There are a tonne of places to visit in Paris, but if you want to have the cutest locations for photos then this list is for you. I have also ordered the list in such a way that it’s easy to navigate.
1. Rue de l’Universite
Obviously, your journey needs to start at the Eiffel Tower. If you want an incredible close-up view of the Eiffel Tower, 22 Rue de Universite is the place to go. To avoid the crowds you want to go to this street early morning or late in the evening. You will be able to grab some beautiful photos for sure! As this is a public place do be careful of your belongings as pickpockets are known to be notorious in the area.
2. Pont de l’Alma
Pont de l’Alma (Alma Bridge in English) is an arch bridge in Paris, crossing the Seine. It was named to commemorate the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War. This bridge is a brilliant place to watch the sunset with an incredible view of the river and the Eiffel Tower.
3. Rue Saint-Dominique
Set in the heart of the très chic 7th arrondissement, the bustling street has become one of the best shopping districts in Paris. Frequented by fashion people and food bloggers alike, there’s a marvellous array of flower shops, boutiques, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. Spots for a good photo are everywhere around this area.
4. Espl. du Trocadero
The Trocadero has the best views of the Eiffel Tower, hands down. That easily makes it one of the best Paris photo spots. You can get some incredible straight-on shots of it. Whether you take a photo at the stairs, on the main area, framed with some statues, sitting on a ledge, or whatever shot you get here, know that the possibilities are seemingly endless here!
5. Pont de Bir Hakeim
A beautiful spot to capture the Eiffel tower is the Bir Hakeim Bridge which crosses over the Seine River. You’ll find plenty of people doing the same, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
There is a pedestrian area you can walk on to take pictures, but just be on the lookout for cyclists.
6. Printemps Hausmann Rooftop
The Printemps Rooftop Terrace is located on the top floor of the famous department store, Printemps Haussmann. The terrace comes with a wine bar that also offers a limited menu of food. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a break from shopping and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Paris skyline.
7. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
While you can no longer go into Notre Dame because it is under repair, you can still get a photo of the iconic exterior. Here’s the catch: you’ll want to get a bit creative with it. There are construction barriers up when you go right up to it, so try capturing the famous church from further away to avoid seeing them.
8. Sainte Chapelle
Up until the 14th century, the gothic Sainte-Chapelle, situated in the Palais de la Cité, was where French kings have lived since 1248. With 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible depicted across 15 stained-glass windows, each 15m high, it’s one of the most prominent places in Western Europe in terms of religion and politics.
9. Palais Garnier
Ready for one of the most stunning rooms you are ever going to see? Opera Garnier Paris is a must-see when in Paris. The intricate design looks like a smaller Hall of Mirrors in Versailles but is much closer to get to. Not only do you see the stunning foyer room, your ticket includes you roaming around the entire Opera House, including a balcony overlooking Avenue de l’Opera. This is also the home setting to the Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
Plus, this is a great budget-friendly activity with a self-guided ticket price per adult is $13.
Put your comfortable walking shoes on for a trek up the 130-m high Montmartre hill to this beautiful building. (I should honestly learn to take my own advice though, I had heeled boots on and trust me I learnt my lesson. )Located in the 18th arrondissement, the big white church is so grand, and the view from the top is worth it.
11. Le Consulat
Another historic cafe in Montmartre, Le Consulat was also home to many artists in the 19th Century. If you wanted to have lunch here, it does get pretty busy on the weekends. If you can try to visit on a weekday.
Just in front of Le Consulat is an adorable souvenir shop selling 19th-century posters from the famous artists that used to frequent the area including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. This spot is perfect for a photo-op.
12. Glace Bachir
Glace Bachir is the first ice cream shop in Paris to offer you 100% organic ice cream made with Lebanese know-how. Go and discover their achta ice cream coated with crushed pistachios! It’s not really for the photos but for the taste for this one. (if you go to the Basilica, you’re already in the area)
13. Wall of love
The Wall of Love is an art wall located in Montmartre, just outside the 12 Abbesses stop. This wall is famous for having the word “love’ written in every language. It’s fun looking for your own language and recognizing other languages you know. ( the closest language to home I spotted was Zulu and Chewa, but later on, a friend showed me where the Shona is)
It took me a while to find the English version, but it’s fun to see how many languages you can count. Make it a game with whoever you are with to see who knows the most.
14. Rue Cremieux
Much like some of London’s or Capetown’s famous pastel-coloured mews, this Paris street makes the perfect backdrop for those looking to add a pop of colour to their photos. Located near Gare de Lyon, the street is lined with pretty painted buildings and potted plants. But beware, some houses have signs that ask not to photograph them, it’s best to respect the privacy of the owners.
15. Musee d’Orsay
This is one of the coolest and most visually striking Paris photo spots to me! Most notably, there’s a gigantic clock inside on the fifth floor way in the back of the museum that makes for a really neat photo here! The Musee d’Orsay is an art museum across the Seine from the Louvre, so you can visit both art museums in one day if you want.
16. La Maison Rose
La Maison Rose is located in Montmartre, just a short walk from Sacre Coeur. But not only is it just a cute pink cafe but there is also a lot of history tied to it. Opened in 1905, Picasso, Modigliani is some of the many artists who frequented this spot, and still to this day remains a cafe.
The surrounding area on this quiet cobblestone street is worth the stroll. It’s one of the most picturesque areas in Paris. La Maison Rose is closed on Tuesdays which means if you want to take photos with no one there, Tuesday will be a great day. Or if you wanted to enjoy the cafe, plan accordingly.
I would love to hear which places are you planning to go to when you’re in Paris next?