Top 17 picture spots and places to visit in Paris

I recently went to Paris to attend the Paris Fashion week and since it was my first time there, I extended my trip by a few days to explore as much of the city as possible. Paris is considered to be the most beautiful city in the world, so it came as no surprise to me that every nook and corner of the city made for a perfect photo spot. As a result, I ended up clicking so many pictures during my trip this time.

Although I’ve clicked hundreds of pictures in Paris, I’m sharing a few of them with you guys in this post. Here’s my list of top 17 instagrammable spots in Paris:

1. Trocadero

The first thing that we all want to do on reaching Paris is get a glimpse of the mighty Eiffel Tower and click pictures with it. Although you can catch a glimpse of this beauty from so many spots in Paris, but the best place to enjoy the full view of the Eiffel and click pictures with it, is from the Trocadero. It is a large square that usually gets very crowded with tourists, so if you want pictures without people in the background, it’s better to go early in the morning. However, you can also find a small empty patch to sit on at any time of the day, but you may have to wait for people to finish taking their pictures and move aside or even request people to shift a little to get the entire frame to yourself. I clicked this picture in the afternoon when it was really crowded, but somehow managed to avoid getting other tourists in the frame.

2. Le Carousel

Just down the steps from Trocadero, as you begin walking towards the Eiffel Tower, there’s a beautiful carousel decorated with lights. You can create so many frames from this spot- with just the carousel in the background or even taking both the carousel as well as the Eiffel Tower. This is also one spot from where you can enjoy great view of the Eiffel and click more pictures with it.

3. Rue Cremieux

Rue Crémieux is a pedestrian street with colourful houses in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Since every house on this street is so aesthetic and and painted in most soothing pastel shades with a contrasting door, this place has become really popular amongst bloggers and social media influencers. So if you want to get uninterrupted pictures, I would advise going there early in the morning as it can get really crowded during the day. I went there at 7:30 in the morning and had the entire street to myself.

4. Pont Alexander III

Paris has some of the most beautiful bridges but Pont Alexander III is one bridge stands out and is sure to steal your heart. The bridge is extravagant with artistic lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end. It’s also one of the numerous sites in Paris from where you can enjoy an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River on which it is built.

5. Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge is a famous cabaret in Paris, which has also been an inspiration for numerous movies and books. It was first opened in 1889, same year when Eiffel Tower was built. It’s iconic red windmill makes for a perfect backdrop for an Insta-worthy picture. It is located close to Montmarte (another beautiful spot on this list), in Pigalle and the nearest metro station is Blanche. It’s usually crowded in the night time, so you can usually find an empty spot to click pictures during day time from across the road.

6. Opera Garnier

This building is beautiful from both outside as well as inside, but unfortunately I couldn’t go inside because it was closed for some private event for a few days. And when it was open I had a small luggage with me, which they didn’t allow me to take inside. So on all 3 days that I went there, I clicked pictures from outside at different spots. This area also has great shopping, so it remains crowded at all times of the day. I read somewhere that the hall inside is like a smaller version of the hall of mirrors in Versailles. Since I had already visited Versailles on this trip, I didn’t mind not being able to get inside (although I really wanted to 😭).

7. Galeries Lafayette

Just behind the Opera Garnier is a beautiful shopping centre- Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. It has the most stunning stained glass dome and there’s a glasswalk suspended 16 metres high in mid-air from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the glass dome. The glasswalk can be accessessed from the third floor of the store and usually there’s a queue to get on it, but it’s definitely worth waiting because you can enjoy the view of the entire store as well as the Art Deco dome right from the middle and click amazing pictures with it.

Apart from the dome, you can also access the terrace of Galeries Lafayette and click pictures with Eiffel Tower, back side of Opera Garnier and a gorgeous view of the beautiful city of Paris.

8. Musée national Gustave Moreau

This place is an art museum dedicated to the works of painter Gustave Moreau. The museum was initially the residence of Moreau, which was later converted into a studio and museum of his work in 1895. Apart from huge breathtaking paintings, the museum has a spiral staircase leading up from the first floor and it makes for a perfect picture spot.

9. Luxembourg Gardens and Palace

Luxembourg gardens and palace is one of the most beautiful places in Paris. It has lush lawns, flowerbeds, a water body and fountains. These gardens are also featured in Victor Hugo’s novel- Les Miserables and many other famous books. I went there in the beginning of fall and it was so beautiful with leaves transforming into fall colours, the most gorgeous flowerbeds and an amazing weather.

10. Montmarte

Montmarte is a large hill in Paris that has many great locations. This area is known for it’s artistic history, the white domed Basilica of Sacre-Couer and as a nightclub district. Many famous artists lived or had studios in Monmatre like Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and many more. You can find many great restaurants, cafes and picturesque spots in this area. Following is the list of instagrammable spots in Montmarte-

a. Sacre Couer

Sacre Couer basilica is situated on the summit of Montmarte and it’s the highest point of Paris from where you can enjoy great views of the city. This is the second most visited monument in Paris. I went there on a rainy Sunday morning around 8-9 a.m. and there were many people visiting the church at that time but it wasn’t very crowded and I could comfortably click pictures without too many people coming in the frame.

b. Cafe Le Consulat

This is a quaint, decades old cafe just few minutes walk from Sacre Couer. It was frequented by many famous artists, writers and painters like Picasso, Sisley, Van Gogh, Monet and many more. This is one place where you need to go early in the morning if you want good pictures for the gram because this area gets really crowded during the day.

c. La Maison Rose

This is a pretty pink cafe that existed even before Montmarte did – isn’t it amazing? It’s architecture hasn’t been changed since it was first built in 1850. This is the place that was loved by Picasso and where he visited most often. The cafe is built on the corner of a sloping road.

d. Lamarck-Caulaincourt station

The steps over this metro station and the surrounding street with French buildings and distinctive red ‘metro’ sign, make for a beautiful photo spot. Although, if you’re just a tourist and don’t care much about your Instagram grid or aesthetics, you may avoid this spot. However, it is quite popular amongst bloggers. You can approach this spot by walking down the slope from La Maison Rose cafe.

e. Cafe Le Refuge

This is a beautiful cafe just opposite Lamarck-Caulaincort station that makes for a perfect photo spot.

11. Shakespeare and company bookstore and cafe

If there’s one thing that I cannot resist anywhere in the world, it’s pretty bookstores and this one was so cosy and had a great collection of books. Although photography was not allowed inside the store, the exterior was also too beautiful to resist. This store is just 2 minutes walk from Notre Dame cathedral (another spot on this list).

12. Palace of Versailles

Versailles is a suburb located approximately 17 kms from Paris city centre and it takes about an hour to reach there by train (RER C). The Palace of Versailles, which was formerly a royal residence, is just 5 minutes walk from the train station. It’s much cleaner than Paris and is one of the most beautiful and must visit places on a trip to Paris. All the walls, painted ceilings and rooms of the palace are well preserved and really beautiful. From the golden gate of the palace to the hall of mirrors to the English gardens- every corner of this palace is spellbinding.

13. Arc De Triomphe

Arc de triomphe is a structure that you can’t miss in Paris. It’s a beautiful huge gate kind of structure that was built in honour of those who fought and died for French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. It has names of all the French victories and generals inscribed on it’s walls and overlooks the main shopping street of Paris- the Champs Élysées. You can find tourists lining up in the middle of the street to take pictures with the arc and also on every block opposite it. You can capture it from the centre or get creative with different angles and capture this beauty from the sides – either way your pictures are certain to turn out perfect.

14. The Louvre

Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and home to Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting Mona Lisa. It is a historic monument and a central landmark in city of Paris. The museum can be accessed from under a huge glass pyramid, which also makes for a perfect spot to click pictures. The whole compound is beautiful and you can take amazing pictures from so many angles with the glass pyramids. Just outside the Louvre compound is the Tuileries garden, where you can get more amazing pictures.

15. Notre Dame Cathedral

This Gothic style cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. It was in news earlier this year as it’s roof had caught major fire burning a lot of it’s spire and roof. Unfortunately due to restoration work, it has been closed for public and it’s believed that it will remain closed for another five to six years till the restoration work is complete and it is safe to enter the building. however you can still visit the area around the cathedral and take pictures with it’s iconic towers.

16. Pont Des Arts

Pont des Arts, also known as the love lock bridge in Paris is one of the most romantic places to visit in the city of love. Tourists come hair and put locks on the railings of this bridge as a symbol of their love. This is also one of the places from where you can enjoy a really good view of the Eiffel Tower. I chanced to walk upon this bridge while exploring the city and luckily it was at an hour when sun was about to set. It was one of the most romantic sunsets that I’ve ever seen and the whole vibe was so positive as I was surrounded by couples in love. If you wait patiently, you can easily get a clear spot to click pictures on the bridge, against the Eiffel at any time of the day. However, if you want to take the entire bridge in the frame, you must consider visiting early in the morning.

17. Palais Royal

A few steps away from the Louvre museum is Palais Royal which was home to Cardinal Richlieu and later a childhood home of Louis XIV. The neat square outside this building has a unique black and white striped art installation where you can get amazing pictures. This place can also get quite crowded, so visiting in the early hours of the morning is preferable.

So this was my list of top 17 picture worthy spots in Paris. Honestly Paris is such a beautiful city that it’s not difficult to find Insta-worthy spots here. This list covers almost all the major tourist attractions as well as instagrammable spots in Paris. Although I was there for more than a week, I still couldn’t cover as much as I wanted to. Apart from these spots, you can get really amazing pictures on streets and cafes of Paris.

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