It's almost impossible to think that Paris could get any more beautiful. From the iconic landmarks to the cobblestone streets lined with cream-colored houses, the French capital has its own scintillating aesthetic. It's no wonder the city often serves as the perfect backdrop for photoshoots, ad campaigns, and even movies and TV series. Even more so when it's autumn. Once the temperature goes down and the leaves start to fall, it's as if the air in Paris changes. Some spots, namely the Eiffel Tower, Jardin des Tuileries, Canal Saint Martin, and Montmartre, to name a few, look even more beguiling than ever before!
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the kind of place where you feel like you've already seen it a thousand times. Even when it's your first time seeing it in person, it already feels familiar. Its fame is so massive that it's become the symbol of France. And while it rarely differs, you simply have to see it during autumn. It's like a whole new tower surrounded by sunset tones, a far cry from the sunny picture-perfect landmark during spring. Though it's still as majestic as ever, there's a difference in the air that you won't feel during any other time of the year.
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Champ de Mars
As the park near the Eiffel Tower
, Champ de Mars is already a beautiful place to begin with. There's nothing like spending a lazy afternoon looking at the iconic landmark from this park. Even more so when it's autumn! Once this season has arrived, gone are the bright green trees and shrubberies that make up this scenic park. Instead, you get scenic foliage that's worth putting on a postcard. The air is cooler too, making for a perfect excuse to snuggle up to someone special as you spend the rest of your day basking in the glory of the Eiffel Tower.
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Jardin des Tuileries
One of the more famous parts of Jardin des Tuileries is its tree-lined path leading up to Louvre. Countless ad campaigns, photoshoots, TV series, and movies set in Paris
have been filmed here. It's truly an immaculate sight seeing all those beautiful tall trees line up so symmetrically. Now, imagine them rendered in the gentler shades of apricot and marigold! The path looks like a totally different place, doesn't it? That's the magic of autumn in Paris. What may seem like expected scenes become something completely unexpected but equally magical!
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Bois de Boulogne
Another park worth visiting during autumn in Paris is Bois de Boulogne. Located on the edge of the 16th arrondissement
, it served as the former hunting ground for the kings of France. And compared to the other parks in Paris, Bois de Boulogne does have a tinge of wilderness to it. This is what makes it even more idyllic come autumn. When the green leaves turn red ginger or copper, you'll feel as if you're in a forest somewhere in the French countryside. And if you squint your eyes just right, doesn't the Bois de Boulogne in autumn look like a Van Gogh painting?
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Canal Saint Martin
On its own, Canal Saint Martin in the 10th arrondissement
of Paris is already quite a sight to behold. Some would even go so far as to say it's more scenic than the banks of the Seine River. Whether you agree with that or not, there's no denying the picturesque charm of this canal. Especially in autumn! When the warm tones of peach, amber, and pumpkin paint the banks of this canal, it will tug at your heartstrings. You'll instantly want to capture it on your phone to post it on Instagram!
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Père Lachaise Cemetery
A cemetery sound like the last spot you'd expect something beautiful, right? It's too somber to make for a pleasant picture. At least, that's what you might think at first. But in truth, the cemeteries in Paris are actually some of the most pleasant in the world. From well-crafted stone sculptures to grand mausoleums, it's as if these cemeteries are in a world of their own. It's certainly true of Père Lachaise Cemetery too! Come here during autumn and see the melancholic beauty of this site. With the butter and canary-colored leaves brightening up the place, you'd hardly think this was a cemetery at all!
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And finally, there's Montmartre, one of the more famous neighborhoods in Paris
. At any time of the year, this bustling district is still as beautiful as ever. But it arguably looks its best in autumn. When all the leaves change color, it really looks like a totally different place. So much so that the entire neighborhood is practically one huge Instagram-worthy spot
! The Sacré-Cœur looks like it's sitting atop the sun since the grass below turns into a bright shade of yellow. And the vine-lined houses turning red makes them look like they belong in a storybook!
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If you thought this city is beautiful now, wait until you see autumn in Paris! The red, orange, and yellow leaves paint a new picture of the French capital. You'll see it if you visit the most beautiful spots to look at this season!