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36 of the Best Photo Spots in Paris for 2024

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There is a lot of work that goes into taking incredible pictures and finding the perfect photo spots in Paris!


The city is so beautiful, so it can be overwhelming. But after a lot of research, and trial & error, we've found some of the most incredible photo spots in Paris. Not only are we here to share the most iconic, but the hidden gems as well.


We're also here to help you prepare to take the best pictures at the Eiffel Tower without crowds, how to dress, and what time equipment to use in order to go home with the best memories of the city of love.


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How Do You Take Good Pictures in Paris?

Paris can certainly be an overwhelming place to try and take good pictures.


It is extremely crowded, and there are certainly some blockers when it comes to photography, such as prohibiting drones, or not being able to bring tripods into certain places.


We have three main keys for being able to take good photos in Paris, which are:


1. Start Early

Not many people have the willpower to wake up at the crack of dawn, but you'd be surprised at just how early the best photo spots in Paris start getting crowded.


Shooting in the middle of the day will bring tons of crowds, as well as harsh lighting (we will show you some examples below).


Start early and get to the most popular photo spots in Paris right before the sun rises, and continue to shoot into the early morning. Keep the indoor locations for the middle of the day, and aim to hit them right after they open or right before they are closing to get the least amount of people possible.

sunrise at the Trocadero

Starting early gives you the best lighting and helps beat the crowds.

2. Have the Right Equipment

Some may argue that phones are so good nowadays that there's no need for a professional camera.


We have to disagree with this, and have found that having a variety of lenses has helped us greatly while shooting in the different photo spots in Paris.


Here are some of the things that we use and suggest bringing with you for your Paris photo shoot:

  • Mirrorless Camera: Sony Alpha 7riii
  • Primary Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 GM
  • Wide Lens: We use the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM lens
  • Action Camera: We use the Insta 360 X3 with the extra long selife stick to take drone-like shots (no drones are allowed in Paris)
  • Tripod: This not only allows you to take pictures of yourself, but you can keep the camera taking pictures and keep the shots when there are less people in the frame, or merge photos to get rid of people.We use the JOBY Rangepod Tripod

Paris is serious about their drone laws! Even if a picture is found on the internet that you've taken with a drone you can get fined 10's of thousands of euros.

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3. Dress to Impress

You can know all of the best photo spots in Paris, but if you don't dress the part, your pictures will lose all of their charm.


I always stick to dresses, and try to match the area that I am shooting in.


Below you'll see the major difference an outfit can make while taking photos in Paris.


how to take good pictures at the Eiffel Tower
how to take good pictures at the Eiffel Tower


Want to rent a dress for Paris? We have an array of colors of flying dresses for rent, as well as one with the French flag!


4. Use Unique Angles

Even at early hours in the morning most of the popular photo spots in Paris will not be empty. So here's where it's time to get creative.


If you happen to see people in your ideal spot, try to move a little to the side, use something as foreground, or aim low to cut people out.


I also use my flying dresses, as they take up a lot of room and cover some of the people in the background.

flygin dress in Paris, France

5. Hire a Professional

When we travel we typically take our own pictures, but when it comes to taking pictures at the most popular photo spots in Paris (or any other big city for that matter), it can be a lot trickier.


Local photographers always know the most unique perspectives, and are experts at being able to capture the most incredible photos in their home city.


We take professional photo shoots in New York, and can promise from experience that there is a massive difference between taking your own photos in hot spots, and having some help from a local professional.


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Where are the Best Photo Spots in Paris?

There are so many great photo spots in Paris! From iconic hot spots to hidden gems, we're going to cover all of the best photo spots in Paris, starting with the most iconic - the Eiffel Tower.


Where to Take Eiffel Tower Pictures

There are an endless amount of photo opportunities for Paris's Eiffel Towel, but we're going to share some of our favorite ones.


Trocadero

Trocadero is the most iconic spot for photos in Paris, and is also one of the most popular places for a Paris photo shoot.


There are a variety of angles you can enjoy at Trocadero, and we're going to share a few of our favorites.


1. On the Main Platform, in the Middle

This is definitely the hardest place to get a picture, as it tends to get the most crowded! We went at 5 AM, and you can see that there were already a ton of people in the background in our picture below.

Trocadero, best photo spots in Paris, France

We'd really only recommend coming here when it's dark out, as from sunrise til late at night you'll find people here. Alternatively, you can use a flying dress (or long flowy dress) to try and cover the people in the back, or aim low to eliminate them.


2. At the Front of the Main Balcony

If you want to get rid of the crowds, going to the very front of the main balcony facing the Eiffel Tower will give you a much better chance of doing so!


Trocadero, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris
Trocadero, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris


3. On the Right Corner of the Main Balcony

We saw a picture of someone standing here, and we were obsessed! The problem is, that now on the railings there are triangular pieces put on top (as people were getting drunk and falling). 


We braved it anyway (although we only recommend doing this when little people are around, and if your confident of your balance). Alternatively, you could lean over rathern then actually climbing on top and risking hurting yourself.

Trocadero, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris

4. On the Right Set of Stairs

On the right side you'll find a staircase going down (alternatively you could do this on either side, but we like the right side).


Trocadero, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris
Trocadero, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris
Trocadero, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris

These shots are taken in the same place but with different focal lengths.


5. Along the Railing

Right down the stairs you'll find the next set of stairs going down, and we loved sitting on the railing for a photo. Actually, I lied. We despised taking a picture here, as it was super uncomfortable! But we have to admit, we're pretty happy with the result.

Trocadero, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris

6. Gardens of Trocadero

Down the stairs you'll find the gardens of Trocadero. There are a few fun places to shoot here, but unfortunately the area was under construction when we went.


We have seen a lot of people sitting on the benches on the right side, so whenever we get a shot there, we'll add it to this article.


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7. Champs de Mars

Now let's head to the other side of the Eiffel Tower! There is a large grassy area where people love to hang out, picnic, play sports, and enjoy the incresdible backdrop of the Eiffel Tower.


We actually sat in the grass and worked on our laptops here for a while, and when we finished we quickly took this photo, right in front of the road separating the two grassy areas.

Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris

8. Rue de l'Universite

One of the best pictures of the Eiffel Tower close up without a ton of crowds is on Rue de l'Universite. Even in the late morning we had just a few people walking by, and we loved the framing of the trees and beautiful buidings.

France flying dress, best pictures of the Eiffel Tower

9. Rue de Montessuey

Just one street over from Rue de l'Universite is another street with incredible views of the Eiffel Tower, and we found it had even less people than Rue de l'Universite!


where to take pictures at the Eiffel Tower, best photo spots in Paris
where to take pictures at the Eiffel Tower, best photo spots in Paris


10. Pont d'lena

This bridge is the one that leads straight across the Seine facing the Eiffel Tower. There were too many people when we visited to take a picture, but if you go early in the morning you can get it for yourself!


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11. Pont de l'Alma

The next bridge over from the one leading right to the Eiffel Tower is another great photo spot, as you can still get a great view of the Iron Lady from across the water.


Pont de l'Alma, where to get the best pictures of the Eiffel Tower
Pont de l'Alma, where to get the best pictures of the Eiffel Tower


12. Port Debilly (under Pont d'lena to the right)

If you're looking for where to get pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the water, then head to Port Debilly, one of our favorite spots!


Once you walk down the stairs you can walk to the left along the water, or to the right. Both are beautiful views, and offer slightly different perspectives.

Port Debilly. where to get pictures of the Eiffel Tower

13. Port Debilly (under Pont d'lena to the left)

Head to the left side of Port Debilly and you'll actually find an area that cars can park. We saw a bunhc of locals playing music and having drinks here, and we found it to be a bit of a hidden gem compared to the more popular photos spots in Paris of the Eiffel Tower..


Port Debilly. where to get pictures of the Eiffel Tower
Port Debilly. where to get pictures of the Eiffel Tower


14. Av. de New York

If you're looking for where to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower without worrying about the crowds, then Av. de New York is a great one!


The street is actually highly trafficked, but simply by people walking by, rather than crowding or hanging out in the area.


There are trees lining the road, allowing you to use them to frame your shots along the river of the Eiffel Tower.


Av de New York, where to get pictures of the Eiffel Tower
where to get pictures of the Eiffel Tower
This small street tucked away from the crowds offers stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, and has a balcony you can sit, stand, or lay on for a fun perspective.
Av Camoens, photo spots of nthe Eiffel tower in Paris, France

16. Metro Ride from Bir Hakeim to Passy Station (or vice-versa)

There's actually a metro line that you can ride and have incredible views of the Eiffel Tower! The line is short, and it goes from the stations of Bir Hakeim to Passy Station.


metro view in Paris of the Eiffel Tower

What to Wear for an Eiffel Tower Photoshoot

When it comes to doing an Eiffel Tower photoshoot, we love dressing to impress.


Pretty dresses for women and nice button ups for men are our go-to's. When it comes to color, we like either using a muted cold, or a bold color.


For example, you can see the difference between using black as a neutral color, or red, a color that pops.


Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris
Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris


Other Great Photo Spots in Paris, France

You may have just been looking for where to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower, but there are so many other incredible photo spots in Paris to enjoy!


The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the most iconic and beautiful museums in the world, and it’s also really fun to take photos outside it.


People start to line up about an hour before, so if you want good pictures here you’ll definitely have to start early.


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the best photo spots in Paris
the best photo spots in Paris
the best photo spots in Paris

17. At the Main Pyramid

Right in the middle of the Louvre complex is a stunning set of glass pyramid looking structures. It's what makes the museum not only iconic on the inside, but alo on the outside.


There are a number of angles you can use here, as you can see from some of the photos we took below.


Louvre, best photo spots in Paris, France
Louvre, best photo spots in Paris, France
Louvre, best photo spots in Paris