Where to catch the best sunsets in Paris

Paris is beautiful every hour of the day but there is something incredibly magical about sunset. When the tiredness of the day wears off and the city comes to life, renewed, for the evenings. This guide has got all of the best vantage points covered; from high in the air to down on the ground, here are the locations you will find the best sunsets in Paris, guaranteed to take your breath away at golden hour.

Sacré Cœur

Sacré Cœur

This is my favourite sunset spot in Paris. Not just because it is one of the highest vantage points in the city, but because of the ambience. Sacré Cœur is the spot where the majority of tourists flock to watch the sunset in Paris and with good reason. The basilica is perched on top of one of Paris’ highest peaks, therefore, boasts unparalleled views over the whole city. I would recommend arriving early to grab a seat on the stairs.

Hotel Raphael

Hôtel Raphael

This luxury hotel has one of the most beautiful rooftop terraces you’ll ever see. It’s an ideal place to catch the last rays of sun softly flickering behind the Parisian rooftops over a delicious cocktail or two. Located between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, the panoramic terrace offers astounding views of both of these iconic monuments. I would recommend booking yourself a table in advance. Then just kick back, order a glass of bubbles and watch the nature show!

Pont des Arts

Square du Vert- Galant

This location is not quite as well known by tourists. But instead, it is crowded with expats and Parisians picnicking and drinking al fresco. In my opinion it is one of the merriest places to watch the sunset. The atmosphere is alive with laughter and music and every single person seems to be enjoying the moment. Sit right on the point where the island ends and take in the magical view of Pont des Arts. Bring a picnic, some wine and sit with your feet dangling over the river.

Place de Trocadero

Place du Trocadéro

For the best view of the Eiffel Tower this should be your spot of choice. The iron lady has never looked so majestic than at sunset. It’s a beautiful moment when the sky changes from fiery red to pitch black and the Eiffel Tower sparkles for the first time that day. Throughout the night the tower will glisten on the hour. It is easily one of my favourite ways to spend an evening in Paris!

Tuileries

The Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is in the center of Paris and is another one of my favourite places to watch the sunset as it is surrounded by some of Paris’ most iconic architecture. The gardens are framed by the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Rue de Rivoli and the Musée d’Orsay so no matter which way you look there will be pretty Parisian architecture to admire.

Ile Saint Louis

Ile Saint Louis

For the type of Parisian evening you see in the movies, head to the charming Ile Saint Louis. Stroll around the island and catch the dappled light dancing off the buildings. After the sun has set find a seat on one of the cafe terraces and order a glass of wine to be enjoyed over the soundtrack of live accordionists playing la vie en rose and other traditional French tunes.

The Seine

The banks of the Seine

One of the most enchanting places to watch the sunset is along the banks of the Seine. The Seine is romantic at any time of day but there is something particularly special about strolling along the river as the orange rays are reflected on the water.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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