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 !
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 😉 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.
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!
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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