The best of Paris, via Instagram

July 16, 2012 in Europe,France,Places

Paris is a city that’s endlessly photographed: the icons, the sunsets, the stately terraces and crumbling facades. It’s a city that inspires artists, writers, tourists; it’s the most-visited city in the world.

Dalmatian on the streets of the Marais in Paris, France via Instagram

For me, Paris is a city of crowded metros and unexpected details: a place where I feel at home and completely foreign. I love that I can make my way through the twisting laneways of the Marais without a map, and that I can still discover new restaurants and cafes that seem like an extension of me. As I wandered through neighborhoods that I know by heart and ones that I’ve never set foot in, here are a few of my favorite iPhone captures:

Chairs at La Mosquee, the Paris mosque tea room

I met up with my friend Lindsey of Lost In Cheeseland for a mint tea and baklava at La Mosquée: just steps away from the mosque, this shady courtyard is filled with geometric designs, cheerful chatter and plenty of tiny birds. Arrive just after prayer adjourns to see an empty street fill up in mere moments.

Jef Aerosol Paris street art near the Centre Pompidou, France

One of the best juxtapositions in Paris: a massive Jef Aerosol mural, next to a crumbling church, next to the ultra-modern Centre Pompidou.

Rhubarb meringue tartelette from Sébastien Gaudard in Paris, France

One of my best pastry discoveries: the rhubarb meringue tartelette from Sébastien Gaudard. Best enjoyed on the steps of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in full afternoon sunshine.

Paris at sunset from the Centre Pompidou in France, via Instagram

I love the collection at Centre Pompidou at any time of day, but I fell in love with the sweeping view of Paris rooftops at dusk from its upper floor.

View from the Promenade Plantee, Coulee Verte in Paris, France

The Promenade Plantée seems to be a green oasis in a sea of gray, but looking down from the rose-lined walkway shows that tree-lined boulevards in Paris are the rule, not the exception.

Perfect Australian latte from Telescope Cafe in Paris, France

So this is my perfect morning: a latte served in a glass comme les Australiens, a crisp copy of the International Herald-Tribune, no Wifi to distract me and the whole of Paris to explore just outside the open window. Teléscope, you complete me.

View of Paris from the Galeries Lafayette Terrace on a gray cloudy day, France

The chaos of les soldes below is a distant memory on the peaceful Galeries Lafayette terrace.

French onion soup and red wine at Au Pied de Cochon in Paris, France

When the weather turns chilly, a glass of red wine and a bowl of steaming French onion soup oozing with cheese is the only remedy.

What’s your favorite Paris Instagram photo? 

  • Lovely shots! I love the centre Georges Pompidou!

  • camorose

    One of my favorite spots in the city 🙂

  • My favourite Paris memory is wandering the city to stop for baguettes, pains au chocolat and croque madame served off of carts in the streets. Heaven!

  • I keep dreaming about moving to Paris. A fresh croissant for breakfast, late nights at cafes with the city  perfectly lit with a warm glow, art, romance, perfection.
     But then I come to my senses and realize reality is nothing like that and it’s really hard to live in Paris. I’ll stay content with the occasional visit so the charm doesn’t wear off.

  • I have to admit, I am loving this city more and more now that the weather has finally stopped being so gloomy and gray. Bastille Day was a real turning point, I think. As for your photos, I LOVE the mural next to the Pompidou, I walk by it often; still haven’t been to the mosque yet though. It’s on my Paris bucket list.

  • I laughed when I saw your photo of the Jef Aerosol mural next to a crumbling church and the Centre Pompidou cause I took nearly the same picture! 🙂

  • I can’t wait to visit Paris this fall while studying abroad in London! What’s one thing you would suggest is a MUST DO despite cost or anything else?

  • that tartelette sounds amazing! There’s nothing quite like rhubarb goodness in the summer 🙂

  • Riz

    Dreaming of Paris for the nth time. Thanks for touring me to Paris through your writings and photos! I’ve never been there but this post makes me think that Paris is Love! <3

  • camorose

    Ahhh love! Haven’t had a good croque monsieur in far too long 🙂

  • camorose

    Agreed! I think I love Paris so much just because I only get it in small doses 🙂

  • camorose

    The mosque was one of my favorite finds–I think I could spend all afternoon drinking peppermint tea at 2,5 Euro a pop and eating baklava! Definitely worth checking out–and glad to hear you’re enjoying Paris in the summer 🙂

  • camorose

    It seems to be a popular shot–but I just love it!

  • camorose

    Ahhhh such a tough question! I never go to Paris without eating a L’as du falafel and wandering through the Marais or watching the sun set over the Seine with a bottle of wine down on the banks 🙂

  • camorose

    It was incredible! Favorite new bakery find 🙂

  • camorose

    It really is–glad you enjoyed 🙂

  • I love the quirky feel of the mural and church combination and of course the wonderful picture of the skyline with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. It’s both mysterious and romantic.

  • Hayleyonholiday

    How can you decided which is your favourite, they are all beautiful x

  • Sal

    A street in Paris was what the first photograph captured (clearly, this is arguably, but it is what is taught) and it is the most photographed city in history. Lovely photos! Last one is making my mouth water…

  • camorose

    Thanks! That’s very much how I felt when I saw it in person 🙂

  • camorose

    Aww thank you! I have a tough time deciding as well–although I do love the dalmatian, just reminds me of my initial impressions of the French via 101 Dalmatians!

  • camorose

    Believe me, there is nothing better than French Onion Soup on a cold rainy day in Paris! 🙂

  • Oh wow I just googled pictures of the Marais district and it looks soo beautiful! I can’t wait to see it in person! I’ll definitely grab myself a bottle of red wine before heading to the Seine, and probably throw in a fresh loaf of bread too (because I absolutely LOVE bread) and then hopefully get hopelessly lost wandering through the streets on my way back to where I’ll be staying 🙂 ahhh it sounds perfect!

  • Phumzile Zondi

    I love the picture of the latte and newspaper pic- thats definitely how i like to start my mornings at home and while traveling. i have a similar picture – but mine replaces the newspaper with the map of the city i am about to explore…love your blog…

  • camorose

    Awww thanks! I can never resist a New York Times/Herald-Tribune when I find one abroad 🙂

  • It is true, Paris is so beautiful that it is difficult to say which picture is better! Your photo at the cafe with a newspaper on the table made me think about the painting of Picasso I saw today at his recently reopened museum.

  • camorose

    Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Dwight

    Hi,
    I love everything about Paris so many Thanks for this amazing list! On the same topic, I recently found this french photographer: @HBphotographie

    He seems to have just started but something tells me it won’t be long until he’s noticed! Check out his pictures you’ll understand 😉
    http://instagram.com/hbphotographie

  • camorose

    Thanks so much for sharing, Dwight! I’ll check him out 🙂

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