Paris is one of Europe’s best known and most loved cities, popular with holidaymakers and locals alike. Ask anyone who has visited and they will tell you how charming and romantic Paris really is, making it a picture-perfect treat for tourists.
With iconic landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur and – of course – the Eiffel Tower, you are never short of sights to marvel at… the hard bit will be choosing where to go first!
We’ve picked out our favourite spots in the city to help you experience the very best of what Paris has to offer, even if you’re short on time.
How to spend your day
Admiring the view at the Place du Trocadéro
One of our favourite spots in Paris is the Place du Trocadéro, where you can find arguably the best view of the Eiffel Tower in the city. The location provides the perfect viewpoint, looking out across the Jardins du Trocadéro towards the Eiffel Tower, and we especially recommend visiting after dark, when you’ll be able to see it in full illumination. If you’re lucky, you might also be treated to a song or dance by one of the many street performers that frequent this popular spot!
Cruising along the River Seine
Situated along the banks of the Seine are some of Paris’ most famous sights to see, making it really easy to tick off lots of places in one go – and what better way to do it than travelling in style along the Parisian shores? Take a cruise down the Seine and you can expect to see the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame and the French Parliament, amongst a host of other special sights.
Exploring the Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Standing proud at the bottom of the world-renowned Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the Arc de Triomphe, perfectly framing the rows of trees and buildings along this incredibly photogenic street. As well as the vast array of shops, there are also plenty of restaurants on the Champs-Élysées, making it the ideal opportunity to take a break and sample the French cuisine whilst watching the world go by.
Photo hotspots in Paris
Take a glance down this street and you can’t fail to be amazed by the bold colours and charming houses that are on display – it’s no wonder many refer to Rue Crémieux as the most colourful street in Paris! Rapidly growing in popularity, this has become a top spot for photographers, bloggers and influencers, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you snap a picture of the whole street or choose to pose in front of a house that matches your outfit, there are so many photo opportunities for you to try out and get creative with. You can find Rue Crémieux in the Quinze-Vingts Quartier of the city’s 12th arrondissement.
It’s easy to see why this spot remains a favourite amongst visitors to Paris when you look at some of the spectacular photos captured at the Louvre. Many opt for the iconic glass pyramid shot from the museum’s courtyard, but if you get creative with your positioning, you can capture something even more unique. The Louvre really does lend itself to beautiful photography, and it’s the perfect place to experiment with different ideas, whether you’re there to capture the architecture or if you’d just like to snap your next profile picture.
Visit the neighbourhood of Montmartre and you’ll be spoilt for choice – this area is brimming with traditional buildings, quaint streets and authentically French scenes for you to capture. While you’re there, take the funicular railway up to the top of the Montmartre hill, where you will find the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica with its stunning view over the city. Neighbouring the Sacré-Cœur is another great photo spot, the ‘Sinking House’ illusion. Just climb the hill, tilt your camera and you can create the illusion of the house sinking into the ground below, making for a unique and fun photo! When you return from your travels, why not print your photo on a canvas that reveals the optical illusion when you tilt it on the wall?
Choose your time of day wisely
Due to its popularity, Paris can be incredibly difficult to photograph without interruption or distraction, and most of the main tourist hotspots will often be packed with people, making it nigh on impossible to get your dream shot! Try picking quieter times of day, such as dawn or dusk, and avoiding peak times of year if you’re really serious about getting the perfect photos.
Keep your eyes open on your travels
Take time while you’re travelling around the city to take note of your surroundings – sometimes you’ll be able to pick out an interesting and unusual shot in an unlikely location, such as the inside of a metro station or through the window of a taxi. Be sure to keep your camera handy while exploring!
Put those photos to good use
Now you’ve done all the hard work and snapped your best pictures, they deserve to be properly commemorated so you can treasure the memories of your trip for years to come. Whether you’d like to create your very own CEWE PHOTOBOOK to tell the tale of your adventure, turn your snaps into wall art to spice up a room, or simply have your favourite photos printed out for you to frame, we’d love to see what you decide to do!