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55 of the Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

Looking for some of the most Instagrammable places in NYC? Well, I don’t blame you.

I mean, New York City is one of the greatest cities in the entire world (not that I’m biased or anything).

It is also home to some of the most famous, photogenic attractions on the planet.

Therefore, It is essential for anyone with a camera, or a pulse, to understand how to find the best places to take pictures in NYC.

That being said, I can tell you that from my experience as a 30+ year local, everyone and their brother knows about taking a photo at the Flatiron Building.

So, that little tidbit of information is shocking to exactly no one.

But, that’s also why you’ll want to dive into my super-secret guide to the best Instagram places in New York.

It not only features NYC bucket list spots but also discusses tons of NYC hidden gems.

Plus, you’ll learn how to take the best photos of New York City possible from someone who has used Instagram for well over five years.

So without further adieu, here is my local guide to the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

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Most Instagrammables Places in Manhattan

1. The Highline

View of NYC all lit up in the evening from the Highline. You can see read, white and blue colors on the Empire State Building and skyscrapers illuminated by lights in the night sky.

Would this really be a list of top Instagram spots in New York City without a mention of the Highline – AKA the coolest park in New York City?

Yeah, I think not! To get here, hop on the 7 and get off at 34th Street and Hudson Yards station and boom, you’ve just found one of the best New York City Instagram spots.

Located on the west side of Manhattan, this reclaimed railway track has been converted into an elevated, pedestrian walkway that snakes through Chelsea/the Meatpacking District.

So, it provides visitors with some of the best views of NYC, especially if you’re looking for cool things to do by yourself in NYC.

But it gets better! Along the way, you’ll find intriguing pieces of street art to enhance your journey through this eclectic mixture of natural and man-made beauty.

FYI, the Highline is about a mile and a half long and has a ton of amazing places to stop along the way.

Therefore, bring extra batteries and memory cards with you on this photographic journey.

Personally, I love to go early in the morning when no one else is there.

Not only is the lighting amazing at this time of day, but you can get great shots of yourself walking down the Highline, without 5 billion, selfie stick-wielding tourists walking through your shot.

Local Tip: Feeling a bit hungry after taking all these photos? Then stop by Chelsea Market to pick up some cool nyc souvenirs and to grab a taco from Los Tacos No. 1.

2. Washington Square Park

Stunning marble arch in Washington Square Park is all lit up in the evening. People walk pasr and there is a Christmas tree with white lights beneath the arch.

Modeled after the eternally amazing Arc de Triumph in Paris, Washington Square Park is a great place to hang out, even if you’re not looking for epic New York City Instagram spots.

Located literally right down the street from NYU and Greenwich Village, this park is teeming with life.

Therefore, all you really need to do is sit back, relax, and people-watch until your eyes fall out since there are artists, musicians, performers, and chess players EVERYWHERE!

Or you can do this until your stomach rumbles since Molly’s Cupcakes is close by and has the BEST cupcakes ever.

Personally, my favorite way to photograph this New York City landmark is to frame the Empire State Building with the Washington Square Ach as you point your camera up Fifth Avenue.

Local Tip: Grab some amazing Dosas from NY Dosas in the park. It’s one of the best vegan restaurants in NYC.

3. Pietro Nolita

View of me holding a take out famous coffee cup that you can get from Pyetro Nolita. It's one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in NYC,

Nestled in the heart of NYC, this awesome Italian eatery first opened its doors in 2016.

It was then instantly catapulting to Instagram fame because of it’s cool exterior exterior, bubble gum pink interior, and fun to-go coffee cups.

As one of the most Instagrammable cafes in New York City, this place is great spot if you want to add a little pink to your Instagram feed.

Just don’t forget to visit the bathroom if you eat here since it is filled wtih graffiti hearts that make for a cool background to your photo.

Local Tip: This place is WAY more than one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in NYC.

The food is actually really good and all the pasta in homemade, in addition the entire interior of the restaurant being bright pink.

So, if you’re looking for good Italian food then get the Butternut Squash Ravioli. The pasta is delish and heart-shaped too, making this one of the most romantic things to do in NYC.

4. Times Square

Me standing on the red steps in Times square with my arms bent and near my ears and my toungue sticking out. I am standing in front of a neon sign and I have a gray and yellow hat with a black jacket.

Real talk? I feel like Times Square is a total hole and devoid of anything even remotely culturally significant.

That being said, I understand why visitors want to see and photograph this part of the city.

I mean, the glitz and glam of the flashing lights/Broadway billboards are pretty awe-inspiring if you’ve never been here before.

But, do yourself a favor. Go for a photo sesh at one of the most Instagrammable places NYC has to offer as soon as the sun comes up to avoid the crowds.

Other than that, anap away because there really isn;t a bad picture of Times Square per say. I like (or not like) taking photos on the red steps with the neon lights in the background.

However, you can also get a great panorama of the entire Times Square area from the steps too.

Local Tip: Avoid those creepy characters who want to horde in on your photo fun. It’s a scam and they only want to be in your picture for $$$.

So back away from the Hello Kitty and all will be right with the world.

5. Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park

View of the stunning roof on the arcade at Bethesda Fountain and Terrace in Central Park. This is one of the best Instagram spots in NYC.

In case you didn’t get the memo, Central Park is HUGE.

Seriously, it puts the ass back in massive. So if you’re looking for a place where people take gorgeous photos of a fountain in Central Park, then Bethesda Terrace and Fountain is where you want to be.

And no, you’re not the only one enjoying this pick for one of the best Instagram spots in NYC since One Fine Day, Home Alone 2, and Enchanted were all filmed here.

To understand what all the fuss is about, walk up Fifth Avenue until you hit East 72nd Street. Then turn right and continue until you see the fountain and terrace on your right.

Once here, you’ll see the immortal Angel of the Waters fountain as you look out over Central Park lake and woods.

I also suggest descending one of the two staircases on either side of the fountain and exploring the exquisite architecture beneath the terrace.

I like playing with the angles of my photos here and shoot the fountain from the left side, as opposed to straight on.

Whatever you do though, try to get here as early as possible since this architectural landmark’s fame means that it gets incredibly crowded.

Local Tip: This is a great place to stop before visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

You can also visit in April or early May since this is when the Cherry Blossoms come to life. The best places to see them are at the Great Lawn, Cherry Hill, and the Reservoir.

6. The Vessel at Hudson Yards

Me standing with my arms stretched out in front of the Vessel in the evening. This is one of the best photo spots in NYC.

Overlooking the Hudson River on the western side of Midtown, Hudson Yards is a newly developed part of the city.

It features a shopping mall, an art acenter, contemporary office buidlings, residential apartments, and a public plaza.

Inside this public plaza is where you’ll find my next pick for one of the best photo spots in NYC.

See, this now iconic structure is known as the Vessel and has quickly become one of the most photographed places in New York City due to its wonky shape.

It was originally openned in 2019 and while you can no longer climb the structure – due to a suicicde – you can still stand in front of the structure and take lots of veritcal photos.

Personally, I love taking a photo in front of the Vessel with the river in the background. Then, afterward, I grab a New Orleans coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee. Soo good.

7. One World Trade Center Observatory 

View of the river from the One World Observatory in Lower Manhattan. This is one of the most Instagrammable places in New York City.

You’ve probably heard of the One World Trade Center. Because right at the top – between the 100th and 102nd floors – you’ll find a three story observatory that gives you mind blowing views of NYC.

I’m not kidding. I’m a local and I’ve seen tons of different views of the skyline. But, this place really takes panoramic NYC views to the next level.

Mind you, if you have a fear of heights that this may not be one of the best instagrammable places in NYC for you.

But, if you don’t really care about heights then spot provides you with the ultimate backdrop for all of your best Instagram photos. 

Just remember to check the weather since you won’t be able to take awesome photos if the clouds totally obstruct your view.

8. Staple Street Skybridge

Situated high above one of the smallest streets in the city, the Staple Street Skybridge is an itty bitty covered passagway that allows people to walk between two brick buildings in Tribeca.

Sure, it’s not as fancy as some of the covered passageways in Paris.

But, what I love about walking around this place is the fact that it gives you an idea of what NYC used to be like back in the day, aka at the end of the 1800s.

Sadly, the bridge is not open to the public. But, the historic, cobblestone streets that line the area make for incredible photos.

Just dress in something sleek and red and you’ll be ready to rock one of the most Instagrammable places in New York City.

9. Grand Central Terminal

Me standing on the balcony in front of Grand Central Terminal. You can see the red and green Christmas light near the ceiling and the main concourse with its constellation studded ceiling with a turquoise sky.

Next stop in this Instagram guide to NYC? Grand Central Terminal!

Now, growing up just outside of New York City, my family and I always took the train into the city because yeah, no one wants to drive in the city.

And every single time our final destination would be the ever-enchanting, Grand Central Terminal.

Between the star-studded ceiling glistening with constellations, the iconic glow of the central information desk, and the magnificent architecture of the exterior, there are so many amazing photo spots.

So, yeah, it’s hard to know exactly where to start. I like to take photos from one of the central balconies just above the main concourse. This way you can get a beautiful photo of the ceiling.

You can also try shooting the building’s exterior. Exit the building at 42nd Street and walk up Park Avenue until you hit East 41st/40th Street.

Once here, walk to the middle of the road and stand on the island here to snag an amazing pic of Grand Central Terminal.

Not a fan of the traffic in the shot? Then visit early in the morning when hardly anyone is on the road.

Local Tip: Grand Central Terminal offers fantastic pay what you wish tours every Sunday at 10:00 am. The tour lasts about two hours and is super informative.

You should also 100% visit the dining hall in the basement. Get banana pudding from Magnolia’s and fried pierogis from Veselka. Yeah, you’re welcome.

10. Radio City Music Hall

View of the famous red and blue sign that sits outside of Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

Famously nicknamed the “Showplace of the Nation”, the marquee of Radio City Music Hall is probably one of the most immortal things you’ll see in the entire city.

It’s also an epic spot to see the Rockettes or to catch a concert since the theater was originally built in 1932 and has tons of awesome Art Deco architecture.

Therefore, you can easily understand why this is one of the most photographed locations in New York.

For the best photo ops, head to the public square on West 6th Avenue or to the corner of 6th Ave/50th Street.

Local Tip: If you have the chance, definitely see a concert here. I have seen both the Rockettes (during Christmas in NYC) and Ringo Starr here and the old-world architecture is EPIC inside.

This is also a great place to see Christmas lights since the tree on top of the marquee is magical.

11. The Manhattan Bridge

Another great New York City Instagram spot is the Manhattan Bridge. Yes, it currently looks a bit weird since this blue beauty is now two-tone.

But, for some of the best photos in NYC, head to Pier 35 in LES and photograph this mega epic bridge until your camera dies.

You’ll love taking stunning shots of the bridge with the East River in the background.

Local Tip: For epic photos of the Brooklyn Bridge, try walking the Manhattan Bridge. This walk is a lot less crowded and offers awesome views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

12. The Empire State Building

Empire State building at sunset

Since the Empire State Building is one of the most famous buildings in NYC, it is also home to one of the best Instagram spots in NYC.

Now, to take epic pics of this Art Deco masterpiece you can head to the top OR you can stay on the ground.

Personally, I like going to the top. But, if you’re not into paying to go inside, then just head to 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. Get some epic pics and enjoy one of the best free things to do in NYC.

Otherwise, grab a ticket and take stunning photos in the lobby before heading to the open-air, observation deck on the 86th floor.

It’s the place to go for 360 views of the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. You can even take a fun pic with the binoculars here.

You can even head to the observation deck on the 102nd floor. But, the photos aren’t as good since there are floor-to-ceiling windows in place.

13. Top of the Rock

Aerial view of midtown Mnahttan and the Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock in Manhattan. This is one of the most Instagrammable spots in New York City.

No list of the most Instagrammable places in NYC would be complete without mentioning the Top of the Rock.

This uber-famous observation deck sits on the 70th floor of 30 Rock and offers visitors stellar views of Midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building.

Now, if you decide to visit, you’ll have three distinct viewing platforms to take photos from: the indoor deck on the 67th floor, the indoor deck on the 69th floor, and an open-air platform on the 70th floor.

This last spot is the best place to take photos and enjoy unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Just, per usual, check the weather forecast before you stop by.

Local Tip: You’ll have to pay more to visit at sunset. I would also avoid visiting during holidays/weekends since it’s super crowded.

14. Rockefeller Center

View of the Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center. Skaters glide past the giant Christmas here.

Located right off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Midtown, Rockefeller Center is a must-see spot for most travelers.

After all, this is where you can check out the Top of the Rock, shop at FAO Schwartz, see the Atlas Statue, and so much more.

In the winter, you can even see the area’s famous Christmas tree and go skating in the rink below. Although, trust me when I tell you that there are better (and cheaper) ice rinks in the city.

For the best views, stand in Rockefeller Plaza on Fifth Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets.

Afterward, check out nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You could also visit early in the AM to enjoy a live taping of The Today Show.

15. Madison Square Park

Located right across the street from the Flatiron Building, this park is home to tons of greenery. sculptures, fountains, and more.

It’s also a great place to go for a milkshake and burger since an outpost of the world-famous Shake Shack is right here.

So, for some killer Instagram shots, grab some food to-go from Shake Shack and photograph it in front of the restaurant while standing in the park.

I mean, who doesn’t love some good food porn? I know I do.

16. The Flatiron Building

Vertical shot of the Flatiron Building in Lower Manhattan.

When I first tried to photograph the Flatiron building, I made a total mess of it. Yeah. I photographed this iconic building straight on, and it was a total disaster.

Yeah, from that angle, you can’t really appreciate the unique shape of the building, which is kind of the whole point of one of the best Instagram spots in NYC.

Therefore, I recommend taking a photo from the left of the Flatiron building (when facing the building) and as far away as humanly possible,

Just keep the dimensions of Instagram posts in mind when taking a photo since this structure is very tall and slender.

But, if you stand far away, you can still take a nice horizontal photo.

Local Tip: After enjoying one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC, head to Eataly across the street for some gelato, expresso, and epic pizza.

17. Stuyvesant Street

A view of the historic homes, street lamps, and stone sidewalks that line Stuyvesant Street in NYC.

If you love unique things to do and want to seek out one of the most beautiful places in NYC then you can’t beat Stuyvesant Street.

See, this quaint little thoroughfare is one of the most historic spots in the city and is filled with exquisite brownstones, vintage street lights, and lovely stone walkways.

Now, for one of the best photo spots in NYC, head to 10th Street and Stuyvesant Street. Stop here and you’ll have a hard time leaving since it’s one of the prettiest places in NYC.

18. Outdoor Area at the Whitney Museum

View of the New York skyline and the World Trade Center from the outdoor deck at the Whitney Museum.

Well-located in always awesome Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art is one of the coolest museums in NYC.

Yeah, this giant space is home to tons of American, modern art masterpieces from greats like Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder, and Georgia O’Keefe.

However, to enjoy one of the most Instagrammable places in New York City, head to their epic outdoor patio for excellent views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.

Plus, while you’re here, check out an ever-changing variety of outdoor art pieces that make for a cool backdrop to your next photo.

19. The Steps at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The exterior of the MET (metropolitan museum of art). One of the many cool museums in NYC.

This is one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC that has always been famous.

However, these massive steps on the Upper East Side were made even more famous by the iconic show, Gossip Girl.

So, embrace your own version of Blair Waldorf and “smise” at the camera like Tyra Banks.

Just don’t forget to dress in something fabulous and to arrive early so that you don’t have to share these steps with anyone else.

20. The Meatpacking District

This uber-chic neighborhood was once filled with abandoned warehouses that used to provide local grocery stories with everyone’s favorite meat products.

However, over the past thirty years, this area went through a massive transformation into a place filled with amazing restaurants, cool nightclubs, and chic boutiques.

That being said, this place still has tons of historic charm, allowing you to take epic photos on the cobblestone streets here.

But, if you’re not sure where to start then you can take a modern photo in front of the Samsung 837 or do something more classic in the square right in front of Kobrick Coffee Co.

You can even head incide Kobrick Coffee Co. since the interior is very Instagram-worthy and the coffee is epic.

Local Tip: After your photo shoot, grab a chill cocktail at the Brass Monkey or visit The Milk Gallery.

21. The MET Rooftop

This is one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC that many people don’t know about.

But, believe it or not, the MET has a rooftop that is open seasonally. This spot also offers sweeping views of Central Park that can’t be beat.

So, grab a drink from the MET Rooftop Bar and take a photo – or ten – while exploring the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.

22. The Oculus

A view of me standing in front of the modern white interior of the Oculus near the World Trade Center.

Located right near the World Trade Center, this modern, white, steel, and glass structure was designed by Santiago Calatrava.

The building is meant to represent the hope and peace that is associated with the wings of an outstretched dove.

But, more practically, it serves as a mall and a transportation hub for PATH trains/subway.

Personally, I like to snap photos on the platform at the Church Street entrance.

However, the exterior is super cool and a great place to take photos, especially if it’s a cloudy day.

Yeah, because of the bright, white color of the structure, you can take the best photos on a sunny day.

If you want, you can also have the subject of the photo stand on the bottom and have the photographer stand on the upper platform. If you do this, just wear vibrant colors so you can stand out in the photo.

23. The Edge

The Edge NYC at Hudson Yards. has one of the best views in NYC.

The Edge at Hudson Yards is the newest observation deck to hit NYC. It is also the tallest since it is currently the highest sky deck in the entire Western Hemisphere.

So, grab a ticket and get ready for awesome views of the city from 100 stories in the air.

But, what really sets The Edge apart as one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC is its unique design.

Yup, the viewing area is actually suspended in mid-air. And when you stand there you feel like you are floating above the city while looking out at the Empire State Building.

For the most stellar photos though, stand on the Eastern Point of the deck. Sure, you may have to wait but it’s worth it to enjoy the best Instagram spot in New York City.

24. Temple of Dendur at the MET

The old stone entrance ways and hieroglyphics that line the walls of the Egyptian Temple of Dendur in the MET.

The proverbial holy grail of Museums in New York City, the MET is one of my favorite museums in the entire world.

And it’s a total Instagrammer’s paradise. I mean, it has three separate spots on this list, need I say more?

Anyway, for for insane photo ops that will make even the most ardent, Instagram hater swoon, visit the Temple of Dendur.

This Egyptian temple is a whole temple that was plopped right down into NYC. It is also one of the best photo spots in New York City.

Just try and beat the crowds by visiting as early as possible on a weekday or weekend morning (the light in the morning is the best anyway).

Now, take a lovely photo by having someone stand with their back to the temple, pointing their camera to the left, so that they can take a shot of the enormous glass windows as you walk by the indoor pool.

I’ve done this shot and it’s really lovely, even if there are people everywhere.

25. The New York Public Library

Me enjoying the Rose Main Reading Room in the New York Public Library. I have a winter jacket, a hat, and green sunglasses on and am walking towards the camera. I am surrounded by wooden work desks and there is a ceiling mural with ornate wood trim.

Regardless of its status as an Instagram hotspot, I love the New York Public Library. and libraries in general.

Not only is this building a beautiful place to take photos but it’s home to one of my favorite things in the world…BOOKS!

Plus, this building is just a wonderfully dynamic edifice where you can easily take any number of fantastic photos of the exterior as well as the interior.

So, you can stand outside and take photos in between the marble lions out front. Or, you can head to the Rose Main Reading Room and take epic photos there.

Just know that the reading room is ONLY open to visitors between 10:00 am and 11:00 am from Monday through Saturday.

Local Tip: Visit the exhibition on the ground floor to see the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals and to marvel at a copy of the Guttenberg Bible. Yeah, it’s one of the best free things to do in NYC.

26. Stone Street

Another super historic street in NYC, Stone Street is filled with cobblestones and sits in between Broad Street and Wall Street.

It’s right in the middle of the Financial District and was even home to the first brewery in North America. You know, a rad place where Colonial Americans could party like rock stars.

It even became the first paved street in New York in ye olde 1658.

Anyway, you can now visit this car-free street and see some of the only buildings in the city that date back to the 1800s.

And while the entire street is photogenic, I like to stand in front of Fraunces Tavern and take photos.

The building is lovely and this is where good old George Washington said farewell to his officers.

27. Lincoln Center

A view of the central building with banners advertising shows hanging from the five white arches out front. There is fount in Lincoln Center but it is not working because of winter.

This is one of the best things to do on the Upper West Side that doubles as one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

For the best photos, arrive early so that you can have the outdoor plaza all to yourself. Next, stand in front of the fountain and take a wide shot with the full building behind you.

Close-up shots are good too but I like to use my wide-angle lens here. It’s also a great place to see ballet, opera, theatre, and more.

Local Tip: My fave thing to do here is to see a Broadway Show. The theatre is pretty small so even seats in the last row offer epic views. I saw South Pacific and The War Horse here and loved it.

28. The MET Cloisters

Cloister with areches and columns in NYC

I love the Cloisters for so many reasons. First of all, this branch of the MET is a lot less crowded than the outpost on Fifth Avenue.

Secondly, it sits in Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights and offers visitors excellent views of the Hudson River.

It is also a place that specializes in medieval European art from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. So, be sure to check out some art before going photo crazy.

That being said, those looking for the most Instagrammable places in New York City will love the facility’s medieval gardens and enchanting chapels.

Just sit in the middle of one of the building’s archways and snap photos with the cloister’s garden in the background.

Local Tip: Try and visit in the spring since this is when the gardens are at their most impressive.

29. Governor’s Island

An aerial view of Governors island

Governor’s Island is a super special place that is home to Gov Ball in early June and glamping tents where you can spend a luxurious night beneath the stars.

But, if you’re looking for one of the most Instagrammable spots in NYC then grab a picnic lunch, head to Picnic Point, and take photos of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

Just remember that because this is an island you will have to take a ferry from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan to get here.

However, the ferry only runs seasonally from spring through fall. So, hop aboard and get ready for vast fields, stunning gardens, and charming hills with epic views.

30. The Museum of Ice Cream

A view of a ling white table filled with trays of mini desserts in a bright pink room with pink balls hanging from the ceiling. This is the Museum of Ice Cream at it is one of the best things to do in NYC in the summer.

This is one of those museums in New York that was made for Instagrammers.

In fact, it features an oasis of photo ops that includes a giant pool of sprinkles, a pink tube slide, a bright pink subway car, and more.

You’ll even get to enjoy four different samples of ice cream before taking a photo in the center of an arched hallway that is framed by rainbow-hued, neon lights.

But, for the best photos, I recommend jumping in the pool of rainbow sprinkles, gazing up at the ceiling, and taking a photo from above.

The perspective is amazing and makes for a unique photo from one of the top Instagrammable spots in New York City.

31. The Guggenheim

An aerial view of the main concourse in the Guggenheim.

Clearly, Frank Lloyd Wright knew what he was doing because there is literally an amazing photo op around every corner of this modern art museum.

Located on NYC’s posh Upper East Side, The Guggenheim is a true, modern art mecca.

Home to an astounding number of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art paintings, the building itself is also a beautiful piece of art.

Designed as a cylindrical building that is wider at the top than at the bottom, the entire museum was modeled as a “temple of the spirit”.

This concept is even reflected in the ramp-like, art gallery that swirls up and around the outer edges of the building.

Yeah, it’s an awesome, continuous spiral that culminates in an enchanting, ceiling skylight. 

So, head to the top floor and take some aerial shots of the amazing lobby.

32. Doyers Street

A view of Doyers Street in Chinatown. You'll se yellow and blue colors on the ground as well as tab;es and chairs in the street sitting beneath yellow umbrellas. You'll see brick buildings and yellow lanterns hanging down between the buildings.

The great thing about Chinatown? This one, relatively tiny, NYC neighborhood, has about 10,000 places where you can take amazing Instagram shots.

Between Freeman’s Alley, Mott Street, Pell Street, Sweet Moment (Cutest Latte ever), Taiyaki (unicorn ice cream), and the Bowery Street mural, you might need a second camera to get all these photos.

Now, while all of these places are amazing, Doyers Street is my absolute fave place to take photos in Chinatown. You can even go to Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle while you’re here since it’s so good.

Anyway, this street captures the essence of Chinatown with its vibrant colors, unique smells, frenetic signage, eclectic shops, and delicious food. 

Yeah, it’s a cool curved street in between Pell Street and Bowery that is lined with famous Chinese restaurants.

It also has pedestrian hours in the summer, making it easier to enjoy one of the best Chinatown Instagram spots.

33. The Nomo Soho Hotel

Opulent interior of Nomo Kitchen

Believe it or not, the NOMO SoHo Hotel has a bunch of spots that make for one of the best places to take Instagram photos in NYC.

Firstly, there is NOMO Kitchen. This posh, uber-popular brunch spot in NYC has a giant glass ceiling, with crystal chandeliers.

So, get ready to selfie it up with delish lemon ricotta pancakes in front of you and a beautiful wall of rainbow-colored, graffiti hearts in back of you.

If you have the time – and the patience – you can even take a photo in front of the hotel since it has an awesome walkway that is lined with arched plants filled with twinkling lights.

Seriously, it’s a great spot to take some of the best Instagram photos in NYC.

Local Tip: Get the pancakes. They are delish and come with mixed berries, pistachios, maple syrup, and ricotta sauce. Yup, get them in my tummy NOW!

34. Greene Street

A view of the cobblestone street that is Greene Street in SoHo New York. It is filled with fun, cast iron buildings.

Greene Street is a mile-long street in SoHo that is home to several stunning, cast-iron buildings that are a part of the area’s historic district.

So, if you want to take some sweet photos with historic brick and cast iron buildings then head to the section between Houston Street and Canal Street.

This is where neoclassical and baroque facades from the 19th century can be found. However, the street’s two most famous buildings are at 28 and 30 Greene Street.

Afterward, shop at some of the street’s high-end stores before checking out a cool subway map embedded into the sidewalk at 110 Greene Street.

35. Summit One Vanderbilt

Looking up at the multi-colored boxes and vertical white lines that make up Summit One Vanderbilt in the evening. This is the view of the skyscraper from the street below and you are looking up at the building during summer in NYC.

If you want to take a stunning photo with the Empire State Building in the background then visit Summit One Vanderbilt.

This is another NYC observation deck on East 42nd Street that has three floors filled with ultra-cool multi-sensory experiences.

These include a giant mirrored room, a room with reflecting globes that change as you interact with them, and a room where your face begins to form within the clouds.

You’ll even get to ride in the world’s largest outdoor, glass-bottomed elevator before enjoying views from the 91st through 93rd floor, making this one of the most Instagrammable things to do in NYC.

36. Chelsea Market

red sign for Chelsea Market, one of the best things to do in Chelsea NYC

I know most people think of Chelsea Market as a foodie hot spot. But, this epic brick building is also one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

That’s because this vibrant Chelsea area market was once the home of the National Biscuit Company.

Today, this reclaimed factory is where you can find trendy shops, delicious food stalls, and great coffee.

Personally, I’d grab some tacos from Los Tacos No. 1 and a ginger pecan tart from Sarabeth’s before taking a photo at the indoor waterfall.

There’s even a cute little room near this spot with tons of vibrant graffiti that is well worth a quick photo sesh.

37. Randall’s Island

Aerial view of the blue bridge to Randall's Island in NYC.

Get off the beaten path with this pick for one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

Yeah, it’s an oasis of natural beauty that is brimming over with quaint beaches, lush gardens, and stellar panoramas of the NYC skyline.

So, try crossing the bridge at East 102nd Street. Use the pedestrian walkway to cross the river as you make your way towards Hell’s Gate Bridge.

You’ll see a giant Weeping Willow and can snap shots of the One World Trade Center from here.

38. The Charging Bull

Charging Bull in the Financial District of NYC

The Charging Bull Statue on Wall Street is probably one of the most famous Instagram spots in New York City.

In fact, there is always a line to take a photo next to this statue, which was designed to represent financial optimism and growth.

Now, in terms of photo ops, you can either stand next to the head of the bull or near the bull’s butt.

Yeah, a lot of people like to stand at the back of the bull and grab its “you know what”. Not my thing but it’s an option.

39. The Fearless Girl Statue

Me standing with my hands on my hips in a pink skirt and a black shirt and facing the Fearless Girl statue.

I love the Fearless Girl statue and think it is one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

Located in the Financial District, on Broad Street right across from the Stock Exchange, this fun statue is meant to symbolize the need for gender equality in the workplace.

In fact, a plaque below the statue stated, “Know the power of women in leadership”.

So, since I am a HUGE fan of girl power, I decided to mimic the pose of the statue and face the statue head-on for a fun Instagram shot.

However, you could always stand next to the statue and face the camera. Or, try turning away from the camera and face the Stock Exchange while standing next to the statue.

Most Instgrammable Places in Brooklyn

40. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

This sustainable, 5-star hotel has an excellent location in Brooklyn Bridge Park that offers visitors sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.

Therefore, it is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC. It is also an exquisite establishment with opulent accommodations and sustainable design aesthetics.

While you’re here, be sure to check out the rooftop pool.

It’s situated inside Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge and offers a wealth of indoor and outdoor seating areas where guests can gaze out at the Brooklyn Bridge throughout the summer in New York City.

41. Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park

By: Katie Ackerley of Real World Runaway

The Brooklyn waterfront at Dumbo is the perfect place to capture an Instagram awesome photo in NYC.

New York City is an amazing place but first time visitors are often so caught up in the magic of Manhattan (not that I can blame them!) that they miss out on the charm of the other boroughs. 

Full of incredible bars and restaurants, Brooklyn is my favorite place to spend an afternoon in NYC, just relaxing. And a walk along the waterfront is an absolute must for anyone who loves photography.

Just step across the Brooklyn Bridge (a fab Insta spot in itself), grab an ice cream, and take a stroll along the river, taking in Manhattan’s /iconic skyline.

It’s much more peaceful than Manhattan and has some of its own awesome quirks too.

This picture was taken at Pebble Beach in Main Street Park, but the entire waterfront has beautiful skyline views that are worth capturing. 

I mean, there was even a wedding going on just meters away from where I was sitting!

So clearly I’m not the only one who thinks this is a picture-perfect photo spot!

42. Domino Park

A night view of Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Located in Williamsburg, you might not know a ton about this pick for the most Instagrammable place in NYC.

That’s because it’s relatively new. See, this uber-cool waterfront park was built atop an old sugar factory.

Therefore, it’s a fun and funky mix of green gardens and colorful, reimagined industrial structures.

So, there a ton of cool installations here that you can use as the backdrop for a dynamic shot.

It also sits above the Williamsburg Bridge. So, you can enjoy great panoramas of the East River and Midtown. For the best shots, stop by in the evening so you can see NYC all lit up in the background.


By: Liliane Fawzy of My Toronto, My World

The beauty of the Manhattan Bridge at DUMBO.

New York City is arguably THE city to be in for Instagram. 

From the buildings to the food to the murals to the streets, there is no shortage of Instagrammable shots and places in this magnificent city. 

However, one of the most stunning and photogenic pieces of architecture in New York City has to be the Manhattan Bridge at DUMBO. 

Trust me, you’ve seen pictures of it since it’s almost impossible not to.

This makes sense since this place is incredibly grand from pretty much any angle imaginable.

But, one of the most iconic shots of the Manhattan Bridge is to capture it framed by these two buildings in DUMBO. 

And no, I’m not talking about the flying elephant.

DUMBO actually stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass and is a specific neighborhood in Brooklyn with lots of cute little shops and places to eat. 

One of the many reasons why people come to DUMBO is to take this exact picture of the Manhattan Bridge.

To get this very cool shot, walk over to the intersection of Water Street and Washington Street in DUMBO.

To avoid the crowds, go first thing in the morning because there will be dozens of people waiting to take the exact same shot!

And nobody wants hordes of random people in their Instagram shot. 

44. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

View of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of the best outdoor activities in NYc.

Spread out across 52 acres of land in Prospect Park, this verdant garden is home to a vast collection of global plants that grow alongside species native to New York.

Renowned as one of the most beautiful places in NYC, it’s a great spot for photos.

Additionally, the Japanese garden offers ample photo ops with the garden’s many Cherry Blossom trees coming to life in April.

So, time your visit just right and you can take photos with these epic pink blooms during the garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

However, if you’re backpacking NYC then try to visit in the winter when you can enjoy free admission during the week.

45. Brooklyn Bridge

Vertical show of the arched towers the Brooklyn Bridge is known for. It's a sunny day and the camera is pointed down the brown pedestrian walkway as people walk along the bridge in the sun.

No…sleep…til Brooklyn! And that has absolutely nothing to do with this post. I just happen to really love the Beastie Boys.

Anyway, back to the immortal Brooklyn Bridge and taking pretty pictures.

Sure, there are a thousand places to snag a photo of this historic suspension bridge from afar.

But to really appreciate the engineering beauty of this exquisite, historic structure, you need to get up close and personal.

Like right under the bridge towers personal. Besides, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, from lower Manhattan and into DUMBO, is an essential, New York City experience anyway.

Just take the 4, 5, or 6 lines down to City Hall and TADA! You made it.

And I don’t really have any insanely insightful photography tips. Just the usual, get up really early to avoid the crowds since everyone and their uncle visits the Brooklyn Bridge.

Also, try to visit at sunrise. The way the sunlight dances across the bridge is about as close to magic as I’ve ever come.

46. Industry City

Multifaceted Industry City seamlessly blends creativity with super cool, industrial-chic vibes.

It’s a place filled with incredible eateries, trendy bars, unique stores, stylish cafes, expansive outdoor areas, and evocative art.

Add in some epic mini-golf and you have some of the best Instagram spots in NYC all concentrated into one exciting neighborhood.

However, if you want your Instagram feed to feature tons of delicious food, grab some Japanese fare at Japanese Village. Or, sip on a meticulously crafted cocktail at Intense Ginger.

What, want to add a bit of color to your social media feed? Then check out some of the amazing art the area is known for.

47. Coney Island

By: Meghan of Meghan Ramsey of The Traveling Teacher

The colorful signs and whimsical rides make Coney Island the perfect place for Instagram photos.

Coney Island is not only a fun place to visit, but it’s also a fantastic place to take pictures.

From the art murals to the rides to the beautiful colors in this amusement park, you have plenty of photo ops to choose from.

While you’re here, take a picture with the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog sign, whirl through the air on an assortment of rides, and soak up some rays while relaxing on the beach.

Plus, there are a ton of funky photo ops along the boardwalk too.

My favorite spot for a picture is in front of the arches at Luna Park, the famous amusement park that sits on the boardwalk.

The colorful signs and fantastical rides make it the perfect spot for a fun, Instagram photo op.

48. Westlight

For an unparalleled rooftop experience, head to Westlight. It sits atop the opulent William Vale Hotel on the 22nd floor and features incredible views of Manhattan.

The menu is also filled with delectable dishes and an array of artisanal cocktails everyone will love.

I usually get the Snow Maiden cocktail and pair it with a burger. Just know that you only get around an hour to eat. Afterward, head to the terrace upstairs and soak up all the epic views.

49. The Bushwick Collective

Street art Bushwick collective in New York City

Personally, the Bushwick Collective is my favorite place to photograph street art in NYC. But, fantastic street art is literally around every corner in NYC.

Therefore, you don’t need to go all the way to the Bushwick Collective if you don’t want to. But you should because it’s awesome.

Once you get there, just walk out of the subway and you’ll be bombarded by a diverse array of murals that proliferate the walls of this quirky, and a little grungey, neighborhood.

Literally everywhere you look you’ll find amazing murals that reflect the current political and social issues that plague New York City.

My suggestion? Have your camera ready and take your time exploring the fabulous artwork here.

Because at the Bushwick Collective, there are just so many pictures to take and so little time.

Most Instagrammable Places in Queens

50. The TWA Hotel

Located in the former TWA Flight Center inside Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, the TWA Hotel is a nostalgia-inducing place.

It is filled with vibrant red decor and other design elements that make you feel like you’re back in the 1960s.

These vintage design aesthetics are complemented by exhibits that pay tribute to the golden era of American flight, including a meticulously restored TWA aircraft.

With photogenic spots everywhere you turn, the hotel offers an idyllic escape for both photo enthusiasts and staycation seekers.

Just don’t forget to relax in their heated, outdoor pool. It features amazing views of the runway and allows you to watch all the planes take off and land.

Afterward, grab a drink at Connie Cocktail Lounge and make the most of your visit.

51. Gantry Plaza State Park

View of the Manhattan Skyline from Gantry Plaza State Park.

Gantry Plaza State Park is located in Long Island City and offers visitors sweeping panoramas of the Manhattan skyline.

However, what really makes this one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC is the iconic, neon Pepsi sign in the background.

So, be sure to take plenty of photos with this local landmark. Some of the surrounding cranes also add a unique element to any photos taken here.

52. Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The iconic, 12-story, steel globe and classic, UFO shaped towers that you'll find in Queens' Flushing Meadow Corona Park.

Hop on the 7 train and take it to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It was built in 1939 to host the World’s Fair and features a wide variety of cool, almost space-like structures.

In particular, the Unisphere is an amazing spot to take photos. Not only is this giant, 140 foot-tall globe instantly recognizable but it makes the perfect backdrop for some killer photos.

Afterward, take time to explore the surrounding plaze and some of the cool museums inside the park, like the Hall of Science.

Most Instagrammable Places in The Bronx

53. Arthur Avenue

Anyone from New York knows that you NEVER get Italian food in Little Italy. It’s just overpriced and touristy AF. Plus, the food really isn’t that good.

Instead, catch a train to the Bronx and enjoy some of the best Italian food in the city on Arthur Avenue.

Places like Mario’s, Enzo’s and Dominick’s all serve killer pizza, pasta, cannolis, and tiramisu that is better than anything you’ll find in Manhattan. Plus, the price is reasonable.

Visit and I dare you not to eat the whole basket of bread that they deliver to your table.

Anyway, while you’re here why not take some epic photos for the ‘gram? Just try and do it BEFORE you eat.

You can score some sweet photos at authentic local delis like Arthur Avenue Retail Market. Also be sure to nab a photo of the CRAZY meat chandelier on display at Calabria Pork Store.

54. The New York Botanical Garden

The beautiful water lily pond you'll find at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.

Easily the biggest and prettiest garden in NYC, the New York Botanical Garden makes for an epic photo spot.

In fact, some of the Victorian-style greenhouses date back to 1890 and serve as an enchanting backdrop to your next great photo.

You can also visit a wide variety of temporary exhibits or walk through upwards of 30,000 trees.

If you can, visit in winter to see the train show or in spring when all of the flowers come to life. You can even take photos of an awesome waterfall while you’re here.

Most Instagrammable Places in Staten Island

55. Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Have you ever wanted to experience the magic of China but couldn’t afford to leave New York?

If so then Snug Harbor Cultural Center is one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC for you.

It’s tucked away in Randall Manor and features a full-on Chinese temple that was made in China and then transported here.

You can see that as well as pagodas, coy ponds, Ming Dynasty statues, and small waterfalls inside the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.

It’s also just a great place to go if you need a little tranquility in your life for like five minutes.

Most Instagrammable Places in NYC FAQ

What Is The Most Instagrammable Street In NYC?

Okay. This is a hard one because there are so many great places to take photographs but the general consensus is that Washington street in Dumbo is the most Instagrammable street in NYC.

This is because even though the street is really small, it gives you a glimpse of the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance. So you can get a pic of the iconic NYC buildings on either side and the Brooklyn bridge in the distance. You don’t even have to try very hard to get the perfect pic.

What Is The Most Instagrammable Street In SoHo NYC?

SoHo is really bustling and it is one of the most Instagrammable parts of the city.

If you are looking for a failsafe uber popular spot for your Instagram pics then you really should head to Greene Street. Think of cobbled streets and SoHo lofts.

If you have the patience to wait, you may even get a cab packed on the curb. You know that iconic NYC photograph that everyone loves to take? Yeah! You can get that here in SoHo NYC!

What Street Is Millionaires Row In NYC?

Millionaires Row is where all the wealthy folks and celebs stay. As you can imagine it’s filled with some swanky houses and apartments.

Millionaires row is located on 5th Avenue and it’s just a small section of this ultra-popular part of town.

Millionaire’s row is also one of the most instagrammable places in NYC!

What Is The Most Fashionable Street In NYC?

The most fashionable street in NYC is definitely 5th Avenue. Its super crowded and very expensive so don’t expect NYC budget shopping in the area. What you can get is really cool instagram pics here.

I mean, if NYC is one of the fashion capitals in the world then 5th Avenue is the heart of it! The perfect spot for fashion related Instagram pics!

Map Of The Most Instagrammable Places In NYC

Most instagrammable places in NYC

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So there you have it, my local’s Instagram guide to NYC!

What do you think? Did your favorite NYC Instagram spot make my list of the most Instagrammable places in NYC?

If not, tell me in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

And if this post makes you want to break out your camera and plan a trip to NYC then pin this now and read it again later!