I don’t know what it is about carousels (especially Parisian carousels), but they always manage to spin me right back around to my childhood. (Ha- no more puns- I promise!) As such, they’re always a joy to photograph and regularly end up on my Instagram feed! Here’s your complete guide to finding the most picturesque Carousels in Paris.
Incidentally, the word in French for carousel (or merry-go-round) is ‘Manège‘. If you prefer vintage carousels, then why not check out the Fairground Museum while taking your carousel tour? The private museum contains the largest assortment of fairground rides in the World (including vintage carousels).
P.s. when photographing Parisian carousels, I prefer to go early in the morning to capture the carousels without any people!
Sitting right next to the great water mirror that is the Warsaw Fountain, the carousel at Trocadéro is easily one of my favourites in Paris. Styled in a traditional wood and illustrated with Parisian scenes, it’s the perfect place to head to for a Parisian sunrise…
Tour Eiffel Carousel
Situated right below the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, this carousel provides the perfect opportunity to take ‘that’ shot of the Eiffel Tower featuring carousel. Don’t forget to angle your shot so that you add some palm trees!
Hotel de Ville Carousel
The Carousel at Hôtel de Ville (Paris’ iconic town hall) is probably the Carousel to rule them all. The light in the evening is perfect here; think harsh shadows against the pretty tones of the carousel. This merry-go-round is very similar to the one located at Trocadéro.
Jardin des Plantes
The Dodo Manege carousel that sits in the middle of Jardin des Plantes is by far the most unusual in Paris, if not the world. And that’s because this is a carousel dedicated to extinct and endangered animals. Is there any other carousel in the World where you can ride on a dodo or Triceratops?
Read more: Dodo Manege
The Sacré-Coeur Carousel is situated at the very base of the Sacré-Coeur steps. The closest metro station is Anvers Metro station (metro line 2). The carousel provides the perfect framing to create postcard perfect images of Montmartre…