There’s no other city in the world that is more photogenic than Paris. You could quite happily spend every day for a year snapping beautiful photos to upload to your Instagram account. But even if you’re planning a short trip there’s ample opportunity to get some gaze-worthy shots that will have other BUCKiTDREAMERS drooling.
Here are our top picks of the best places in Paris for some iconic Instagram shots and popular hashtags too!
- The Eiffel Tower
There’s no doubt the Eiffel Tower will send you into a snap-happy frenzy. But how to get this Instagrammable icon at its best angle? Place de Trocadéro is a great place to start. Head to this beautiful square at sunrise or at sunset to ensure you’re avoiding the worst of the crowds and you’ll get some stunning framed shots of the tower in a flattering light. Some other hot spots for the Eiffel Tower are Avenue des Camoens, Promenade Quai Branly, and Bir-Hakeim bridge. #toureiffel #ParisJeTaime
- Musee D’Orsay
Musee D’Orsay fits the bill for both beautiful photos and precious artworks, so you’re ticking two boxes with a visit here. A former train station, this iconic Paris museum offers plenty of Instagram opportunities. The statues grouped outside make for some interesting perspective shots. Inside, the magnificent clock overlooking the Seine on the top floor begs silhouette shots, and don’t forget to capture the interior stunning iron and glass roof from the second floor. #paris #musée
For the most oohs and ahhs on Instagram of the Louvre you’ll need to think outside the square (or triangle in this case) and go after closing time when the sun is setting. The courtyard is a rich environment for Instagram shots at this time with the focal point of the wonderful glass pyramid and accompanying fountains. There will also be fewer tourists to ruin your shots. During the day looking up inside the main pyramid makes for some super cool arty photos. #louvremuseum
- Moulin Rouge & Montmartre
While a show at the Moulin Rouge may not be everyone’s cup of tea (or a justifiable travel expense), its distinctive windmill and bright red neon signage make for a fun night-time Instagram shot just to say you’ve seen this famous Parisian cabaret. The birthplace of the can-can, the Moulin Rouge is one of the main attractions in Montmartre, an Instagrammable district of Paris in itself chock full of cafes, artists and street life. #montmartre #moulinrouge #nightphotography.
- Palais Royal
On any given day of the week you can always find the Palais Royal being used as a photo shoot by either tourists or models. With its hundreds of Corinthian columned walkways, modern art installations, fountains and candy striped octagonal columns of unequal height, it has lots of Instagram potential. It’s also easily accessible to or from the Louvre. #instacity #parisphoto
The great thing about Paris is that it’s not shy about showcasing its past. One example of this are myriad of ornate carousels you can find dotted all over the city. You can get some delightful shots of children having a ball or simply zoom on a carved horse or the wonderful painted decorations. Head to the the Trocadéro gardens, for a great shot of the Eiffel Tower and a carousel in the foreground. Some of the most beautiful carousels are to be found at Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin de Luxembourg, Musée des Arts Forains, Chatelet-LesHalles, Jardin des Plantes and Square des Batignolles. #ParisMonAmour
- Grand Palais
Itself the site of an annual photo fair (Paris Photo) and where famous fashion houses showcase their collections, the Grand Palais is a worthy candidate for Instagram. The interior view of the glass vault ceiling is simply stunning, and architecture fans will want to capture different angles of the interior ornate iron framework. Check there’s no event being held before you visit as it will be closed to the public. #ParisIsAlwysAGoodIdea
- Notre Dame Cathedral
Another iconic building you may want to feature on your Instagram page is Notre Dame, a symbol of Gothic architecture and appearing in the famous story The Hunchback of Notre Dame by the French writer, Victor Hugo. Don’t just take the run of the mill tourist shot from the Seine – head up one of bell towers for panoramic views and close-ups of gargoyle statues. From a distance, the best angle can be taken on Île St Louis. #pariscityvision
It screams ‘touristy’ but it’s still the most famous street in the world and it’s a must-see in Paris. During the day you can set up shop at a sidewalk cafe and sneak some great people watching shots, or when the sun goes down and the lights come on, there are plenty of interesting street scenes to keep you snapping away. #cityoflights #ParisByNight
- Atop Arc de Triomphe
Symmetry always makes for eye-catching Instagram photos and one place Paris does this the best is from atop the Arc de Triomphe. Here twelve avenues stretch out from the roundabout below and from one direction you can see all the way down the Champs-Elysées until the Louvre, and from another, the Eiffel Tower dominates the rooftops. At sunset, this is definitely the place to be! #amazingview #Parisrooftops
While your focus will be on Instagram for uploading all your superb photos of Paris, don’t forget to share them on Facebook and Twitter too. Happy insta-shooting!