10 Great Paris, France Photography Locations

Paris, France is an elegant city filled with historical architecture, delicious cafes, and beautiful gardens. With many different iconic destinations and unique sights, you’ll be eager to take photos as you stroll through the city. From the famous Eiffel Tower to the incredible architecture of the Louvre, the city of Paris inspires a feeling of wonder. Here are 10 locations for great photos in Paris that you won’t want to miss.

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III is an elaborate bridge in Paris that was built in 1900 and decorated with grandiose lampposts. It’s an ideal portrait photography location with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the background, but it also makes for a great place to capture the intricate beauty the bridge itself.

Joe deSousa – Pont Alexandre III, Paris
Joe deSousa - Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

The Sacré-Cœur is a landmark that is hard to miss in Paris. The white dome, made of stone from the Chateau-Landon quarries, stands out as a prominent landmark in the city. There are stairs open to the public that will take you to the top, giving you a breathtaking view of Paris.

Kostas Limitsios – Sacre-Coeur
Kostas Limitsios - Sacre-Coeur

Kostas Limitsios – Sacre-Coeur
Kostas Limitsios - Sacre-Coeur

Rogerio Camboim S A – France, Paris, Sacré-Cœur
Rogerio Camboim S A - France, Paris, Sacré-Cœur

Pont Neuf

With dozens of bridges spanning the Seine, you’ll can easily find great opportunities for photographing the river and the scenery surrounding it. But photographing the oldest bridge across the Seine in Paris, Pont Neuf, is definitely a subject you don’t want to miss.

billknock – Toulouse Pont Neuf
billknock - Toulouse Pont Neuf

Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Cathedral stands in the middle of the city on the Île de la Cité surrounded by the Seine river. The structure is covered in detailed architecture that is so intricate that you’ll not only want to snap photos of the building, but also the fine artwork that went into Notre Dame many years ago.

Alexandre Prévot – Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Alexandre Prévot - Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Atibordee Kongprepan – Notre Dame Cathedral
Atibordee Kongprepan - Notre Dame Cathedral

alex hanoko – Notre Dame
alex hanoko - Notre Dame

Louvre

The world’s largest and most visited museum is the Louvre. The building was originally a fortress built during the medieval period but eventually become a royal palace. Located on the banks of the Seine, the complex of wings and pavilions is situated between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain.

While photos are not allowed to be taken inside of the museum, the outside is just as beautiful. You’ll find many photo opportunities as you enter the courtyard with the famous Louvre Pyramid and its surrounding fountains, along with the incredible architecture of the building itself.

simo0082 – Louvre by Night
simo0082 - Louvre by Night

Dimitry B. – Pyramide du Louvre
Dimitry B. - Pyramide du Louvre

Pont des Arts

Named the Bridge of Arts, this gorgeous bridge connects the Louvre museum and the Institut de France. It’s famously known as lovers’ bridge due to the tradition of couples attaching padlocks onto the rails and throwing the key into the Seine to declare their love for each other. While all the padlocks have recently been removed, the bridge and its iconic surroundings still make for a great place to take photos.

Edgardo W. Olivera – Pont des Arts
Edgardo W. Olivera - Pont des Arts

Vincent Anderlucci – Pause au pont des arts
Vincent Anderlucci - Pause au pont des arts

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous photography subjects in Paris. A perfectly framed shot of the Eiffel Tower can be taken from Place de Trocadero. Even though it’s flooded with tourists trying to get their own photograph and quite possibly ruining yours, it’s still worth going. Arriving at sunrise will set you up for a less crowded photo and a beautiful Parisian sky to illuminate your photo.

Brian Holland – Paris – Eiffel Tower
Brian Holland - Paris - Eiffel Tower

Daxis – Paris – Eiffel Tower and moon
Daxis - Paris - Eiffel Tower and moon

Gadjo_Niglo – Tour Eiffel
Gadjo_Niglo - Tour Eiffel

Michael Camilleri – Eiffel Tower
Michael Camilleri - Eiffel Tower

Gadjo_Niglo – Eiffel Tower
Gadjo_Niglo - Eiffel Tower

Carousel

There is a carousel at the foot of the Trocadero Gardens that has the Eiffel Tower in the foreground. The bright colors of the carousel with the tower in the background will create a whimsical photo to add to your Paris collection.

Falcon® Photography – Carrousel Parisien
Falcon® Photography - Carrousel Parisien

Fabecollage – Paris
Fabecollage - Paris

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a beautiful French monument that was inaugurated in 1836 to commemorate French military victories and honor soldiers who died in battle. Since the monument is surrounded roads and traffic, it’s an excellent subject to focus on for long exposures. You can also get a nice view of Montmartre and the Champs Elysees from the top.

Khairul Abdullah – paris_arc de triomphe at dusk
Khairul Abdullah - paris_arc de triomphe at dusk

Maayan Windmuller – arc de triomphe
Maayan Windmuller - arc de triomphe

EuroVizion – View of Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe / Christmas in Paris 1996
View of Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe / Christmas in Paris 1996

Sainte-Chapelle

If you enjoy photographing beautiful stained glass, Sainte-Chapelle is the place to go. It’s a two-part chapel with a lower and upper section, with the upper section featuring the stained glass. The glass is arranged across 15 windows, and the panes depict over a thousand scenes from the Old and New Testaments showing the history of the world until the arrival of the relics in Paris. With early morning or late evening sunlight shining directly through the glass, you’ll go home with gorgeous, colorful photos of history.

Atibordee Kongprepan – Sainte-Chapelle Paris
Atibordee Kongprepan - Sainte-Chapelle Paris

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