The 20 Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

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No one knows about New York City’s most Instagrammable spots better than a professional Instagrammer… who also happens to live here. (Me!) Below, you’ll find a list of the best places for street photography in NYC, the best places for indoor photos, a handful of hidden gems, and NYC Instagram spots that’ll make you the envy of your followers. (Also, for what it’s worth: NYC is one of my favorite places to recommend for a girls trip—and this is the exact list that I tell everyone to use as a guide.)

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a few “must-visit” locations for a first timer.

The Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

1. Chacha Matcha

Even if you’re not a fan of matcha, you’re going to want to check this place out immediately—but prepare to wait (there’s almost always a line.) Beyond matcha lattes, they also have fab matcha ice cream.

Two locations:
Nolita – 373 Broome
Nomad – 1158 Broadway

Stalk them on Instagram: 
@chachamatcha


2. Pietro Nolita

The healthy Italian restaurant describes itself as a “unique pink jewel box in the heart of Nolita” – which it definitely is. They don’t take reservations, unfortunately, and there’s always a wait…but I’d recommend taking a photo on the super cute pink bench outside of the restaurant. If you’re in NYC for a girls getaway, Pietro Nolita is a must.

instagrammable places nyc

Location:
174 Elizabeth Street

Stalk them on Instagram:
@PietroNolita


3. Flatiron Building

A New York City institution. You can’t be in the city without getting a shot of the triangular 22-story, 285-foot building. To get the best angle, go closer to 23rd street on the sliver of sidewalk area.

Location:
175 5th Ave

Stalk it on Instagram:
@Flatironny


4. Washington Street in Dumbo (Brooklyn)

Quickly becoming one of Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhoods. To get the perfect shot, stand at the intersection of Water Street and Washington Street in Dumbo—you’ll notice the two buildings perfectly frame the Manhattan Bridge. Then, head to Cecconi’s for dinner and drinks right under the bridge. Such a chic spot. Also not far: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. They have a great rooftop bar for drinks, and one of my favorite lobbies of all time.

washington street dumbo

Photo: @goodgolliemsmollie (one of my besties!)

Location:
Washington Street and Water Street in Brooklyn

Stalk it on Instagram:
DUMBO, Brooklyn


5. Top of the Rock

Visiting the “top of the rock” (aka the top of Rockefeller Center) requires tickets, but for a photo like this, it’s worth it. You’ll get the best light early in the morning or just before sunset.

most instagrammable spots in nyc

Photo: @SivanAyla

Location:
Enter at 30 Rockefeller Plaza

Stalk it on Instagram:
@rockcenternyc


6. Barney’s Staircase

When Barney’s opened a second location downtown, everyone was thrilled—and it was about more than just the clothes. This gorgeous spiral staircase starting showing up on everyone’s Instagram feeds.

barneys staircase

Photo: @s_pandya

Location: 
101 7th Avenue (*note this is the downtown location; uptown doesnt have the staircase)

Stalk them on Instagram:
@barneysnyc


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7. One World Trade Center Observatory

If you’ve never been to New York, I can’t recommend the 1WTC Observatory enough. I live here, and I was still blown away by the views and the experience. The building has a three-story “observation deck” that’s located on floors 100–102—so, if you have a fear of heights…you might want to think twice.

1WTC observatory view

Location:
285 Fulton Street

Stalk it on Instagram:
@oneworldnyc


8. The St Regis Hotel

The hotel is a true New York icon—and so is its awning. Pop in to the King Cole Bar for a Bloody Mary, which is where the cocktail was first invented.

lindsay silberman

Location:
2 East 55th St.

Stalk it on Instagram:
@stregisnewyork


9. Grand Central Station

Unlike other mass transportation areas of the city (namely Penn Station and Port Authority) Grand Central isn’t a cess pool of filth. In fact, it’s one of the most beautiful structures in all of Manhattan. (Pro Tip: if you need an emergency Apple repair, the Apple store within Grand Central is a dream.)

grand central nyc

Location:
89 E 42nd St

Stalk it on Instagram:
@grandcentralnyc


10. The Brooklyn Bridge

There is arguably nothing better than walking along the Brooklyn Bridge on a gorgeous sunny day. I mean, I’ll be honest — I haven’t done it in years — but I remember it being really lovely. Have you seen  how beautiful these photos are? Just a warning…the bridge gets insanely busy during the summer (and I mean bumper-to-bumper foot traffic) so if you want a shot like this, you probably won’t get it midday.

brooklyn bridge instagram

Photo: @khemric

Location:
The Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway begins at the intersection of Tillary Street & Boerum Place.

Stalk it on Instagram:
@brooklynbridgeig


11. The Oculus at the World Trade Center

Would you believe me if I told you this was a subway station? It’s also flanked by some pretty amazing stores on either side (check out Sugarfina for more Instagram candy.) This place is so symmetrically stunning, it’s nearly impossible not to take a great photo. Hyperlapse or fast-motion videos also work really well here, particularly on the second level overlooking the chaos below.

most instagrammable places in nyc

Location:
185 Greenwich St (if you’re from out of town and take a taxi, make sure you specific Greenwich STREET and not AVENUE – those are two completely different places.)

Stalk it on Instagram:
The Oculus


12. The Vessel at Hudson Yards

The just-opened structure—inside of Hudson Yards, a fancy development on the West side of Manhattan—has become New York City’s most instagrammable new addition in years. So what is it, exactly? The Vessel is a public art installation that soars 15-stories high, consisting of stairwells and 80 viewing platforms. If you’re ambitious, climb to the top for an out-of-this-world vantage point of the city.

Location: 
20 Hudson Yards

Stalk it on Instagram:
@thevesselnyc


13. Roman and Williams Guild

When the New York City-based interior design firm Roman and Williams decided to open a restaurant-slash-home goods store in Soho last year, the design world lost their minds. Inside, you can indulge in a quintessentially French meal at Le Mercerie (the cafè) or peruse fancy home decor at the Guild. Needless to say, the photo opps are endless. Need a little inspo? Check out this stunning shot by my friend @AGuyNamedPatrick.

Roman & Williams Guild NYC

Location:
53 Howard St

Stalk it on Instagram:
@rwguild


14. NOMO Soho

I used to say that if I hadn’t done a destination wedding in Mexico (after getting legally hitched at City Hall first) I would have wanted to get married at NOMO Soho. This uber-chic hotel and its equally chic outdoor restaurant are what Instagram dreams are made of, particularly on sunny days.

Nomo Soho Instagrammable spots nyc

Photo: @thenomosoho

Location:
9 Crosby Street

Stalk it on Instagram:
@thenomosoho


15. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Lobby

Here’s a little insider secret: you don’t have to actually be staying at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge to hang out in its picturesque lobby. With lush greenery, cozy couches, and rustic wooden furniture, it’s truly one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon in Brooklyn. There’s also a fab rooftop bar, chic cafe on the ground floor, plus a rooftop pool and restaurant. It’s also walking distance from the Washington Street photo opp in DUMBO I mentioned above, so I recommend making an afternoon of it—and then heading to Shake Shack around the corner.

one hotel brooklyn bridge

 Location:
60 Furman Street, Brooklyn

Stalk it on Instagram:
@1Hotels


The Most Instagrammable Food Places in NYC

Here’s a quick hit-list!

16. Sweet Moment, 106 Mott Street, Chinatown; known for cutesy latte art with La Colombe coffee and Korean Bingsoos (Shaved Ice) 

Sweet Moment Coffee shop nyc

Photo: @sdamiani

17. Black Tap, multiple locations; known for their insanely over-the-top milkshakes

crazy milkshakes at blacktap in nyc

18. Drunken Dumpling, 137 First Avenue, East Village; known for it’s quirky and colorful soup dumplings

19. Serra by Birreria, 200 Fifth Avenue (rooftop of Eataly); known for its ever-changing theme based on the seasons.

serra by birreria eataly rooftop most instagrammable restaurants

20. LRoom Cafe, 41 West 14th St, Union Square; known for their uber-feminine pink decor and a penchant for food and pretty flowers


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2 Comments

  1. Rita Talia
    June 14, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    Hi, I am so jelouse! you took some amazing photos! I wanted to ask if you knew of a non-touristy rooftop place I can take photos at? thanks XO

    • June 17, 2019 / 10:04 pm

      depending on when you’re here, you should check out the rooftop of Eataly – it’s a restaurant called Bireria

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