Paris is home to world-famous monuments and cult landmarks that provide skyline views, but there are still several scenic areas that are relatively less explored in the City of Lights. Two of these attractions reside in some of the top tourist destinations in the capital city of France.
Views from Musée d’Orsay Balcony
The museum is home to several artworks, including works of art from the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism periods. Still, a view from its terrace can be exotic especially during sunset in the French Capital. From up there, you can see the River Seine up close and Montmartre in the distant backdrop. Come here around 06:00 in the evening; the day will appear longer as the balcony’s silence complements the scenic setting.
The Rooftop of Printemps
This popular department store is frequented primarily for shopping, but even its terrace offers skyline views of the capital city. Take an elevator to get to its top floor and an escalator to reach the rooftop above that. It is an ideal place for scenic views of the cityscapes, including that of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and Palais Garnier on the Haussmann Boulevard.
Rue Des Barres at Le Marais
This cobblestoned street in the Marais neighborhood by the River Seine is both bustling and picturesque. You will have plenty of photo opportunities here, as is the case with most of the destinations in Paris. Two of its highlights include Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais, which is one of Paris’s oldest existing churches that feature eye-popping stained glass windows, and the L’Ebouillante restaurant on the cobblestoned terrace, which is worth visiting, especially if you are looking for brunches watching the world drift by.
Canal Saint-Martin along Bastille Square
This tourist attraction nestled away amidst the Champs-Élysées avenue and the Eiffel Tower is an area that is not all that explored as it should be. All the chestnut trees lined up along the square offers a scenic spot for a picnic when on Paris sightseeing tours. For a traditionally working-class area, the 10th Administrative District of Paris has become a frequently visited one mostly by youngsters and hipsters, changing the neighborhood’s vibe, yet retaining its cultural mix. An ideal picnic time along the canal is around sunset, which is when the crowds throng this eastern part of Paris.