If you’re headed to Paris and you’re anything like yours truly, you’ll want to document all your adventures in the city of lights! So what are the most Instagrammable Paris spots? I’m here to help!
I’m not one for going out of my way to LAME places to take photos just because they may look cool. So I’ve created a little list of some of my favorite places in Paris where you can snap some super pix for the gram AND have some fun, or score an awesome view.
I used to live in Paris (twice, actually) and I never got tired of it. So these are also places that are close to my heart! I hope you love them, and if you get a chance to go, make sure to share your photos with us or tag me on Instagram!
Rue de Buenos Aires
Because lets be honest: we all want pictures with the Eiffel Tower. This tiny side street offers an incredible sneak-peek style view that gives the photo a secret, locals-only feel. Plus there is an adorable cafe on the corner that actually has a great breakfast, which is perfect for getting up and beating the crowds. After breakfast and snapshots, you can walk around and get some killer views of the area and the river nearby. Its one of my favorite, lesser known instagrammable Paris spots.
La Maison Rose
This little gem is tucked away, in the back of the Montmarte area of Paris, near the Sacre Coeur basilica. The church sits high on a hill, providing amazing views of the city. The Montmarte neighborhood around it has been a thriving and eclectic artist community for ages. There are plenty of wonderful cafes, crepe stands, and artists who will draw your portrait. After you’ve had your fill of the area, find your way to the “Maison Rose” or ‘Pink House’ for a photo and a coffee.
The Rooftop of Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette is one of the ‘grands magasins’ of Paris. Historic department stores of epic proportions. Situated just behind the Palais Garnier, or Paris opera house, this isn’t your average local mall. The ‘store’ itself spans three buildings (women, mens, home).
Inside the original women’s store, there are floors and floors of all the Parisian and global fashion and beauty you could ever want. The center of the store is covered by a massive dome, filled with colored glass and lights. Visiting is an experience on its own. But, if you want to score some extra sweet views, and a great photo, head to the top floor. Its a terrace on the roof with 180-degree views of the city, including the opera, and the Eiffel tower.
Place du Trocadero
Situated on the other side of the Eiffel Tower from the Champs de Mars (the grassy area in front of the tower), Trocadero offers incredible views and photo ops with the Iron Lady. This spot can get really busy, but if you’re able to go early enough, you can capture epic sunrises without the crowds. If you’re looking for that ONE ultra instagrammable Paris shot, and can only get up early once, this is it.
Arc de Trimophe
This one is no secret, but my advice would be to try to capture the arc in one of two ways: when traffic is light, or from the balcony of your hotel. We had an epic view of the arc from our hotel last visit. Since that’s not always an option, I’m sharing this pic from the edge of the curb. We snapped it early, on the way to breakfast, when weekend traffic isn’t as bad as work traffic.
Pont de Bir Hakim
A bridge and over-ground metro rail, this spot has some epic views of both the river, the Eiffel tower, AND Paris architecture. Under the bridge offers equally compelling shots with details of the infrastructure that makes Paris so famous. There is also a lookout point where you can gaze at ‘le tour Eiffel’ with fewer crowds than the Champs de Mars.
Petit Pont- Cardinal Lustiger
This little bridge that takes you from the St Michel area to Notre Dame offers one of my favorite places to admire and snap photos of the city’s most famous cathedral. Far enough away to get the entire church, as well as the ‘feel’ of Paris, with the water, bridges, and even a little graffiti.
Some of my best advice is to get out there early, or whenever areas will be less crowded. I know, I know, easier said than done. Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. However, not only will your photography be easier, you will likely have more time and space to wander and explore when things are a little less congested. Off-season in general is one of my favorite times to visit.
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