The very first restaurants in the Eiffel Tower opened on its 1st floor in 1889, for that year’s Universal Exhibition. As of 2022, the same level welcomed its newest entrant: Madame Brasserie, a convivial restaurant that offers the flexibility of all-day dining with some serious culinary cred. The kitchen—led by chef Thierry Marx—produces seasonal fare using locally-sourced ingredients and classical preparations. If you plan to visit for breakfast or an afternoon snack, don’t worry about booking in advance. But if you wish to come for lunch, bookings are advised—and for dinner, even more so. Out of luck? See if you can grab a chair in its lounge, where you can unwind with a light bite or evening cocktail.
Insider tip: If you can, book a window table facing north—the best vistas from this height (187 feet, or 60 meters up) are overlooking Trocadéro. However, be aware that you’ll pay more for the privilege of a good view.