The esplanade is the ground area around the Eiffel Tower and is the only section of the tower which can be visited free of cost. Although, you need to pass through security to access this area, this is a great way to explore the Eiffel Tower without spending too much time and money on the experience.
The esplanade is also home to the bronze bust of Gustave Eiffel which was sculpted by Bourdelle. You can get a close peek at the immense architectural prowess on display from underneath the Eiffel Tower. Here, you will find the century-old hydraulic machines that operate the tower’s lift mechanism even to this day.
The esplanade also has gift shops and fast food options available here as well, along with an information center and ticket offices.