Paris photography guide – my favorite photo spots during summer

Paris surely is one of the most beautiful city I know. Its unique architecture and beautiful monuments make every locations super photogenic. As an art and photography lover myself, I’m putting here my favorite photo spots in Paris during summer. This is surely the most touristy season but if you go early enough, I assure you that the soft light of the morning sun is worth every lack of sleep! If you’re planning to visit the French capital soon, make sure to keep this photography guide with you while visiting or save it for later !

Trocadéro

Can you go to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower ? Not really indeed ? Trocadéro is one of my favorite place due to its outstanding viewpoints on the Eiffel Tower. Although it can be hard to take pictures in the middle of large crowds, if you visit it early enough, you will have plenty of beautiful spots to play with. This is why I’d rather go during summer, because the sun rises before 6 am. You can also go down to the river banks to enjoy a picnic with the most beautiful view ever, and you will easily find a spot even for sunset!

Rue de l’Université & Champ de Mars

In Paris, just a usual street can turn into an amazing photo location. One of my favorite is Rue de L’Université. It is a residential street, lined with some nice Haussmann buildings. The streets there and neighborhood are rather quiet without crowds which is perfect for photos and Instagram shots without any people on the background. Right next to it is the Champ de Mars, where I recommend you to go early to avoid the crowd.

Bir Hakeim

Talking about the best views of the Eiffel Tower, the Pont de Bir Hakeim must be on your list ! I am sure you already know it from the well-known movie Inception (if you don’t, then stop here and go watch it!). Crossing the Seine and entirely made of steel, its unique architecture surely fits perfectly with the Eiffel Tower and gives an aesthetic perspective for photos.

Square Rapp

Another perfect view of the Eiffel Tower is in Square Rapp. This residential square with beautiful Haussmanian buildings surely is one of my favorite spot. As it is a residential area, be sure to come early enough and to be quiet so you don’t disturb the inhabitants here.

Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is a must-see in Paris and surely one of my favorite places in Paris. The building itself is an art masterpiece, and every view is unique. In summer, if you go early in the morning, you will be able to enjoy the place all to yourself, and even to take some pictures in front of the pyramid or in the famous arch entrance! In summer, the fountains will also be turned on, adding a fairytale look to the place. But it’s worth visiting in every season, regardless of the weather!

Place de la Concorde

Right at the end of the Tuileries garden, opposite to the Louvre, is the Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris! The two beautiful fountains frame perfectly the Obelisk of Luxor, and in the distance, the Eiffel Tower! It is always a busy place but I love going there for sunset, especially during summer when the days are longer and it gets a bit less busy.

Arc de Triomphe

Being one of the most famous landmarks of Paris, it can be really tough to find the perfect place to take a picture with the Arc de Triomphe without too many cars. The only tip I can give you is to go there super early on a Sunday morning… (obviously in summer) and be patient! You won’t regret the lack of sleep!

Opéra Garnier

Speaking of waking up early to avoid the cars, Opéra Garnier surely is one of those spots. As the sun rises early during summer, it is easier to take some pictures in front of this beautiful architectural masterpiece, one of my favorite in Paris!

Summer in Paris Opera Garnier by Dancing the Earth

Montmartre

Montmartre is filled with beautiful spots! Aside from the famous Maison Rose, there’s so many cute little places and houses, it’s a never-ending source of inspiration! I especially love the old unique look of this artistic district. This is also in this area that you will find the famous sinking house πŸ˜‰ Being one of the most touristic places in Paris, I would recommend to go early in summer to enjoy this district all to yourself!

Jardin du Palais Royal

One of my favorite place to take pictures is the Jardin du Palais Royal. After the beautiful magnolias and daffodils that bloom around mid-late March (read my Photography Guide for the best Blooming Spots in Paris for more information about it), the enchanting roses there bloom around early-June, making the garden a really nice place to relax as soon as the first rays of the sun fall. For an unknown reason for me, not too many people or Instagrammers take pictures in the Jardin, but I like this lush garden with the mixture of old and new architecture in the background.

Summer in Paris roses in Palais Royal garden by Dancing the Earth

Jardin des Plantes

Same as the Jardin du Palais-Royal, the Jardin des Plantes is home to a variety of flowers! There is always something in bloom there, from late January to the beginning of autumn! I love this garden, it is a true haven in the middle of this busy city. Aside from the stunning cherry blossoms trees, you will find many different gardens, from the alpine garden to the iris garden, and of course the beautiful roses garden. It blossoms in June with the delicate fragrance of roses blossoms floating in the air.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Last but not least, the Jardin du Luxembourg offers plenty of photo opportunities, especially during summer when there’s less people at the opening! The Luxembourg Palace today houses the French Senate. The garden is pretty big (23 hectares) and is known for its tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, circular basin and of course, the beautiful Fontaine de Medicis, built in 1620. It is also a beautiful place to visit in Autumn, when the leaves turn orange and red.


These are my favorite photo spots in Paris, especially during summer! I hope that this photography guide will help you taking beautiful pictures! If it does, don’t forget to tag me in your stories and posts on Instagram so I can follow you!

With love,
Marina

P.S.: I am sharing with you all my favorite places to enjoy the French capital every time in my seasonal guides just here!

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30 Comments

  1. 19 July 2019 / 13 h 39 min

    Your photos are magical! I am truly admirative of your work. And of your ability to wake up so early to make those wonderful photos. Makes me regret my years in Paris!

    • Marichankobe
      Author
      19 July 2019 / 17 h 07 min

      Hello Marion, thank you soo much for your kind words! It truly means a lot for me! I hope you can go back to Paris soon then!

  2. 26 April 2020 / 12 h 59 min

    Sweetie! These photos are absolutely stunning and your guide makes me miss Paris so much!! Definitely saving this for future reference πŸ™‚

    • Marichankobe
      Author
      27 April 2020 / 2 h 50 min

      Aww Thank you for coming here my dear!!! I’m missing Paris too, I can’t wait to explore this city again, and to meet you!

  3. 26 April 2020 / 14 h 33 min

    I love this! Trocadero is by far one of my favorite spots in Paris, especially for photos. Your photos are absolutely stunning, thanks so much for sharing! 😁

    • Marichankobe
      Author
      27 April 2020 / 2 h 51 min

      Thank you so much! Trocadero has so many different and beautiful angles, the possibilities there are endless!

  4. 27 April 2020 / 7 h 32 min

    Absolutely love this post and your photography! I can’t wait to go back to Paris at some point and visit these spots!

    • Marichankobe
      Author
      27 April 2020 / 7 h 38 min

      Aww thank you so much for coming here Bettina! I hope we can meet when you come!

  5. 6 June 2020 / 23 h 35 min

    So many great spots! This makes me want to hop on a plane to Paris right now.

    • Marina
      Author
      7 June 2020 / 23 h 44 min

      Haha I do miss Paris too! I hope you will be able to go soon πŸ™‚

  6. Cassie
    6 June 2020 / 23 h 40 min

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! You are so talented Marina.

    • Marina
      Author
      7 June 2020 / 23 h 44 min

      Gosh thank you so much for your kind words Cassie!

  7. 7 June 2020 / 17 h 25 min

    Marina, you’re photos are absolutely stunning! Can’t wait to visit Paris again!

    • Marina
      Author
      7 June 2020 / 23 h 44 min

      Thank you so much Kriszti! When you do I hope that I will be back so I can meet you!

  8. Melissa
    8 June 2020 / 7 h 03 min

    This is an incredible post! I love all the locations and poses in these pictures. The information on the areas is also very helpful.

    • Marina
      Author
      17 June 2020 / 3 h 29 min

      Thank you so much for your kind words Melissa!

  9. 2 August 2020 / 4 h 31 min

    Your photos are breathtaking. I have not visited in Paris in over 25 years. Hope to return soon and take my daughter.

    • Marina
      Author
      2 August 2020 / 5 h 18 min

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to visit again soon with your daughter, there’s so many things to do, it’s endless!

  10. 2 August 2020 / 6 h 10 min

    Jardin Du Luxenbourg is beautiful. The Louvre and Eiffel Tower are the only real land marks that I know in Paris. This blog post takes me well beyond those spots. Beautiful pics!

    • Marina
      Author
      3 August 2020 / 5 h 05 min

      Thank you so much! There is so many amazing photography spots in Paris! If you are looking for more, check out my other blog posts about it πŸ™‚

  11. 2 August 2020 / 10 h 36 min

    These are beautiful pictures. I don’t have a decent picture from my visits to Paris and your pictures makes me want to go back and take some lovely pictures.

    • Marina
      Author
      3 August 2020 / 5 h 05 min

      Aww thank you so much! I hope you can come again soon!

  12. Bliss
    2 August 2020 / 13 h 08 min

    Your photos are so beautiful. Pinning this for these gorgeous locations!

    • Marina
      Author
      3 August 2020 / 5 h 05 min

      Thank you so much!

  13. Sam
    2 August 2020 / 16 h 52 min

    These photos have me dreaming to go back to Paris and take photos! Really stunning pictures and spots!

    • Marina
      Author
      3 August 2020 / 5 h 05 min

      Aww thank you so so much!

  14. 3 August 2020 / 14 h 49 min

    These places are all so gorgeous! Thank you for this extensive guide. I’ll save this post for when I travel to Paris again.

    • Marina
      Author
      4 August 2020 / 4 h 13 min

      Thank you so much! Paris has so many incredible spots, it’s endless!

  15. Francesca
    5 August 2020 / 2 h 42 min

    I was supposed to visit Paris again in March. These are some incredible spots that I will have to save whenever I go. I love Montmartre and the Luxembourg Gardens.

    • Marina
      Author
      16 August 2020 / 4 h 50 min

      Oh this is so sad >< I hope you can visit soon! I really love Montmartre and Luxembourg Gardens too, such a peaceful place to spend an afternoon!

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