The most instagrammable (and free) spots in Paris
“We’ll always have Paris”, so Rick says to his former lover Ilsa in Casablanca. And that’s true, Paris is a shining gem and a gift to every traveller.
Its nicknames are well-deserved too: the most romantic city in the world, the city of lights… nobody can help but falling in love with this city. What makes it truly unique, however, along with the museums, the history, the food, the people, the monuments, the music and the Seine, are the breathtaking views almost around every corner. Paris is home to such magnificent structures such as the Eiffel Tower, The Montparnasse Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. These, however, require an entrance fee. This little guide will present you with the most instagrammable panoramas you can enjoy in Paris free of charge.
From the marvellous hilltop of Montmartre, you can admire not only the monumental Sacré-Cœur basilica and the charming and vibrant neighbourhood below, but also the entire Ville Lumiere from an amazing point of view. The Montmartre district is easily reachable by subway (lines 4, 12, and 2) and from here you can either climb the hill or, if your feet are begging you for mercy, take the cable railway.
Parc de Belleville
The Belleville district is located in the eastern suburbs of Paris and is studded with small bars and various shops, which make the night life there very zesty and lively.
The upper part of the neighbourhood, as well as being the cultural heart, offers astonishing views of the city. The Belleville Parc can be reached by line M11, getting off at the Pyrénées station.
Top floors of the Printemps Warehouses
For those who love shopping, Ville Lumiére provides amazing opportunities to browse while also being home to one of Paris’s best panoramic viewpoints: the last floor of the Printemps Warehouse.
This is a unique opportunity to shop and then enjoy a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais and Madeleine. The Printemps Warehouses are easily reached on 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 42, 43, 53, 66, 68, 80, 81, 94, 95 lines, or by subway via lines 3, 7, 8, 9 stopping at the Chaussée d’Antin-La Fayette or Opéra stops.
Pompidou Centre – free every first Sunday of the month
With its 36-meters height, Pompidou Center offers another staggering panoramic view in Paris. Every first Sunday of the month entrance is free.
On the 6th floor, after visiting the various exhibitions, you can enjoy a refreshing meal while enjoying a wonderful view of Paris. The Pompidou Center can be easily reached by subway lines 1, 4, 7, 14.
Paris seen from the Seine
If you don’t necessarily want to look at Paris from above, charming glimpses are reserved for those who simply want to take a walk on the banks of the River Seine.
Enjoy all the main monuments of the Ville Lumiére here, glimmering with a thousand reflections on the river’s surface, especially at sunset or, better still, at the early lights of dawn, when the city still rests.
For those who are willing to buy the ticket, however pricey, the city can be also admired while cruising on the Seine on the bateau-mouche. An unforgettable experience if you want to keep falling in love with Paris over and over again.
Do you know other free panoramic views of Paris? Leave a comment below and let us know what they are!