You probably know by now that Paris is one of my favorite city in the world. Its unique architecture and beautiful monuments make every locations super photogenic. I find that the mystical and moody vibes of winter makes this city even more unique! If you get lucky, you might as well experience Paris under a beautiful blanket of snow, giving this city an ethereal look. I’m putting here my favorite photo locations in Paris during winter. If you’re planning to visit the French capital during this time of the year, make sure to keep this guide with you while visiting or save it for later!
The Louvre Museum is a must-see monument in Paris. And it is so big that you can visit it during all your stays! Its famous glass pyramid and its magnificent inner courtyard are full of photogenic angles. Before or after exploring the Museum’s galleries, take the time to explore the courtyard, its stairs and crossings before moving to your next stop. If you want to take pictures in front of the pyramid, I would suggest you to go either when the museum is closed, or better, in an early morning in summer!
Institut de France
Right in front of the Louvre, across the famous Pont des Arts, is the Institut de France. It is a French learned society grouping 5 academies, including the biggest one, the Académie française, the pre-eminent French council for matters pertaining to the French language. I especially love the Cupola of the Institute, overlooking the Pont des Arts. Close to the Institut is the Pont Neuf, offering a beautiful view on the Conciergerie!
Pont Alexandre III
The Pont Alexandre III is my favorite bridge and one of my favorite places in Paris. The bridge itself is an art masterpiece, and every view is unique from one side to another. Play with it, go up and down the stairs, play with the light and enjoy the view!
Palais Royal/Colonnes de Buren
A former royal palace located near the Louvre, the Palais Royal, now houses both the Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council. Its larger inner courtyard is adorned with Daniel Buren’s art piece, known as Les Colonnes de Buren. I also like its typical arcades with fashionable cafes and shops.
One cannot remain uninspiring by its imposing golden door, its details and the beautiful architecture of the Petit Palais Museum. As the day starts later in winter, I will suggest you to go when the museum is closed to take pictures in front of the Golden Door.
Lamarck-Caulaincourt is the name of a station of Paris Métro Line 12, located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, in the Montmartre district. It is one of my favorite places, especially because of its beautiful double staircase featured in the film Amélie, which is one of my favorite movie ever !
Located on the left bank of the Seine, the Quartier Latin is a beautiful district known for its lively atmosphere and student life. It is home to a number of higher education establishments, including the famous Sorbonne University. Its architecture is beautiful and I particularly love all its iconic cobblestone streets.
Musée Gustave Moreau
This museum is installed in the painter’s family home. You will see both the apartments with family portraits and his huge studios, with hundreds of paintings and watercolors. It really has a magical atmosphere and the unique architecture makes it a really unique museum. Winter in Paris can get super rainy and this is one of my favorite place to avoid the rain! And can we talk about those stairs?!
Rue de la Colombe
Right next to the famous cafe “Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole” is the Rue de la Colombe, a tiny hidden street with a perfect view on the City Hall!
These are a few of my favorite spots during winter, but Paris is such a beautiful city that it has plenty of others beautiful gems. I hope that this little guide will help you taking beautiful pictures !
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