What can be more picture perfect and Instagrammable than the City of Lights, Paris? With the multitude of monuments and attractions the city has to offer, it is impossible not to get at least one perfect shot. If you’re struggling to choose, here is a list of six of the best spots in the city to set up your camera gear.
Shooting a picture of the Notre Dame church without a thick crowd in front of it is tricky to almost impossible. One alternative is to get the back view of the church instead. You can walk to the Pont de la Tournelle but gear up with longer lens.
If you really want the original Notre-Dame iconic front, get up before sunrise and head to Left Bank where the bookstalls stand in the foreground. The colors will definitely be that more amazing as the sun rises. Plus, there are fewer tourists around.
Easily the most colorful street in all of Paris, this famous site has grown in popularity and has become one of the most photographed streets in the city. Screaming with symmetry and colors, the street is beautifully lined with rainbow-colored houses all in a perfect straight pathway. Add the pretty flowers and potted plants outside the houses and voila! The perfect Instagram post.
The Louvre Pyramid
Of course, everyone with the opportunity to visit Paris will want to see the famous Mona Lisa in the Louvre, but if your love is of photography, the sight outside the museum is to die for. The glass Louvre Pyramid is a nice contrast to the surrounding buildings, and it is best captured at sunset on Tuesdays where the museums are closed, and the tourists are fewer.
Arc de Triomphe
The arc stands proudly between the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which makes the perfect setting for long exposure shots with the vehicles passing by at night. You can set up your gear in a pedestrian crossing a stone’s throw away from the arc. As an alternative, the arc is pretty magnificent from the view at Esplanade de la Défense or at Place de la Concorde.
The Eiffel Tower
La Tour Eiffel deserves all the superlatives. Not only is this the most visited and most crowded attraction in Paris and in the whole world, but it is also the most beautiful and striking amongst any other. Being crowded with over 7 million tourists yearly, to take a remarkable photo of the tower is quite a challenge.
Nonetheless, there are still several good places in the city to get the most out of the tower. One lovely spot is from the Allée des Refuzniks at the foot of the tower, where the trees can add to the overall beauty of the place. Another would be from the top of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, where you can get a magnificent view of the city with the tower right in its center.