From its elegant cafe corners to its tree-lined boulevards, Paris is a photographer’s dream. You’ll find that each winding street, balcony clad apartment and perfectly pruned park is more photogenic than the last. But if you’re looking for inspiration, here are suggestions for the most Instagram-able spots in Paris from our local guides.
You cannot come to Paris without visiting Montemartre! From the views over Paris to the cobbled streets, everywhere you look you’ll find something to charm you. No wonder that it was the inspiration and home to many of Europe’s greatest artists. In the heart of Montmartre is La Maison Rose, a delightful house which has been a restaurant, a brothel and a cafe, as well as the meeting place of many great minds.
The Sinking House
Montmartre’s hilltop view over the entire city is breathtaking, yet the camera can never quite capture it. Our advice is, soak it in then dodge the crowds taking selfies in front of the basilica and discover a great optical illusion just a second away from the crowds. With your back to the basilica head down the main staircase and sit on the patch of grass to your left. The incline in the hill creates an incredible optical illusion, giving the impression the houses are sinking which is bound to impress your followers!
Before leaving Montmartre, inspire some food envy with some of the best cheese in Paris.
Galeries Lafayette (rooftop)
There is no store in the world more elaborately decorated than Galeries Lafayette. Europe’s largest department store is a shopaholics paradise under a magnificent glass dome. When you’re tired of shopping, head up to the terrace for stunning panoramic views of the city. In the summer months, you can stop for lunch with a view and some amazing photos of Paris.
Pigalle Basketball Court
Nestled between two buildings and in Paris’ trendy South Pigalle (SoPI) neighbourhood is this surprising hidden colourful gem. Standing out in contrast to the beiges and greys of the surrounding architecture makes for a fun photo op of the more modern side of Paris.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
True photographers know that a trip to a historic cemetery is usually worthwhile. And Père Lachaise Cemetery is one of the finest. Rich in history and beauty, millions of visitors come here each year to visit the graves of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. The site is massive and once you get away from the famous tombs, calm and quiet, apart from the occasional funeral.
Fountain de Medici
The Jardin du Luxembourg is a beautiful public park in front of Palais du Luxembourg, now the French Senate. Marie dè Medici, widow of Henry IV, designed the palace and garden after her family’s Pitti Palace in Florence. Today the Italian-style gardens are a popular public park; on warmer days expect to find people enjoying yoga, tai chi, sunbathing and strolling among the statues and fountains. One of our favorites is the Medici fountain, a shady spot in summer and an explosion of color in spring.
Shakespeare and Company
This English speaking bookshop has a legendary past. Opened in the 1950s by American George Whitman, the bookshop has long been a haven for expats and aspiring writers. Inside you’ll find rooms piled high with books, a reading room and even beds for writers. Unfortunately, you can’t take photos inside, but the historic sign outside still makes for a nice picture.
Au Vieux Paris d’arcole
This colourful cafe hidden just behind Notre Dame and a stone’s throw from a flower market is beyond photogenic. Claiming to be one of the oldest restaurants in the city, its purple chairs and tables match the bougainvillea and wisteria-covered walls of the restaurant. While stunning in spring and summer, their autumn and winter displays are just as Instagram-able.
The Eiffel Tower
You thought we’d forgotten! No trip to Paris would be complete without a quick snap of the Iron Lady. Our favorite views are from the Bir Hakim bridge, Rue de la University and the Trocadero. And even at night you can get great photos as the tower lights up for five minutes every hour on the hour after dark.