30 Dec The Best Places to take Photos in Paris
Paris is such a gorgeous city! Well known for its historical architecture, the French capital is full of amazing spots to capture! Nevertheless, most of you are visiting Paris for a few days only. It might be hard to choose where to go to see the most beautiful areas in a little time. Therefore I have gathered here for you the best places to take photos in Paris!
1. Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the most famous landmark of Paris! Therefore you might want to know where to take pictures of it. That’s the reason why I had to put Trocadéro first on the list of the best places to take photos in Paris!
Place du Trocadéro, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, is a forecourt offering the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower! There are many different perspectives here to capture the Iron Lady.
If you want to get closer to the Eiffel Tower in the garden of the Champs de Mars, you can go down the stairs and take the Pont d’Iena, over the River Seine. It will take you only 10 min by walk.
Address: Place du Trocadéro 75016 Paris
Closest Metro station: Trocadéro (line 6 or 9).
2. The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum is the largest and the most visited museum in the world! Even if you don’t have the time to visit it, you should take the time to admire the exterior! This is one of the most photogenic places of Paris!
The big pyramid built in the 1980s is the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. It has the exact same proportions as the Great Pyramid of Giza! The modern glass structure forms a nice contrast with the historic facades of the Louvre, and has become a landmark in its own! It is surrounded by three smaller pyramids. And there is a fifth pyramid: the inverted pyramid. It is an upside down, suspended pyramid, visible from underground when you use the Carrousel entrance to the Louvre.
This courtyard is free to access.
Address: Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Closest Metro station: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre (line 1 and 7)
Montmartre is a neighborhood of Paris looking like a village within the capital city! It is located at the top of a hill and is the highest spot of Paris. At the heart of the area and at the very top of this hill you will find the iconic Sacre-Coeur basilica.
Montmartre really reunites all the clichés you might have about Paris! It’s really charming and perfect for pictures! The best way to discover it is to get lost in the streets, and to walk up and down the numerous stairs in the area: a good way to workout!
Address: Montmartre 75018 Paris
Closest Metro stations: Anvers and Blanche on line 2, and Abbesses and Lamarck Caulaincourt on line 12.
4. Pont Alexandre III
This is definitely the most elegant bridge of Paris and one of my favorite! It was built for the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) of 1900. You will love its Art Nouveau Style: it is classified as a French monument historique since 1975! It’s a good area to wander and to watch the sunset with a beautiful view over the Seine river, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides and the Grand and Petit Palais. Therefore I couldn’t but add it to the list of the best places to take photos in Paris! Many people come here for a photoshoot (wedding, couples,…).
Address: Pont Alexandre III 75008 Paris
Closest Metro stations: Invalides (line 8 and 13 and RER C) or Champs Élysées Clémenceau (line 1 and 13) .
5. Palais Royal
The Palais Royal in Paris is a former royal palace located in the 1st arrondissement close to the Louvre Museum. At the rear of the garden, you can find those famous black and white striped column named Colonnes de Buren.
This place looks like a (fancy) playground and is really a good photo spot! You can have a lot of fun shooting here!
Address: 8 Rue de Montpensier 75001 Paris
Closest Metro stations: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre (line 1 and 7) and Pyramides (line 14)
6. Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most familiar and impressive landmarks of Paris with its exceptional dimensions (about 50 m high, 45 m long and 22 m wide)! This national symbol built in 1836 is dedicated to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. It is located at the top of the Champs-Élysées, at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle (or Place de l’Étoile).
Be aware that this place is the meeting point of 12 avenues, which makes it a very busy and congested area… Nevertheless you can always manage to capture the Arch beautifully even if you do not come here too early.
Address: Place Charles de Gaulle 75008 Paris
Closest Metro stations: Charles de Gaulle Étoile, Metro line 1, 2 or 6 and RER A.
7. Opera Garnier
Opera Garnier is for sure one of the most prestigious building of Paris: a masterpiece of the 19th century theater art architecture. It is for sure one of the best places to take pictures in Paris: it’s gorgeous outside and inside!
If you want to take pictures of the outside you should rather come early. Unfortunately indeed it’s very touristy, and the area is very busy as there are a lot of banks and companies around here.
If you want to take pictures of the inside, you will have to pay an entrance fee (10 to 14 euros).
More info: Visit the Opera Garnier
Address: Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Closest Metro stations: Opéra (line 3,7 and 8) and Chaussée d’Antin Lafayette (line 7 and 9).
8. Pont de Bir Hakein
Pont de Bir Hakeim is a bridge that crosses the Seine river in Paris. Its architecture and design are pretty unique and highly photogenic. The bridge is a viaduc made of steel and has 2 levels: one for motor vehicles and pedestrians, and the other for the metro. It is an amazing viewpoint for the Eiffel Tower! Many famous movies have featured the bridge, like Inception. There is no wonder why it is part of the best places to take photos in Paris!
Address: Pont de Bir Hakeim 75015 PARIS
Closest Metro stations: Bir Hakeim or Passy line 6, and RER C Station Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel
9. Notre Dame
The Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris is one the prefered landmark of the Parisians and of the French people! It is a magnificent example of medieval French Gothic architecture. After the terrible fire that devastated it on the 15th of April 2019, it will be under renovation for at least 5 years. Therefore you cannot access the interior and the front square at the moment.
Nevertheless you can still admire the 2 front towers from the surroundings so do not hesitate to pass by! It is still very photo worthy! There are also a few typically Parisian open-air bookshops along the banks of the river Seine close to Notre Dame that you might like to see.
Address: Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, 6 place Jean Paul II Parvis Notre Dame 75004 PARIS
Closest Metro stations: Cité (line 4), Hôtel de Ville (line 1 and 11), Saint-Michel Notre-Dame (line 4 and RER C).
10. Rue Crémieux
Rue Crémieux is a famous street located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris not far from Gare de Lyon. It is well known for its pretty colorful pastel houses! The houses are painted with all the colors of the rainbow and therefore they make a very pretty background for your photos!
Disclaimer: This street has become so popular that the inhabitants got fed-up and ask the mayor to close it to visitors. It’s still open to the public at the moment but please be respectful of the inhabitants of the street: be discreet, do not walk in private areas and do not take photos in front of the houses with a sign forbidding it!
Address: Rue Crémieux 75012 PARIS
Closest Metro stations: Gare de Lyon (line 1 and 14) and Quai de la rapée (line 5)
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