Top 3 photo spots in Paris
Paris is always a good idea they say. For me it is absolutely true and I always enjoy my time in the city that became so dear to me. Paris is great no matter if I’m alone or in the company of friends or family. I love it during every season, no matter if I have many or no plans at all on my agenda. The huge popularity of Paris is absolutely justified, given the variety of historical, cultural and architectural highlights. True, Paris is always crowded with tourists, but unlike in some other cities, the vistors blend in with the locals in a most perfect way and create the vibrant atmosphere of the city.
During my recent visit, the first in winter, I was incredibly lucky with the weather. I expected cold and windy conditions and therefore planed for a lot of indoor activities. Visits to the museums, lot of book & decor shopping and of course extensive stays in coffee shops & brasseries. Beside those things, thanks to the warm and sunny weather, I was able to enjoy the streets of Paris a lot. During one of my endless walks I had the idea for a reality check on some of the Instagram famous locations in Paris.
Rue de l’Université
What used to be an insider tip few years ago became one of the most popular photo spots in Paris. The street, Rue de l’Université, is quite a long one. It starts in the 6th arrondissement, also known as Luxembourg, and ends almost underneath the Eiffel Tower, which is where this spot is. Honestly, it is the perfect background for any picture! At the time of my visit, shortly before lunch, there were some tourists, street sellers and few locals going about their business. It seems to be a pretty busy area and it can be challenging to get a good picture, unless you either have a lot of patience or good Photoshop skills. If you are dedicated to take the perfect photo and don’t mind getting up early, I recommend to get up early in the morning and be at the spot before everyone else arrives. Best even before the sun is up. Imagine how amazing the picture may turn out with a pretty sunrise in it!
Location: Corner of Rue de l’Université and Avenue de la Bourdonnais
Tip: Use your mobile phone’s Weather app to find out at what time the sun rises.
Terrasse des Galeries Lafayette
I found this location on Instagram and I couldn’t be happier about it! It is the perfect spot to take amazing skyline pictures of Paris. Located on the top of the famous department store Galeries Lafayette Hausmann in the 9th arrondissement, the only challenge here is not to spend too much money on fashion or beauty products before or after your visit. The terrace offers views of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame. Despite all the visitors you will find plenty of space to take a nice picture. Timing isn’t crucial unless you hope for a beautiful sunset. I loved this spot and will definitely return.
Location: Galleries Lafayette Hausmann, 40, Bd Haussmann
Good to know: Open daily. Free entry.
Musée de l’Orangerie
One of my favourite museums in Paris since I discovered it 10 years ago. Musée de l’Orangerie is rather small but definitely worth the visit. Why? Because I believe when it comes to art the quality is more important than the quantity. The highlight of the museum is Claude Monet’s masterpiece, the Water Lilies, a panoramic painting laid out almost seamlessly in two elliptical rooms. It is not surprising that such a setting attracts photographers, some interested in the art itself, while others using the paintings as background for portraits or selfies. The only downside of the increased popularity of the museum are the crowds. While it isn’t as overrun as Louvre, it can be hard to enjoy the art or take a good picture. As often, timing is crucial. I recommend to either be among the first ones to enter the museum or come only shortly before the museum closes, when most of the visitors already left. I chose to visit at 5pm and shortly before the museum closed it’s doors at 6pm I had the impressive paintings all for myself.
Location: Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
Good to know: Closed on Tuesdays. Admission € 6.50. Free entry on each first Sunday of the month.