15 Instagrammable Locations and Hidden Gems in Paris


Paris, the city of love, is one of the most photogenic cities in the world! So pack your camera and let me tell you where to snap the best shots!

Paris, the city of love, is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. With its iconic landmarks, charming streets, and stunning architecture, it’s no wonder why people flock to Paris to capture memories and share them on social media (myself included!).

From the Eiffel Tower to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, there’s an abundance of photo opportunities in this enchanting city. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just looking to capture a few snaps for your Instagram, Paris is a city that offers endless inspiration and will leave you with a camera roll full of beautiful memories.

So pack your camera, put on your best outfit, and let’s get ready to explore the most photo-worthy places in Paris!


Domaine National du Palais-Royal

Domaine National du Palais-Royal is a historic landmark in Paris, France. Originally built in the 17th century as a royal palace, it was later transformed into a public garden and shopping arcade. Today, it is a popular tourist destination and a cultural hub, attracting visitors with its beautiful gardens, iconic arcades, and diverse range of boutiques and restaurants. With its rich history and unique atmosphere, the Palais-Royal is a must-visit for anyone exploring the city of light.


Like all popular photo locations in Paris there are high times and low times when it comes to crowds. This is a free visit and is open for everyone to enjoy. Though these photos make it look like Scotty (my lovely fiancé and photographer) and I were the only ones there, this was most certainly not the case.

We arrived mid-afternoon after lunch and there were a bunch of other people taking in the scene. My top advice for capturing photos at Palais-Royal would be to pack your patience, show up early and make use of angles to crop people out of the shot!

Fiancé Appreciation Post

Special shoutout to Scotty for capturing all of the images in this blog post! We had so much fun running around Paris for these shots and highly recommend giving yourself a photo challenge like this. Ps. Thanks for being here! Enjoy the rest of these locations!

The Significance of the Black and White Columns

The black and white striped columns located outside the Domaine National du Palais-Royal are a piece of modern art created by the French conceptual artist Daniel Buren. The columns are part of a larger installation titled “Les Deux Plateaux” (The Two Levels), which was commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture in 1986.

The black and white stripes are a recurring motif in Buren’s work, and they are meant to create a visual dialogue with the surrounding environment, in this case the historic architecture of the Palais-Royal. The installation has been controversial over the years, with some seeing it as an example of disruptive modern art and others viewing it as a successful integration of contemporary art into a historical setting.

Regardless of one’s opinion, the black and white columns have become a recognizable and iconic part of the Palais-Royal landscape. Which in turn makes them a great place to grab a snap to show your friends and family you have officially arrived!


The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum in Paris is one of the most iconic and photogenic locations in the city. With its stunning glass pyramids and grand architecture, the Louvre is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to capture Instagram-worthy photos in Paris.

The museum’s iconic entrance provides a beautiful backdrop for photos, and the famous glass pyramids are a popular spot for tourists to snap a picture. Additionally, the Louvre is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains, making it a perfect location for outdoor photoshoots.

If you have time take a look inside The Louvre

The museum also houses some of the world’s most famous works of art, such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, which make for unique and interesting photo opportunities. Whether you’re an art lover or just looking for a beautiful location to snap some photos, the Louvre Museum is a top Instagrammable location that should not be missed. Sadly with our time crunch Scotty and I were unable to go inside The Louvre but there is always something to pull your heartstrings back to the city of Love.

When to Take Photos at The Louvre

We set our alarms for sunrise and made our way to this iconic location for the perfect shot. If you are lucky enough to have a sunny morning I can’t recommend skipping snooze enough. There was so much magic walking to The Louvre in the morning not only for the sake of the perfect shot without a crowd of tourists but because you have a better chance of seeing locals on their morning walks. The sunrise in Paris is energizing and the way it crests over the top of the glass pyramid is unforgettable.


Tuileries Garden Fountains

The Tuileries Garden, located near the Louvre Museum, is a beautiful public park that provides the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos. The garden is famous for its fountains, which are surrounded by green chairs, providing a perfect place to sit, relax, and take in the beauty of the park.

The fountains, with their tranquil water features, make for a beautiful and serene background for photos, especially during the warmer months. The green chairs, with their classic Parisian design, add a touch of elegance, making them a popular spot for tourists and photographers alike.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, or just searching for the perfect photo backdrop, the Tuileries Garden and its famous fountains and green chairs are not to be missed.

The Famous Green Chairs of Paris | The SENAT Chairs

The SENAT chairs, named after the French Senate, are a signature element of the Parisian landscape. These classic green metal chairs have become synonymous with the city, and are a recognizable symbol of Parisian life and style. They can be found all over the city, from the Tuileries Garden to the Luxembourg Garden, and serve as a gathering place for people of all ages.

The chairs are durable, comfortable, and easily accessible, making them a popular choice for Parisians and visitors alike. The SENAT chairs are not just a functional piece of furniture, but they also play a significant role in shaping the visual identity of Paris.

They evoke the city’s history, culture, and love of design, and provide a sense of place and community that is unique to Paris. Whether you’re taking a break from exploring the city, or simply seeking a place to people-watch, the SENAT chairs are an integral part of the Parisian experience.


The Base of the Eiffel Tower

The base of the Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular and iconic locations for taking photos in Paris. The tower’s stunning wrought iron lattice structure provides a beautiful and recognizable backdrop for photos, and its height and location make it a prime landmark in the city’s skyline.

The base of the tower is surrounded by lush gardens and green spaces, providing a perfect place to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy the view. The nearby Seine River adds to the charm and beauty of the location, making it a popular spot for couples and families to capture memories.

Looking back now I wish we had more time to pack a picnic and sit by the Seine to take in the beauty of the Eiffel Tower or to possibly venture up The Iron Lady. Another addition to my Paris photo bucket list!

*To really set this scene off I want to add capturing the Eiffel Tower at night! And a quick note for any tourist that the iconic sparkle happens on the hour in the evening.

Whether you’re visiting Paris for the first time or are a seasoned traveler, taking photos at the base of the Eiffel Tower is a must-do experience that provides a glimpse into the heart of the city. As you can see by our snaps the light was very harsh at this time. We captured these after our sunrise at the Louvre and the sun was too high in the sky. From this experience I highly recommend going for sunrise or capturing the beauty at golden hour or night with flash or long exposure while the lights twinkle!


Jardins du Trocadéro (The Trocadéro Gardens)

The Jardins du Trocadéro is a beautiful public park located on the opposite side of the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower. This location provides a stunning panoramic view of the iconic tower and its surrounding cityscape, making it one of the most popular and perfect photo locations for travellers visiting Paris.

The park is filled with lush gardens, fountains, and green spaces, providing a peaceful escape from the bustling city and a perfect place to relax and take in the views. When writing this post it is to be noted there is some construction taking place pushing people to either side of the main vantage point. But when researching this location you might be able to get a glimpse of others who have been able to snap a shot right in the centre.

That being said the park’s elevated position provides a unique perspective of the Eiffel Tower, making it an ideal spot for capturing photos from a different angle. Additionally, the Jardins du Trocadéro is also a popular spot for locals and tourists to picnic, play games, and spend time with loved ones, adding to the vibrant and lively atmosphere of the location.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful place to take in the sights of Paris or simply searching for the perfect photo backdrop, the Jardins du Trocadéro is a must-visit location that will not disappoint.


Rue d’Université

Rue d’Université is a famous street in Paris that is well known for its charming and Pinterest-worthy architecture. This historic street, located in the 7th arrondissement, is lined with elegant 17th and 18th-century buildings, making it a popular location for photographers and those seeking to capture the essence of Parisian charm.

From its charming street-side cafes to its intricate doorways and balconies, there is no shortage of picturesque details to be found on this street. Whether you’re a professional photographer or simply looking for the perfect Instagram-worthy shot, Rue d’Université provides a wealth of opportunities for capturing beautiful and memorable photos.

This famous Parisian street has become well known through social media so expect other Instagram seekers to be there capturing photos as well. I recommend (like all of these locations) going early and being patient when capturing here! Who knows maybe you’ll get lucky and be the only one there! (I am laughing as I write this because that certainly was not the case for Scotty and I but we still had a great experience visiting this neighbourhood. You’ll see why later in this post!).


Arc de Triomphe

The iconic Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris and is a must-visit location for those seeking to capture beautiful and memorable photos. The monumental arch, located at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, is a symbol of French military prowess and victory, and provides a stunning backdrop for photos.

The Arc de Triomphe is surrounded by twelve radiating avenues, making it a central hub for transportation and a focal point for Parisian life. Visitors can climb to the top of the arch for panoramic views of the city, or simply pose for photos at its base, taking advantage of its size and grandeur.

The Arc de Triomphe is also a popular spot for locals and tourists to gather and take in the sights of the city, making it a lively and vibrant location that is sure to add some Parisian charm to your photos.

Again, with this location we recommend going at a time when traffic will be low. This will give you the opportunity to capture a shot right in the middle of the Arc. However, please do take caution when proceeding with these photos as you will have cars moving either side of you. We were lucky enough to meet two fellow Canadians while capturing these who were able to look out for us and vice versa while shooting. Never try and get a photo outside of a designated area, compromising your safety is never worth the shot.


Pont Alexandre III

The Pont Alexandre III is one of the most iconic and beautiful bridges in Paris, and is the perfect place to capture photos and take in the city’s rich history. The bridge, located in the heart of Paris, spans the Seine River and connects the Champs-Élysées to the Invalides.

Its ornate design, featuring gilded sculptures and lamps, provides a stunning and elegant backdrop for photos. The bridge also offers breathtaking views of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral, making it a popular location for tourists and photographers alike.

The Pont Alexandre III Bridge is rich in history, having been built for the 1900 Universal Exposition, and is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Whether you’re looking to capture a memorable photo or simply taking in the sights and sounds of the city, the Pont Alexandre III Bridge is a must-visit location that offers a unique perspective of Paris and its rich history.

With its placement across the Seine you are almost guaranteed to capture gorgeous lighting and vantage points no matter the time of day. Scotty and I were crossing the bridge around 2PM and if we had, had more time would have loved to see it when the light was a little softer. Lucky for us and you there are a few gorgeous bridges in Paris. However as you read above, there is something special about the Pont Alexandre III.


The Place Vendôme

The Place Vendôme is one of the city’s most famous and beautiful neoclassical squares and a great spot to capture some travel photos. The square, located in the 1st arrondissement, is surrounded by historic buildings, including the iconic Ritz Paris hotel, and is known for its stunning column that stands at its center.

The column, made of bronze and topped with a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte, is a symbol of French military prowess and provides a beautiful and historic backdrop for photos. The square is also home to a number of high-end jewellery shops, making it a popular location for luxury shopping and a hub of Parisian chic.

Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of neoclassical architecture, or simply looking for a beautiful and iconic location to capture some travel photos, the Place Vendôme is a must-visit location. So be sure to add this historic square to your list of must-visit locations for your next trip to Paris. In my research prior to travelling I found this location to be lesser known making it more desirable for our shot list!


Le Tout-Paris – Cheval Blanc Paris

Le Tout-Paris – Cheval Blanc Paris is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city, offering an incredible vantage point to see the beauty of Paris. The hotel’s patio provides breathtaking views of the city, making it the perfect location for capturing stunning photos and taking in the sights and sounds of Paris.

From the patio, you can see many of the city’s famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral, and experience the bustling city life from a unique and elevated perspective.

Whether you’re a hotel guest or simply stopping by for a drink or meal, the patio at Le Tout-Paris – Cheval Blanc Paris offers a breathtaking and unforgettable view of the city that is sure to make a lasting impression. So, be sure to add this incredible location to your list of must-visit spots in Paris.

Take Advantage of Your Surroundings When Up High

Whenever you are up high and have a great view my recommendation is always to take a walk around. Once you arrive at the top of the elevators, instead of turning towards the restaurant hang a right and see what else the balcony has to offer! Here is a sneak peek. Yes, this is a different outfit! We scoped out the view before getting a chance to actually dine at the restaurant. And both visits did not miss!


Get your phone camera ready on the elevator ride up! You will be surprised with an incredible virtual panoramic view of the city while on the way up.


Tuileries Garden Trees

Okay I know I’ve already mentioned the Tuileries Gardens for the iconic green SENAT chairs and the fountains. But there is also merit in wandering the well manicured tree lines through the actual gardens.

The Tuileries Garden is a beautiful public park located in the heart of Paris, and it is known for its vast collection of plants, trees, and flowers. Some of the types of plants you might find in the Tuileries Garden include:

  1. Tulips: This iconic flower is a symbol of the Netherlands, but you can also find tulips in the Tuileries Garden.
  2. Roses: The Tuileries Garden is famous for its rose garden, which features a vast collection of different varieties of roses.
  3. Hydrangeas: These large, showy flowers are a popular choice in the Tuileries Garden and they add a pop of color to the garden.
  4. Lilacs: Lilacs are known for their sweet, fragrant smell and they can be found in various colors throughout the Tuileries Garden.
  5. Cherry Blossoms: The Tuileries Garden is also home to several cherry blossom trees, which are a popular attraction in the springtime.
  6. Magnolias: These large, beautiful flowers are a staple in the Tuileries Garden and are popular for their unique appearance and fragrance.
  7. Boxwood: This dense, evergreen shrub is often used as a formal hedge in the Tuileries Garden and it provides a neat and structured look to the garden.

These are just a few examples of the types of plants you might encounter in the Tuileries Garden. The garden is home to a variety of other plants, trees, and flowers, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for other interesting sights as you explore this beautiful park.

Part of the magic of Paris is it’s ever changing tapestry with the seasons. If I lived in Paris I would most certainly try to grab a shot in the same place every season. For your reference these shots were taken on the first day of November. So if you are hesitant to travel to France in November let me tell you, you have nothing to worry about and in fact the possibility for fashion and style choices is vast!


Pont Neuf or “New Bridge”

Pont Neuf, which translates to “New Bridge” in English, is considered the oldest and most historic stone bridge in Paris, and is a great spot to take photos and learn about the city’s rich history. The bridge spans the Seine River and connects the Île de la Cité to the left bank of the river.

It is known for its unique architecture, which features a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, and its iconic equestrian statue of Henri IV, which provides a beautiful and historic backdrop for photos.

The Pont Neuf has a rich history, having been built in the late 16th century, and has since become a symbol of Parisian heritage and culture. In addition to its stunning architecture, the bridge offers breathtaking views of the city, including the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum, making it a popular location for tourists and photographers alike.

So, whether you’re interested in capturing stunning photos or exploring the city’s rich history, the Pont Neuf is a must-visit location for a sneaky little travel selfie.


Paris Subway Station Signs

The Paris subway station signs are an iconic and recognizable part of the city’s public transportation system, and they make beautiful and unique photos to capture the city. The station signs were introduced in 1900, at the beginning of the city’s subway system, and have since become a symbol of Parisian design and architecture.

The signs are known for their distinctive Art Nouveau style, with elegant curves and ornate lettering, and they can be found at nearly every subway station throughout the city.

The signs are not only functional, providing information about the location and directions of the subway lines, but also serve as beautiful and historic pieces of public art that add to the city’s charm and character.

If you’re looking to capture some unique and beautiful photos of Paris, be sure to include the iconic Paris subway station signs in your shot list. Who knows, you might even get a flock of pigeons to be paid actors in your shots.


Point de vue tour Eiffel | Down 23 Ave Rapp

Exploring the neighbourhoods around the Eiffel Tower, specifically the Point de vue tour Eiffel, is a must-do for those who are looking for unique and Instagram-worthy photos in Paris. These neighbourhoods offer a glimpse into the city’s local life and provide a perfect backdrop for capturing the essence of Paris.

With their charming streets, quaint cafes, and picturesque buildings, these neighbourhoods offer a refreshing break from the busy tourist hotspots and provide ample opportunity to capture creative and spontaneous shots.

As you stroll through these neighbourhoods, you never know what you might come across – a hidden courtyard, a charming street market, or a quirky street art mural – which adds to the excitement of discovery and keeps your creativity fresh. It is so easy to be inspired by the unexpected beauty of the streets of Paris.

Though capturing the expected images is fun, it’s the unexpected ones that may end up being your favourite and most shared.


Cafés in Paris | Le Campanella

Enjoying local cafes like Le Campanella in Paris is a great way to add to your shot list while creating lasting memories in the city. Cafés in Paris are an integral part of the city’s culture and provide a unique and intimate glimpse into the local way of life.

Le Campanella, located at 18 Av. Bosquet, 75007 Paris, France, is a charming café that offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the city’s ambiance. Whether you’re grabbing a coffee, enjoying a light meal, or simply people-watching, cafés like Le Campanella offer the perfect opportunity to capture some candid and spontaneous photos.

Whether you’re capturing the cozy interior, the bustle of the streets outside, or the people enjoying their time in the cafe, you’re sure to come away with some beautiful and authentic shots that truly capture the essence of Paris.

On Our Bucket List for Next Time

Scotty and I had the chance to visit so many incredible places in Paris while we were there. However, in four days there is only so much time to soak in a city like Paris. We are already planning our next trip to Paris and in that a new bucket list is born. The remaining three places on our list will most definitely be places we capture together in the future and recommend you add them to your list too!


The Carousel Near the Eiffel Tower

The carousel near the Eiffel Tower is a charming and whimsical addition to the iconic Parisian landmark. Located in the Champs de Mars park, this vibrant and colourful carousel serves as a perfect backdrop for photos, with its bright lights, horses and merry-go-round music.

The Eiffel Tower looming in the background adds to the whimsical and romantic atmosphere of the carousel, making it the perfect place to capture memories of your time in Paris. Whether you’re a traveller seeking a unique photo opportunity or simply a lover of all things charming and delightful, a visit to the carousel near the Eiffel Tower is a must-do during your time in the city.


Notre Dame Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, is a must-visit for anyone travelling to Paris. Not only is it a stunning example of Gothic architecture, but it’s also steeped in rich history dating back to the 12th century.

With its intricate stained-glass windows, soaring towers and intricate stone carvings, Notre-Dame is a photographer’s dream come true. Visitors can climb to the top of the towers for an unforgettable panoramic view of the city, or simply take in the beauty of the cathedral from the square in front. Whether you’re interested in photography, history, or simply taking in the beauty of Paris, Notre-Dame is a must-visit during your time in the city.


The Palace of Versailles

The number one place on my list for the next time we are in the area is a trip to Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is located just a short train ride outside of Paris. The former royal palace of King Louis XIV, Versailles seams to be a breathtaking example of grandeur, opulence, and architectural mastery.

From the stunning Hall of Mirrors to the beautiful formal gardens, every corner of the palace is a photo opportunity waiting to happen don’t you think? It looks to me that visitors can learn about the rich history of France and the monarchy, while marvelling at the intricate details and stunning works of art that decorate the palace.

So whether you’re a history buff, a lover of grand architecture, or just looking for a picturesque day trip, a visit to Versailles might be on your list of things to do as well! These photos were sourced from Pexels and their free creative commons creators.

Final Thoughts About Capturing Paris

Paris is a city of endless beauty, rich history and vibrant culture. When travelling to Paris, creating a shot list can help you to fully embrace and capture the essence of this magnificent city. From the iconic Eiffel Tower, to the charming local cafes, Paris offers endless opportunities for stunning photos.

Don’t miss out on exploring the lesser-known neighbourhoods around the Eiffel Tower, including Point de vue tour Eiffel, and capturing the unique beauty of the city’s subway station signs. Take in the beauty of famous landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Pont Alexandre III Bridge and Place Vendôme, or relax in one of the city’s many local cafes like Le Campanella. And don’t forget to visit the Tuileries Garden, where you can capture the beauty of the famous fountains and green chairs set against the backdrop of the city’s stunning architecture.

Creating a shot list like this not only allows you to have fun creating but it also gets you motivated to see as many places as possible. Whether you’re an experienced photographer or just looking to capture some memories, Paris has something for everyone. So, grab your camera, embrace your love for this beautiful city, and capture it in all its glory.

Good luck with your photography and travels!

Amanda xo

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