Paris is a beautiful city. Long before Instagram was a thing – travelers, lovers, and friends would stop to take memorable photos in this gorgeous city. These are some of our favorite Instagrammable spots.
1. The Secret Passages of Paris
Hidden from the great boulevards and tourist currents are the most beautiful nostalgic passages that will transport you back to the golden age of Paris. These hidden passages were mostly destroyed in the modernization of Paris, however, around 40 still remain and preserve the beauty of Paris more than a century ago.
2. Palais Royal
17th-century game rooms and iconic striped columns have become a favorite for bloggers during fashion week, so be sure to stop by to see what all this fuss is about! Located a few steps from the Louvre, many visitors from Paris walk through the Royal Palace without even realizing that it is there.
3. Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
Hidden in a side street, a few minutes walk from Notre Dame, is my favorite Parisian cafe / restaurant in the spring: Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. You will often find owners hiding in a corner enjoying their own coffee with milk or wine, so be sure to let yourself know on your arrival with a nice “Bonjour!”
4. The Moulin Rouge
Colorful and peculiar, the Moulin Rouge is not as glamorous as the movie, but it is still a sight worth seeing in your Parisian adventures. Located in one of my favorite neighborhoods (Montmartre), the Moulin Rouge is still the most famous cabaret in Paris.
5. The Latin Quarter
Cheap meals and options for days, the Latin Quarter is still my favorite neighborhood to find friends and eat something at dusk. There are lots of cheap meals on offer, from crepes to kebabs, to traditional Moroccan tagine. This colorful part of the city is an instagram waiting for it to happen!
Not only is it the most delicious ice cream in all of Paris, but it is also a perfect Parisian postcard! You will find Berthillon in Ile Saint Louis, one of the most picturesque and charming islands to explore on the Seine. There is always a line in the spring / summer, but the flavors worthy of slime are worth the wait!
7. The view from the Arc De Triomphe
If you ask me, the Arc de Triomphe remains the best view of all of Paris (arriving in second place is the Montparnasse Tour in my books). Despite having one of the best views of the city, the queue is never long in the morning and crowds are scarce, something you can’t say for a trip through the Eiffel Tower!
8. Saint Germain des Pres
As one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris, I can never come to the city without a visit to Saint Germain. The coffee culture here is alive and well, with popular coffees such as Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots in the center of the stage. Be sure to walk through the small alleys to find hidden gems a little lower under the radar and spend a long afternoon watching the summer sun.
However cliché, I can’t go to Paris without a new visit to Angelina for a chocolate chaud and a freshly baked croissant. This is one of the oldest institutions in Paris, once it was one of Coco Chanel’s favorites and her fashion counterparts. Although there are now several places throughout Paris, the traditional tea house on Rue de Rivoli remains the best.
10. The Champs Élysées
Although it is completely invaded by tourists and is a nightmare to navigate in traffic, there is still a certain kind of magic on the busiest street in Paris. For me, that magic is at the end of the street, right in front of the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Do not miss the opportunity to go to Laduree for an afternoon of sugar collection, even if it is the busiest place in the city!
11. Avenue de Camoëns
This street in the 16th district has one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, so it is not surprising that this little hidden find has become one of the most instagrammable places in Paris. You will find it a few minutes walk from Trocadero, another favorite place for instagrammers, but always full of tourists.
12. Carette Cafe
This is undoubtedly my most favorite coffee in all of Paris and the “Parisian coffee overlay” perfectly par excellence waiting to happen. There are two places, although my favorite is by far the location opposite the Place des Vosges in Le Marais. (Image by Faye Bullock for World of Wanderlust).
13. Places des Vosges
While there, be sure to stop by the Place des Vosges, possibly the most beautiful public square in all of Paris. Le Marais is one of my favorite neighborhoods to stay and stroll, offering one of the most authentic experiences of the city today.
14. Canal Saint Martin
If you are a fan of the movie Amélie like me, you will remember with love the scene of rubbing stones, located here on Canal Saint Martin. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and underrated neighborhoods in Paris, with one of the best bakeries you can not miss: Du Pain et Idees!
16. Sacre Coeur
Going back to Montmartre with a panoramic view of the city is one of my favorite places to visit in Paris: Sacre Coeur. The most beautiful view is from the base of the stairs, although if you arrive during the day or at dusk, you will have to go through beggars and scammers who try to put bracelets on your wrist and make you pay (just walk with confidence a “no” warning in response).
As one of the most impressive stained glass displays in the world, the recently reopened Sainte-Chapelle is a perfect Instagram image that is waiting to happen. Be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds, although even if you arrive later in the day, this is a line worth waiting for!
17. Trocadero Carrousel
If there is a carousel that you must visit in Paris for an iconic view of the Eiffel Tower, it is the carousel located at the base of the trocadero. Pick up a box of Carette macarons along the way, sit down and take it with each sugary bite.
18. Chateau of Versailles
Although technically outside of Paris, a visit to Versailles is a must for any newbie! Versailles gardens are the most intsagrammables you’ll find, with perfectly positioned symmetry and equally perfect hedge trimmings.
19. The Louvre
Last but not least, the impressive interiors of the Louvre! The sacred halls are some of the most impressive I’ve seen all over the world and an instagram waiting to happen.