21 picturesque Paris spots you need to see
From Luxembourg Gardens that offers an incredible view of the picturesque Luxembourg Palace to one of the world's largest art museum, the Louvre, a trip to Paris isn't complete without taking a photograph in front of these spots.
We don't think anyone would be surprised to hear that the City of Light is rife with photo ops. As the capital of France, Paris is known as a global centre for art, fashion, food, and culture. But with so much to see and do, it's hard to know where exactly to focus your attention. Lucky for you, Instagram users from around the world have determined the best locales to snap the most enviable shots. If you're planning a visit to Paris, make sure you grab a photo in one (or all) of these Instagrammable spots.
We're sure you're already familiar with this one, but a trip to Paris isn't complete without snapping a shot in front of the world's largest art museum and its iconic glass pyramid.
Tucked away on Rue Chanoinesse just steps from Notre Dame, this adorable cafe has become as well-known for its cafe au lait as its Instagram potential.
Full disclosure: the Moulin Rouge isn't nearly as glamorous as it looks in the movie, but its big red windmill is definitely something to look out for.
Easy to spot anywhere from the busy Champs-Elysees, this enormous triumphal arch is one of the most famous monuments in Paris.
Located just a few minutes from the Trocadero, Avenue de Camoens is a hidden gem, as it has one of the best sneaky views of the Eiffel Tower.
6. Places des Vosges
The oldest (and arguably the prettiest) public square in all of Paris, this spot is located in the historic Marais district.
Located just across from the Louvre, the 17th-century arcades and iconic striped columns of this former palace courtyard make the perfect backdrop for photos.
Though definitely not as well-kept a secret as Avenue de Camoens, the Trocadero — the site of the Palais de Chaillot and located across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower — offers the best views of the tower in the city, so the earlier in the day you can get there, the better.
Known as the Wall of Love, the Love Wall of Paris, or simply the "I Love You" Wall, you can find this picture spot in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre, where "I Love You" is written in 250 different languages on pretty blue tiles.
10. Sinking House of Montmartre
Located to the right of the Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre, the "sinking" house is found behind a grassy bank, and here you can capture a pic with the illusion that the house is sinking into the ground behind you.
11. Rue de l'Universite
Another great photo spot for catching the Eiffel Tower is on the long, narrow street, Rue de l'Universite.
Sure, there's plenty of art to check out in the Musee d'Orsay, but one of the coolest pieces is the giant, Instagram-famous clock window facing the Seine.
This precious pastel-coloured backstreet may be one of the most Instagram-perfect blocks in Paris.
As well as delicious traditional French cuisine, this pretty pink restaurant is practically begging to be photographed.
15. Luxembourg Gardens
This garden offers plenty of greenery and an incredible photo op of the picturesque Luxembourg Palace (especially if taken from across the Medici Fountain).
The Galerie Vivienne is one of the many covered passages of Paris, and with its elegant canopy and Pompeian style, it makes for some impressive Instagram shots.
17. Palais Garnier
The inside of this giant opera house is full of gems, but the grand foyer (designed to act as a drawing room for Paris society) is definitely something to behold.
The second most visited monument in Paris (after the Eiffel Tower, of course) is Sacre-Coeur, and though it will take some work to ascend to the summit of Montmartre, the view from the basilica is more than worth it.
Situated on the Ile de la Cite (and just a short walk from Notre Dame), this intimate, Gothic-style church is full of stained glass, gorgeous tiles, and a million photo ops.
Macarons in Paris are a must, and there's no better place to go than one of these mint-coloured luxury bakery and tea rooms, the best of which is located on Champs-Elysees.
21. Carousel of the Eiffel Tower
There are plenty of carousels to be photographed in Paris, but one of the best is on the bank of the Seine right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, which offers the perfect shot if you position yourself just right.