Guide to 8 most photogenic places in Paris

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Paris no doubt is one of the most photogenic places in the world! Ahhh, the Eiffel tower again! (I know, I know…).

Each year there are around 25 millions tourists coming to Paris, and 99% of them come to top destinations like the Eiffel Tower or Louvre museum…. But believe me, this post is not just about naming the most popular places to visit where there are full of people. I’m gonna guide you to the most photogenic places in Paris with beautiful corners that I have just had a chance to sight-see with my Vietnamese friend Helly Tong when she came to visit me.

Having lived here for 3 years, I could say I know this city well. However going around Paris with someone who came here for the first time like this, was such a rare occasion that I could see Paris again with fresh eyes.

1/ Let’s start with the Eiffel Tower & Place du Trocadéro:

The best way to explore this wonder is starting from Place du Trocadéro, metro Trocadéro. Then walk towards the Eiffel tower. This place is normally super crowded so if you want a perfect shot, go super early in the morning. Or, continue to read and I tell you where I found is best to take photos of the Eiffel Tower.

Surprisingly, most people like to push to get a photo of them and the Eiffel tower in Place du Trocadéro, I recommend you keep walking ahead until you see a bridge (Pont d’léna), you can then have a photo like Helly above,  next to the bridge, with beautiful view of both the Eiffel tower and the bridge, and  no one else around pushing you to take a photo 🙂

Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadero

In Place du Trocadero, there are some stairs and interesting views too.

Place du Trocadero fashion

Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadero, on the way to the Eiffel tower

2/ The bridge in “Inception” movie! (Pont de Bir-Hakeim)

Remember the bridge in Inception movie? Dreamy pedestrian walk in the middle of the bridge separated from the car lanes with giant columns, and the train running above. In the movie I loved it when Ariadne created mirrors between the columns, I thought it was real! I remember my first time visiting Pont de Bir-Hakeim, I was actually looking for those mirrors.

Nevertheless without the imagined mirrors from Inception, the bridge is still irresistibly charming.

If you’re walking from Place du Trocadéro like I said above to reach Pont d’léna, Pont de Bir-Hakeim is on the right side for 7-10 minutes walk.

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

The side streets and tunnel under the bridge (Pont de Bir-Hakeim) look so gorgeous too. I love to play with the sun and shadow in the photos like below:

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Street besides Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Tunnel next to Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Get her look:

3/ Montmartre:

This part of Paris is famous for its stair and passageways, gorgeous houses and gardens of artists and pretty cafes…. You can either start your Montmartre journey from La Basilique du Sacré Coeur (metro Anvers) or rue Caulaincourt uphill (metro Lamarck – Caulaincourt)

Personally I prefer the uphill part of Montmartre where there are not that many tourists.

Stairs Montmartre

Stairs, signature scene of Montmartre.

Montmartre

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La Maison Rose cafe

Montmartre

In front of a house in Montmartre, with a minimalist background

4/ “Lovelock” bridge:

Oh lovebirds destination…. It’s beautiful to see thousands proofs of love are exposed and shining in the sun. Though it hurts me a little to think about the idea of enduring love is actually not quite enduring due to the enormous weights the bridge has to bear, and thousands of keys under the river.

There are 2 bridges in Paris are famous for love locks. They just took down all the love locks from Pont des Arts not so long ago. But no worries!!! There is still one left: Pont de l’Archevêché.

This tiny bridge was built in 1828 and is the narrowest road bridge in Paris and where Gene Kelly and Lesile Caron danced in the movie An American In Paris. There are tons of tourists of course, so make sure you take plenty of pictures like us and crop them well 🙂

Pont de l'Archevêché

Pont de l'Archevêché love locks

Pont de l’Archevêché

5/ Along the Seine river:
There are many other lovely bridges to explore not so far from Pont de l’Archevêché when walking along the Seine river and explore the 2 little islands in the center of Paris.
Walking along the Seine is the best way to “feel” Paris. There is an inexplicable calmness and romance though there are always a lot of people passing by. The street music from accordion or guitar, the cafes on Quai de la Bourbon, little flowers boutiques and artisanal ice-cream… It’s my most favourite part of the town.
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Get Helly’s look:
6/ Le Marais:
They call it the fashionable district of Paris. Here is the place for lots of fashion brands, vintage stores, art galleries and cool bars. However what I like about Le Marais is the free-spirit, hippy side of it. People are free to dress to their style, mixing vintage with designer clothes and not afraid to put on a striking outfit for a normal day.
Perfect spots for photos: lots of colourful doors! Feel free to mix with colours from your outfits for a harmony effect. Cafes and bicycles on the streets make a wonderful background, too.
Metro: Saint Paul, Hotel de Ville.
Le marais blue door

A blue door in Le Marais, not far from the station Hotel de Ville.

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Bicycle and pretty shop windows

7/ Arc de Triomphe & the avenues:

The architecture is striking, particularly at sunset. However because it’s normally very crowded around the Arc, and not so many unique angle in Place Charles de Gaulle, I recommend you go down the avenues radiate from the Arc de Triomphe. Avenue Hoche is a quiet street with ancient Haussmann buildings, perfect to play with intersections and lines in the photos.

Arc de triomphe

Arc de triomphe at sunset

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Helly captured by me on Avenue Hoche

8/ Rooftop view of Paris – Galeries Lafayette:

If London has Harrod’s, New York has Bloomingdale’s and Tokyo has Isetan, Paris has Galeries Lafayette, where you can find anything! The big department store is situated on boulevard Haussmann, a few steps away from Opera Paris.

In Paris you can never ever feel bored!

I feel wonderful every time I go to this quartier and look at the glamourous architecture of the Opera, eat some Japanese food nearby (walk towards metro Pyramides from the Opera), then treat myself some shopping at Galeries Lafayette. Helly and I actually did the same that day. Then we ended up on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette and enjoyed this magnifique view of Haussmann architecture and the Eiffel Tower from far.

Rooftop view - Galeries Lafayette

Rooftop view – Galeries Lafayette

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Opera Paris, not far from Galeries Lafayette

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Get Helly’s look:

There are a lot of gorgeous photo spots in Paris. I’ll write more guides about my photogenic Paris, and next time perhaps a few more hidden places 🙂

And you? What’s your favourite photo spots in Paris?

Photo: Mimiminh.

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