From the iconic structures on the Parisian skyline to the lesser-known places, here are the best spots in the French capital to captivate your social media following.
1. Eiffel Tower
This has got to be one of the most romantic places in Paris with many people travelling here to propose to their significant others. However, it still makes a great snap whether you’re there with a loved one or not. Located on Champ de Mars, the 300m wrought iron lattice tower was named after Gustave Eiffel who was behind its design and construction in 1887. It’s especially striking when it lights up at night.
Métro: Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel
2. Rue Cremieux
Much like some of London’s famous pastel-coloured mews, this Paris street makes the perfect backdrop for those looking to add a pop of colour to their Instagram feed. Located near Gare de Lyon, the street is lined with pretty painted buildings and potted plants that will add charm to your Instagram profile.
Métro: Gare de Lyon
Put your comfortable walking shoes on for a trek up the 130-m high Montmartre hill to this beautiful building, or if you don’t want to, it makes just as stunning a photo from down below. Located in the 18th arrondissement, the big white church is so grand, it wouldn’t look out of place in a Disney animated film.
Métro: Abbesses, Lamarck Caulaincourt, Anvers
4. Pigalle Duperré
It’s worth visiting the 9th arrondissement of Paris just to capture this colourful shot from above. Ill Studio’s collaboration with French fashion brand Pigalle and Nike resulted in the Pigalle Duperré basketball court (named after the street it’s located on, between two Parisian apartment blocks) in the same neighbourhood as the iconic Moulin Rouge. The transformation was inspired by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich’s Sportsmen painting, which shows four people standing alongside each other. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth going back as the court is updated with new colour schemes.
5. Colonnes de Buren
A popular Instagram shot to take is of French artist Daniel Buren’s Les Deux Plateaux, commonly known as the Colonnes de Buren, located in the cour d’honneur (inner courtyard) of the Palais Royal. Known as a “village in the city”, you’ll find pretty shopping arcades dating back to the 17th century here, among the palace and gardens. The place is popular among tourists and locals alike thanks to the Le Grand Véfour restaurant and Comédie-Française, the oldest still-operating theatre in the world.
Métro: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre