Paris is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. In the city of light, we can capture sunrises and sunsets unheard of anywhere else with a camera. It doesn’t matter if it’s a romantic walk or a lonely trip around the city.
A stroll in the golden hour is a great time to discover the amazing colors and magic of Paris. From a stroll along the banks of the Seine to watching the sunset in Trocadero Square, in proximity to the Eiffel Tower. Let’s check the best sunset photography spots in Paris.
The banks of the Seine provide a fantastic scenery, especially during the golden hour. Whether you choose to stroll the right or left banks of the Seine; take a boat trip on the Seine, or have a picnic on St Louis Island. Few places in the French capital are as perfect for enjoying the sunrise and sunset as the banks of the Seine.
Secret photography spots in Paris
Paris is a home of many ornamental parks and gardens. Each of them provides a unique scenery for observing sunrise and sunset. Among them is the famous Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, which covers 25 hectares. Luxembourg Palace is in the northern part of the park.
You can enter the garden on many sides. In the neighbourhood of the Luxembourg gardens, in the Latin Quarter, is Place du Pantheon, which is another secret photography spots in Paris.
Sunset at Montmartre renoir
Another district that offers a beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset is Montmartre. Classic architecture characterizes the place, rolling hills and narrow streets. You will also find many amazing hotels in Paris with a view in this district. Classic architecture characterizes the place, rolling hills and narrow streets. The landmark of Montmartre is the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.
You can read more about the hill in my previous post on this topic. A favorite place to watch sunsets, especially among young Parisians, are the banks of the St Martin canal and further Bassin de La Vilette. Take a walk along the shores from the Republique or Louis-Blanc metro towards Jaures or Stalingrad. On the way, don’t miss the atmospheric restaurants and bars.
Although Paris has plenty of rooftop bars overlooking the city, the rooftop of Centre Georges Pompidou is probably the best for watching the sunset.
Access to the viewing area on the top floor requires a ticket to the museum or a reservation at the George Restaurant. Center Pompidou is on the border of the old right bank of the Marais district. Marais is a great place to visit at sunset.
The most famous place overlooking the Eiffel Tower is the Esplanade de Trocadero, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. This is the unique sunrise and sunset spot in the French capital.
Every year, it attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. Nearby, there are several interesting museums, the Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine (Museum of Architecture and Monuments), the National Marine Museum and the Aquarium de Paris.
Although Notre Dame Cathedral is closed until 2025 because of restoration after a devastating fire in April 2019, the structure is a delightful place to capture sunrise and sunset.
Unfortunately, the island on which the cathedral is located is closed to tourists. But you can still admire the sunrise from the corner of Rue d’Arcole and Rue de Cloitre-Notre-Dame.
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