Paris is considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the world, a place where you can fall in love, even if you’re on your own. This captivating city is a delight for all the senses, so it’s no wonder many of us fall in love with the city itself. From the architecture, through to the food, Paris is considered a sophisticated yet cultured city, where the language alone can leave you weak at the knees. In times gone by, the romance of Paris was captured by famous artists, but in this day and age, the city of love is captured perfectly through those little squares on Instagram. Here’s our guide to the best heart-stopping places to capture when in Paris, one Instagram photo at a time.
We’ll start with the most obvious and suggest the Eiffel Tower, because seriously, Paris wouldn’t be Paris without this beautiful monument. Many people will walk up the Eiffel Tower to get photos of the rest of Paris, but if you want the best views of the tower itself, head up to the top of the Arc De Triomphe!
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ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Not only offering some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, the top of the Arc De Triomphe offers amazing views of the city and beyond, including the tree-lined Champs Elysees directly below. Take note however – the stairs can be a bit of a struggle, so if you’re injured or not in the best fitness form, think twice about climbing to the top.
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The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Arc De Triomphe. It stretches for 1.9 kilometres, featuring theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, but more importantly, the spectacular tree lined sidewalk is worthy of many Instagram pics. Be sure to bring your credit card because some of the best shopping in Paris can be found on this strip.
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Located in the 18th arrondissement, the iconic hilltop neighbourhood of Montmartre would have to be one of the most popular areas in Paris, known for its signature striped awnings, cobblestone streets and bustling plazas. Most tourists travel to Montmartre for the Sacré-Cœur, however perhaps the best part of Montmartre is the lesser known ‘sinking house of Paris’. This optical illusion might seem a little obscure, yet it’s perfect content for Instagram. The closest metro to the sinking house is Anvers and from there it’s about a 10-minute walk. Located up the steps of Sacré-Cœur, to the right hand side and across the bank of grass lies this legendary house, where you’ll be set to captivate your Instagram audience.
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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, or otherwise commonly known as simply the Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church located in Montmartre. The Sacré-Cœur sits atop a hill and offers the perfect spot for views all over the city. In the evenings, locals and tourists alike gather on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur to capture the Parisian sunset, with the finest picnic spread sitting beside them.
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Arguably one of the most photographed streets in Paris, Rue Cremieux is a brightly coloured, yet quaint street located off Rue de Lyon and Avenue Ledru-Rollin. Reminiscent of Portobello in London, Rue-Cremieux is located in the 12th arondissement and the closest metro stop is Quai de la Rapée. Offering Instagrammable moments from every angle and at every hour of the day as the sun plays with the colours, Rue-Cremieux is a must see when in Paris.
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PIGALLE BASKETBALL COURT
You don’t even need to play basketball to be able to appreciate this neon coloured basketball court in all its glory. The Pigalle court is nestled between two buildings in the 9th arrondissement, situated at 22 rue Duperré. Futuristic ballers have been flocking to the court which was created by fashion brand Pigalle in partnership with Nike and design agency Ill Studio. Colours of pink, blue, purple and orange have been blocked together to create this amazing sight. Whilst the court is designed for practical games of basketball, don’t be surprised when you visit to find rows of Instagram influencers lined against the walls trying to get the perfect selfie.
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This delightful museum has one main attraction for Instagrammers and that is the oversized, chic looking clock. Providing great contrast and lines for any picture, the clock at Musée D’Orsay is perhaps (and maybe unfortunately) more famous than the museum itself. Do your best to get to the museum early as there’s almost always a line. Then head straight to the top floor and to the back where you’ll find the clock. With a bit of luck you might find that you have the area to yourself (given that most people will work their way from the bottom, up). Don’t forget to pay respects to the museum and check out the art after you’ve gotten your Instagram shot!
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Paris is blessed with amazing parks located all over the city, however one of the more widely known parks is the Garden des Tuileries or Tuileries Garden. Filled with tree-lined paths, colourful carousels and quaint bistro chairs, Tuileries Garden offers never ending picture perfect moments.
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LA MAISON ROSE
Easily mistaken as another enchanting house in Paris, the La Maison Rose is actually a restaurant in Montemartre. Situated in Place du Tertre, it is one of the most famous restaurants in Paris, however it is not the food that people come for. Due to its stunning pink exterior, the restaurant has been immortalised by many esteemed painters over the years, including Maurice Utrillo and Bernard Buffet. Today, it is immortalised in our Instagram feeds, thanks to the rise of the travel influencer.
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One of Paris’ most famous tourist attractions, the Louvre Palace is located on the Right Bank of the Seine, between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. This former royal palace is home to arguably one of the best art galleries in the world, housing thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
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Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in all of Europe, offering entertainment to both adults and children alike. If you’re child free, your inner child will still delight in the parades and attractions available and it goes without saying that children will be enchanted with the world of Disney. As for your Instagram followers, you can bet they’ll double tap.
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Paris is one of the only places in the world where it is not only considered acceptable, but widely encouraged, to eat croissants for breakfast. The food in Paris will delight even the fussiest of food connoisseurs, with their never-ending supply of jam filled macaroons and buttery pastries. If you’re not sure where to start, Paris on the Way offers guided tour services for unique one on one experiences, such as their French Bakery Tour. With bread being a staple of every French meal, Paris on the Way will guide you through the world of the craftsman baker to discover bread from every angle. Revel in the chance to roll up your sleeves and bake (and break) bread in either a French school or bakery.
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