Paris is one of the most visited and most photographed cities in the world, with images of its stunning landmarks spread all over films and the internet. Make your memories last and beef up your Instagram with a guide to the top photo spots in Paris, spanning culture, food and history.
Step into the world of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and snap a selfie with this stunning Gothic cathedral in the background, which is also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. This stunning building is a marvel of French architecture and there’s plenty of details to capture: the gargoyles, stained glass windows, the organ and more. If you’ve got some good walking shoes on, scale their towers and see the views over Paris.
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This opulent palace is one of the most popular landmarks in Paris as well as being an important historical site. Grab the ultimate mirror selfie at the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, with its hundreds of reflective surfaces. If it’s a sunny day, spend time exploring its sprawling grounds and don’t forget to pop into Marie Antoinette’s apartment.
This gigantic arch is dedicated to the French soldiers who gave their lives in service of the country and remains a moving place, with an eternal flame lit to honour them. Zoom into the names carved into the underside of the arch, pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and climb to the top of the arch to its viewing platform for a panorama over the capital.
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Take to the River Seine in one of Bateaux de Parisiens boat tours for a sightseeing whirlwind. The tour starts off near the Eiffel Tower and continues to bypass other highlights of the city including the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, Notre Dame Cathedral, Orsay Museum and the Grand Palais. (We’re sure you’ll find something to photograph along the way.)
This building is tallest in Paris at 689 feet tall and as such has a totally unrivalled view over the city from its glass terrace on its 56th floor. Named for the Greek mountain Mount Parnassus, it’s well worth booking a table in advance at Le Ciel de Paris – Paris’ highest restaurant.
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This striking building with its Roman columns and facade is where some of France’s greatest heroes are honoured, including scientist Marie Curie as well as writers Victor Hugo and Rousseau. While it was initially a church, it was converted into a mausoleum following the French Revolution. The high ceilings, colourful frescos and neoclassical details will make for some beautiful travel photographs.
France is packed to the brim with culture and the grand opera house on Rue Scribe is a fantastic place to indulge in some. Designed in the 19th century, there’s beauty all around from the sparkling glass chandeliers to marble staircases and photo opportunities to spare. Take a break from tech for a night and make sure to see a performance of the Paris Ballet while you’re there, who call the Opera Garnier their home.
This beautiful Gothic chapel is filled with over one thousand stained glass panels depicting biblical scenes, which cast beautiful patterns on its floors on sunny days. While it may not be as famous as the Notre Dames of the world, it’s one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris and well worth a visit.
This hilly district is full of beautiful little boutiques, restaurants and Parisian landmarks, making it ideal Instagram fodder. The narrow winding streets are postcard perfect and while you’re in the area, grab a coffee and channel your inner Parisien at Cafe des Deaux Moulins where Amelié was shot. If you’re a little tired of walking, hop on Le Petit Train de Montmartre, which will tour the streets of this quirky district as well as take you up the hill for beautiful views of the city.
Add a dash of culture to your photo grid with a visit to the Louvre, which is the largest museum in the world and home to countless masterpieces. See the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Great Sphinx of Talins and Liberty Leading the People in person and get lost in its varied wings for hours.
This bustling market is the perfect place to see what makes French cuisine so great, with fresh ingredients, artisan cheeses and meats, street food stalls and more lined up along the Boulevard Richard Lenoir. Held twice a week on Thursdays and Sunday, you’ll want to stock up on souvenirs to take home.
If there’s one sight people think of when Paris comes to mind, the Eiffel Tower is always it. The gigantic latticed metal structure was originally meant to be a temporary fixture in the city skyline, but has remained there years after it was supposed to be torn down. Lounge in the grass for a picnic or scale the tower for a panoramic view over the city.
Take the funicular to the top of the Montmartre district and this gigantic white cathedral will come into your eyeline, surrounded by tourists and locals alike. The sheer size of Sacre Coeur is the first thing you’ll notice (and strain to fit into photographs) and after you’ve finished exploring its breathtaking halls, slip out onto the staircase and sit for a while to drink in the unbeatable view of the city.
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This gorgeous museum is a haven of artistic impressionism, with artists like Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet lining its walls. Once you’ve finished perusing its collection, take in its beautiful architecture. Its stunning clocks feature in many dreamy photographs, with its larger clock face doubling as a window that looks over Paris and the second made of an ornate gold.
Home to some of Paris’ most famous macarons, this stunning mint green building is always filled with people keen on getting their hands on these rainbow treats. Not only are its patisseries perfect for Instagram, but the restaurant itself with its opulent architecture are a beautiful setting for a quick snack break.
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