Found: The Best Instagram Spots in Paris
The Eiffel Tower is beautiful, but there's more in the city to fill your Instagram with. These are the places beyond the common that you need to know.| October 13, 2017
In an era where our lives seem to be defined by the next great Instagram moment – a little sad, but true – Paris is a godsend. The skies seem to be made of candy floss, the bread is always crispy and the buildings have been unchanged for hundreds of years. Finding a good photo spot is as easy as cracking the surface of a creme brûlée.
But we know you – you’re not one for the common. You’re not one for the overrated, crowded with flocks of tourists that make it impossible to get a picture with you solely in the frame. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful, but Paris has way more to offer than that. Whether you’re headed to Paris this holiday season or planning your itinerary for the next summer, these are the new photo spots to hit the next time you’re in the City of Lights.
Sacré Cœur (Sinking Building)
The sun is out. Get ready your picnic basket and head to Sacré Cœur that has the most surreal view of the “Sinking Building”. You’ll get crowds here, but come on it’s a sinking building. Plus, we’ve been to Paris so many times but this is literally the first time we’ve heard of it. Of course, it’s not exactly sinking, but a matter of perspective. How does it work? Hold while we ring for Mother Nature.
Shakespeare and Company
Settled in 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, Shakespeare and Co’s maze of stacked books resembles Flourish and Blotts, the fictional bookstore in the Harry Potter universe. The cluttered bookshelves or iconic forest green front has appeared in Before Sunset (2004), but if you’re not much of a pop culture buff, go for the ambience and the sheer pleasure of being surrounded by your fellow bookworms. The people there speak English, which makes things ever more welcoming.
One of Paris best kept secrets, La Galcante at 52 rue de l’Abre Sec is a rustic trove of old magazines that range from The New Yorker to French Vogue to vintage advertising prints and maps. It is apparently such a well-kept secret that even the best Parisians don’t know it is there. The store front is pretty easy on the eyes, too.
Jardin des Tuileries
Everyone knows about the Tuileries and while the rows of trees and bushes already make for a greater photo, it is during the summer season where this iconic landmark will blow up your phone, because there will be a full fledge carnival complete with old-school carnival rides, starting from the entrance on rue de Rivoli. We suggest chilling at the nearby brasseries as you wait for dusk, so you can capture the moment when the sun goes down and the carnival lights go up.
La Maison Rose
Instagram lives for pink anything and in Paris, the one pink building that you can’t walk by without grabbing a picture is La Maison Rose at 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre. It is a bit of a hike to get there, but it is totally worth it. (Plus, the only working vineyard in Paris is just nearby, so that’s two strikes off your list.)
Okay, we’re still on Montmartre, because there’s just so much there worthy of a spot on your Instagram. The district’s got a bit of a reputation, but that makes it all the more quaint, no? We recommend Le Consulat for a quick beverage, then hope on to the flight of cobbled steps just nearby for your money shot. Soul Kitchen, Cafe des Deux Moulin and Cafe Cuillier are great for lunch.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame first began construction in the early 1160s. Enriched with history and culture, the French Gothic architecture is an amazing landmark that you wouldn’t want to miss. But don’t go right at the cathedral’s doorstep. Try going to the bridge just two stone throw’s away so you get the Seine and the whole glory of the building itself.
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