The 10 Best Photo Locations in Paris

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Paris is hands down the most photogenic city in the world so it’s impossible not to be snap-happy all the time. Every street is worth getting your camera out for which makes it difficult to prioritise what to take a photo of. We’ve made your job a lot easier by listing the most iconic photo opportunities in Paris. These are the best photo locations in Paris that will make jaw drops and induce envy into all fellow Paris lovers. These will be the shots that you’ll look back on in years to come and reminisce over. Here’s where to capture the most iconic shots of Paris:

The Louvre

The Louvre taken from the courtyard

There really is only one place to capture the magnificence of the Louvre and that’s the courtyard in front of the pyramid. Old and new come together in one photo with the historic former palace in the background and the modern glass pyramid in the foreground.

Pont Alexandre

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III is the most ornate bridge in Paris. It’s painted a pastel blue hue and is decorated with grandiose lampposts, cherubs and nymphs. Standing on the left bank of the river with the bridge in the background makes for a beautiful photo.

Place du Troacdéro

Eiffel Tower taken from Place de Trocadéro

This square will provide you with your most iconic photo of Paris: a perfectly framed shot of the Eiffel Tower with the Trocadéro Fountains in the foreground. It’s often flooded with tourists trying to get that perfect shot and often ruining your own so it’s definitely worth arriving at an off-peak hour. My recommendation would be to get there at sunrise, having the Eiffel Tower all to yourself is enough enticement to get anyone out of bed at the crack of dawn.

Atop Notre Dame

Atop Notre Dame 

The panorama from the Notre Dame cathedral covers most of the left bank. From up here you can share the view that the gargoyles get to enjoy every day. The best capture is the aerial view over the Seine and the Haussmannian architecture of St Germain.

Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts 

Aptly named the bridge of Arts, this bridge links the Louvre museum and the Institut de France. It is more famously referred to as lover’s bridge due to a recent tradition of sweethearts attaching padlocks to the rails and throwing the key into the Seine as a declaration of love. Sadly this tradition is no longer as all of the padlocks have recently been removed. The bridge and its iconic surroundings still provide a wonderful spot for a photo.

Sacré Cœur

Sacré Coeur  

The white dome of the basilica pierces the Parisian sky and can be seen all over the city if you look hard enough. The best shot can be taken from the bottom of the stairs leading up to it.

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf taken from Pont Saint-Michel

There are dozens of bridges spanning the river Seine and the view from any one of them is sure to provide a pretty photo. If you stand on Pont Saint-Michel you get a beautiful photo of the river with the historic Pont Neuf bridge in the distance. Turn around and you’ll get an equally good shot of Notre Dame cathedral.



The carousel at the foot of the Trocadéro gardens creates the most magical and whimsical photo. It takes quite a bit of moving around to position the frame but you can get a breathtaking photo of the carousel and the Eiffel Tower in the same shot.

Arc de Triomphe

Atop Arc de Triomphe 

Views atop the Arc de Triomphe are pretty phenomenal. The twelve avenues stretch out from the roundabout below demonstrating the symmetry of the city. You can see all the way down the Champs-Elysées until the Louvre. But the best thing about the view is the Eiffel Tower which proudly peeps above the Parisian rooftops.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame taken from Ile St Louis

Notre Dame is a symbol of Gothic architecture in Paris. The best angle of the monument can be taken on Île St Louis which offers a great view over the Seine towards the cathedral with some greenery in the foreground.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    September 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I love all your lists of things! Every time I read one I feel like I have to get away somewhere and really explore myself.

    Brandie Mcnemar
    September 1, 2015 at 5:31 am

    The bridges are amazing, I have Michael Saint James’ book of photos called Bridges of Paris. Those are what I set out to see when I went. His photos are beautiful, is his site for the book. But pictures aren’t always things that do justice, but his were profound!

    August 31, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I love Paris and its architecture! I can’t wait to go back there one day 🙂

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    August 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Unfortunately the Pont des Arts is over… They took down the lockers, and now it’s… well it’s different. Not in a nice way. So sad !

    August 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    How lovely these pictures. It’s pure joy watching them!

    August 26, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, and the Pont Alexandre III are my favs!

    Daniel | Dan Flying Solo
    August 25, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful photos, I love the Carousel spot, keep seeing that picture more and more everywhere!

    August 24, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Great pics and great post! some awesome recommendations =)

    Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski
    August 23, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful Paris! We got to honeymoon there so we totally miss it some days! Thanks for sharing and blogging about “la vie a Paris”.

    Karen Farber
    August 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Wow what a beautiful city Paris is!

    Cathy Park
    August 23, 2015 at 8:39 am

    While these are indeed lovely pictures, I like to try to get the less obvious shots when I visit cities full of iconic scenes; Corners of buildings with long shots in the background, manhole covers, sets of railings, Metro ironwork/tiles, etc.

    Maddy @ Travel Alphas
    August 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

    These are gorgeous shots! Definitely want to go to the top of the Arc next time I visit Paris!


    August 21, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Beautiful pictures! <3 Took several similar pictures while I was in Paris, too! Eiffel is really best photographed from Place de Trocadero. Love this post! I should review it when I'm next in Paris. 🙂

    August 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Every corner of Paris is the best for photographing!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    August 21, 2015 at 3:56 am

    This is great! I hope to return to Paris this fall and will have to keep these locations in mind.

    Nadia Natalia
    August 21, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful. Love them so much. Can’t wait to visit all the places you have mentioned. 😀

    August 20, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Awesome! I’ll make sure to try all these locations next time I’m in Paris! The carousel photo looks particularly beautiful 🙂

    August 20, 2015 at 4:43 am

    What lovely pictures! I’m definitely going to save this post for the next time I go back!

    Meredith Mullins
    August 20, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Beautiful, Faye. I am always inspired by how many different ways there are to see this layered city. (I particularly love your carousel image.) Here are my favorite places … just to add to the infinite treasures.

    Tom Miller
    August 19, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Mesmerizing images, beautifully captured. Thanks for sharing all these images of Paris with us. I really enjoyed this post.

    Leonie Parker
    August 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I really need to go to Paris soon!! So beautiful.

    Leonie ♥

    Sandra Harty
    August 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    fantastic post, those photo spots are making want to book a flight now

    Tajirul @Top Travel Lists
    August 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Great list of photo locations in Paris!
    Just loved each one of these…

    Fashion Travel Accessories : Fashion Girl
    August 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve been to Paris so many times and I think that the best spots to take photos are on the typical Parisian streets (cobblestone streets and small alleyway). I also love taking photos around the River Seine and Pon des Arts 🙂

    August 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I love Pont Alexandre III for taking photos as well as in front of the Louvre!

    August 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Plus Galeries LaFayette has great shopping (IMHO). I love Sacre Coeur❤️

    August 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Perfect post ! I want to visit Paris so badly, I’ve been to Nice twice and am going again this year but not Paris yet ! It’s a shame they took off all the padlocks though, would have been amazing to see.


    August 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Clearly, I need to go back to Paris! Definitely missed some things. Amazing shots!

    August 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

    All of these photos are beautiful. I can’t wait until I can make it out to Paris one day and get to see all of these things in person!

    August 19, 2015 at 8:40 am

    These are great! There’s also an amazing shot overlooking the city when you go to the top of Galeries La Fayette! :]