Best places to take pictures in Paris, France

Since Paris is known as the City of Lights and the City of Love, 💕  it will not surprise anyone that it’s the perfect photo location. 

It’s home to an abundance of picturesque settings, such as the Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Garden, Moulin Rouge, the Rue de l’Université, and more, making it the prime city for dazzling photos. ✨

We asked our local vacation photographers in Paris to give us their picks for the best places to take photos in Paris. Whether you are travelling with your sweetheart, best friend, family, or adventuring alone, these iconic Parisian areas offer a great canvas to capture your vacation memories so you can relive the moment for years to come. 😊

Photo: Olga in Paris for Flytographer. Vanessa and partner on a couples photoshoot at the Louvre.

1. Trocadero & The Eiffel Tower

The Trocadero is a must-visit for the best views of the Eiffel Tower and a fun day out. Situated alongside the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero is a square full of gardens, 🌸 sculptures, and museums that also has an abundance of Instagrammable photo opportunities. 

Explore the museums and snap photos of the Eiffel Tower during the day, 🌞 and then make sure to stay for the Eiffel Tower light show at night. 🌙 You can watch the Eiffel Tower’s lights go from warm gold to bright purple in a breathtaking display that you won’t want to miss.

If you have the energy to hike up to the second floor (unfortunately, that is the furthest the public can go), you won’t regret it! Soak in the beautiful, panoramic views of the city and don’t forget to capture a few pics. 🌆

Photos: Rachael in Paris for Flytographer. Benedict and Uju celebrate their engagement in Paris with a proposal photoshoot.

2. The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is one of the city’s oldest districts. This picturesque neighbourhood on the Left Bank of the Seine River 🌊 is a great spot to take a long walk and capture quintessential Paris photos. It’s also close to other iconic Paris attractions like the gothic Sainte-Chapelle. ⛪️

It’s the ideal area for a stroll and photoshoot because the brick streets are lined with backdrops of cafes and bookshops. 📖  If you keep following Rue Saint-Jacques, it will eventually lead you to the heavenly Luxembourg Gardens. If you want to photograph the true essence of Paris, this is an excellent place to pose for some photos and do just that.

After drifting past the cafes and bookshops, make sure to check out the Pantheon. 🏛 Take some time to admire the Classical Greek architecture and wander through the crypt where famous French figures like Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and Emile Zola are buried. 

Photo: Kirill in Paris for Flytographer. Brynne and family walking around the Latin Quarter.

Photo: James in Paris for Flytographer. Megan on her solo adventure captured memories with a modern headshot photoshoot.

3. Luxembourg Gardens

Thanks to a bequest from Napoléon, the extensive manicured Jardin du Luxembourg with the stately 17th-century palace — which is open to the public — offers a stunning backdrop for photos. Whether you’re visiting Paris with your family, friends, or partner, travelling out to these gardens will make for an unforgettable and incredible day trip. 😍

The Luxembourg Gardens will transport you back in time when French royalty roamed these gorgeous and vibrant gardens. 🌻 Stand next to the sculptures with the colourful foliage and the Luxembourg Palace behind you for some of the best photos you’ll capture on your Paris adventure. 

Photo: James in Paris for Flytographer. Kristie and husband on their romantic couples trip.

4. Champ de Mars

A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to this famous landmark. 🙌🏼 There are many spots throughout the city to capture a photo with the Eiffel Tower peeking behind, but one of the best places is on the Champ de Mars, which is right beneath its shadow. 

Come in the early morning to this public space for ideal light and fewer crowds, or find a free space in the evening to experience the fantastic light show of the tower. The Champ de Mars delivers lovely photography locations from dawn to dusk, 🌇  so make sure to squeeze in a photoshoot here! 📸

Photo: Olga in Paris for Flytographer. Ashley and partner capture memories in Paris in front of the Champ de Mars on a couple photoshoot.

5. Montmartre

Montmartre made its mark with notable artists who once called it home, such as Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. It’s easy for even a tourist to find the hill of Montmartre because sitting right on top is the eye-catching white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. 

This picturesque neighbourhood remains a beautiful backdrop for photos, with colourful façades and historic windmills reminiscent of its agricultural history. It’s also well-known for being a nightclub district, 🎉  so if you’re travelling without kids, head back after sunset 🌅 for a fun night out. 

Photo: Flytographer in Paris. Lauren and her friends walking around the streets of Montmartre.

Photo: Rachael in Paris for Flytographer. Walking around the streets of Montmartre before Alex proposed to Joey.

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6. The Louvre

The Louvre is the world’s second-largest museum 🖼  located on the Right Bank of the Seine, which means it provides many places to capture a great photo. It’s especially a must-visit for art and history lovers. 🎨

Your Paris itinerary is incomplete without a photo of you standing in front of the Louvre. After all, it’s a popular photography spot for tourists. Don’t forget to come back at night after you’ve wandered around the museum because the glass pyramid lights up ✨ with warm gold light, making it a perfect light-filled backdrop.

Photo: Olga in Paris for Flytographer. Brian and family on their family vacation.

Photo: Olga in Paris for Flytographer. Keirsten and partner on their couples trip.

7. Shakespeare & Company

Found on the Left Bank, Shakespeare & Company is one of the best-known bookshops 📚 in the world, opened by George Whitman in 1951. Inspired by the original shop where Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce used to hang out, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a Woody Allen movie 🎥  (the shop was actually featured in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’).

Shakespeare & Company should be on every book lover’s travel list, whether you’re a fan of the current bestsellers or rare finds. Not only will you be able to find almost any book you desire in this cozy 1950s bookshop, but charm of the exterior makes for an iconic photo spot. 📷

Photo: Olga in Paris for Flytographer. Amber and their partner capture memories in Paris on a couple photoshoot.

8. Sacré-Coeur

The Sacré-Cœur, also known as The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, 💗 is a stunning Roman Catholic church located on the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city. The white Ancient Roman architecture sits at the top of an elaborate set of stone stairs that provides an irresistible setting for a photoshoot and should be on any tourist’s Paris itinerary. ✅ 

It’s the second most visited landmark in Paris, and if you look at photos, you’ll understand why! Everyone wants a picture of one of the best Paris monuments. 😍

Photo: Olga in Paris for Flytographer. Ashley and their partner capture memories together in Paris with a couple photoshoot.

9. Tuileries

The Tuileries Palace was originally the residence of French royalty from 1564 to 1871, before the beautiful Palace was destroyed by arson. However, the Tuileries Garden 🌼  is just as impressive and is open to the public today. It’s located on the Right Bank of the Seine, right by the Louvre and Av. des Champs-Élysées (a famous shopping street in the 8th arrondissement of Paris), and is a popular place for Parisians to wander around and relax. 😴

The gardens are magnificent when the flowers are blooming during the springtime, and the gardens are bright green with life. 🌳  The Tuileries Garden is also home to many statutes designed by Aristide Maillol, a 20th-century sculptor. It will take your breath away as soon as you step in!

When you’re done strolling the gardens, follow the Av. des Champs-Élysées to even more amazing attractions that your Paris trip is incomplete without, like the Arc de Triomphe.

Photo: Olga in Paris for Flytographer. Claire and partner capture memories in Paris on their engagement trip.

10. Île St-Louis

Île Saint-Louis is one of two islands on the Seine River and is connected to Paris by four bridges. 🌉  It’s described as a charming treasure island full of cobblestone pathways lined with cafes and restaurants. 🍽

The island sparkles ✨  with history and has a long list of acclaimed architecture. It’s the home to the royal Gothic-style Sainte-Chapelle known for its stained glass windows and being the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. You can’t leave Paris without stopping by and having a photoshoot in front of the striking gothic architecture Île Saint-Louis has. 👌🏼

Photo: Maria in Paris for Flytographer. Katie and partner capture memories on their engagement trip.

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This French city is bursting with so many famous spots and hidden gems to visit that you’ll never run out of things to do or photos to snap. Take in the views of Paris while capturing all the amazing memories by booking a shoot with Flytographer! 📸

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