The Most Photogenic Spots in Paris

Paris’s Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a sight to behold
Paris’s Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a sight to behold | © John Davidson Photos / Alamy Stock Photo
Paris is known for being a beautiful city, but where can you get the very best shots? Culture Trip curates the French capital’s most photogenic places – from historical landmarks to iconic bridges.

Eiffel Tower

Architectural Landmark
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View across Paris from The Eiffel Tower
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Since its completion in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has stood in Paris as an emblem of France’s industrial prowess. Approximately 7m people visit this landmark annually, with the same intention of snapping a photo, so time your visit to this iron-lattice tower early in the morning to sidestep the crowds.

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The Pont Alexandre III is arguably Paris’s most famous bridge. This historic monument, constructed in 1896, connects the Champs-Élysées quarter to the Left Bank, where you’ll find the Eiffel Tower. From the bridge, you can snap panoramic views of the city and the River Seine.

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Notre-Dame

Cathedral
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The Notre-Dame, which dates back to 1163, is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. A shot directly from the bottom of the cathedral isn’t going to be your strongest angle; head to the nearby La Nouvelle Seine, where you can dine, to best frame the building. Keep in mind that much of the cathedral is still under restoration since the 2019 fire.
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Pont de Bir-Hakeim

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The Pont de Bir-Hakeim is one of Paris’s lesser-known bridges, which you can visit while en route to the Eiffel Tower. It’s a two-level bridge that connects the 15th and 16th arrondissements of the city as it crosses the Seine. Ask a passerby to snap a picture of you with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
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These recommendations were updated on August 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.