 

Frame Brasserie in Paris – by Frame Brasserie – Uploaded by them

For what its worth, this isn’t going to be the most mind-blowing French cuisine you have in Paris. In fact, your food could take well over an hour to hit the table. That said, it’s a great cafe for a drink, some cake, and to enjoy the ever-festive playlist that they offer their patrons. 

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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 7am to 10pm
ADDRESS: 28 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Metro STATION: Trocadero

La Fontaine de Mars in Paris

This chic cafe is famed in this neighborhood, identifiable by the baby pink awnings that frame the arched entrances. 

Those who know this cafe, love it. It’s one of the most charming spots in the area, and they do a fantastic lunch and dinner menu, also seven days a week. As expected, this place is full pretty much all the time. You’ll need to make a reservation if you want to really sit back and enjoy. 

La Fontaine de Mars in Paris – By Google Maps

If they’re overwhelmingly full, consider grabbing a takeaway and finding a spot on the Champ de Mars, just in front of the tower. 

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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 3pm // 7:30pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
Metro STATION: Trocadero

L’Éclair in Paris

When I’m looking for a Parisian escape without actually leaving Paris, this is the cafe that I head to. It’s cozy as heck and it offers a very different experience to other cafes in this area. 

L’Éclair in Paris – by Google Maps

Morning or night, you’ll enjoy a range of dynamic dishes to suit the respective mealtime. The food is always good, and their hot beverages come with a tiny chocolate to sweeten the deal. Top tip: Don’t put the chocolate into your coffee or tea! Seems obvious but a lot of people make this mistake at first visit (myself included). It’s meant to be enjoyed as its own independent treat and will make your drink incredibly bitter if you toss it in!

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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 8am to 1am
ADDRESS: 32 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris
Metro STATION: Trocadero

Zia in Paris

Zia is a wonderful cafe furthest from the Trocadero side of the Eiffel Tower. The cuisine is French fuzed with other western flavors, giving diners a more varied range of meals and drinks. 

Zia in Paris – by Zia – Uploaded by them

Many wouldn’t consider Zia a traditionally “French cafe”, but I find the way that it operates to be on par with most of the other cafe in the area. What’s more, there are great options for vegetarians here, something that French cafes usually lack in. 

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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 3pm
ADDRESS: 22 Av. de Tourville, 75007 Paris
Metro STATION: Trocadero

Carette in Paris

On the opposite end we have Carette, right on the edge of the entrance to the Trocadero. Carette is about as French as it gets, and is considered as being one of the best cafes in all of Paris. 

Whether you’re looking for breakfast, pastries, brunch, lunch or a three course dinner menu, Carette has it all. You can come here virtually any time of day and except a vibrant buzz of people sipping on high teas, beers and/or wine. 

Carette is famed for their hot chocolate…something to keep in mind when you visit. 

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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 7am to 11:30pm
ADDRESS: 4 Pl. du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
Metro STATION: Trocadero

Carmine Café in Paris

Carmine Cafe is a busy cafe bistro in a charming French setting right on the outskirts of the Eiffel Tower. Happy hour is daily until 8pm, thereafter the cafe is open for a further few hours until closing (2am). 

Carmine Café in Paris – by Carmine Café – Uploaded by them

Again, this is a spot where the time of day seems to fall away, and a consistent buzz of people is always to be expected. Something unexpected, however, is that Carmine Cafe makes some really great pizza? Super tasty, reasonably priced and all with a view of the Iron Lady herself… what more could we ask for?

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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 7am to 2am
ADDRESS: 73 Av. de Suffren, 75007 Paris
Metro STATION: Trocadero