Just across the bridge from the Louvre is Musée d'Orsay on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay – a grand Beaux-Arts railway station built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It now houses one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist art.
While photography is forbidden throughout the galleries, head upstairs to see the huge clock face that once informed passengers of the train departure times and now offers some inspiring photo opportunities. You can stand behind the clock face and create cool silhouetted images as well as looking through at the Seine and the Sacré-Cœur.
The museum has excellent cafés and the former restaurant of the Hôtel d'Orsay, on the first floor of the museum, is still as magnificent as it was when it opened in 1900. The dining room is listed as a Historic Monument and the menu is well-priced so it's worth getting an eclair and a coffee for more photo opportunities.
10. MUSÉE DE L'ORANGERIE
Musée de l’Orangerie is smaller and much less crowded than the Louvre. It's an art gallery of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde. And there is a lovely oval gallery where the walls are covered in Monet's Water Lillies paintings. This is the room where you want to get some Instagram symmetry pics and a few selfies too. The Gallery Attendants are tolerant of photography with the paintings as long as you do not block the views for other visitors so aim to visit as soon as it opens, so you can get some great photos and then sit and enjoy the paintings without the crowds.
11. PETIT PALAIS
Petit Palais is the Paris Museum of Fine Arts. If you enjoy taking photos, this is a hidden gem for its stunning architecture – the grand staircase is incredible! – and beautiful galleries. It's free to visit and you will want to see the pretty semi-circle column-lined courtyard. Look up for the ceiling frescos over the seating area of the café.
12. PONT ALEXANDRE III
Pont Alexandre III is one of the finest bridges in Paris. Built over the Seine for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, it is decorated with detailed ornaments and impressive gilded statues on each end.
You can get some great views if you pass underneath on a boat but it's also worth some photos from the river bank too as you can include the Eiffel Tower in the image too. At night-time, it's fun to take some long exposure shots with boats passing under the bridge so you have some light trails in the photo.
13. GALERIE VIVIENNE