Classically designed carousel with wood-carved ride-on horses, plus the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop.As if seeing or climbing one of the most iconic monuments in the world weren’t enough to fulfill a Parisian afternoon fantasy, you can top off your day-trip with a swirl and a whirl at the Carousel of the Eiffel Tower.
Stroll across Quai Branly, on the Seine side of the tower, check out the hoopla happening at the foot of the Pont d’Elena bridge and prepare to be a kid again.
Carousels are surprisingly popular in Paris. The French word for carousel is manège, which is more akin to merry-go-round, and there are roughly 20 around the city. You can find them in neighborhood parks, in the plaza of Hôtel de Ville, at the Jardin des Tuileries, and at many other popular Parisian sights. But maybe none are as well-known and well-loved as the light, bright and adorable Carousel of the Eiffel Tower.
Treats in Paris are taken very seriously, and Parisians are quick-snack connoisseurs. Kiosks griddling fresh crepes, squishing oranges and stacking up baguette sandwiches dot almost every pedestrian promenade and tourist hotspot certainly, here at the Eiffel Tower. These aren’t just for tourists, either. Parisians love a tasty munch, too, which is one reason the quality is relatively high at most casual snackeries.
There are definitely plenty of high- and low-brow salty and sugary pleasures to delight in when you visit the carousel. Casual counters hand out copious amounts of popcorn, frappes, macarons, pastries and the all-American favorite — the hot dog.