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High above Paris: a meal in the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, Paris France (courtesy wallyg at flickr’s Creative Commons)The Eiffel Tower; an instantly recognizable symbol of Paris.

My young son doesn’t remember much of France, but he sure knows the “Eyfee Towee.”

Want to make your visit to the monument more memorable?

Have lunch or dinner inside the Tower (which is particularly spectacular at night.)

On our last trip to Paris, we had dinner at the moderately-priced (for Paris) Altitude 95 restaurant on the first level (Étage 1) of the Eiffel Tower, with a lovely view of the Place du Trocadero.

You can just show up and hopefully get a table; that’s how we did it, but that’s rolling the dice a little too much with kids and we got lucky.

I recommend making reservations ahead of time online, or by calling 33-01-45-55-20-04.

The menu is wide-ranging, but pay attention to prices and don’t “order like an American” ’cause this ain’t Chili’s; a Coke at Altitude 95 is €4.50 (almost US$7.00!)

View of the Seine from inside the Eiffel Tower, Paris (courtesy wallyg at flickr CC)

There is a children’s menu for those under 12 years old.

For a really swank dining event, there’s also the Restaurant Le Jules Verne, on the second level.

You can also buy snacks, salads, hot dogs, pizza, pastries and ice cream at Les Buffets snack bars, although there are usually lines and there’s a bit less ambiance.

Bon Appétit!

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