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Seeing Paris In A Different Light—Night Time

View from Printemps terrace at night
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There is an entirely different look and feel to Paris when seen at night. While I have shared where to get some great views of Paris from different vantage points (Getting Different Views), these were for daytime shots. I’m sure they’re fine at night too, however, I HIGHLY recommend you visit these locations at night to not only enjoy Paris when it is quieter (fewer crowds), but also to get some interesting shots.

On Top Of Printemps

I LOVE the pictures I got from the top of Printemps, which is one of the big department stores on Boulevard Haussmann. It’s down the street from Galeries Lafayette. Access to the top is free and the views are great. Go to the top floor where there is a restaurant. There is a fairly large terrace where you can take pictures.

View from Printemps at night

View from Printemps at night

View from Printemps Terrace

View from Printemps Terrace

On Top Of The Arc de Triomphe

View of the Champs Elysee from the Arc de Triomphe at night

View of the Champs Elysee from the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle (also known as Place de L’Etoile) and  the meeting point of  12 avenues. There is a charge to go to the top, but when you go at night it is far less crowded and you can get wonderful views of all avenues

Along The Seine

When you walk along the Seine you will see so many famous places including Cathedral Notre Dame, the Conciergerie and of course the iconic bridges.

Seine River at night in Paris, France

Seine River at night in Paris, France

Seine River at night in Paris, France

Seine River at night in Paris, France

At the Louvre Pyramid

Seeing the inside of the Louvre Museum is interesting in itself at night and definitely worth a visit, but seeing the pyramid by I.M. Pei in the main courtyard is especially nice at night. The Louvre building and the 3 pyramids surrounding the larger pyramid are well lit.

Pyramid at the Louvre Museum at night

Pyramid at the Louvre Museum at night

At Palais Royal

Palais Royal was originally the Palais-Cardinal and the residence of Cardinal Richelieu in the 1600s. It is located across from the Louvre Museum in the 1st arrondissement and in the larger courtyard (Cour d’Honneur) is art by Daniel Buren called “Les Deux Plateaux”.

Palais Royal at night, Paris France

Palais Royal at night, Paris France

Palais Royal at night, Paris France

Palais Royal at night, Paris France

 Do you have any favourite places to take pictures of Paris at night?

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  • Bola
    January 22, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Love the photos. During my last visit to Paris, I remember exploring the city by night and particularly enjoyed walking along the Champs Elysee. It was a memorable experience.

    • Jan
      January 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you!

  • alison abbott
    January 23, 2017 at 8:54 am

    There’s a reason they call it “The City of Lights” aside from the whole enlightenment of the 18th century of course! Gorgeous photos you’ve captured. It must be memorable to see Paris all dressed up like that.

    • Jan
      January 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you. I am so thrilled about the Printemps rooftop photo. Love the colours.

  • Donna Janke
    January 23, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Great photos. I particularly like the view of the Seine at night.

    • Jan
      January 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Nothing quite like walking along the Seine…day or night!

  • Irene S. Levine
    January 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, day or night! Love these night photos. We really enjoyed the night tour we took of Paris. It was a great opportunity for a visitor who doesn’t have as much time to explore as you do to get an overview!

    • Jan
      January 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      And every time I go it’s like the first time. I love it there so much!

  • Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    January 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Enjoyed your escorted nighttime tour of Paris. Lovely!

    • Jan
      January 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you. Nothing like Paris at night!

  • Peta Kaplan
    January 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Paris at night is spectacular and your photos certainly do it justice. Love the shots of the Seine. Your photos bring back so many amazing memories for me!

    • Jan
      January 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

      You’re welcome. Everyone seems to just love the Seine at night (including me!)

  • noel
    January 23, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Excellent, you covered some wonderful places around the city, I love the first shot above Printemps and what an excellent view, I’ll have to visit there for sunset to evening in the future.

    • Jan
      January 24, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Me too. That’s probably my favourite shot of all time (except maybe for my shot of Gordes in Provence)

  • Jenny Freedman
    January 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I love wandering around Paris at night. My favourite place to take photos is the Pyramid at the Louvre. I haven’t been to Printemps at night so that will be first on my list for the next trip. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Jan
      January 25, 2017 at 10:59 am

      You’ll really like it on top of Printemps.

  • Jane canapini
    January 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Fantastic insider tips for photo buffs heading to Paris, Janice! Will log this for a future trip!

    • Jan
      January 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      I hope it helps. I’m sure you’ll discover even more “night time” places to get great photos.

  • Beata
    January 26, 2017 at 10:01 am

    That looks as amazing place to visit !

  • Sue Reddel
    January 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Jan you truly captured the City of Light! Outstanding photos – there’s a few spots I’ve only seen during the day. Now I definitely need a trip back to explore more at night.

    • Jan
      January 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Thank you. I think I might love night time more than day time!

  • Rachel Heller
    January 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I know it’s cliche, but I enjoyed seeing the Eiffel Tower from a distance at night. It was near Christmas, I think, or maybe July 14th; I’m not sure because it was years ago. But they had it all done in blinky lights. Fun!

    • Jan
      January 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

      I never get sick of seeing the Eiffel Tower at night, close up or far away. It doesn’t matter. I love it!

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    January 28, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Wonderful night shots of Paris, Jan. Thx so much for sharing. The City of Lights for sure!

    • Jan
      January 28, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Thank you!

  • Nathalie
    January 28, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you for bringing back wonderful memories of Paris by night, it’s such a beautiful city day or night but night time seems to bring out the magic.

    • Jan
      January 29, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Definitely like no other!