Looking for the most Instagrammable places in Paris? Look no further, I’ve rounded up the 20 of the best and most photogenic spots in the city to help you snap those perfect Paris photos!
Ahhh Paris…is there not a more beautiful and photogenic city? Personally, I think not. I absolutely fell in love with the City of Lights, and to me, the whole city is Instagrammable – I definitely could not stop snapping photos during my stay. There is no shortage of amazing places to take pictures in Paris.
But what if you are looking for the best of the best photo spots in Paris? You’ve come to the right place, because I am here to show where you where the most Instagrammable places in Paris are!
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1. Eiffel Tower
Ok, but this one needs no explanation, right? Nothing symbolizes Paris more than the Eiffel Tower, and she is a beaut. Honestly, you will not be able to stop snapping photos of this iconic Parisian landmark, which makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris.
Quite possibly the best place to see and photograph the Eiffel Tower is Trocadero, which sits directly across the river from it. You are situated right in front of it and it makes for the perfect shot of the Eiffel Tower. Three places to get that perfect Instagram shot: along the tiled floor, on the staircase, and with the carousel. Be aware that 345930485340958 people will also know that this is one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris. If you want to get a crowd-less shot, you will have to come at sunrise (I didn’t, and well, I will have to return some day at the crack of dawn).
The Eiffel Tower might not be colorful now, but did you know that it’s been painted colors such as red and yellow in the past? It’s still a beautiful sight either way! Next year my goal is to see it surrounded by cherry blossoms 🌸 📷: @marc_nouss (who also told me this really fun fact) and edited by me. 🇫🇷
Two other great spots to get a perfect shot of the Eiffel Tower for your Instagram feed: on the grass at Champs de Mars for an iconic view, and from Rue de l’Université for a street view, framed with classic Parisian architecture.
Arguably the best art museum in the world, and perhaps the most beautiful – the one thing everyone can agree on is that the Louvre is one of the best places to take pictures in Paris. The fusion of classic architecture of the main museum building, along with the modern glass pyramids (which were controversial when they were first built) makes it an interesting subject to photograph.
The outdoor courtyard is the most popular when photographing the Louvre, but the inside halls are absolutely ornate and gorgeous and may also be a good photo op for your Instagram feed. The Louvre is also one of those places that is super popular, so if you want a shot without a horde of people cramping up your style, come to photograph it on a day that the museum is closed. This wasn’t actually my intent when I did it – I just didn’t realize it was closed that day – but it worked out well (just be sure to come back to explore the museum because it really is the best art museum in the world).
3. Palais Royal
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Not far from the Louvre is the Palais Royal, which has become known as one of the Instagrammable places in Paris with its iconic striped black and white columns. Did you know that these columns, named Buren’s Columns, were a once a controversial art installation? These 260 columns extend from the basement and extend up to the surface at different heights, and were nearly destroyed multiple times. Good thing they weren’t, because now it is one of the best photo spots in Paris.
4. Palais Garnier
Have you seen a more spectacular opera hall than the Palais Garnier? Yeah, didn’t think so. Seriously though, these ornate ceilings and grand staircases are a sight to behold, making it one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris. You can book a tour to see the facilities without attending a performance, but I would absolutely love to see an opera performance there someday.
5. Notre Dame
The famous Notre Dame cathedral is one of the prime examples of Gothic architecture and the architectural details on the main facade, the inside of the church (those stained glass windows tho), and the rear of the building are all absolutely spectacular. What makes it even more impressive is when you take into account that this was all built without modern machinery. Seriously mind-blowing and one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris.
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If you are trying to get a snap of the iconic front facade of the cathedral, I would advise against going right up in front of it. This is for two reasons: 1) there are, again, 43895739457 people swarming around in front of it, and 2) being right up against it isn’t the best angle. I felt disappointed in my photos that were shot there. However, the next day, I was roaming around the area, and found that the view from the Pont Norte Dame made for the perfect shot.
Also do not miss the rear of the cathedral, as the details here are the most impressive on the entire building.
6. Rue Crémieux
It’s been awhile since I did this, and there are quite a few of you that are new (hello!) so I figured I’d tell you a few things about myself. Because who doesn’t like talking about themselves? (Actually, I do kind of hate it…but I digress.) 👋🏻 Here are some random facts about me: -I rarely (if ever) post photos of myself on here because I think other things are prettier and I feel self-conscious doing it. Silly, I know. My goal this year is to post more photos with me in them to hopefully provide inspiration to other travelers who aren’t just skinny blonde girls. (No shade, skinny blonde girls, but there are a LOT of you.) -I don’t blog full-time (maybe one day!), I actually work remotely for a start-up company. -I’m originally from Monterey, California. I moved to NYC by myself when I was 21. Dreams and all that. -I am a people-pleasing introvert. Meaning that I’ll perk up and make sure everyone is enjoying themselves (aka talk at parties and make people feel comfortable), but inside I usually just want to be home alone watching Netflix. -My first big trip was in 2015. I traveled solo for almost 2 months (minus a couple of weeks where I joined up with friends). It changed my life and the way I think about travel and the world. -I love pesto more than anyone probably should. -I am turning 30 this year. There. I said it out loud. -I am a Virgo, if that means anything to you. -Planning trips is super satisfying to me and I LOVE being organized when I travel. -I saw One Direction play their final US show and it was a very good time. -I used to work in the music industry. Now I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing. Hi, quarter-life crisis. 👋🏻 Drop a random fact about yourself in the comments (or ask me anything)! 📷: @shannoneteynor
Paris has no shortage of photogenic streets, but Rue Crémieux might take the cake for being the most Instagrammable street in all of Paris. But seriously, how can one ever resist those pretty pastel facades? Who wants to move into one of these houses with me (I promise I will be a super cool neighbor)? My hotel in Paris (which I highly recommend) was about a 15 minute walk from Rue Crémieux, and no joke, I stopped by 4 times. I was just that in love with it. It also definitely has a reputation as one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris, so at any given time, you will see about 5 other photo shoots going on (which actually makes for some good people watching).
7. Le Maison Rose
Because can you ever go wrong with a pink storefront? Methinks not. Seriously though, I’m in love with the perfect pink with the green shutters, and I’m definitely not the only one. It is made for Instagram and it is definitely one of the best photo spots in Paris.
8. Musée d’Orsay
Paris has no shortage of amazing art museums, and the Museé d’Orsay is another must-visit (the Monet collection is fantastic). It is also one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris. The museum is housed in a former train station, which is a beautiful building itself. However, the best photo spot here is the giant clock tower with a perfect view of the city and the Louvre.
It took me a little while to figure out where the clock tower is. If you’re completely lost and confused like I was, it is on the 5th floor. There will be a line of people there also trying to get the same shot (it is one of the best places to take pictures in Paris, after all), but the line is orderly.
9. Pont Alexander III
Perhaps the most iconic bridge in Paris, and one of the most of the beautiful in the world, the Pont Alexandre III definitely is one of the best places to take pictures in Paris. The bridge was inaugurated at the 1900 World’s Fair and has four 17-metre high columns with bronze sculptures of winged horses to symbolize the arts, sciences, commerce, and industry. You can snap a photo of it from the bottom to capture all the ornate details or the bridge, or while crossing the bridge for a perfect view of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, making it one of the most popular and Instagrammable spots in Paris.
Things you must do in Paris #1: eat as may macarons as you can. Macarons may just be the most photogenic confection ever, and Laudreé’s are probably the best I’ve had in my life. Laudreé has several outposts throughout the city, but the main store on Champs-Élysées is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris.
Perched on top of a hill in Montmartre is Sacré-Cœur, which is characterized by its white color and spectacular domes. Built in the Roman-Byzantine style, the church also offers spectacular views of the city below. It is also home to the largest mosaic in France. You can walk up the hill to access it, but if you want to skip all that huffing and puffing, you can also take the funicular.
12. Sinking house of Montmartre
The first time I went to Paris back in 2015, I walked right by this optical illusion and didn’t give it second look! It’s referred to as The Sinking House, and it’s located right by Sacre-Coeur. One of the biggest reasons I love Instagram is that it has exposed me to so many new things: beautiful cities I’d never thought of visiting, cultures I wouldn’t have access to otherwise, and most importantly, to a huge group of creative people who make amazing things. Writers, photographers, videographers, graphic artists, painters…the list goes on and on. The things I see on Instagram definitely inspire and guide my travels! 🍊 On another note, let me know in the comments below whether or not I should include tips on how to find and photograph The Sinking House in my guide to Paris! (Or in a separate post, even.) I think it’s pretty cool, but I’m old and boring and like optical illusions. Maybe I’m totally lame? Tell me if you’d be interested in reading more about it! 🍊 Have you come across any fun optical illusions or quirky things on your travels? I’d love to hear about them!
Located right by the Sacré-Cœur is the “sinking”house of Montmartre, which is a favorite as one of the best Instagram spots in Paris. The house isn’t actually sinking, but is rather an optical illusion that is created because the house peeks out from the side of a hill. Tilt your camera to be level with the hillside and the house looks like it’s sinking! Such a cool shot for your Instagram feed.
13. Arc de Triomphe
The iconic monument is one of the most popular tourist spots in Paris, and seeing the traffic make a roundabout around it is quite an impressive sight. On top of that, the Arc de Triomphe is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris. You can capture the details carved throughout the monument by being right up against it; or, if you want to get a wider shot of the entire thing, the best place to photograph it is from Champs-Élysées.
But perhaps the best thing about the Arc de Triomphe is the view from the top. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the city, with a perfectly situated Eiffel Tower. On the other side, you can look out to a perfect view of Champs-Élysées, with its row of French rooftops. Definitely picture perfect.
Ok, so Versailles is technically outside Paris city limits, but it is so spectacular that I just couldn’t leave it off a list of the most Instagrammable places in Paris. You really have to see it in person to really appreciate the opulence and extravagance of the place. The bling of all the gold is something like I’ve never seen before. You will definitely be snapping away at everything you see here.
Definitely go as early as you can to avoid the crowds – even during slow season (I went in February), it can still get pretty crowded midday. I wish I was there during a warmer time of the year so that I could’ve appreciated the gardens more – they are beautiful, but everything was dead and brown in February. I imagine it would be absolutely stunning during the warmer months.
15. Sainte Chapelle
I had no idea what Sainte Chapelle was before I got to Paris – in fact, the only reason I went was because it seemed like it would be a good place to pick up the museum pass without waiting in a long line. Boy, I am glad I discovered this place, because it is absolutely breath-taking. Those stained glass windows are absolutely stunning. Definitely makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris!
16. Le Consulat
“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” -John Steinbeck ❄️ Wandering around Montmartre as the snow fell was so magical. Cold, but magical! There was something extra beautiful about the quiet streets and lack of big crowds that felt a little bit otherworldly. It was like stepping back in time. I know not everyone enjoys traveling in the wintertime, but I highly recommend bundling up and just going for it if you ever have the chance. ❄️
There’s just something about the classic Parisian bistro that makes them utterly photogenic, isn’t there? Le Consulat is another one of the best Instagram spots in Paris that is also located in Montmartre, near the Sacré-Cœur. There’s just something about that red and green awning, and that typography that makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris. (FYI, I’ve never eaten there, but a quick search on Yelp says that their food is also tasty, and that the French onion soup is excellent – which makes it a must visit on my next trip to Paris).
17. Jardin des Tuileries
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There is no shortage of pretty gardens in Paris. So what makes the Jardin des Tuileries one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris? First, those trees are lined up so perfectly to frame the Louvre. I mean, look at it! The best time to photograph this is is in the fall, when the colors of the leaves start changing. Absolutely spectacular.
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The other reason? You get a perfect shot of the giant ferris wheel on Champs-Élysées.
18. The Seine
With its many ornate bridges and iconic Parisian architecture on either side, you can’t deny that the walking along the Seine (or cruising in it) affords you with an abundance of incredible views. Seriously though, one of my favorite things that I did in Paris was just endlessly roaming along the banks of the river and taking in those views. Just spend a few hours to walk down the banks and you will see what I mean – endless photo ops await.
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Head up to the rooftop cafe of the Printemps Haussman department store for one of the best views in town! Enjoy a perfect panoramic view of Montmartre, the Parisian rooftops, the city, and perhaps what makes the view, the Eiffel Tower, as you sip on a café au lait and enjoy a croissant. Definitely makes this one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris.
20. Galerie Vivienne
Did you know that Paris is home to some 40 hidden passageways from the 18th and 19th centuries? At one point, there were more than 150 of these passageways; modernization has destroyed many of these, but a handful remain. One of the most beautiful is the Galerie Vivienne, which is also one of the oldest. Galerie Vivienne has gorgeous tiled floors and a glass ceiling that allows ample natural light to stream through. The passageway is dotted with quaint bookstores and cafés. Definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Paris.
MY FAVORITE PHOTO GEAR FOR CAPTURING THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN PARIS
Wondering what gear you should have when photographing the most Instagrammable places in Paris? Read on for my favorite gear that will help you up your photography an Instagram game!
Best travel cameras for shooting at the best Paris Instagram spots: I shoot on the Nikon D7000 (which has now been updated to the Nikon D7500). The kit includes the 18mm-60mm f2.8-4 lens, which is a good starting point – however you can also opt to get the camera body only and get a different that suits your needs better. I’ve shot on Nikon cameras for almost 15 years now – the colors are super vibrant and their cameras always feel right in my hands. What brand you go with is definitely a personal choice! The D7500 is a good mid-range model – almost as easy to figure out as a starter camera, but with more controls and better performance in low light, and better focusing, etc.
If you’re a complete beginner, don’t think you need those extra features, or you’re on a budget but still want a dSLR, I’d suggest getting an entry-level model like the Nikon D3500 or the Canon Rebel T7. They are easy to figure out and learn the basics of photography on, plus they still take amazing images, especially for the price!
If you want the image quality of a dSLR but balk at the extra weight, I’d suggest looking into a mirrorless camera. Sony definitely makes the best mirrorless cameras, and you can’t go wrong with any of their models. Many of my friends use and love the Sony a6000 – it’s lightweight, easy to use, and shoots amazing photos!
Best travel lenses for shooting at the most Instagrammable places in Paris: The vast majority of my photos are shot with the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (for Nikon, Canon, Sony). If I could, I absolutely would get the Nikon version of this lens, which many professional photographers use, and is known as one of the best all-around lenses (there are Canon and Sony versions of this as well) – however, I just don’t have the budget. The Tamron version is very similar, but is sold at at a fraction of the price. The 28-75mm range covers much of what I need while I’m traveling so I only need one lens. The f2.8 means that it works great in low light and gets amazing bokeh (or that blurred background).
For the best phone photos of the most Instagrammable places in Paris: I actually end up taking a lot of photos with my phone – I currently have the iPhone XR. It definitely shoots excellent images so you’d never know that they were shot on a phone! The newer iPhone 11 has an even better camera, so definitely look into it if you’re due for an upgrade and want to shoot better phone photos! My boyfriend also has the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which might be even better because it has a manual mode.
Other must-have gear for capturing the most Instagrammable places in Paris: I love this lightweight tripod, which is cheap, easy to set up, and not super annoying to carry around. I also use this selfie stick tripod to help me take self-portraits on my phone!
What are some of your picks for the most Instagrammable places in Paris? Let me know in the comments below!
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