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Last Updated: 26 August 2023


Have you ever considered visiting central Paris early in the morning when the masses of tourists still sleep or have breakfast at their hotels? This morning, we arrived at Place de la Concorde early for a walk in the French capital.

The first signs of Summer were there when we emerged on the street level from the metro station. Yes, 7 a.m. was relatively early for us, but not for many Parisians who were already on the road going to work by car, bike or bus, or in vans to deliver goods to thousands of local stores. Yet the views of the Historical Axis and the Eiffel Tower were amazing. A soft light lit up the square, its ancient obelisk, extravagant lamp posts and the Tuileries’ elegant wrought-iron fences.

It’s going to be a fantastic summer day here in Paris!


7 Reasons for visiting Place de la Concorde early morning

Visiting Place de la Concorde early in the morning is an experience that grants you a unique perspective on the square’s history, architecture, and beauty. It’s an opportunity to connect with the heart of Paris in a peaceful and contemplative way, savouring its grandeur and cultural significance without the distractions of the day.

Here are 7 reasons why you should visit Place de la Concorde early in the morning:


1. Tranquility and Peace

Experience a rare moment of tranquillity amidst the bustling city by visiting Place de la Concorde early in the morning. As the city gradually awakens, the square is remarkably serene, offering a unique opportunity to soak in the beauty of this iconic space without the usual hustle and bustle. Take a leisurely stroll, relishing the calm atmosphere and allowing yourself to appreciate the grandeur of your surroundings.

Place de la Concorde Paris June 2015 01 © French Moments
Place de la Concorde early morning © French Moments


2. Soft Morning Light

The soft morning light casts a gentle and warm glow over Place de la Concorde, creating a picturesque scene that feels almost magical. This gentle illumination beautifully highlights the intricate architectural details, accentuating the ornate sculptures, fountains, and the majestic Obelisk of Luxor. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or simply capturing memories on your smartphone, the morning light provides the perfect backdrop for stunning photographs that capture the essence of this historic square.


3. Best Photo Moments

Early morning offers a rare opportunity for photography enthusiasts to capture the allure of Place de la Concorde without the usual crowds. With fewer people around, you can take your time to frame the perfect shot, experiment with angles, and capture the intricate details that might get overlooked during busier hours. Whether you’re focusing on the grandeur of the Obelisk, the elegant fountains, or the architectural symmetry, you’ll have the freedom to capture the scene as you envision it.

Eiffel Tower © French Moments
The Eiffel Tower © French Moments


4. Reflect on History

Place de la Concorde is significant in French history, having witnessed pivotal moments during the French Revolution. By visiting early in the morning, you can pause and reflect on the historical events unfolding on this ground. The stillness of the morning allows you to imagine the past, from the fateful events of the Revolution to the many historical figures who walked these grounds. It’s a chance to connect with history and sincerely appreciate the place’s cultural significance.


5. Unbeatable Views

The early morning light offers an unmatched view of the surrounding landmarks from Place de la Concorde. From this vantage point, you can gaze down the historic axis stretching from the Louvre Museum to the Arc de Triomphe, capturing the essence of Paris in a single panoramic sweep. This expansive view lets you appreciate the carefully planned urban layout and architectural harmony of the city’s design.


6. Stroll in Peace

With the city just beginning to stir, the gardens and pathways around Place de la Concorde are peacefully deserted early in the morning. This tranquillity invites you to stroll, allowing you to discover the finer details that might be overlooked during busier hours. As you wander through the landscaped gardens and admire the intricate statues and fountains, you’ll have a chance to experience the square’s artistry and craftsmanship more intimately and personally.

Place de la Concorde Paris June 2015 03 © French Moments
Lamppost © French Moments


7. Start Your Day Right

Beginning your day at Place de la Concorde offers a refreshing and serene start to your Parisian adventures. The calm and unhurried ambience provides a gentle introduction to the city’s energy, allowing you to ease into the day at your own pace. Whether visiting iconic landmarks or exploring hidden gems, starting your day at this historic square sets a positive tone for exploring Paris.


Photos of Place de la Concorde Early Morning

Morning is the best time to shoot the square with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Place de la Concorde Early Morning © French Moments

Eiffel Tower and Lamppost © French Moments

Eiffel Tower and Lamppost © French Moments

Our favourite spot is to stand on one of the two elevated terraces of the Tuileries Garden, which offers a great view of the entire square.

Eiffel Tower © French Moments

Eiffel Tower © French Moments

Place de la Concorde Early Morning © French Moments

Place de la Concorde Early Morning © French Moments

Place de la Concorde Early Morning © French Moments

To shoot the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, place yourself under the obelisk facing the wide avenue… if you pay attention, you will be able to view part of the Grande Arche de la Défense hidden behind the Arc de Triomphe.

Luxor Obelisk © French Moments

Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

Another perspective links the Madeleine church to the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French National Assembly. To avoid backlight, it is best to shoot the parliament in the morning and to come back in the afternoon to photograph the church.

Palais Bourbon © French Moments

Palais Bourbon © French Moments


Find out more!

Learn more about the majestic Place de la Concorde on the blog.

Link to the Wikipedia Page (in French) about the square.

All photos © French Moments

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About the author

Rachel grew up in England and was always very fond of France from a young age. Childhood memories of holidays in the Loire Valley, Dordogne and Brittany framed her love of France as a child. She is now bilingual and enjoys speaking French. She has a creative flair and loves cooking and recipe testing. She writes honestly about her French experiences as an expat which can at times be quite amusing.

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