There’s a post I’ve had at the back of my mind for a little while now, but never quite got around to creating! It’s the Instagram Guide to Paris. The most commonly asked question I get on Instagram is always: “what are the best photo spots around Paris?” In truth, the answer is probably different for everyone! Whether you shoot a more urbex vibe (in which case, head to la Defense) or a more delicate floral style will determine where you should be going! However, that doesn’t mean The not-to-be-missed photo spots in the city of love.
However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a couple of not-to-be-missed photo spots in the city of love that everyone will enjoy. Within this guide, you’ll find places of historic note, places to watch golden hour and plenty of photo-worthy spots…
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With an amazing view over Paris and even more to discover below ground, you can’t go wrong in devoting at least an afternoon to visiting the Paris Pantheon. In France, one of the highest achievements a French citizen can obtain is to be interred in the Pantheon. Once a church dedicated to the patron saint of Paris, Saint Genevieve, the building is now the final resting place of dozens of citizens of note.
Here, you’ll find the graves of people like Voltaire and Marie-Curie. The pantheon is also home to Foucault’s pendulum. A world renowned design, this 67-metre timepiece is a copy of the original pendulum, which is now housed in Musée des Arts et Metiers. It was through this pendulum that Foucault was able to prove that the earth was round!
Wander around Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Of all the Paris Instagram spots, this may well be the trickiest place to capture without people. Tightly knit buildings mean that heading here shortly after sunrise or before sunset mean a number of shadows everywhere. Head here midday, mid-week for a person free shot! The district’s close proximity to the Seine and Latin Quarter make it the perfect place to stroll around on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Sunrise at Trocadero
Fancy doing something touristy… without the tourists? Well, set your alarm clock because the easiest way to do this is by heading to Trocadéro for sunrise! Although sunset is pleasant, everyone heads here and so the area is always packed with people enjoying picnics, soaking up the last of the sun and it’s almost impossible to get that perfect shot of the Iron Lady.
Situated on lines 6 and 9 of the metro, the Trocadéro metro station is barely 100 meters away from the Parvis de Trocadéro; a great place to catch the sun rising over the city of light.
The View from the Arc de Triomphe
If you’re thinking about going up the Eiffel Tower, I’d strongly advise you to consider the Arc de Triomphe instead. Shorter waiting times and a cheaper ticket price (free for EU residents under the age of 26) ensure that you’ll get up the monument faster and have more time to explore other parts of the city.
An unpopular opinion, but I actually think that the view from here is a lot better than the Eiffel Tower! For starters, you can actually see the Eiffel Tower from this location. Secondly, the central location of the Arc de Triomphe means that you can enjoy those Parisian rooftops up close and get a bird’s eye view of the Champs Élysées (the famous luxury shopping street in the city). Although pretty at any time of the year, the view from the Arc de Triomphe is arguably that much better come the fall.
When you think of cherry blossom season, and spring in general, Paris probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind (ha)! However, it definitely shouldn’t be discounted if you want to enjoy some spring flowers or spring blossom in the city.
Musée d’Orsay is not only home to an impressive collection of work (notably Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’), but a rather large clock. That’s because the Musée d’Orsay is housed in what was formerly a train station. Gare d’Orsay was built in 1900 and open for business (ie, trains) until 1939. The space has been utilised as a museum since 1977. Turn up at museum opening and head straight to the top floor if you want to capture the clock in all its glory (best light, no people).
Sinking house of Montmartre
Of all the places listed in this Instagram guide to Paris, the sinking house of Paris is probably my favourite. Not only because it is the most obscure of the list but because every time you look at this picture, you feel confused! By far the most famous and most popular of optical illusions around the city, you can find full directions to the sinking house here.
It’s hard not to be in louvreeee with the Louvre. Okay, enough with the bad puns! But seriously, the museum is not only the largest museum in France but in the entire world. There are just that many things to see; not just the Mona Lisa, as many a guidebook would have you believe.
In fact, believe it or not, the Louvre actually houses six of Da Vinci’s works (almost half of the fifteen works attributed to the Italian genius). Formerly a 12th-Century fortress, the medieval building’s foundations can still be seen in the basement.
As the highest manmade structure in Paris that isn’t the Eiffel Tower, it’s not hard to see why Tour Montparnasse has one of the best views the city has to offer. Over the past couple of decades, a law has been in place which has forbidden the construction of high rise buildings.
The Tower is a rare high point in a city of Haussmann architecture. Tour Montparnasse may not be the prettiest building in the city, but it definitely offers some of the best views the city has to offer!
One of the best places to catch the sunset in the city of love is Printemps! Open until early evening each day, it’s the perfect place to head to if you want to catch a great view of Paris. Here, you can buy an espresso for as little as €2 and snap some amazing pictures while you’re at it.
Oh, and the department store also has a pretty speedy WiFi connection so you can upload your best photos without having to wait to return to your accommodation! (Pretty good for an Instagram guide to Paris, right?)