It is a truth universally acknowledged that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It should come as no surprise then that it was on my year abroad in Paris that I discovered my love for photography. Here I’ve compiled some of my favourite pictures taken ever ever in the heart of Paris including passages, museums, cafes & restaurants, books, architecture and a new category: people watching. In Paris you usually sit side by side with your fellow diner, so really it’s the city that invented people watching. Here are 120 beautiful photos that will make you want to visit Paris ASAP!
Paris is known for its passages, many of which date back to the eighteenth century. They are reminiscent of the glorious belle epoque and stepping into one of these passages can really make you feel like you’ve been transported to another era. There are so many hidden passages and archways in Paris but most of these are from my number one favourite, and arguably the most beautiful passage in Paris: the Galerie Vivienne. Located in the 2nd arrondissement, this is one of the most beautiful passages Paris has to offer because of it’s brightly lit, cream interiors. Now go on, have a little scroll…
When you think of museums in Paris, of course the Louvre is the first that springs to mind. You might be surprised, then, to see that I haven’t included the Louvre and it’s beautiful glass pyramid amongst these photos. The Louvre is big, grand and beautiful, but there are actually so many smaller, under-appreciated museums in Paris that deserve recognition. Read about 10 museums in Paris that aren’t the Louvre here.
Cafés and Restaurant
Paris is first and foremost, for me, the city of food. I simultaneously discovered my love for photography and food whilst living in this beautiful city so of course that morphed into a passion for taking photos of food. I am a blogger after all… Here are just a couple beautiful facades and interiors from some restaurants in Paris that give but a tiny taste of what this beautiful city has to offer.
Books in Paris
Paris has a rich literary history with the likes of Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, F Scott Fitzgerald flocking here in their youth. Most of my favourite bookshops can be found in Paris (read more about them here) so here are just a couple of photos that should demonstrate why all bookworms need to visit Paris! Of course, there’s the infamous Shakespeare & Co, but Paris has so much more to offer and I hope these pictures will show you that.
Now this one’s a biggie. One of the reasons Paris is seen as one of the most beautiful cities in the Europe, even the world, is undoubtedly due to the iconic Haussmann architecture, which dates back to the nineteenth century. Paris has so many beautiful and iconic buildings but even the ordinary streets of Paris contain so much beauty. (Can you tell I’m a little bit in love with this city?). This is a collection of photos that I’ve taken whilst out and about in Paris, mostly exteriors but some beautiful interiors too.
People Watching in Paris
On one of my recent trips to Paris, I developed a strange liking for taking pictures of strangers, unawares. Not in a creepy way. I hope?
There are so many coffeeshops and restaurants in Paris where people like to spend the afternoon with a good book or an energising cup of coffee and I loved to capture these little candid moments from afar.
So there you have 120 beautiful photos that will make you want to visit Paris! Have you fallen in love with Paris yet? I know I am completely smitten with this beautiful city and I hope the above photographs show you why. I lived there for 11 months during my third year of university and I’m so happy that I got to experience the every day beauty of this wonderful city.
If you liked this post, check out these other posts about Paris:
10 Museums to Visit in Paris that Aren’t the Louvre
5 English Bookshops You Must Visit in Paris
The Best Bakery in Paris: Du Pain et Des Idees
Holybelly Review: An American Brunch in Paris
Brunch In Paris: Hot Chocolate @ Coutume Café
The Best Noodles In Paris: Trois Fois Plus De Piment
Travel Back In Time To The 18th Century Parisian Salon
Beautiful Wisteria Hysteria Photoshoot in Oxford