It probably comes as no surprise that Paris is a rather photogenic city. If you follow Parlez Vous Parisien on Instagram you will have noticed that I’m fond of sharing my fair share of snaps as I do some urban exploration. Whether you live in the capital or are planning on visiting Paris at some point, make sure you let all your Instagram followers know by sharing THE most Instagrammable shots of Paris. Here are a few of my favourites:
1. The Eiffel Tower…Duh
How else will people know you’ve visited the city of light? Make sure you get both daytime and night-time shots!
How do I get the shot? The photo above I took at Trocadero (metro: Trocadero) as the sun was setting (which happened to make the sky look like the Tricolour!) The only problem with this location is the hordes of tourists that are destined to be in your photos too. If you make your way to the Trocadero gardens (as I did) it might be a little calmer. Another good spot for a full view of the Eiffel Tower is by the Bateaux Mouches (where you can cruise along the Seine after your snap!) This is at the Place D’Alma (metro 9: Alma-Marceau). Great for a night-time photo of the Eiffel Tower in all her sparkling glory.
2. Cheese and wine…Duh.
If you’re in France, especially Paris, then you absolutely must get a shot of all that wine and cheese you will inevitably be eating!
How do I get the shot? Um, by leaving your room. Honestly most cafés, bistros, restaurants will have a cheese board and a list of wines as long as your arm. The photo above I took near the Centre Pompidou in a lovely cafe called Paris Beaubourg. I also recommend Au Vieux Colombier (outside the metro station Saint-Sulpice, and a short walk from the glorious Jardin Luxembourg). Au Vieux Colombier is a a little café done in the art deco style- perfect for some interesting Instagram shots:
3. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Paris, the modern metropolis it may be still has a plethora of green spaces to explore. Assuming you have checked off the Tuileries and Jardin Luxembourg from your itinerary, you may want to wander off the beaten track and head over to Paris’ tourist backwater: the 19th arrondissement. Parc des Buttes Chaumont is by far my favourite park in Paris, with its waterfalls, grotto, temple and lake you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into a distant land. The fairytale features of this Romantic landscape give you ample Instagram-worthy shots while you enjoy a picnic overlooking the Temple de la Sibylle, a miniature version of the famous ancient Roman Temple of Vesta.
How do I get the shot? The Parc des Buttes Chaumont is just outside the metro station Buttes Chaumont and near metro stations Laumière and Botvzris. Lines and
4. Paris Landscape
Paris has formidable panoramic views. Many people like to take landscape photos from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the only thing with that is…You don’t get Paris’ defining feature in the frame: the tower itself! Instead, head to Montmartre and climb to the top of the Sacre Coeur, once you’ve turned around you will see the whole of Paris before you. Again, if you fancy giving the crowds a miss you can do as I did in the shot above, and head towards Opéra instead.
How do I get the shot? Go to the roof of the Galeries Lafayette, where you can take a seat, enjoy an ice cream (weather permitting) or a coffee and gaze at the city that surrounds you. The Shopping centre Galeries Lafayette is VERY Instagrammable in itself, with beautiful displays that change often. Top tip: take a look around during holiday season, it’s stunning.
5. Rue Cremieux
Add some colour to your Instagram feed while you are in Paris. If a place could be described as MADE for Instagram then it is Rue Cremieux. With it’s vibrant colour scheme, serious greenery and cobbled streets, you’ll want to take photos of every inch of this residential road.
How do I get the shot? Rue Cremieux isn’t far from the Gare de Lyon train station, and branches off Rue de Lyon. There isn’t much else to do in the surrounding area, but you’re guaranteed quirky photos of Paris for your Instagram!
I have so many more Instagram-worthy locations to share with you- including more secret only-locals-know spots. Let me know by liking my blog post or in the comments below if you would like a part II to this guide!