Where to catch the best sunsets in Paris

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Paris is beautiful every hour of the day but there is something incredibly magical about the city as the sun starts to set. This guide has got all of the best vantage points covered; from high in the air to down on the ground, here are the locations you will find the best sunsets in Paris, guaranteed to take your breath away at golden hour.

Sacré Cœur Sacré Cœur

Sacré Cœur is the spot where the majority of tourists flock to watch the sunset in Paris and with good reason. The basilica is perched on top of one of Paris’ highest peaks therefore boasts unparalleled views over the whole city.

Hotel Raphael

Hôtel Raphael

This luxury hotel has one of the most beautiful rooftop terraces you’ll ever see. It’s an ideal place to catch the last rays of sun softly flickering behind the Parisian rooftops over a delicious cocktail or two. Located between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe the panoramic terrace offers astounding views of both of these iconic monuments.

Pont des Arts

Square du Vert- Galant

Not quite as well known by tourists but instead crowded with expats and Parisians picnicking and drinking al fresco. In my opinion it’s one of the merriest places to watch the sunset as the atmosphere is alive with laughter and music and every single person seems to be enjoying the moment. Sit right on the point where the island ends and take in the magical view of Pont des Arts with your feet dangling over the river.

Place de Trocadero

Place du Trocadéro

For the best view of the Eiffel Tower this should be your spot of choice. The iron lady has never looked so majestic than at sunset. It’s a beautiful moment when the sky changes from fiery red to pitch black and the Eiffel Tower sparkles for the first time that day.


The Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is in the center of Paris and is a great place to watch the sunset as it is surrounded by some of Paris’ most iconic architecture. The gardens are framed by the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Rue de Rivoli and the Musée d’Orsay so no matter which way you look there will be pretty Parisian architecture to admire.

Ile Saint Louis

Ile Saint Louis

For the type of Parisian evening you see in the movies, head to the charming Ile Saint Louis. Stroll around the island and catch the dappled light dancing off the buildings. After the sun has set find a seat on one of the cafe terraces and order a glass of wine to be enjoyed over the soundtrack of live accordionists playing la vie en rose and other traditional French tunes.

The Seine

The banks of the Seine

One of the most enchanting places to watch the sunset is along the banks of the Seine. The Seine is romantic at any time of day but there is something particularly special about strolling along the river as the orange rays are reflected on the water.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    ijaz Ibrahim
    July 30, 2015 at 3:10 am

    My big dreams visit of paris is one of them
    i like this place from my heart
    thank you for sharing

    July 29, 2015 at 2:04 am

    My city!!

    Melissa at
    July 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

    My husband and I flew into Paris for the start of our honeymoon last month. We watched the sunset by the Eiffel Tower. What made it so dreamy, besides the obvious, was the live music. This guy was playing the guitar and singing.
    We danced under the glowing Eiffel Tower to three of my favorite songs. Another couple joined us. It was awesome.

    Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine
    July 28, 2015 at 2:07 am

    There is something about golden hour that just takes my breath away. I love sunsets! When I was in Paris, I was just sitting under the Eiffel Tower. But that view from Place du Trocadéro looks way cooler. Luckily, a sunset works its magic regardless. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    July 28, 2015 at 1:31 am

    There’s nothing quite like the golden hour in Paris, any time of year. Definitely bookmarking this list for my next trip. 🙂


    Saakshi Kumar
    July 27, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Ah, Paris <3 What is not to love?

    Mary Anne Medina
    July 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I love your post. I now want to go back to Paris and stay there longer! 🙂

    July 27, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    So so gorgeous! I particularly like the lighting at the Tuilleries

    July 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Excited to go to Paris someday. x

    July 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I dream of going to Paris and will keep these spots in mind when I eventually visit. x

    July 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    When I went to Paris I was blown away by the view at Sacré Cœur. I now wish we had stayed to see the sun set. What a gorgeous photo!

    Adelaide Haynes
    July 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    The Sacre Coeur has the best view of Paris full stop! It’s so magical and you could spend the whole afternoon and night up there.
    Paris is so picturesque, any view you have of that beauitufl city is breathtaking!

    July 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    The first thing that popped into my mind was the Sacré Cœur, I’m so glad we agree on that! I would definitely add Versailles to this too, all though it might not be considered Paris 🙂 Where is your next planned trip going? 🙂

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    July 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Really gorgeous post. Love Paris and I’ll keep this list in mind when I visit again. Thanks for sharing x

    July 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Such a great idea for a post and absolutely beautiful photos. Ile Saint Louis is definitely one of my favourites! x

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    July 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful photos — SO excited to see Paris sunsets for myself next year. Thanks for sharing!!

    July 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I am going to Paris in August so this is just perfect! Sunset at the Sacré Cœur seems like a must-see. x

    July 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    These photos are stunning!!