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Paris the city of love is incredibly picturesque and a top destination to visit for Instagram and photography. It’s a city with beautiful streets such as around Montmartre, incredible landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as awesome viewpoints to top it off. In this post you’ll find my suggestions on where to go for Instagram and Photography. For these Instagrammable locations, you’ll also find a link to the spot on Google Maps, whether the location is free or not, as well my suggestion on the best time to take photographs.

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Here are over 20 of the best and must visit Instagram and Photography spots in Paris.

1. Streets of Montmartre

The streets of Montmartre are a gem, and it’s one of my favourite locations to explore when I’m in Paris. The streets are super cute with wonderful picturesque architecture, cobbled pavement, cool shops and great facades. To top it off you have the stunning Sacré-Cœur church, which you’ll see poking out as you explore. Montmartre is a top Instagram and photography spot and shouldn’t be missed on your visit to the city.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Streets of Montmartre
Streets of Montmartre

2. Sinking house

While exploring Montmartre a key spot is “The Sinking House” (not an official name). The building isn’t actually sinking at all and it’s just an illusion where you angle your camera and use a steep grass hill to make it look that way. It’s pretty cool to photograph and I’m sure your Instagram followers with love it.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Sinking House at Montmartre
Sinking House at Montmartre
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3. Trocadéro

One of the best spots to capture images of the Eiffel Tower is from Trocadéro. Here you’ll find a large open square with beautiful patterns on the ground which you can use to frame your picture. Also at this position, you should move down the stairs towards the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll find a huge water feature to also use in your shots. I would recommend taking pictures at sunrise as it’s one of the most popular locations in the city.

Best time for pics: Sunrise
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro at sunrise
Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro at sunrise

4. View from Arc de Triomphe

A classic spot for pictures is from the Arc de Triomphe, which gives you panoramic views such as towards La Defence, towards the Eiffel Tower and every other direction. Although my picture below is during the day I would recommend coming here around sunset if you have time.

Best time for pics: Day/sunset/blue hour
Cost: Ticketed – Visit their website for prices
Location on Google Maps

View from Arc de Triomphe during the day
View from Arc de Triomphe during the day

5. Place Charles de Gaulle

As well as taking pictures from the Arc de Triomphe, you should also take pictures from ground level at Place Charles de Gaulle. Place Charles de Gaulle is probably the busiest intersection/roundabout in the city and it can be quite fun watching the crazy traffic.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Place Charles de Gaulle and Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle and Arc de Triomphe

6. Printemps Haussmann Rooftop

Printemps Haussmann is a department store and from the rooftop terrace, you get fantastic views of the city in all directions. Up here is also a cafe where you could grab some refreshments whilst enjoying the views.  The terrace is open until 8pm most nights and until 10pm on Thursdays (subject to change). Visit departmentstoreparis.printemps.com to check the latest opening times or give them a call before you go.

Best time for pics: Sunset/blue hour
Cost: Free – Polite to buy a drink
Location on Google Maps

View from Printemps Haussmann Rooftop
View from Printemps Haussmann rooftop

7. Louvre Museum

The Louvre is one of the most famous galleries in the world and home to the Mona Lisa painting by artist Leonardo da Vinci. The exterior Pyramids make for the most photogenic perspectives and these look incredible both day and night. It can get quite busy so I would recommend coming at night to take long exposure photographs.

Best time for pics: Day-blue hour
Cost: Exterior Free – Interior Ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Louvre Museum in Paris - Exterior
Louvre Museum in Paris – Exterior
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8. Rue Cremieux

Rue Cremieux is probably the most colourful street in Paris with each building painted a different colour. As can be expected it’s pretty cool for taking Instagrammable pictures. In-photo: @toinou1375.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Colourful streets of Rue Cremieux, Paris
Colourful streets of Rue Cremieux

9. Petit Palais

Petit Palais is the Paris Museum of Fine Arts and I would almost consider a hidden gem for photography. The galleries, wings and courtyard are incredibly pretty with mosaic tiles and other decorative features.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Some areas free
Location on Google Maps

Petit Palais, Paris
Petit Palais, Paris

10. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral that was building built in 1163. The exterior is nice but also consider climbing the 422 steps to the towers and upper walkway for views the skyline. For an interesting perspective frame with the gargoyles in your photographs.

Note: Due to the recent fire, the interior and upper walkways will be temporarily unavailable.

Best time for pics: Sunset
Cost: Towers ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris during the day
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris during the day

11. Pont Alexandre III

The Pont Alexandre III is one of the most beautiful bridges in the city, with impressive sculptures and other architectural elements. I personally prefer this bridge at night and to make your picture more interesting wait for boats to go underneath so you have light trails. I didn’t do this but think it would look cool.

Best time for pics: Sunset-blue hour
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Pont Alexandre III at night
Pont Alexandre III at night

12. Édouard VII Square

A great square for taking photographs is the Édouard VII Square. To capture an image that works for Instagram you’ll need to use the widest lens you have. The shot below was taken on a 14mm.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Édouard VII Square, Paris
Édouard VII Square
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13. Square Rapp

A hidden spot which provides a nice perspective towards the Eiffel Tower is at Square Rapp where you’ll be able to frame with beautiful architecture either side.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Views of the Eiffel Tower from Square Rapp, Paris
Views of the Eiffel Tower from Square Rapp, Paris

14. Galerie Vivienne

Throughout Paris are various indoor passageways with my favourite being the beautiful Galerie Vivienne. To me, it felt very Parisian inside and it makes for wonderful pictures.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Galerie Vivienne interior, Paris
Galerie Vivienne interior, Paris

15. Sacré-Cœur

The Sacré-Cœur is a stunning Roman Catholic church in the Montmartre part of the city. You can go inside and up to the towers for views of the city. Or take pictures of the exterior, such as Square Louise Michel which is directly in front of it.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Exterior free – Interior ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Sacré-Cœur during the day in Paris
Sacré-Cœur during the day in Paris

16. Montparnasse Tower

The Montparnasse Tower is a top Instagram spot and the best location to take high shots of the Eiffel Tower and the skyline. It can get pretty busy up there, so for sunset make sure you arrive early to get the best photo spot.

Best time for pics: Sunset
Cost: Ticketed – Visit their website for prices
Location on Google Maps

Paris from Montparnasse Tower - Photo by Henrique Ferreira - CC0 (Unsplash)
Paris from Montparnasse Tower – Photo by Henrique Ferreira – CC0 (Unsplash)

17. Hôtel de Ville

The Hôtel de Ville is a building that runs the city’s local administration. It has a renaissance style and is very pretty to photograph. Sometimes outside there are some amusement rides which are great to add to your shots.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Hôtel de Ville via @chrissen on Instagram
Hôtel de Ville via @chrissen on Instagram
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18. Musée d’Orsay

When visiting the Musée d’Orsay head upstairs to the famous clock face which you can stand behind and create a cool silhouetted image.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Ticketed – Visit their website for prices
Location on Google Maps

Musée d'Orsay - Photo by Erik Witsoe - CC0 (Unsplash)
Musée d’Orsay – Photo by Erik Witsoe – CC0 (Unsplash)

19. Palais Garnier

The Palais Garnier is incredibly grand and beautiful, and it’s possible to go on guided tours, where you’ll learn about the history, architecture and operation of the building. While on these tours you should have some opportunities to capture photographs along the way, although as per most guided tours you’ll be slightly rushed.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Palais Garnier by @capra311 on Instagram
Palais Garnier by @capra311 on Instagram

20. Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle has a stunning interior containing 1113 stained glass windows that reach high up towards the ceiling. The interior is perfect for photography, although make sure you use a wide angle lens such as 24mm or wider to capture as much as possible.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Ticked – Visit their website for prices
Location on Google Maps

Sainte-Chapelle Interior - CC0 (Pixabay)
Sainte-Chapelle Interior – CC0 (Pixabay)

21. Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge is a cabaret bar where you could go for a fun evening and will find the staff dressed up and often dancing. The outside makes for a cool photo spot as you can see below.

Best time for pics: Night
Cost: Exterior Free
Location on Google Maps

Moulin Rouge - CC0 (Pixabay)
Moulin Rouge – CC0 (Pixabay)

22. Galeries Lafayette

If you are visiting Paris at Christmas you should definitely check out Galeries Lafayette, which has an incredible grand and beautiful interior along with a huge tree to go with it. Due to the colours and decorations, pictures of this spot are extremely popular on Instagram at Christmas.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Galeries Lafayette - CC0 (Pixabay)
Galeries Lafayette – CC0 (Pixabay)
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Photography Tips for Paris

  • Explore the city at night using a decent travel tripod and my recommended night photography tips
  • Head out early in the morning to explore popular spots to avoid crowds and get emptier photographs
  • Take pictures of the city skyline from along the river and use boats to add interesting elements to your pictures
  • If exploring and it’s busy take your time and be patient for people to move and you’ll get better images as a result
  • Try and use reflections such as around the Louvre and in Puddles near the Eiffel Tower for cool perspectives

Visit Travel Photography for lots more tips and techniques.

Summary

A trip to Paris is always a special experience, and for those that love photography, you will be in for a treat, with a huge number of opportunities resulting in great pictures to share with your followers on Instagram. Also a special thanks to my Paris based friend Antoine who showed me some of these spots. Check him out on Instagram.

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