Notre Dame Cathedral is without question one of the most worthy photoshoot locations in Paris.

Sure, Notre Dame is officially closed until 2024. That does not mean, however, that it’s no longer one of the most photo-worthy locations in Paris.

Despite the construction surrounding the iconic Cathedral, the greater Notre Dame area is filled with fantastic photo spots, including the oldest Parisian cafe, Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, the iconic bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, numerous stunning bridges, cobblestone streets, and more.

In fact, expressly because of the perception that the Cathedral is closed, you will not encounter large crowds—tourists, photographers, or otherwise.

We recommend a romantic 2-hour evening couple photoshoot. Kick things off along the Seine Riverbank below Notre Dame and make your way to the Louvre Museum for dreamy Blue Hour photos. You will surely find plenty of unexpected precious photo gems along the way.

Best time for pictures: sunrise (the actual cathedral is set to reopen in 2024)
Romance scale: moderate
Rain suitability: poor
Nearby locations: Louvre Museum, Seine River, Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Pont des Arts, Square du Vert-Galant, Cafés
Cost: free
Latitude & Longitude: 48.8530° N, 2.3499° E