In Paris


carousels in paris

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!

Trocadero Carousel

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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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…

SACRE COEUR carousel

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    8th May 2018 at 1:53 am

    Thank you for blogging this and adding it on Pinterest. I was able to find most of these amazing carousels on my trip to paris because you wrote about them. there were other blogs you wrote that helped me on my trip and i want to thank you for writing about Paris!

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      Sophie Nadeau
      12th May 2018 at 11:41 am

      Thank you so much! I hope you had a wonderful time in Paris 🙂

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    9th August 2017 at 4:07 am

    Wow, I really love double decker carousel like that. It is so beautiful!

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    11th April 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful photos, as always <3 I loved all the carousels back when i visited Paris, they seem to pop up at every corner 🙂

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    28th March 2017 at 2:46 am

    The carousels are many people’s unforgettable memory!
    I have never forgotten the memory of riding on the carousels with my parents!
    Parisian carousels can be seen anywhere in Paris France and it brings many happiness to children there!
    Thanks for your great share!

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    24th October 2016 at 12:26 am

    I’m heading back to Paris for my third visit in 2018. Yay! These carousels make for perfect photo ops. I’ll be sure to visit one (or two!) while I am there

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    Vicki Louise
    23rd October 2016 at 6:58 am

    I had no idea there were so many carousels in iconic places in Paris! I love the ‘old-time’ simplicity and beauty of carousels – and the ones around the Eiffel Tower have a special charm about them. Thank you for sharing!

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    23rd October 2016 at 5:21 am

    I must say while I find carousels completely fascinating, I never looked at the design details before. Reading your post was an eye-opener of sorts. Now I’m going to be seeing carousels with new eyes always, wherever i find them, not just in Paris. Thank you for this 🙂

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    23rd October 2016 at 3:55 am

    wow this looks really peaceful. I would have never thought of going to a place like this but you have definitely encouraged me to pay it a visit. Great pics as well. Was it expensive to visit or was it somewhat affordable? I find touristic places to be a bit expensive 🙂

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    Arnav @ Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT
    22nd October 2016 at 8:39 pm

    The carousels look absolutely lovely and its a treat to see them in front of the popular attractions.They look so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and also make for a perfect photo backdrop.

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    Munchkin Treks
    22nd October 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve seen some of these carousels in Paris before. However, some of them I definitely missed. While my trips to Paris were before I had kids, the next trip will likely be with kids. Kids love carousels!

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    Tina and Jimmy
    22nd October 2016 at 4:26 pm

    These carousels in Paris are lovely. My favorite is the Hotel De Ville, looks so charming… have not been on a carousel for very long time!

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    Jan Michael
    22nd October 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I never knew that you could find plenty of carousels in Paris. Interesting! Will surely try all with our LO. She will love them all.

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    22nd October 2016 at 3:49 pm

    These are so beautiful and such a hidden treasure for families in Paris! Your photos are gorgeous. I have an inner ear issue that keeps me from riding anymore but I remember them as a child and loved them. My kiddos do, too!

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    Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)
    22nd October 2016 at 2:32 pm

    There is something so magical about Parisian carousels! They’re so dainty, pretty, and feminine! Your photos are lovely!

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    the adventurer
    19th October 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I love this post! While living in Paris it was always such a treat to see so many carousels =o) Beautiful photos by they way!

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    19th October 2016 at 1:40 pm

    cool! they’re rather special?

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