55 MOST Instagrammable Places in NYC [2022 Edition]

If you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos, look no further than New York City. Whether you’re looking for an urban backdrop like the Empire State Building or a more natural setting like Central Park, NYC has an Instagrammable place for everyone.

As a native New Yorker for over 15  years, I am here to say that there are endless amounts of places to take pictures in NYC, whether you’re looking for an iconic landmark or a hidden gem.

That is why we have written this post on the 55 most Instagrammable Places in NYC!

Enjoy!


Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

1. Oculus At World Trade Center

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Interior of Oculus
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Exterior of Oculus

The Oculus at the World Trade Center is one of the most spectacular architectural achievements in the world. The building features numerous steel-clad steel ribs that sprawl up and out in a gesture symbolic of a hand releasing a dove. It was designed purposely by Daniel Libeskind and Santiago Calatrava so that the structure’s orientation serves as a reminder of the 9/11 attacks.

Nowadays, the Oculus serves primarily as a transportation hub, connecting Lower Manhattan with New Jersey. There are also plenty of retail shops, restaurants, and leisure spaces!

Pro Tip: There is a platform on the west end of the Oculus where you can get an Instagram photo with perfect symmetry. Come in the early hours or late at night to have it all to yourself!

  • Location: Finanical District
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 24/7

2. Empire State Building

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No landmark in NYC is as Instagrammable as the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic and recognizable structures in New York City. The building has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is a popular tourist destination.

The Empire State Building features a magnificent art deco interior and has a state-of-the-art lighting system that can produce any color it wants at the top of the building. It is also one of the tallest buildings in the world, standing at 1,454 feet (443 meters).

If you’re looking for an Instagrammable place to take pictures in Manhattan, the Empire State Building is a great option!

Having the Empire State Building in your Instagram photo is amazing, but you could take it to the next level and check out the two observation decks – one on the 86th floor and the other on the 102nd floor. The views up there are some of the best panoramic views of NYC. 

Pro Tip: The 86th-floor observatory’s entrance cost is free if you have the New York Sightseeing Pass.

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No & Yes (Yes if you go up to the observation deck)
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM daily (For observation deck)

3. Radio City Music Hall

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Radio City Music Hall at night

Radio City Music Hall is a celebrated building in New York City that has plenty of history. The building was originally built as an entertainment venue and opened in 1932 during the height of the Great Depression. Though the interior of the establishment is stunning, it is more known for its eye-catching neon signs on the front.

Situated on the corner of 6th Avenue and W 50th Street, its convenient location makes it easy for visitors to get an iconic Instagram photo with NYC aesthetics, especially at night.

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No (unless you catch a show inside)
  • Opening Hours: Depends on performance time

4. Central Park

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Bow Bridge

Central Park is one of the most popular parks in New York City. The park was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and it opened in 1857. The park is famous for its beautiful landscaping, rolling hills, and lakes.

What many visitors don’t know about Central Park is its size. It spans a total of 51 blocks and covers 3.41-kilometer squares. It shouldn’t surprise that it is home to several of the best NYC instagrammable places. 

Our favorite ones are:

  • Bethesda Terrace
  • The Pond
  • Bow Bridge

Bethesda Terrace is probably the most famous photo spot in Central Park. It is an arched, interior walkway that connects the awe-inspiring Bethesda Fountain to the Mall. The design is elegant and harmonizes with the nature of Central Park.

The Pond is located in the southeastern corner of Central Park. It boasts a unique view of NYC with The Pond and nature in the foreground and iconic skyscrapers in the back. It is also home to the Gapstow Bridge, an elegant bridge that arches over The Pond.

Bow Bridge is a beautiful bridge that connects the Mall to the Ramble. It was built in 1862 and a gorgeous banister. It is known as one of the most romantic spots in NYC!

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 24/7 (but I don’t recommend going at night for safety reasons)

5. Time Square

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Times Square is an iconic Instrammable spot in NYC

If there is one place to take photos in New York City, it has to be Times Square. Not only is it a place that truly demonstrates NYC’s nickname “The City That Never Sleeps”, but it is also filled with bright lights and catchy signs that make taking photos easy. It is also one of the spots where you must take a photo for Instagram to “prove” to your followers that you have been to NYC.

Our favorite spot in Times Square to take photos is on the TKTS red stairs. If you look south from there, it offers some of the best views of Times Square!

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Opening Hours: 24/7 (Come on! It’s Times Square!)

6. Brooklyn Bridge

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Like symmetry in your Instagram photos? Check out Bridge Bridge!

One of the most iconic bridges in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge has been a source of fascination for New Yorkers and tourists alike for over 150 years. Spanning 1.1 miles (roughly 1.8 km) long, it is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

With its stunning views of the NYC skyline, it is a must-see for any traveler to New York City. The best time to take photos on the Brooklyn Bridge is during sunrise. The colors are absolutely gorgeous and it really captures the beauty of NYC in one photo!

Pro Tip: Though sunsets are beautiful on Brooklyn Bridge, you might not enjoy them as much due to the staggering number of tourists. Go for sunrise and avoid the tourists to get a better Instagram photo!

  • Location: Lower Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Opening Hours: 24/7

7. New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)

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New York Public Library is one of the best secret places to take photos in NYC

The New York Public Library is one of the most unique places to visit in NYC. The exterior of the building is made of marble and features ornate detailing. At the entrance of the library, there are two stone lions that serve as the symbol on the library and for us, a great place to take some photos.

Though the exterior of the building will take your breath away, the interior is even more stunning. With its Beaux-Arts architectural style, it feels like you are in an extravagant mansion.

Pro Tip: The most Instagram-worthy part of the NY Public Library is the Main Room. It almost feels like a scene from the movie Harry Potter!

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Free!
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM (Monday, Thursday to Saturday), 10 AM to 8 PM (Tuesday, Wednesday), 1 PM to 5 PM (Sunday)

8. Grand Central Terminal

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Grand Central Terminal

The Grand Central Terminal is a building that has withstood the test of time. It was originally built in 1871 and has been remodeled a few times but the original style and details are still there. It is a beautiful building to take photos in and is definitely a place that should be on any traveler’s list when in New York City.

The most photogenic part of Grand Central Terminal is unquestionably the Vanderbilt Hall. Serving as the main entrance area, this expansive space features historical decor and an extravagant ceiling.

Pro Tip: To get a better Instagram photo of Grand Central Terminal, bring a tripod, wide-angle lens and an ND filter. Then use a long exposure to get rid of all the people walking around!

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Free!
  • Opening Hours: 24/7

9. Staple Street Skybridge

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Staple Street Skybridge is perfect for portrait photos!

Staple Street Skybridge is one of the most distinctive Instagram places in NYC. At first glance, Staple Street just seems like any other street in NYC. But if you look up, you will see a cast-iron bridge that connects two buildings with different addresses. The bridge is situated three stories tall and was once used to connect different parts of the New York Hospital.

Nowadays, the sky bridge makes a perfect photo opportunity on this narrow street of NYC.

Fun Fact: You can actually own Staple Street Skybridge, but you must purchase both the properties it’s connected to. 

  • Location: Tribeca
  • Entrance Fee: Free!

10. One World Observatory

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View from One World Observatory

The One World Observatory is NYC’s highest observation deck at 1,268 feet (386.5 meters). Located on the 100th to 102nd floor of One World Trade Center, the observatory offers 360-degree views of the city that are simply stunning.

As one of the Ground Zero buildings that was built after the fall of the Twin Tower on September 11th, 2001, the One World Trade Center is built at a height of 1,776 feet, a number that represents the year of the founding of United States of America.

Pro Tip: Make sure you check the weather forecast and purchase your tickets for a clear day. The tickets are non-refundable and One World Trade Center Observatory is sometimes shrouded in clouds.

  • Location: Financial District
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: Changes Frequently (check official site for information)

11. The Vessels At Hudson Yards

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The Vessels is one of the most unique Instagram spots in Manhattan

Built in 2019, The Vessels at Hudson Yards is one of the newest Instagram-famous places in NYC. With a unique honeycomb shape, the Vessels offer an unusual photography experience for all visitors. It is incredible to see this 150-foot tall (47 m) part sculpture part spiral staircase structure from afar, but it is also possible to enter The Vessels.

With its 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings, the design of the Vessels offers visitors views of NYC from vantage points of varying angles and height. It is one of the best places to admire the landscape of NYC.

  • Location: Chelsea
  • Entrance Fee: Yes (but possibility to get free tickets)
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM (Monday to Saturday), 11 Am to 7 PM (Sunday)

12. Top of the Rock Observatory

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Top of the Rock Observatory offers stunning panoramic views

One of the most famous Instagram photos of NYC is from the Top of the Rock Observatory. Situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Top of Rock Observatory offers some of the best urban views of Manhattan.

Its location also means you get some of the best views of the Empire State Building. Combined with its glass design, visitors have expansive views and can also see Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey!

The Top of the Rock Observatory is located on the rooftop of the Rockefeller Center at 70 stories above the ground.

Pro Tip: Top of the Rock is free for visitors with the New York Pass.

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM daily

13. The Flatiron Building

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Flatiron Building is famous for its unique shape!

The Flatiron Building is an iconic structure in NYC known for its triangular shape that looks like a cast-iron clothes iron. It was designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Dinkelberg and completed in 1902. At the time, it was one of the tallest buildings in New York City, especially around the Flatiron District.

To get a good Instagram photo of the Flatiron Building, you might have to get on the road. That is because the shape of this NYC landmark is quite difficult to capture. You can also try capturing it from the adjacent Madison Square Park. You will definitely want a wide-angle lens and a photographer to help take your photo! 

  • Location: Flatiron District

14. Audrey Hepburn Mural

We all know how amazing murals and street arts are when it comes to making a good Instagram photo. Luckily, the Audrey Hepburn Mural is one of the finest graffiti murals in NYC. Situated in Little Italy of Lower Manhattan, the Audrey Hepburn Mural is painted on the side of Caffe Roma. The work was done by a Brooklyn street artist named Tristan Eaton.

It is easy to get to so make sure you check it out on your New York City trip!

  • Location: Little Italy
  • Entrance Fee: Free

15. The Edge

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The Edge Observatory

The Edge is one of New York’s latest observation decks, but this time with a twist. It is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with a unique design that makes you feel like you are suspended in the air. In fact, if you look at the observation deck from afar, it literally looks like it is hanging off the side of the building, 100 stories above the ground.

In our opinion, The Edge is the best observation deck in NYC, simply due to the design and the clear glass facade that offers unobstructed views. Come here for sunset for the best Instagram photo opportunity. The night view here is also spectacular, perfect if you are looking for something to do in NYC at night.

  • Location: Chelsea
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM daily

16. The Charging Bull

The Charing bull is one of the most classic symbols of Wall Street’s financial prosperity. The sculpture was created by artist Arturo Di Modica and erected in 1989, and its presence on Wall Street has become a symbol of strength and power.

Besides an excellent photo op in the heart of the financial district, visitors can rub the bull’s testicles for good luck. In fact, if you come on a popular day (such as the weekend), there is a queue for rubbing the back of the bull and another queue for taking a photo with it from the front!

  • Location: Financial District

17. Rockefeller Center During Christmas

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Rockefeller Center during Christmas is a great place to take photos!

If you are visiting New York City during Christmas time, then Rockefeller Center is the place to be! This iconic complex is home to the Christmas Tree and many other holiday attractions. The Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center differs every year, but it is usually around 75-ft-tall, making it one of the tallest Christmas trees in the world.

An Instagram photo at the Christmas Tree in NYC is a must if you get the chance, but just keep beware of the crowds near the Rockefeller Center during the holiday season! If possible, because the tree is available 24/7, go in the middle of the night for a chance to have no one else in the photo beside you!

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No

18. Doyer St in Chinatown

If you like murals and bright colors in your Instagram photos, then Doyer St in Chinatown is a must-visit for you. During the Chinatown Mural Project of 2021, a new tribute mural was created on Doyer street to honor the photographer Corky Lee. The mural covers the entire street and spans a total of 200 feet, making it one of the most Instagrammable streets in NYC.

Additionally, the street is now only open to pedestrians, so visitors can have an easier time getting the perfect Instagram photo. However, we must warn you, there are tons of people there daily. But if you ever get tired from posing for your photo, you can relax in the speakeasy Apotheke, go have dim sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, or even get a cheap haircut at one of the barbershops on Doyer Street.

Pro Tip: Try sitting down for a unique perspective in your Instagram image!

  • Location: Chinatown
  • Entrance Fee: No

19. Fulton Center

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The Sky Reflector Net at Fulton Center makes taking unique photos easy!

When it comes to Instagrammable places in Manhattan, the transportation hub of Fulton Center might not be the first one to mind. But surprisingly, the interior decor of Fulton Center is one of the most unique in NYC. With the architectural concept of redirecting light, the architects and engineers have created an interior dome with an integrated artwork called the Sky Reflector Net.

The end result is a futuristic look that is both functional and beautiful. 

  • Location: Lower Mahattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 24 hours

20. Graffiti Tunnel at 191st Subway Station

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Street art is ideal for the perfect Instagram photo!

One of the most unusual Instagrammable places in NYC is the graffiti tunnel located at 191st Street Subway Station. The graffiti tunnel is a 1,000-foot-long tunnel that connects the station at St. Nicholas Avenue to an entrance on Broadway. The dark and dingy passageway troubled locals, so the city had commissioned talented artists to turn it into what you see today.

It is an excellent spot to take Instagrammable photos in NYC, especially since it doesn’t receive tons of foot traffic!

  • Location: Fort George
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 24/7 but don’t go at night for safety reasons

21. Washington Street in Dumbo

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Washington Street is probably the most Instagram famous place in Brooklyn

Without a doubt, the most Instagram-worthy location in Brooklyn is Washington Street in DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). This small street offers a partial view of the Manhattan Bridge and is lined with iconic red brick buildings of Brooklyn.

This is one of the most popular spots to take photos of the Manhattan Bridge (more so than the bridge itself), so we recommend you to avoid the weekends so you don’t have to queue up for so long!

  • Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 24/7

22. Pebble Beach

Located inside Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pebble Beach is NYC’s smallest beach. In fact, it is so small that you can hold your breath and walk from one side to another. Though its size is not its greatest strength, it makes up for its breathtaking views. From the beach, visitors have sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline.

  • Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn
  • Entrance Fee: No

We definitely don’t recommend swimming in the East River though, no wonder how cool the photo might look! The river is quite filthy!

23. Coney Island

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Wonder Wheel at Coney Island’s Luna Park

For the ultimate NYC beach experience, visitors need to go to Coney Island. Not only will they find wide stretches of soft sand to sun tan and clean water to swim in, they can also explore the Instagram-worthy Luna Park.

This amusement park is full of eye-catching colors and whimsical elements. The Wonder Wheel is my personal favorite Instagram spot in Coney Island, but the beach is always a good spot to take cute photos, especially in the summer!

  • Location: Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: Beach is 24/7 but the amusement park hours changes daily

24. Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park is a beautiful spot to take photos. Built in 1922 the carousel features 48 wood-carved horses that bring out your inner child. The carousel is located in the main part of the park, meaning the gorgeous Brooklyn Bridge and the East River will be the background of your Instagram picture.

Just make sure you check the opening hours for the carousel as its schedule is quite sporadic!

  • Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn
  • Entrance Fee: No unless you want to get on the carousel
  • Opening Hours: Hours changes depending on season (check here)

25. Industry City

Industry City is one of the best hidden Instagram gems in Brooklyn. Located in Sunset Park, Industry City is a historical intermodal shipping, warehousing, and manufacturing complex that has been turned into a vibrant creative hub.

The stark contrast between the bland buildings of a manufacturing warehouse and the art exhibits creates an interesting photography experience. The space often has new exhibits, events, and arts so your Instagram photos will never be the same from Industry City! It also boasts many trendy and cute shops for anyone looking to experience a different shopping experience in NYC!

  • Location: Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 9 AM to 9 PM daily, 6 AM opening time for the courtyard

26. Cherry Blossom at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn Botanical Garden

There are no better Instagram photos than those of cherry blossoms. The white and pink colors harmonize perfectly and can instantly turn any dull Instagram feed into an exciting one. Luckily for you, Brooklyn Botanical Garden is home to a large number of cherry blossom trees.

However, you might need to get lucky when photography the Cherry Blossoms because they are usually in bloom for no more than two weeks!

  • Location: Crown Hieghts, Brooklyn
  • Entrance Fee: Yes

27. The Highline

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The epic views from the High Line

The Highline is a 1.45-mile-long elevated park that runs through the heart of West Manhattan. Originally part of the railroad track of the former New York Central Railroad, its current design was completed in 2009.

Since then, the Highline has quickly become one of the most popular Instagrammable places in NYC. The elevated park offers beautiful views of the cityscape and is a great spot to take photos of the skyline. Plus, it is a great place to spend a leisurely day out with friends.

Pro Tip: The intersection of the High Line with W 23rd street is one of the best photo spots for Instagram photos on the High Line. 

  • Location: Chelsea, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: Changes depending on season (check here!)

28. Abe Lebewohl Triangle

The Abe Lebewohl Triangle is a tiny triangular park located in the Lower East Sode area of New York City. The park is named after one of the city’s most well-known and beloved residents, Abe Lebewohl, who was known for his famous Second Ave Deli.

As an immigrant from Ukraine, his passion and work ethic helped him accomplish the American Dream, eventually owning a business and making a good life for himself. However, he was robbed and shot at gunpoint, a murder case that still has not been solved today.

The Abe Lebewohl Triangle is just over 100 square feet, but it is always full of people taking photos and enjoying the sun. It kind of looks like a miniature Flatiron Building!

  • Location: Ukrianian Village, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 24/7

29. Stone Street

Stone Street in the Financial District of Manhattan is a small street that has been turned into an Instagram-worthy spot. Known as the first street to ever get paved in New York, cobblestone stones and brick walls can be seen all around the street. The street is also lined with old historical buildings, making it a great place to take photos of your friends or family.

If you are looking for a place in NYC to feel the European vibes, Stone Street is the ideal place to go. It is also one of the best places to eat in Manhattan as the short street is lined with bars and restaurants!

  • Location: Financial District, Manhattan

30. Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park is one of the coziest parks in NYC for photos!

Washington Square Park is a small park located in the historic Greenwich district. It is a common place for people (especially NYU students) to hang out, relax, and get together with friends.

Two of the most notable features of Washington Square Park are the water fountain in the middle and the marble triumphal arch dedicated to George Washington. They are excellent for Instagram photos, but good luck avoiding the crowd!

  • Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 6 AM to 12 AM daily

31. Bryant Park

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Bryant Park is a green haven in the midst of NYC’s biggest skyscrapers

Bryant Park in NYC is a large park located in Midtown West. It is often used for events, concerts, and other gatherings, making it a great place for Instagram photos. Situated in the center of the park is a big green lawn where visitors can sit down, relax, meet up with friends, and just relax.

It is also one of NYC’s best Instagram spots, as the greenery of the lawn creates a nice contrast with the skyscrapers of the W 42 street. 

  • Location: Midtown, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 7 AM to 11:30 PM daily

32. Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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Flushing Meadows is a great photo spot in Queens, NY

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, more commonly known as just Flushing Meadows, is one of the most Instagrammable parks in NYC. Famous for its historic walks, scenic trails, and a variety of outdoor activities, Flush Meadows is the perfect place to hang out with your friends and families.

But for us Instagrammers, Flushing Meadows offers something unique – The Unisphere, an aspherical stainless steel representation of Earth. It is quite a cool Queens landmark to take a picture with!

  • Location: Queens
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 6 AM to 9 PM daily

33. Pepsi Cola Sign in Gantry Plaza State Park

The Pepsi Cola Sign is arguably the most iconic landmark in Queens. In fact, we recently just saw it in the movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. It is one of the biggest neon signs in NYC, and in fact, you can see it from across the river in Manhattan, especially at night.

The sign was built in 1940 was a PepsiCola bottling factory was situated nearby. Besides the big neon sign, you will also find a 50-foot (15 m) depiction of a Pepsi bottle in the Gantry Plaza State Park!

  • Location: Long Island City (LIC), Queens
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 8 AM to 10 PM daily

34. New York Botanical Garden

While there aren’t many Instagrammable places in Bronx, the one that is Instagrammable, such as the New York Botanical Garden, makes up for it. As the biggest botanical garden in New York City, it boasts a native forest, an herb garden, a rose garden, a rock garden, a children’s “adventure” garden, and a wetland trail. All situated on 250-acre of land, visitors will never run out of Instagram opportunities. 

Pro Tip: Don’t miss The Conservatory when you are at New York Botanical Garden!

  • Location: Bronx
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM daily

Most Instagrammable Museums in NYC

1. Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center has some really cool photographable buildings! (Credit: Snug Harbor Cultural Center)

Staten Island is often known as the forgotten borough of NYC, but that doesn’t mean it lags Instagrammable places. In fact, it is home to the most Instrammable garden in NYC, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

Set in an 83-acre park, Snug Harbor Cultural Center showcases a collection of architecturally significant 19th-century buildings. The one you must get a photo at is the peaceful and relaxing Japanese Garden!

  • Location: Staten Island
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Opening Hours: Dawn to dusk daily

2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Minimalist lovers will love Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the most Instagrammable museums in NYC. It is located on the Upper East Side of NYC and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The museum opened to the public on October 21, 1959. Home to an extensive collection of art from different periods and regions of the world, it is one of the most visited museums in NYC.

Featuring cylindrical stacks of concrete that spiral up towards the sky, the exterior of the building is quite unique. However, that isn’t even close to the Instagrammable opportunities inside the museum.

The museum is known for its clean interior aesthetics with its circular and uniform floors. If you have a minimalistic vibe on your Instagram, don’t miss the chance to take a photo here!

  • Location: Upeer East Side, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: Changes depending on the season (Check hours here!)

3. MoMa PS1

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MoMA Ps1 in Queens

MoMa PS1 is a branch of MoMa, the Museum of Modern Art. However, unlike MoMA which showcases work by contemporary artists, MoMa PS1 focuses on experimental and thought-provoking arts from innovative artists. It is at MoMa PS1 that you will find weird and intriguing artwork, the perfect fuel for an Instagram photo with lots of engagement and comments. 

  • Location: Long Island City, Queens
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: Changes depending on the season (Check hours here!)

4. The MET

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The MET is one of the best museums to take photos in New York!

If you have ever browsed Instagram photos of NYC online, you will probably see plenty of photos from the MET, or The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As the biggest art museum in the Western Hemisphere, the museum is filled with many Instagram opportunities.

To start off, the steps leading to the entrance of the MET are gorgeous and a film location for “Gossip Girls”. Once you are done photographing the steps, the lobby of the MET is reminiscent of that of a palace or castle in Europe. Including the numerous exhibits inside the museum, there are an endless amount of Instagram opportunities in the MET!

  • Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (Sunday to Tuesday, Thursday), 10 AM to 9 PM (Friday and Saturday), Closed Wednesday

5. Museum of Ice Cream

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Pink Aesthetics for your Instagram? Come to the Museum of Ice Cream! (Credit: Museum of Ice Cream)

The Museum of Ice Cream was once one of the coolest popups in NYC, but has now become a creative museum in town. With vibrant colors and 13 quirky multi-sensory installations, the Museum of Ice Cream is perfect for Instagram photos. In fact, it is one of the best “selfie museums” in the world.

Its most famous installation is the sprinkle pool where jump in it, go for a swim, or just float on top of one of the lily pads. Now tell me a better Instagram spot in NYC. I am waiting!

  • Location: SoHo, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Yes
  • Opening Hours: Closed (Tuesday & Wednesday), 11:30 AM to 7 PM (Monday & Thursday), 10 AM to 8:30 PM (Saturday), 10 AM to 7 PM (Sunday)

6. Irish Hunger Memorial

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Irish Hunger Memorial is a cool place to take photos at night in NYC

The Irish Hunger Memorial is a hidden gem when it comes to good Instagram photos are night. Located in the Battery City neighborhood of Manhattan, the Irish Hunger Memorial is dedicated to raising awareness of the Great Irish Hunger from 1845 to 1852.

While the museum is great to visit in the day time, it becomes an Instagram gem at night. Stripes of bright white light surround the museum, giving off a very futuristic look. It is a great location to do a photoshoot in NYC at night!

  • Location: Tribeca, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 11 AM to 6:30 PM daily (but we recommend visiting at night when its closed for the lights)

7. The National September 11 Memorial Museum

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9/11 Memorial Pools

The National September 11 Memorial Museum is a must-see for anyone visiting New York City. The museum tells the story of 9/11 from beginning to end, from the terrorist attacks that killed thousands of people to the rescue and recovery efforts that followed.

The museum is massive, with dozens of exhibits that tell the entire story of 9/11. But the best part about the sight is the 9/11 Memorial Pools that stood where at the exact same location as the original Twin Towers. This massive project to remember and reflect on these horrific events has led to one of the best places to take photos in NYC.

  • Location: Financial District, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Some
  • Opening Hours: Varies on attraction

8. The Morgan Library & Museum

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Never been a fan of a library until I met this one!

The Morgan Library & Museum was once the private library of J. Pierpont Morgan, aka the famous J.P. Morgan, but it has now become one of the most unique museums in New York City. Featuring 20 rooms in total, guests can find galleries, libraries, a performance hall, and more within.

The Morgan Library & Museum houses art in every format – from drawings, prints, and artifacts, some dating as far back as 4000 B.C.

Pro Tip: If you are short on time, focus your visit on Morgan’s library. It is here where you will find the most Instagrammable shots!

  • Location: Murray Hill, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Yes (but offer free fridays from 5 PM to 7 PM)
  • Opening Hours: 10:30 AM to 5 PM (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday Sunday), 10:30 AM to 7 PM (Friday)

9. New York Transit Museum

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New York Transit Museum is a hidden gem in NYC!

If you are a train nerd or just love the New York City Subway System (I mean, who doesn’t love delays and piss-smelling carts?), then a visit to the New York Transit Museum is a must.

Situated inside an authentic subway station that was decommissioned in 1936, visitors can learn about the history of the New York Transit system (bus, subway, and commuter rails) in a real-life environment. Not only that, you can take photos on a gorgeous vintage train.

Bonus: it doesn’t smell!


Most Instagrammable Bars in NYC

1. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

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230 Fifth is one of the best Instagram-worthy rooftop bars in NYC (Credit: 230 Fifth)

If you are looking for an Instagrammable bar in NYC, look no further than the famous 230 Fifth. Known as New York’s largest indoor and outdoor bar, 230 Fifth has plenty of space where you can take a nice photo. Not only is this chic penthouse bar is known for its live music, good drinks and international quick bites, but the rooftop also boasts some of the most amazing views of NYC.

Visiting 230 Fifth is becoming a must for anyone visiting NYC on a budget, since they can get an equally stunning view of NYC as some of the pricey observation decks out there. If you come during the winter, you can experience their signature igloos on their outdoor penthouse garden as well!

  • Location: Midtown, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: Conditional ($20 cover fee after 8 PM)
  • Opening Hours: 2 PM to 1 AM (Monday to Thursday), 2 PM to 4PM (Friday), 11 AM to 4 AM (Saturday), 11 AM to 1 AM (Sunday)

2. Bar SixtyFive

Bar SixtyFive is one of the most renowned rooftop bars in NYC. Situated on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, this bar offers stunning views of the city. Not only is the bar itself beautiful, but the cocktails are also some of the best in the city. Combined with good food and good company, a visit to Bar SixtyFive is more than just an Instagram experience!

Because it is situated 5 floors below the Top of the Rock Observatory, the views here are equally impressive. Plus, visitors don’t have to pay for entrance fee and can enjoy the views with food and drinks.

  • Location: Midtown, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No but thereis a minimum purchase per person
  • Opening Hours: Hours varies (see updated info here)

3. The Ready Rooftop Bar

The Ready Rooftop Bar in East Village must be one of the most photogenic rooftop bars in NYC. The expansive outdoor space features a cozy yet refined decor and offers the perfect balance between elegance and hip. Situated on the rooftop of the Moxy East Village hotel, this bar also offers incredible views of NYC from above.

While you can capture stunning Instagram shots here, its delicious cocktails and the retractable roof will guarantee you a good night!

  • Location: East village, Manhattan
  • Entrance Fee: No
  • Opening Hours: 4 PM to 10 PM (Monday to Friday), 12 PM to 10 PM (Saturday to Sunday). Subject to change.

Most Instagrammable Restaurants in NYC

1. Pietro Nolita

If you are a lover of pink colors on your Instagram feed, then a visit to the Pietro Nolita is a must. Pietro Nolita is an Italian cafe that serves delicious and healthy seasonal Italian cuisine, but the main selling point is the environment. Guests get to enjoy their food in a unique pink jewel box.

Its design was inspired by the pastel colors of the Italian Riviera and the postmodern aesthetics of the Memphis group in the 1980s.

Without a doubt, this spot is one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in NYC, especially popular with female influencers. Sorry for the lads, the pinks just don’t have the same effect for you guys. 

  • Location: Nolita, Manhattan
  • Opening Hours: 4 PM to 12 AM (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday), 12 PM to 12 AM (Friday to Sunday).

2. While We Were Young Kitchen & Cocktails

With its cute pink seats, marble tabletops, and overall pink aesthetics, While We Were Young is one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in NYC, especially for female influencers. From the interior design to the food and drinks, every part of this restaurant is an Instagram opportunity.

The moment you step inside this restaurant, the harmony of the blues and pinks will make you immediately want to take your phone out and start taking photos! It is best to make a reservation at While We Were Young if you don’t want to wait in a long queue. The space is small and this is one of NYC’s prime Instagram locations!

  • Location: West Village, Manhattan
  • Opening Hours: Closed (Monday, Tuesday), 5 PM to 11 PM (Wednesday, Thursday), 12 PM to 1 AM (Friday), 11 AM to 1 AM (Saturday), 11 AM to 11 PM (Sunday)

3. Fandi Mata

While there is no shortage of Instagram-worthy restaurants in Brooklyn, Fandi Mata is one of the most unique. Featuring an industrial-chic decor, guests can dine in a plant-filled environment with a lively atmosphere.

The unique NYC dining experience at Fandi Mata isn’t just a journey for your taste buds, but also for your eyes and Instagram account! Come enjoy great food and excellent hospitality in style at Fandi Mata in Brooklyn!

  • Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • Opening Hours: Closed (Monday, Tuesday), 5 PM to 1 AM (Wednesday, Thursday), 5 PM to 2 AM (Friday), 11 AM to 4 PM, 5 PM to 2 AM (Saturday), 11 AM to 5 PM (Sunday)

Most Instagrammable Cafes in NYC

1. Roman and Williams Guild

Roman and Williams Guild is an upscale shop that is part furniture store, part florist, and part cafe. But this isn’t just your regular home store, the shop is designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Roman and Williams. While the store is gorgeous, the in-store cafe, La Mercerie Cafe, is easily one of the most Instagrammable cafes in NYC

With a mix of elegant decor and plenty of sunlight oozing in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, the goal was to create a welcoming and warm feeling the moment you step in. Not only have they created that, they have also created some unparalleled Instagram opportunities that you should not miss!

  • Location: Lowest Manhattan
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM (Monday to Friday), 10 AM to 10 PM (Saturday, Sunday)

2. Felix Roasting Co.

At Felix Roasting Co., drinking coffee isn’t just any regular activity. It is an experience that involves art and expression while serving some of the highest quality coffee you will ever find. According to Felix Roasting Co., their vision is to redefine the “coffee break” and galvanize the mind and your creative spirit by focusing on the environment and experience as much as the product.

When you step into one of the two Felix Roasting Co. in NYC, not only can you expect quality coffee, but an interior design that will inspire you. For example, the flagship store at NoMad NYC is filled with art and feels like a museum when you step in. If you want elegance and sophistication on your Instagram feed, then Felix Roasting Co. is a great cafe to take photos in NYC

  • Location: Mutiple
  • Opening Hours: 8 AM to 3 PM daily

3. Cha Cha Matcha

Cha Cha Matcha is a cafe chain with three stores that focuses on matcha, a finely ground powder of green tea leaves. Matcha has been part of Japanese culture for over 1000 years, and now its popularity is spreading across the world thanks to its deliciousness and health benefits.

At Cha Cha Matcha, now only do you get to take cute photos with its colorful decor and splashes of bright colors, you get to enjoy one of their matcha-related drinks or snacks! So not only does your camera gets to eat, but you can also fill yourself with some delightful goodies!

  • Location: Mutiple
  • Opening Hours: Varies but generally around 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Most Instagrammable Hotels in NYC

1. PUBLIC Hotel

Public Hotel has always been a place for influencers and models to take nice Instagram photos. In the daytime, the rooftop bar offers stunning panoramic views of NYC. After the sun sets, the rooftop bar slowly transforms into an elegant and mysterious bar where guest DJs are invited to perform.

While the rooftop bar is an incredible place to take your photos, most influencers find their best shot at the reflective escalators that make you feel like you are in a visual maze.

  • Location: Bowery

2. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers unique Instagram opportunities! (Credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge)

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a 5-star hotel situated in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The hotel is luxurious and every corner is an Instagram opportunity. But what separates this from other 5-star hotels in NYC is its outdoor pool that overlooks Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline.

If you want a unique NYC Instagram-worthy location that not many people are going to have on their account, then 1 Hotel Brooklyn Place is the place to go. 

  • Location: DUMBO

3. NoMo Soho

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NoMo Soho’s Tunnel of Love (Credit: Nomo Soho)

The NOMO Soho is a chic 5-star hotel located in the trendy Soho neighborhood in NYC. It is mostly known for its entrance into the hotel. Nicknamed the Tunnel of Love, this short passageway is filled with greenery and fairy lights. The exterior of the hotel also features a relaxing green space that makes it easy to take good photos.

Pro Tip: You don’t have to stay in NoMo Soho to take Instagram photos at the entrance and outdoor garden. Just be discreet and don’t interrupt the guests.

  • Location: Soho

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