- Atop the Arc de Triomphe
- Le Mur des Je T’aime
- Rue Crémieux, the most colourful street of Paris
- Rue Dupéré for the most colorful basketball court of all time
- Le Louvre from the courtyard
- Pont de Bier Hakiem (featured in the movie ‘Inception’)
- Pont Alexandre III
- Ciel de Paris (restaurant)
- Colonnes de Buren at Palais Royal
- Paris’ covered passages
- Eiffel Tower from Place du Trocadero
- Sacré-Coeur Basilica
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- Le Perchoir bar at Hotel de ville
- Opéra Garnier
- Moulin Rouge
- Notre Dame de Paris
If you don’t consider yourself photogenic, know that Paris will do the work for you with its natural magnificence. Every corner of town is an opportunity to capture some sort of beauty.
To make your life easier, I’ve made a list of the most iconic photography spots in Paris, so all you’ll need to make Paris lovers blush with envy is a good angle and a big smile! Here are the locations where you’ll be able to capture some of the most beautiful shots of the city:
The top of the Arc De Triomphe
The top of L’Arc de Triomphe is personally one of my favourite spots. Try to get a no-queue ticket online to admire one of the most phenomenal views of Paris in no time. A lot of people are obsessed with going atop the Eiffel Tower but… isn’t the Eiffel Tower itself the only thing you want to have in your pictures of Paris? I would recommend going during sunset for a good array of colors to capture! The twelve avenues stretch out from the roundabout below, demonstrating the perfect symmetry of the city…. You can see all the way down the Champs-Elysées until the Louvre… what more could you possibly want?
Le Mur des Je T’aime
Have you ever seen a wall where “I love you” was written 1000 times in more than 300 languages? If you’re in Paris with your lover (or even if you’re not), this spot is definitely a must-go! Rendez-vous Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris for a romantic picture.
Rue Crémieux and Rue Dupéré
If you want to go for more colourful backgrounds, you might want to check out these two Parisian streets.
Rue Crémieux is the most colourful street in Paris. Very different from all the other monuments you might find in Paris, this graphic oasis is ideal to wander around. From pink to yellow, these 35 little houses are a true paradise for bloggers to capture the perfect shot with a beautifully colored background. The architecture of these houses were inspired by the typical British houses at the time (2 floors, 6 rooms and a kitchen in the basement). Therefore, all of the 35 houses of this street are pretty identical in their architecture – the only difference being the choice of the façade color, the shutters or the doors. Why are these houses so colorful? Well… it just seems like the inhabitants of the street decided so, by painting their houses themselves. We can only thank them for their creativity.
This part of town was severely impacted by flooding in 1910 and you will find commemorative plates like the one located at number 8 that indicates that water reached a record of 1.75 meters on the night of January 28th that year.
Located in the heart of Pigalle, this spot is now one of the most famous and instagrammed basketball court of all time. In 2017, the fashion designer Stéphane Ashpool and the art direction studio ‘Ill-Studio’ did up the court with the support of Nike by adding some more modern color touches to the neighborhood (colors that remind us all of the Instagram logo).
The Louvre taken from the courtyard
Besides being one of the most well-known spots in Paris, this place is also oneof the most beautiful spots when it rains as it gives you the opportunity to play with the reflection of water in the multiple puddles,which will make your pictures even more unique. The contrast between the classical architecture of the museum buildings and the glass pyramid will also allow you to capture some truly beautiful shots.
Pont de Bir Hakiem
This bridge regained a boost of notoriety after the movie ‘Inception’ came out. Its beauty and perfect symmetry are without a doubt some of the reasons why the Hollywood production picked it. Whatever angle you choose, your pictures will always look fabulous. The symmetrical structure of the bridge makes it incredibly unique and will create a very aesthetic result in your pictures by providing a touch of infinity. In addition to that, there is a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower which actually makes it a very popular spot for wedding pictures!
Pont Alexandre III
Not far from the metro station ‘Invalides’, this bridge is one of the most monumental and ornate bridges of Paris. It offers a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower which is located nearby. It is actually the largest of all Parisian bridges, being 40 meters wide and 150 meters long.
This monument symbolizes the Franco-Russian friendship between the Russian Tsar Alexandre III and the French president Sadi Carnot. It was inaugurated in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition. It boasts impressive 17 meter-high pylons, each one of them being topped by gilded bronze pegasus’* representing the eminence of ‘Art’, ‘Trade’, ‘Industry’ and ‘Sciences’.
*Pegasus (Greek: Πήγασος, Pḗgasos; Latin: Pegasus, Pegasos) is a mythical winged divine stallion, and one of the most recognized creatures in Greek mythology.
Ciel de Paris restaurant
Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse tower, Le Ciel de Paris boasts the perfect panoramic vista of the capital with a splendid ‘aerial’ view of the Eiffel Tower – the WOW effect is guaranteed. If you have the budget, I couldn’t recommend the dining option more! Their food is delicious and… what’s better than having a gourmet meal while admiring such a jaw-dropping view?
Colonnes de Buren
The Buren columns are one of the most beautiful and best-kept secrets of Paris,to the tourists’ great delight. The columns all rise to a greater or lesser height in the court of the Palais Royal. These 260 columns were all renovated in 2010, twenty-four years after their construction, for a cost of €5.8m! So make sure you don’t scratch/damage one of them…
Paris’ covered passages: Galerie Vivienne, Galerie Colbert and Le Passage des Panoramas (by order of interest)
All these glass-roofed shopping galleries are famous for their beautiful architecture and their inside charm. Filled with cafés and boutiques, they’re all perfect places for some retail therapy or a cup of tea! Galerie Vivienne is usually people’s favorite, with its ochre-colored decor and mythology-themed mosaics. It’s bright and spacious and has a high glass canopy – perfect to take pictures!
Passages des Panoramas‘Galerie Colbert’ located on Rue Vivienne, is also worth a visit. Its beautiful glass dome and old architecture are enough enticement for people to come. These two galleries are pretty close to each other so once you’ve explored one you can easily go explore the other!
Then there is the ‘Passage des Panoramas’ which is the oldest gallery in town. This one has conserved its original architecture and the traditional stores inside of it create the perfect background to add that extra touch of Parisian ‘retro’ style to your pictures.
Eiffel Tower taken from Place de Trocadéro
Get off the metro at Alma Marceau and walk to the famous ‘Place du Trocadéro’.This square is probably the most iconic photo spot in Paris as it offers a PERFECT framed shot of ‘the Iron Lady’. Whether you go there at the crack of dawn, at day time, for sunset or at night, your pictures will always look incredible and embrace/capture the magic of Paris.
Dominating the hill of Montmartre, the white domes of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica brighten the capital and can be seen from very far if you look hard enough. People from all over the world go there to visit or to reflect. The view is just as beautiful from the bottom of the stairs leading up to the edifice as from the top.
Have you ever wondered why the Basilica has always remained so white despite pollution? It’s because the bricks used for the construction are capable of secreting a white substance (called ‘calcin’) when they’re exposed to rain. If you pay attention during your visit, you will see that the parts of the Basilica that are not exposed to bad weather look much darker. These bricks were brought from a quarry in Château-Landon – a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department, located in north-central France.
The Romano-Byzantine style of the monument was thought of by the architect Paul Abadie. Eighty-three wells of a 38-meter depth had to be dug to ensure the solidity of the edifice!
Jardin du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg garden is undoubtedly the prettiest park in Paris. Located near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it becomes a very popular place when the warmer days approach and when the flowers blossom to color the garden.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy and surely plenty of beauty to capture. Feeling like a child at heart? If so, you might want to rent one of the remote-control boats available for hire on the central pool. If not, then you might prefer watching people exchange a few shots on the garden’s tennis courts or even challenge other amateur chess players to a game or two. Most people though, just come to walk along the Luxembourg Palace, or sit on one of the chairs made available in the garden. In the warm season, it’s also not unusual to see some ponies around that can be ridden by kids around the park. Lots of art pieces are also regularly exhibited and can be admired on display on the outside gates surrounding the park.
The palace was built in the 17th century for Marie de Médici, who wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle and decided that she’d like to have a palace built, surrounded by sumptuous and peaceful gardens (I mean… why not?). The palace and its garden are now the property of the Senate.
Le Perchoir bar at Hotel de Ville
Located at the top of the famous BHV building in ‘Le Marais’, Le Perchoir bar is a perfect rooftop to come chill and enjoy the view from after a long shopping day. It offers a close view of the Hôtel de Ville as well as part of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame de Paris. The bar only opens at night and the queue is often quite long so I would only recommend this spot if the line isn’t too big!
The Opéra Garnier
The famous Opéra Garnier is just as impressive as Versailles in terms of golden ornaments and paintings. If you do the tour, you will be amazed by the ballroom, which curiously looks like the Hall of Mirrors inVersailles. The majestic columns, the balconies… everything makes it a masterpiece of elegance and harmony. The Opéra Garnier is surely as beautiful from the inside as it is from outside, so depending on the weather, you might want to pick the better option for your pictures’ background! If you’re thinking about doing the visit, jump online now to get a no-queue ticket or you might have to line up for a while…
So cliché, yet so Parisian! Avoiding this area would be missing out. The outside of the venue is iconic and the view from the tapas bar ‘Le Bar à Bulles’ that is located on the rooftop is just as cool.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame remains a high point of Gothic architecture. This monument, for which construction was completed by 1334, offers a fantastic view, whatever angle you shoot: front, profile or from behind. You should definitely move around to find new angles to capture and get an original shot. It can also be a good idea to take some distance to create a nice composition by having the Seine appear in the foreground for instance. My picture was taken from Ile-Saint-Louis, which can be a good spot to photograph the cathedral.
My list is ending now but Paris is full of surprises and you might as well discover new spots by getting lost in the streets of the city…
If you already visited Paris, what would your Must-See places be?