The 11 Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

The 11 Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

No one knows about New York City’s most Instagrammable spots better than a professional Instagrammer…who also happens to live here. (Me!)

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

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.

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.

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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


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. St Regis

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.

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Location:
2 East 55th St.

Stalk it on Instagram:
@stregisnewyork


9. Grand Central

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. 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.

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

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