Paris is one of the most photographed cities in the world, so you want to have the best chance at talking photos that can really wow.
If you’re only in Paris for a short time, how do you hunt out all the best photography locations? You need a guide, a plan and a map pinned with locations to tick off.
This is probably my favourite place to view the Eiffel Tower from, it was here that I caught my first glimpse of the famed tower back in 2012. There will be crowds and they will walk in front of your camera, but hold your position when you find that central spot, you can grab some great shots here. Try to come here when the sky looks interesting, clouds are fine, but a white overcast sky can lack depth.
We spent about an hour one evening in just this location finding the best angles and playing with moonlight. There’s a lot that can be done juxtaposing the glass pyramid with the original part of the Louvre behind. This is a building where you can really play with angles.
3- Sacré Cœur
It’s a very steep walk up but certainly worth it, you’ll discover this magnificent building named church of the sacred heart placed high on the hill. The front will be crowded too but the architecture will be just as beautiful round the back of the building too, and with hardly anyone there.
This street is a few minutes walk from the back of Sacré Cœur, called Rue de l’Abreuvoir. It’s mostly empty however not completely unknown; there were a few tour groups in the area. It just screams authentic Parisian, there was even a fashion photographer with a model in front of one of the pink buildings.
5- Pont Alexandre III
Often described as the most ornate bridge in the city, Pont Alexandre III is covered in sculptures and guarded by gold Pegasus’. It it surrounded by the Grand Palais, Invalides and you can even watch the sun set behind the Eiffel Tower in the evening.
6- Jardin de Luxembourg
This is a beautiful garden with Palace attached located south of the river. It’s a nice quiet area that locals use for relaxing, enjoying the fresh air and hopefully the sunshine too.
When I travel I love to get up high, I find it satisfies my obsession with maps and knowing where things are in comparison to each other. And if you time it right you could see some fantastic sunsets.
1- Eiffel Tower
This Eiffel Tower is the obvious choice for someone who wants to see Paris from above, standing at 324 meters high, at the time of construction (1889) it was the tallest building in the world. Expect queues at the base and again on the second floor. You can really appreciate the conformity of the all white buildings of Paris from here. The Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro are a great team, giving perfect views of one from the other.
2- Arc de Triomphe
Although by far not the highest point in Paris, going to the top of the Arc de Triomphe really shows off the planning of the city. Take in views down grand French avenues including Champs-Élysées growing out from around the roundabout. This view also shows how high up on a hill Sacré Coeur is.
3- Tour Montparnasse
The Montparnasse tower is an office skyscraper sitting at 210 meters high, you can admire the views by taking one of the fastest lifts in Europe taking only 38 seconds to get to the top floor. It has been said that Tour Montparnasse boasts the best views in Paris because it’s the only place where you can’t see it from! This building has actually been voted the second ugliest building in the world in the past, so knowing that – best be inside it!
4- Sacré Cœur
The famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica stands at only 80 meters high but the area of Montmartre is high up on a hill so it’s as if the Basilica is watching over all Paris. Unfortunately there’s no view of the Eiffel Tower from here but you can see a wide view of the Paris skyline. It’s possible to point out some other famous structures such as Notre-Dame and the Montparnasse Tower.
Right in the city centre is the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, the roof is accessible to tourists and gives a view of the nearby rooftops of Paris. Sunset up here would be particularly good paired with the view of the Eiffel Tower.