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The Best Places to Go for Scenic Views in Paris

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Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and no matter where you are in Paris, you will most likely be able to find incredible view points and beautiful scenery. However, as a photographer, one of the hardest parts about capturing a scenic view is finding out how to get to that spot.

We’re here to help you find those unworldly locations that will make you remember why you picked up a camera in the first place. Take a look at the list below of the best places to go for scenic views in Paris, France.

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Tour Saint-Jacques

Saint Jacque’s Tower is the last remaining piece of the Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie which was demolished over 200 years ago. Tour Saint-Jacques is now a French Monument and also offers an amazing view of the Seine River, along with the Eiffel Tower and all its beautiful surrounding elements.

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(Photo via Colleen’s Paris)

Sacre-Cœur

The Sacre-Cœur, or the Basillica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, is an exquisite Roman Catholic church sitting on the top of the hill in Montmarte. This is the highest point in Paris and will give you a wide angle view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Visit here in the late evening on summer nights and the weekend to find many locals and tourists gathered to smoke, drink, and mingle along the lawn and hill in front of the monument. There are also many restaurants and small attractions to see right around this monument and is a great spot to find out more about the city.

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Tour Montparnasse

This wild view was captured from the 210 meter tall skyscraper, Tour Montparnasse. It provides an amazing aerial view of the city as a whole and allows you to look down through the various avenues and streets across the city.

This is a perfect spot to set up for shooting sunset and/or sunrise to capture beautiful light over the city below.

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

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The fifth largest park, and debatably one of the most beautiful in all of Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, has unreal vegetation and gardening with monuments scattered all throughout the park. Along with this, the park also provides scenic views of the city and a gorgeous lake with various walking paths.

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(Photos via Elsbro)

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(Photo via iStock)

Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe is an incredibly famous monument in France known for honoring those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. It is now an amazing, historical monument and also a great place to come and take in a wonderful view of the city. You have the ability to go up to the top of the Arc or you can take in the scene from the ground on the famous Champs-Élysées.

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The Top of the Eiffel Tower

Some of you might be saying “DUH!”, but regardless, we had to put this notorious spot on the list. The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is something every human should see at least once in their life. So vast, so elegant. There’s just something about looking over the city from the tip of the most famous tower in the world.

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Monsieur Bleu

Looking to stop for a quick bite to eat and a refreshing cocktail? Also looking for an amazing view to go along with dinner? Monsieur Blue is a must! This incredible restaurant is located right next to the Eiffel Tower and provides a picturesque and modern atmosphere while still giving you that old-Parisian feel.

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(Photo via ParisDelight)

Terrasse de Galeries Lafayette

This rooftop terrace on top of the Lafayette Gallery and Restaurant is a perfect place to come and capture the amazing views of the city. From the historical architecture to the vast beauty of the city in its entirety, this rooftop location is ideal for taking in the scenes of Paris.

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(Photo via USP)

We hope that this article has helped prepare you for your next trip to France so that you can capture all of the incredible views, without missing out on anything! If you have any other suggestions or recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments so that everyone can see. :)

For more travel ideas and excursion inspiration, feel free to check out some of our other articles including:


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