Paris is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world, if not the most beautiful city in world. There are endless photo opportunities in Paris, from hotels with views of the Eiffel Tower to your regular Parisian streets. Whether you are interested in portraits, landscape or the perfect Instagram photos, Paris is a photographers dream.
In this article you will learn where the most instagrammable places in Paris are, tips on how to get there, what to do in the area and of course, photography tips to make sure you walk away with the best photo.
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- 1 The most instagrammable spots in Paris
- 1.1 Montparnasse Tower
- 1.2 Louvre
- 1.3 Le Village Royal
- 1.4 Palais-Royal
- 1.5 Pantheon
- 1.6 Trocadéro
- 1.7 Eiffel Tower
- 1.8 Luxembourg Gardens
- 1.9 Terrasse Panoramique du Printemps
- 1.10 Hotel de Ville
- 1.11 Notre Dame Cathedral
- 1.12 Montmartre
- 1.13 Arc de Triomphe
- 1.14 Sainte Chapelle Royal Chapel
- 1.15 Château de Versailles
- 2 The Best Photography Courses in Paris
- 3 The Best Photoshoots in Paris
- 4 The Best Photography Courses before you go to Paris
- 5 How to edit your Paris photos
- 6 Camera Bag Essentials
- 7 Share it!
- 8 My BEST Travel Resources
The most instagrammable spots in Paris
Jiayi, The Diary of a Nomad
One of the most Instagrammable places in Paris that not too many tourists know about is the Montparnasse Tower, situated in the Montparnasse neighborhood. This building is actually the only skyscraper in the city center of Paris, and it’s a spectacular one because the bird’s-eye view it offers is actually even better than the one from the Eiffel Tower.
The entrance fee to the Montparnasse Tower is not the cheapest; you’ll have to pay 18€ to climb up to the Observation Deck if you’re an adult, and 15€ if you’re under 18 or a student. However, the view you’ll get once you’re up there is simply out-of-this-world; it’s worth every single cent of the ticket.
Arrive right before sunset to make the most of your experience at the Montparnasse Tower. This way, you’ll get to see the whole city slowly dim as the sun paints the sky pink and orange. Then, you’ll get to see it romantically light up in the dusk. The best part about this view? It has the Eiffel Tower in it! Few things are as magical or Instagrammable as watching the sun set over the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Paris skyline.
Make sure to bring the best photography gear — such as some of these great low-light lenses for the Nikon D3400 — to capture this spectacular sunset view. After you’re done shooting, you can also enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar.
Getting to the Montparnasse Tower is very easy. You can take the metro to Edgar Quinet, Gaîté, or Notre-Dame-des-Champs and simply walk for a few minutes afterward. While you’re in the Montparnasse neighborhood, be sure to also check out the famous Paris Catacombs!
Ophelie, Limitless Secrets
The Louvre is one of the most instagrammable places in Paris! This iconic Museum is actually the largest and the most visited in the world! You can visit it every day from 9 am to 6 pm except on Tuesdays.
The entrance costs 15 euros if you purchase it at the museum, and 17 euros if you buy it online beforehand with a quick entry to the museum. Nevertheless, you can access the courtyard for free. The closest metro stations are Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre and Louvre Rivoli.
A visit to the museum is a must while in Paris and it will take you some time (count at least half a day and do not expect to see it all in once). But the most photogenic part of the museum is the courtyard! You will be amazed at the contrast between history and modernity with the glass pyramids. The main pyramid was built in the 1980s with the exact same proportions as the Great Pyramid of Giza! It is surrounded by smaller pyramids.
If you want to take some photos in the courtyard and have it all to yourself, come at 7am at the opening of the area.
Before or after visiting the Museum, you can take a walk in the beautiful Tuileries garden. You will also see the stunning Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Last but not least, you can go to the Palais Royal nearby and admire the striped columns of Buren.
Le Village Royal
Lauren, Always Find Adventure
Le Village Royal is a small open-air passageway full of couture boutiques, lively decorations, and art installations – the perfect place for Instagram lovers.
Founded in 1723, the original purpose of the passage was to create a path between boutiques, butchers, fishmongers, merchants, bakers, and more for affluent Parisiens. Originally this passageway was called Passage du Marché d’Aguesseau but in 1992 it was completely renovated to include high-end boutiques such as Dior, Chanel, and Anne Fontaine.
Have you seen those famous colorful umbrella installations, otherwise known as the “Umbrella Sky Project”? Le Village Royal is where you can find them in Paris. Other art installations that have found a home here include sculptures by CÉVÉ, Idan Zareski, Pimax, and Carole Feuerman.
During the holiday season, it’s even more magical with many lights and decorations.
You can find this alleyway on 25 Rue Royale, right next to the Eglise de La Madeleine in the eighth arrondissement. Nearby, you can visit the famous Ladurée for macarons or stroll along the Jardins des Champs-Élysées.
For the best photo opportunity, as always, try to arrive before 930am. The entire passageway is photogenic – for the best photos, have your tripod or a friend crouch on the ground to capture the architecture above (and umbrellas).
Claudia Tavani, My Adventures Across The World
Palais-Royal i s one of Paris’s best kept secrets, and one of the most photogenic spots in town. Known to the locals, who go there regularly, it has yet to become a mass tourism destination – though lately more and more people make it a point to search for it rather than casually stumble upon it.
The Palais-Royal is literally on the other side of the street from the Louvre, tucked away in a small street.
The main building, which was called Palais-Cardinal, was property of Cardinal Richelieu, Paris’ infamous cardinal and ruler, who lived there until his death in 1642. When he died, the palace was acquired by Philippe II Duke of Orléans, brother of King Louis XIV and who was Regent of the Kingdom once the king died in 1715 and until 1723, since Louis XV was only 5 years old when the king died.
Nowadays the palace is the seat of the Constitutional Court of France and of the Ministry of Culture.
This is a really gorgeous building. It’s highlight is the mix of modern and antique: in front of the palace you will indeed be able to see a permanent exhibit of striped columns of different sizes. The palace is open every day from 7:00 am, so go as early as possible before others arrive, for better photo opportunities.
Antoine and Marielle, Offbeat Escapades
The Pantheon is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Paris. This beautiful building is home to various renowned French men and women who sacrificed their lives or contributed to the Republic in some notable manner. Some of these noteworthy individuals include Jean Moulin, Victoria Hugo and Maria Curie, to name a few.
To make the most out of this attraction, there are many places to stay in Paris close to everything so that tourists can be within walking distance to the Pantheon.
Walking around the building, you will be impressed by the Neoclassical architecture of the Pantheon – combining Gothic decorations, dramatic columns, and wide spaces. The exterior facade is also a wonder to behold, similar to that of the Pantheon found in Rome.
Last but not the least, the most instagrammable thing about the Pantheon is it’s breathtaking views at the rooftop. Although it takes about 276 steps to get to the top of the building, the experience is so worth it as it provides the most impressive panoramic views of all of Paris.
As such, it is recommended to visit during the sunset hours to get the best photographs of the city. Entrance fees cost about 9 euros per adult.
One of the most instagrammable places in Paris is Trocadéro, from there you can get one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower! It is a place that is near the Eiffel Tower but on the opposite side of the river Seine. This place is great if you want to take many photos.
There is a variety of places that each make your photos look different from each other. For example, there are stairs with a view of the Eiffel Tower, there is a large square where you can take a wide image with the Eiffel Tower in the background, and there are several places where you can sit while taking a photo.
The use of stone you can see everywhere at Trocadéro gives the place a very luxurious feeling. The place is also perfect for sunsets because the sun often makes the sky look orange, which adds a beautiful effect to your photos.
Also, when you go here at the beginning of the day, there aren’t many people, which makes it much easier to take photos here. What’s great is that you can easily get there, as there is a metro station at Trocadéro. You can easily walk here from many other parts in the city, such as the Arc de Triomphe.
Debbie, World Adventurists
The Eiffel Tower is a must see in Paris as it is one of the most famous and recognizable structures in the world and is a distinctive symbol of the city of Paris. It was created in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s Fair and most called the tower things like “useless” and “monstrous”.
Today, the wrought-iron lattice tower is recognized as a structure of beauty. If you think the Eiffel Tower is impressive from afar, your mind will be blown as you get closer and closer.
One of the most special moments to have at the Eiffel Tower is to enjoy the sunset and watch the tower light up, covered in golden lights.
It sparkles for five minutes every hour on the hour. The best place to watch the light show is from Place du Trocadéro. The experience is best paired with some wine, cheese and crackers.
There are many great photo spots to capture the Eiffel Tower. Take a walk from the Louvre towards the Eiffel Tower. Or, the northern side of the river has some great perspectives from any of the bridges. Head out early in the morning to have fewer people around.
Prices for climbing the Eiffel Tower for the outstanding views vary, depending if you are willing to walk up some flights of stairs, or want to take the lift the whole way up.
Adult rates start at 10,50€, with the most expensive option being 26,10€. If you’re able to climb the stairs, we recommend it. Sometimes it can save you a two-hour wait. You are also able to book your tickets ahead of time.
The iron lattice tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. The Eiffel Tower is accessible on public transport and by car.
The Champ de Mars and Trocadero areas around the Eiffel Tower are also great places to explore.
Denise, Chef Denise
The 23 hectares of the Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Gardens in the 6th arrondissement offers many Instagram-worthy opportunities.
The obvious shot is the grand Luxembourg Palace which dates back to 1612 and is now owned by the French Senate. Next, you’ll probably notice the beautiful flowers of the immaculately manicured gardens that are in every nook and cranny.
You can’t go wrong with a photo of the large fountain in the middle, Le Grand Bassin, which certainly gets a lot of attention from model sailboat enthusiasts. The statues found at the perimeter of this central area are also quite impressive, especially with a pigeon on top.
The old men playing boule in their French caps could provide an authentic local moment. Or perhaps you’d like a food pic of the Croque Monsieur you can order at one of the restaurants found within the garden gates?
However, tucked at the end of a short path near the Palace, is the best photo spot in the gardens, and one of the most Instagrammable spots in Paris, the Medici Fountain.
Originally built in 1630 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, the fountain was then moved to its current location in the mid-1800s, and was rebuilt to include the centerpiece sculpture Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea, by Auguste Ottin.
This is truly one of those places that takes your breath away. The peaceful seclusion of the fountain makes it feel private and adds another layer of romanticism to the sculpture of the lovers.
After you take your perfect picture, you can easily spend a few hours in this park-like setting enjoying all of the amenities and taking a few runner-up photos.
The Luxembourg Gardens are free to enter which you can do from the bordering streets of Rue de Vaugirard, Rue Guynemer, Rue August-Comte, Boulevard Saint-Michel, and Rue de Medici, the latter being the closest to the Medici Fountain. Depending on the day and the season, the gardens open between 7:30 and 8:15 am and close at sunset.
Terrasse Panoramique du Printemps
Marguerite, Berlin & Around
For panoramic views of the French capital, head to the 9th floor of the Printemps department store on Boulevard Haussmann for one of the best photo spots in Paris. The gorgeous terrace wraps around the upper level, capturing all of Paris’ skyline from the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre.
The terrace is divided into two parts. First, there is the viewing platform, which is free of charge. Then, there is ample outdoor seating, exclusively reserved, however, for patrons of the surroundings bistros and cafes.
While you can just go for the photo ops in Paris, it might be hard to resist purchasing a croissant or coffee to enjoy high above the city! Need to check your social media or emails? The Terrasse Panoramique is equipped with free wifi, as well.
The chic department store is located in the coveted 8th Arrondissement, known for designer fashion, stylish galleries and trendy cafes. The Printemps is only a stone’s throw from the Opera Garnier and a quick stroll to the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens.
You can easily make a day of strolling the majestic boulevards of the 8th and shopping your heart out at the Printemps and the neighbouring Galeries Lafayette.
Please note that, due to Covid, the department store and panoramic terrace are currently closed.
Hotel de Ville
Tanya, Travel and Treasures
Located in the 4th arrondissement (pronounced ar-ron-deez-mon, in French) stands the Hôtel de Ville. It was built in the early 1500s and the symbol of French liberation and its historical evolution. The building has survived multiple fires, decay, and destruction, but you can hardly tell by its grand Parisian facade.
During the day, the plaza is bustling with performers and people traversing the city. The water fountains soften the concrete elements and allow you to drink in the neo-classical architecture. However, the lighting at night displays a much more dramatic effect. It is possible to enter free of charge and guided tours are available by reservation.
Among the novelties of the rebuilt edifice are the statues that adorn the facades, representing personalities – more or less known today – from the world of art, science, or politics, all from Paris. Whether you visit during the day or night, the architecture is quite impressive.
Instagram-worthy photos can be taken inside and outside. The exterior Renaissance-style building forms a classical backdrop. And if you don’t have time to see the real Palace of Versailles, you can enjoy a replica of the Hall of Mirrors, as well as other exhibits, inside Hotel de Ville!
Paris has a superb network of underground trains, which is the best way to travel through the city. Take the Paris Metro line 1 and exit at the Hotel de Ville stop. The Place de l’Hotel de Ville is across the street.
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
The proximity to famous points of interest makes it easy to capture more photos while roaming the area. Notre Dame is just an 8-minute walk from the Palace. You’ll need to cross the Seine River on Rue de l’Arcole and turn left at Rue du Cloitre-Notre-Dame. Can’t get enough of exquisite architecture and stained glass? Visit Sainte Chapelle by crossing the Seine river at Pont au Change.
You can tour this 14th-century royal chapel during the day, or enjoy a classical concert with dinner. How about a sweet and creamy dessert? Berthillon is world-famous for its glacee (ice-cream). It’s located near Rue des Deux Ponts and Rue Saint-Louis en I’lle intersection. Afterward, you can enjoy a lovely stroll along the Seine or watch the boats pass from the bridge.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Jesal, Tourists to Travellers
Located on the banks of the Seine river in Paris, stands tall this beautiful architectural marvel : The Notre Dame cathedral. It’s a fine example of French Gothic architecture. Small intricately carved statues form a part of the exterior of the Cathedral.
Interestingly, the cathedral welcomes over 13 million visitors every year, beating even the Eiffel Tower. Some of the Instagram worthy spots include;
1. The portal of last judgement that contains statues of angels, prophets and Christ
2. The gargoyles, originally designed as water spouts, can be seen by climbing 387 steps to the top of the bell towers
3. The Rose Windows where the center oculus features Mary holding Christ.
4. The grounds of Notre Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame is on the eastern half of ILE DE LA CITE in the fourth arrondissement. You can reach the Notre Dame on the Metro: Line 4: Cite or Saint-Michel station, Lines 1 and 11: Hotel de Ville station, Line 10: La Sorbonne or Maubert station, Lines 7, 11 and 14: Chatelet station or the RER: Line B and C: Saint-Michel Notre-Dame.
Daily from 8 am to 6.45 pm. Access to the cathedral is free for all even if you want to climb to the top of the bell tower.
Elisa, World in Paris
The bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre is one of the most picturesque places in Paris, with endless photo opportunities. It is located on the top of a hill, in Paris 18, and it is a lovely place with cobblestone streets, beautiful squares, and pretty architecture.
Because of its geography, Montmartre has many stairs to connect the streets, a particularity of this neighborhood that makes it part of its charm.
Montmartre is also the neighborhood of the Sacré Coeur, one of the most visited sites in Paris, and the Moulin Rouge cabaret.
The best way to reach Montmartre is by metro. You can start your Montmartre walking tour at Place des Abbesses (metro line 12, stop Abbesses), a lovely corner perfect for the first shots. Here, you will find one of the iconic metro entrances, a carousel, and a lovely café covered by a beautiful wisteria. Behind, in the little square Jean Rictus, there’s the famous love wall.
Other places worth a stop for some shots are the Bâteau Lavoir, Rue de l’Abrevoir – with the Pink House on the top – or Place du Tertre, where the famous Montmartre painters are.
The best time to visit Montmartre is during the shoulder seasons, spring or fall, when there are lesser tourists. Try to arrive early in the morning for the best shots without the crowds!
Arc de Triomphe
Alice, Adventures of Alice
There are some fab things to do in Paris and it’s one of those gorgeous European cities with an almost uncountable amount of great photography spots. One of the best photography spots in Paris (besides the Eiffel Tower of course) is the Arc de Triomphe.
The beautiful spot is on Place de L’Etoile at the western end of the Champs-Elysées the construction for the Arc de Triomphe started on 15 August 1806 and it was completed on 29 July 1836.
The Arc itself was built in astylar style architecture and was created as a memento to the victims of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Each side of the arch is decorated with carvings, sculptures and relics from the 1790s and 1800s, like the Battle of Austerlitz and Fall of Alexandria. The names of all French victories and generals are also inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. It really is a beautiful structure and one of the best things to see in the city.
For a small fee, you can climb the steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Inside there is a small museum with artefacts and facts from the war but one of the most Instagrammable spots in Paris is the observation deck at the top of the arch. You will see breath-taking views of the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Coeur, and the Louvre, as well as the tree-lined Champs-Elysées. It’s also in the centre of one of the busiest roundabouts in Paris, and you’ll also get views of some pretty bonkers driving!
Overall, as a gorgeous Parisian attraction, the Arc de Triomphe is a great spot for Instagram lovers visiting the city.
Sainte Chapelle Royal Chapel
Olivia, Girl with Blue Sails
Sainte Chappelle Royal Chapel is a bit of a hidden gem, but, once visitors step inside, it’s easy to see why this is one of the top photo spots in Paris. Lining the entire inside of the chapel are 1,113 stained-glass windows from eye-height to ceiling. The ornate detail in the glass is remarkable, and the way the gold support beams lead the eye up to the vaulted ceilings creates an optical illusion.
Located just a short walk from the infamous Notre Dame cathedral, Sainte Chappelle Royal Chappelle is a perfect stop to make on the way to or from Notre Dame when planning a day in Paris. Tickets are required for entry, and can either be purchased on site or ahead of time online via the Sainte Chapelle website.
The best time of day to visit the Saint Chappelle royal chapel is in the morning or afternoon. Not only are these the best times to beat any crowds, but they are the times to get best light for photos. At any time of day visitors will experience the ethereal purple light and ambience created by the stained-glass. Visiting in the morning or afternoon, however, brings that gorgeous purple light streaming in through the windows, setting up the perfect stunning backdrop for Instagram photos.
Château de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is easily one of the most popular places in Paris and it is also one of the most Instagrammable spots near Paris. The Palace of Versailles is located up to 50 mins from Paris and makes a perfect day trip from Paris. You can arrive by bus, train or car. The cheapest option is the train.
If you choose to take the train, you would take the RER C train to the Versailles Château Rive Gauche station and then walk 15 minutes to the Palace of Versailles. Be sure to ask your hotel for the best way to get to the RER C train route. The quickest way to the Palace is by car but it is not the cheapest.
The Palace of Versailles was the main residence for the Royal Family from the late 1600s to the late 1700s.In addition to the Palace, you can visit the estate of Trianon, The Gardens and the Park. Ticket prices vary and depend on which areas you want to visit. Ticket prices range from 8,5 Euros to 27 Euros.
If you want to see all of it, you should consider purchasing a Passport with timed entry to avoid long wait times.
During Covid, the Palace may be closed, but the gardens are open. It is best to review the hours and any changes here.
Notable Instagrammable spots include the Hall of Mirrors inside the palace and many spots inside the gardens and the park.
The Best Photography Courses in Paris
A fantastic way to see the city and to learn how to photograph the iconic sites of Paris is to take a photography course in Paris.
Why not try a 3 hour walking tour around Paris with a local professional photographer? You will learn about the sites of Paris, the basics of photography, the best angles and exposures for capturing the perfect photo in Paris. This tour departs during the day and at night time. On the night tour you will learn how to capture the beauty of the Paris and the night lights.
The tour is a private tour which allows you to get the most out of your tour and ask your guide all of your burning questions.
The Best Photoshoots in Paris
If you are looking for those highly instagrammable photos, opting for a photoshoot might be what you need. Having a local photographer at your disposal can often allow you access to areas that are not available to the general public. Many of the Paris roof tops with the best views of Paris are only available to locals and not tourists.
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Learning how to use your camera before you go on your holiday ensures you spend your time capturing perfect photographs rather than worrying about your camera.
How to edit your Paris photos
When I travel, I often look back through my photos and find they are missing the “wow factor” or they’re not as polished as the photos you see on Instagram or Pinterest. Most of the magic you see in photos is done after the fact.
Editing the lighting allows you to bring to life the feelings you had in the moment. Just like photography, editing can be time consuming and overwhelming.
Using Lightroom (either the mobile app – which is free, or the desktop program) is the best way to edit your photos. These days you can purchase presets that allow you to edit your photos in the click of a button (or the tap of your finger).
All of my photos are edited using presets from Flying the Nest or Love Hard Travel Often. Flying the Nest presets come with a mini course on how to edit your photos with the presets and how to get the best out of the presets. Love Hard Travel Often presets has a PDF guide on how to install your presets into Lightroom.
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