Paris is beautiful. You know this. It seems people are almost incapable of saying its name without proceeding to tell you about its beauty. From its elegant cafe corners to its tree-lined boulevards. Each winding street, balcony clad apartment and perfectly pruned park is more photogenic than the last. While we don’t need to lecture you on how damn good looking this city is, we have made a list of the best spots to capture this beauty on camera and showcase the city of lights in all its splendor. From the famous and iconic, to the lesser-known, here is our insider’s list to the most Instagram-able spots in Paris.
- Maison rose
No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the bohemian and artistic village of Montmarte and while the whole village is one big photographer’s paradise, we have included a few of our top highlights. Perched on a hilltop and once home to Europe’s greatest thinkers drinkers, painters and poets, The Maison rose has been a restaurant/brothel/cafe and the meeting place of many great minds from Salvador Dali, to Susan Valadon and Albert Camus, and was even once owned by Picasso’s muse and lover Laure Germain.
2. 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 optical illusion giving the impression the houses are sinking.
3. Gallery Lafayette (rooftop)
There is no store in the world more elaborately decorated then Gallery Lafayette, this cathedral of commercialism is a must-visit not just for high-end fashion brands, but for photography. Yet not many know about the incredible rooftop photo opportunity on the top floor, which offers panoramic views over the entire city for free.
4. Pigalle Basketball court
Nestled between two buildings and in Paris’ trendy South Pigalle (SoPI) neighbourhood, this surprising hidden colourful gem is unspeakably photogenic and really stands out in contrast to the beiges and greys of Paris uniformed architecture.
5. Pere Lachaise Cemetery
While a cemetery might seem like a morbid place to visit, Pere Lachaise is so rich in history and beauty and is one of the greenest spaces in the city. It’s calm quiet and is the perfect place to respectfully take pictures all year round with the foliage perfectly reflecting each passing season.
6. Rue Cremieux
Famous amongst Paris’ Instagrammers for its country feel. Rue Cremieux is typical of the smaller streets found in the east of Paris but with a splash of colour that is rare to find in the city, evoking smaller seaside towns or parts of Lisbon or London.
7. Fountain de Medici
An often overlooked place in one of the cities most famous parks The Medici fountain is hands down the highlight of an already incredible park.
8. Shakespeare and company
This English speaking bookshop has a legendary past associated with the writers of the lost generation and the beat movement of the 50s. While we encourage you to respect the privacy of readers inside the library the outside and surrounding area makes for a perfect photo opportunity.
9. 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.
10.The Eiffel Tower
You thought we’d forgotten. No trip to Paris would be complete without a quick snap of the Iron Lady, and while you can see her from almost anywhere in the city here are a few top spots to fill your feed with the most iconic building in the city. 1.Bir Hakim bridge. As well as offering fantastic views of the Eiffel tower, this incredibly symmetrical bridge is a common destination for Inception fans, as it was featured in the Nolan film ‘Inception’. 2. Rue de la University is a firm favorite amongst Instagrammers looking for that candid more natural shot of the Eiffel Tower emerging from the streets of Paris. 3. For a simpler more open view. You can’t beat Trocadero (don’t forget the tower lights up for five minutes every hour on the hour after dark).