While I strongly recommend letting your first visit to the city of love to be plagued with wine, cheese and long walks along the Seine… if you came here for the best Paris photography locations for those not-so-candidly-candids then who am I to deny you?
The first time I ever traveled to Paris I went alone. This I loved because I could spend hours and hours in art galleries without anyone ever nagging me to leave. My favourite? Palais de Tokyo. The second time I went with a dickhead who is not worth mentioning, ahem. The third time I went with two travel bloggers and it was the first time visiting Paris with the main agenda of taking as many photos as possible. We came across so many picture-perfect moments and I truly believe sharing is caring, which is why I’m showing you the best places to take photos in Paris.
The 20 Best Photography & Instagram Locations in Paris
1 — Eiffel Tower via Trocadéro
There are hundreds of spots to take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower but if you head to the Trocadéro for sunrise you will be rewarded. At this time in the AM there is hardly anyone around (unless you don’t count the token couple doing their newly engaged photoshoot with a bouquet of balloons). My advice? Let the bride-to-be have her moment and head down the staircase and take photos in front of this fountain. You will find lots of opportunities there to get the shot without tourists en masse.
2 — Eiffel Tower via Rue de l’Université
225 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris
The perfect parisian street with a view of the iron lady. This street can get extremely busy with people trying to snap a pic so I recommend coming here early to catch the golden light.
3 — Pink Mamma
20bis Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris
An Italian restaurant in Paris? Oui Oui! You won’t miss Pink Mamma – the magenta restaurant situated over 4 floors in the Pigalle neighbourhood of Paris. They do the best Italian food and every level is an Instagram heaven – make sure to check out the rooftop!
4 — Hôtel Plaza Athénée
5 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
If you can afford to stay here, then lucky you! But if you’re like me, a mere peasant, then you can simply roll up to the front of this fancy af hotel and start snapping away. Bonus points if you wear red to match the geraniums.
5 — Ladurée
75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
A photography location that doubles-up as a snack stop is a big yes from me! This particular shop is extremely elegant with stunning decorations that represent the French Art de Vivre.
6 — Le Consulat Restaurant
18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris
You can find this French cafe in the cobblestone streets of Montmartre. Get here before it opens at 11 am to get a shot sans people.
7 — Montmartre
The 18th arrondissement was once inhabited by Picasso and Dalí and its hilly streets are flooded with aesthetically pleasing shop fronts. The above photos were taken precisely at 57 Rue Lepic.
8 — Sacré-Cœur
Not your typical shot of the Sacré-Cœur but that’s exactly what I love about this photo. Located just next to the Le Consulat, in a wee little alleyway.
9 — Jardin du Palais Royal
2 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Just near the Louvre, in the middle of Paris is this little “village in the city” that includes a beautiful garden and the Insta-famous contemporary sculpture ‘Les Deux Plateaux’ by Daniel Buren. Here you will also find the trendy Café Kitsuné where you can get an amazing flat white.
10 — Moulin Rouge
82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris
Moulin Rouge during the day seems oddly peaceful. Though if you want to get a shot without any cars you’ll have to be patient – just head to the traffic island in the middle of Boulevard de Clichy for a safe spot to take pics.
11 — Restaurant Maison Blanche
15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
How to get to this view of the Eiffel Tower?
Step 1. Make a reservation at Restaurant Maison Blanche.
Step 2. Put on a fancy frock/suit in an attempt to fit in.
Step 3. When the waiter brings you the red wine list, humour him by listening to his recommendations even though you know you can only afford the cheapest bottle available.
Step 4. Enjoy your meal with a spectacular view.
*note: you can skip steps 2-4 but step 1 is essential
12 — Rue Crémieux
Rue Crémieux, 75012 Paris
Fashion bloggers eat your heart out. This rainbow street is filled with dozens of charming pastel coloured houses. You could potentially bring several outfits to this location and photograph multiple looks. Be mindful, some houses have “no photography” signs – please be quiet as this is a residential street.
13 — The Hoxton Hotel
30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris
Although staying at The Hoxton during your visit to Paris would be amazing – you don’t have to be a guest to get a shot with this stunning spiraling staircase. We had lunch in their sunny courtyard where we took a few snaps and spent the afternoon working from our laptops. The staff are extremely friendly and will refill you with water & tea – just be mindful of other guests when taking photos.
14 — Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
24 Rue Chanoinesse, 75004 Paris
One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, right near the Notre Dame. If you visit in Spring the facade will be covered in a beautiful spray of wisteria. It can be extremely busy when it’s open so the best time to take a snap is when it’s closed – anytime before 11 am every day or between 3-6pm weekdays.
15 — Hôtel-Dieu de Paris
1 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
At the next block over you will find the oldest hospital in Paris, Hôtel–Dieu. Inside there is a beautiful courtyard. I did get a few weird looks from security when taking these pictures but rest-assured entry is free and it’s a beautiful building with lots of 7th-century architecture to marvel at. Be aware: it’s closed on weekends.
Unfortunately, not everything goes to plan on a trip — so here are some additional Paris photography locations that I didn’t get the chance to visit on my last trip, but you definitely should.