This is a continuation from my original post – 20 of the best Paris Instagrammable locations. I visited Paris again for the 5th time last Autumn, the season where I finally felt like I could pull off a beret without looking like a massive twat. Temperatures saw me layering up in cardigans and coats, leaves transformed to a brilliant hue of orange (matching my fake tan), and even though the days were slightly shorter, there was still so much beauty to capture in this romantic city.
If you’re a seasoned Paris traveller, or a first-time visitor, or simply a keen Instagrammer – then this guide is for you. Because we all admittedly love getting a cheeky shot for the gram. And why not? I truly believe sharing is caring, which is why I’m showing you the best places to take photos in Paris.
15 MORE of the Paris Instagrammable locations
1 — Pont d’Iéna
Could this photo BE any more Parisian? Extra points if you use a baguette as a photo prop. This view of the Eiffel Tower can be reached from here where you take the steps down at the side of the Pont d’Iéna bridge. We had the place to ourselves for ages (unlike other Paris Instagrammable spots) and it’s such a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower – just watch out for the bird poop!
2 — Le Café Marly
93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Probably the most expensive Caffe latte you’ll ever drink during your time on this planet, however, I would argue that it’s worth it for the view of the Louvre. Le Café Marly may get a bad rep for its overpriced pastries and arrogant staff, however, I find a “bonjour” and a smile goes a long way with the waiters and they’ll honestly leave you to it. It’s the perfect spot to people-watch and get a few snaps while you’re at it.
3 — Anywhere along the River Seine
And by “anywhere” I really mean anywhere along the river Seine that has a view of the Iron Lady, and no, I’m not referring to Margaret Thatcher. I snapped the above photo whilst strolling down the Seine at sunset.
4 — Pont Alexandre III
This 19th century Art Nouveau style bridge on the river Seine is the perfect spot for an impromptu photo shoot worthy of the pages of Vogue. The above photo was taken on an iPhone, so if you’ve got no gear and no idea, simply rock up to this ornate bridge for a guaranteed chic pic.
5 — Palace of Versailles
Technically outside of Paris, however, the Palace of Versailles is definitely worth a visit for its unparalleled beauty and French Baroque architecture. Not to mention the famous Hall of Mirrors which is something you really have to experience in person. The trip itself is doable in half a day and a lot cheaper than I originally expected. You need to catch the RER line C5 train which costs €8 for a return trip from central Paris, followed by a 5-minute stroll to get in.
Entry is FREE every first Sunday from November to March. Otherwise, I recommend getting the ‘Passport’ ticket for €20. This gives you access to the whole estate and guaranteed entry time so you can avoid spending hours in the queue outside.
6 — Avenue de Camoëns
This charming little street, located here, has the most perfect Parisian backdrop. Even more so in Autumn when the trees turn a vivid auburn colour. Once a secret smoking spot for local teenagers, this street has now gained popularity online so I’d suggest arriving on a weekend morning when most locals are still asleep.
7 — La Maison Favart
La Maison Favart is one of the oldest hotels in Paris, dating all the way back to 1824. It’s full of fascinating history and a whimsical romance story, with an invitingly warm and intimate atmosphere. The hotel offers 39 lavish rooms which are beautifully decorated with 18th-century Parisian textiles and finishes, fit for an Insta-Queen. Read my full review here.
8 — Arc de Triomphe
225 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris
How to get a good photo with the Arc de Triomphe? Nope, you don’t need to get here at the crack of dawn. The secret is? Walk to the bloody other side. There was a massive queue of tourists on the opposite side, each lining up to get the perfect snap, dodging traffic in the process. And I ain’t about to risk my life for a pic sis. Unless you want a perfectly symmetrical photo a la Wes Anderson, talk a walk around and you’ll find plenty of spots where you won’t have to wait to get your photo – which means more time for more wine!
9 — Jardin du Palais Royal
Okay, I’ve admittedly featured these gardens in my previous guide, however, I wanted to show how stunning this location is in Autumn in comparison to my summer snaps here. It’s still hands down one of my favourite spots in Paris and home of a bloody good flat white, at Café Kitsuné.
10 — Eiffel Tower
Click here for the specific location of where I took the above photo. Anyone who’s been to the Champ de Mars in Spring/Summer/Autumn knows that it’s impossible to get a shot of the Eiffel Tower without sharing your photo with hundreds of picnic grazing tourists.
However, on my most recent Paris trip, we found a wee footpath where you can get an uninterrupted selfie with the Eiffel Tower.
11 — La Maison Rose
A charming little restaurant in Montmartre with a not so charming owner. This location is straight out of a fairytale but please heed my warning: photograph this place just before opens at 12 pm, as the owner is very aggressive towards photographers (I’ve previously talked about my experience here).
I mean I get it, I totally understand when your customers are dining, you don’t want dozens of invasive lenses pointing in their direction. Even though I considerately arrived here at 11 am to quickly take a photo of the exterior before the outside tables & chairs had even been set, I was still yelled at. There’s plenty of other restaurants in Paris anyway. Which leads me to number 12.
12 — Pink Mamma
So nice, I featured it twice. This Italian restaurant gets an honourary mention again. Not only for its drool-inducing sourdough pizza but for that stunning staircase that looks even more picturesque in Autumn with the vibrant trees peeping through the windows.
13 — Louvre
Ah, the Louvre. The perfect contrast of the modern abstract pyramid structures surrounded by iconic 19th-century architecture. This location is a no brainer really. I often get asked how I got my photo here without any people in the background. We took this photo at 8 am in October – just as the sun had finished rising. There were a few people dotted about, so we circled around the pyramids into we found an angle that was tourist-less. The Louvre is actually closed on Tuesdays which makes it a perfect time to visit to get your Insta fix.
14 — Hôtel des Grands Boulevards
Every aspect of the rooms at Hotel des Grands Boulevards are designed and considered down to the very last detail – room key and all. On my previous trip to Paris, we stayed in their Junior Suite which featured one of the MOST Instagrammable pink bathrooms I have ever laid my eyes on. If you love boutique hotels, lively atmosphere and rooftop bars, read my full review here.
15 — steps of the Trocadéro
You’ve seen this pose a million times before on your Instagram newsfeed. It’s almost a tourist right of passage when visiting Paris. But let me just tell you something real quick: perching on these steps is equally terrifying as it is slippery. And I’m pretty sure I flashed my notorious V.A.G. to an unsuspecting crowd when trying to get this shot but hey “do it for the gram” I guess?
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