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7 best places to see sunset in Paris (2020)

Explore 7 of the top locations in Paris to photograph sunset with pricing information, addresses, and photo examples.

1. La Terrasse, Galeries Lafayette rooftop bar

From the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann rooftop bar and restaurant balcony you are gifted with one of the finest Parisian landscapes, which boasts an unobstructed view over to the Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais.

Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
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Ce soir.

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2. Arc de Triomphe

From the observation terrace of the Arc de Triomphe you can see countless iconic Parisian landmarks. Twelve streets connect to the Place Charles de Gaulle (where the Arc de Triomphe stands) which allows such variety for subjects of photos during the course of the sunset.

General admission €12 – FREE for under 18s free and for persons 18-25 years old who are citizens of one the countries of the EU or are a non-European permanent residents of France.

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
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3. Jardin du Luxembourg

The creation of the Luxembourg Gardens date back to 1612. Not only are the gardens full of beautiful sculptures, fountains and the Luxembourg Palace itself, there are lots of quiet areas to sit and enjoy the peaceful park buried in the middle of the city.

Address: Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris
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A walk in the park

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4. The banks of the River Seine

Just simply strolling along the banks of the River Seine you will encounter countless historic landmarks and interesting subjects including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, Grand Palais, Jardin des Tuileries, Musée du Louvre, Pont Alexandre III, and the Statue of Liberty Paris – just to name a few.

Address: Pont Marie, 75004 Paris
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Ici c’est…

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5. The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck

The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck claims to have the “best view of Paris”, and it’s hard to disagree. From the 56th floor and open-air panoramic terrace you are gifted with a very unique perspective over Paris, and it’s special landmarks, which is particularly special at sunset.

General admission €18 – with discounted admissions available for persons under 18s, learn more.

Address: 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
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6. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont has some stunning features, not least of which is the Temple de la Sibylle, inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy, which is perched at the top of a fifty-metre-high cliff. Looking over to Montmartre from this hilltop offers charming views of the Sacré-Cœur.

Address: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
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Silky Saturday sky.

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7. Montmartre & the Sacré-Cœur

Montmartre is one of the most charming areas of Paris and to photograph – countless hours can be spent exploring the different alleys and shops. You can also climb up the Dome of Sacré-Cœur’s Basilica that offers a very unique point of view – this does have an admission charge, learn more.

Address: Montmartre, 75018 Paris

If you have any questions or other Paris sunset suggestions, feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @saxonbosworth or to us on Twitter @decouvrirlavie!

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6 replies on “7 best places to see sunset in Paris (2020)”

Thanks very much for your comment, John! Really appreciate your feedback. Ah well, you know for next time! 😊

I have followed you on Twitter with @decouvrirlavie. Have just seen your website. Would you be interested in writing a guest article here on Découvrir La Vie?


These are lovely pictures, what a great idea to showcase a variety of spots around the city for beautiful sunsets! I like the fact that you’ve listed which sites are free to visit along with the addresses. I have not been to Paris yet, but it’s on my list!


I love this post! Paris is such a special place for me. You have given me inspiration for places to visit in Paris the next time I go. I can’t wait to get back there. Thank you for sharing this post.

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