Looking for where the most Instagrammable places in NYC are? Check out this list for the best New York City photo spots!
Ahhh, New York City…aka “concrete jungle where dreams are made of.” There’s just something magical about it, isn’t there? It is also one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Wondering where the most Instagrammable places in NYC are?
Well, here I am to the rescue. Here they are – the most Instagrammable places in NYC:
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30 Rockefeller Center
The best view in town, with sweeping panoramic views of the NYC skyline, Central Park, the Freedom Tower, and most importantly, the Empire State Building. The latter might be the tallest and arguably the most iconic in New York City, but I mean…you can’t see the Empire State Building from the top of the Empire State Building. Just sayin’.
Seriously, though, can you argue with these views? Yeah, didn’t think so. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
2. The Brooklyn Bridge
One of the oldest bridges in the United States, and one of the most classic symbols of NYC. Definitely walk the entire span of the bridge for amazing views of the skyline. Go early in the morning to beat the crowds to *really* enjoy the beauty of the bridge and to snap the best photos for your Instragram feed. Be aware that the runners and the cyclists can be super aggressive, so watch out for them to avoid a collision!
334 Furman Street
Right after you get off the Brooklyn Bridge, head on over to the Brooklyn Bridge park. This 85-acre park offers sweeping waterfront views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. It is also magical at night, with all the buildings all lit up.
Washington Street & Front Street
Yes, Dumbo is the name of a cartoon elephant, but it also stands for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” The intersection of Washington Street and Front Street is another one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC because of it is where you find the most picture-perfect view of the Manhattan Bridge. If you look closely, you’ll also find that the Empire State Building is also framed perfectly within the bridge.
Also check out: Best of Brooklyn Williamsburg Walking Tour
5. Audrey Hepburn mural
by Tristan Eaton
@ Caffe Roma
176 Mulberry Street
Street art, Audrey Hepburn, and bright colors are 3 of my favorite things so I was excited to see this wall in Nolita.One of the most Instagrammable murals I’ve ever seen, in NYC or elsewhere! Note that this mural is on the outside wall of a cafe, and usually has a table in front of it. Go early if you want to pose in front of it (or you can grab a coffee at Caffe Roma and try to get that spot!).
Also check out: Bushwick Street Art Walking Tour
33-69 Vesey Street
The Oculus is the centerpiece of the epic World Trade Center Transit Hub, which cost nearly $4 billion make, and is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The steel and glass structure is supposed to resemble a dove being released out of a child’s hand. The natural light streaming through the interior is gorgeous, along with the way the columns cast shadows in the most perfect ways. Truly a breathtaking sight, and one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
While you are in this area, you should definitely check out the 9/11 memorial – it is definitely somber, but also very moving and a powerful experience. I was on the verge of tears here because I was so overcome with emotion. The ground zero museum and tour are definitely worth checking out as well.
One of the most hip and creative neighborhoods in New York City, SOHO is home to high-end boutiques, trendy cafes, and restaurants. Greene Street is one of the most Instagrammable streets in this neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings with those cast-iron stairs.
101 7th Avenue
Maybe you’ll be going to go to Barneys to buy that Chanel bag (if you are, then I really envy you). Or, maybe you’ll be going to admire this gorgeous spiral staircase at the new flagship location of the luxury department store chain, which is among one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC. Snap a shot of you walking down these stairs for a perfect photo for your Instagram feed.
239 Centre Street
I’m not sure what I loved most about Maman…the pretty blue and white motif that they use for all their branding, the drool-worthy decor, or the drool-worthy cookies. Can I just say all of the above? Seriously though, this may be the most Instagram-worthy cafe in all of NYC (and there are a lot of them).
11. East Village walls by Hektad
31 E 1st Street
400 E 11th Street
NYC is full of great street art, and East Village is full of some awesome walls. Some of my favorites were the graffiti hearts by street artist Hektad. You can find his work all over the city, but I loved these two in East Village. Such perfect backdrops for your Instagram portraits!
50 Bowery Street
NYC has an abundance of great rooftop bars that it’s hard to figure out where to go. The Crown was a recommendation from Serena of Serena’s Lenses and it was definitely a perfect spot to enjoy some cocktails while watching the sunset. That view of the Manhattan skyline and Empire State Building definitely makes this one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
Want more epic NYC rooftop views? Also check out the NYC rooftop lounge bar tour, which will help you see three more rooftop bars with more epic views (with cocktails included – cheers!).
89 East 42nd Street
One of the most beautiful and busiest train stations in the world, as well as one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC. Admire the amazing architecture, or just people watch and take in the flurry of activity in front of you.
Grand Central was also made famous because of the opening scene from Gossip Girl, so you can also channel your inner Serena Van der Woodsen here. Want to see more sites from the classic TV show? You can check out this Gossip Girl sites tour!
14. Central Park
One of the largest, most beautiful urban parks in the world, Central Park is home to a number of amazing spots to snap that perfect Instagram photo. It is gorgeous year-round, but also absolutely magical in the spring and autumn.
Some of the most Instagrammable spots in Central Park include: the boathouse, Bethesda Fountain, the reservoir, Bow Bridge, Gapstow Bridge, and Umpire Rock. Taking a walking tour of Central Park will help you discover these and more spots in the park!
15. Times Square
Ok, so Times Square might be a total tourist trap and honestly kind of lame. But, all those bright lights and big city vibes totally make it one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC. So many photo ops with the giant billboards and constant flurry of activity – you just have to stop by to snap a few shots for your Instagram feeds.
16. Flatiron Building
175 5th Avenue
One of the most well-known buildings in New York City, distinguished by its flat, triangular shape. Built in 1902, it was considered to be one of the most ground-breaking skyscrapers of its time. Today, it is one of the most iconic buildings in the city, and one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
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267 Elizabeth St
You can’t help but love this super fun Mexican joint – are the colors just the best, or what? Definitely stop by for some tacos, cervezas, margs, and some super cute Instagram photos!
18. Pietro Nolita
There’s nothing quite as Instagrammable as millennial pink, and no one does it quite like Pietro Nolita – the entire establishment is covered in pink, from the outside to the inside! There’s even a cute pink heart mural outside. All that pink definitely makes this one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
19. The High Line
Chelsea, near 10th Ave and Washington, between West 15th St and Gansevoort St
This elevated park was built on what used to be old railroad tracks and has given new life into this part of the city. It is also one of the most Instagrammable places in the NYC because of the greenery and the city views! The High Line spans 1.45 miles – walking the entire span is definitely worth doing, but if you’re limited on time, at least do part of it.
20. The Trash Can at Yumi Kim
105 Stanton St #1
Would you believe me if I told you that this photo was snapped in front of a trash can? I could hardly believe it either when I first stumbled upon this! This spot, which stands in front of the Yumi Kim boutique, is not only one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC, but probably *the* most Instagrammable trash can in the world.
Vessel, in Hudson Yards, is a 150-foot-tall honeycomb-like structure designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick. The steel-and-shining-copper edifice is a series of 154 staircases with 80 viewing platforms for stopping and snapping shots of your surroundings. Vessel is free to visit, but timed tickets are required to cut down on crowds. 📷: @alberto.penazzato #NewYorkCity #SeeYourCity #ILoveNY #ThisIsNewYorkCity
21. Vessel at Hudson Yards
23. Luna Park at Coney Island
Artist: Jet Martinez
I’ve loved Jet Martinez’s work – his murals in San Francisco are some of my favorite. This floral wall in Lower Manhattan is one of my favorites of his! The wall has his signature floral design, but I love the colors here, which makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC!
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28. Iconic NYC Apartments
What is it about those iconic NYC apartments that make them so irresistible? From the walk-ups of the Upper West Side and Brooklyn, to these pastel-colored abodes in Greenwhich Village, the apartments of New York City are just super photogenic and supremely Instagrammable. Definitely spend some time walking up and down the streets in the city to find some gems.
29. Flour Shop
177 Lafayette St
The rainbow walls inside the Flour Shop Bakery in SOHO will definitely make you and your camera happy – definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC! Be sure to get a cake truffle and a rainbow push pop cake while you’re there.
Also check out: The Most Instagrammable Desserts in NYC
30. Sezanne L’Appartement
MY FAVORITE PHOTO GEAR FOR CAPTURING THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN NYC
Wondering what gear you should have when photographing the most Instagrammable places in NYC? Read on for my favorite gear that will help you up your photography an Instagram game!
Best travel cameras for shooting at the best NYC Instagram spots: I currently shoot on the Nikon D7000 (which has now been updated to the Nikon D7500). The kit includes a 18mm-60mm f2.8-4 lens, which is a good starting point – you can also opt to get the camera body only and get a lens that suits your needs better. I’ve been a fan of Nikon for years and have shot on their cameras for almost 15 years now! The camera brand you choose is really a personal preference – to me, the colors on Nikon are super vibrant and their cameras always feel right in my hands. The D7500 is a good mid-range model – easy to use and figure out but has more controls and updated features compared to your standard entry-level camera and has better performance in low light, better focusing, etc.
If you’re on a budget, or are a complete beginner and don’t want all the extra bells and whistles, I’d suggest getting an entry-level dSLR like the Nikon D3500 or the Canon Rebel T7. They are easy to figure out and learn the basics of photography on, plus they still take amazing images, and you especially can’t beat the price!
Want the image quality of a dSLR but think they’re too heavy? Try a mirrorless camera! Sony is definitely the king of mirrorless, and you can’t go wrong with any of their models. Many of my travel blogger friends use and love the Sony a6000 – they all say that it’s lightweight, easy to use, and shoots amazing photos!
Best travel lenses for shooting at the most Instagrammable places in NYC: The lens that lives on my camera about 90% of the time is the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (for Nikon, Canon, Sony). If budget were not an issue, I would absolutely get the Nikon version of this lens, which many professional photographers use, and is known as one of the best all-around lenses (there are Canon and Sony versions of this as well). The Tamron version has similar specs, but is sold at at a fraction of the price. The 28-75mm range covers much of what I need while I’m traveling so I can get away with only binging one lens. The f2.8 means that it shoots well in low light AND gets that amazing bokeh, or blurred background in portrait shots.
For the best phone photos of the most Instagrammable places in NYC: I’m lazy AF so I actually end up taking a lot of photos with my phone. My currently phone camera is the iPhone XR – it’s known to shoot excellent images so you’d never know that they were shot on a phone! The newer iPhone 11 has an even better camera, so definitely look into it if you’re due for an upgrade. My boyfriend also has the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which might be even better (shh don’t tell him that) because it has manual controls.
Other must-have gear for capturing the most Instagrammable places in NYC: I love this lightweight tripod, which is cheap, easy to set up, and not super annoying to carry around. I also use this selfie stick tripod to help me take self-portraits on my phone!
Have you been to New York City? What are your picks for some of the most Instagrammable places in NYC?