Best Instagram Spots in New York City

by | Jun 22, 2018 | Latest Posts, New York City, Photography

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With its chaotic streets, stunning skyline and neon lights New York is an Instagram dream and there are some incredible Instagram shots just waiting to be captured in the city.

We’ve put together this list of our favourite Instagram worthy spots in New York to help you find some of the most photogenic and Instagrammable locations. 

From the colourful street art to the incredible skyscrapers we hope you have as much fun as we did visiting some of the best Instagram spots in New York City!

 

 

1 | L’Appartement Sézane

A Parisian dream in the heart of NoLita. Sezane is a French lifestyle boutique with an Instagram wow factor. From the chic ‘Bonjour New York’ tiled floor to the vintage bicycle surrounded by a beautiful flower arch at its entrance, Sezane is a gorgeous capture.

New York best Instagram spots tip: Sezane is a beautiful boutique style store with a chic Parisian vibe. There is security on the door but staff are welcoming so have a browse and a coffee and soak up the atmosphere.

Location: 254 Elizabeth St

Retro bikes and flower arches at L’Appartement Sézane


L’Appartement Sézane


The stunning storefront at L’Appartement Sézane

 

2 | Washington Square Park

Teeming with artists, musicians, sunbathers, performers, chess players and cute dogs and surrounded by Greenwich Village and NYU, Washington Square Park is one of the most vibrant spots in the city.

NYC best Instagram spots tip:  The backdrop of the Washington Square Arch, framing the Empire State Building with its view up 5th Avenue, makes for some awesome Instagram opportunities: casually pose by the fountain with the arch and the glimpse of the Empire State Building in the background.

Location: the arch is at Washington Square North and 5th Avenue

Washington Square Park


Washington Arch

 

3 | Pietro Nolita

Pietro Nolita is both an Italian restaurant and a pink wonderland on Elizabeth Street. From the pink sidewalk tables and wall to the pink everything inside it’s an Instagram hit.

New York best Instagram spots tip: Pietro Nolita has a no reservations policy and the inside is tiny s. For the best chance of getting great pics go early on a weekday when you might have the place to yourself.

Location: 174 Elizabeth Street

All the pinks at Pietro Nolita


Pietro Nolita


Pietro Nolita

 

4 | DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge Park

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, or DUMBO for short, is an iconic New York Instagram location.

The first stop is on Water and Washington Street: Washington Street aligns perfectly to give a beautiful view of the Washington Bridge with the Manhattan skyline in the background and the Empire State Building framed perfectly by the legs of the bridge.

NYC best Instagram spots tip: Obviously this is a very popular place for tourists and photographers alike so be prepared to wait for your turn to capture this beautiful view. The street is filled with businesses and residents and has a steady flow of traffic so be careful not to get in the way in the pursuit of a picture.

Make sure to head to the waterfront at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for some more awesome skyline shots.

Location: Washington and Water Street, Brooklyn

DUMBO at Washington and Water Street


Brooklyn Bridge Park 

 

5 | Audrey Hepburn Mural

Created by Brooklyn based Tristan Eaton this colourful depiction of Audrey Hepburn, star of the New York favourite Breakfast at Tiffany’s, sits in the heart of Little Italy and is perfectly complemented by the red brick backdrop.

NYC best Instagram spots tip:  Our favourite captures include the mural on its own, a coffee break on the chairs in front or a street side pose.

Location: 176 Mulberry Street

Audrey Hepburn mural

 

6 | The Oculus

Its exterior is designed to resemble a winged dove and the centrepiece, the Oculus, is an incredible white steel and glass structure. Both are worthy Instagram captures in the super modern World Trade Center Transportation hub.

Location: Church Street

The Oculus

 

7 | Stuyvesant Street

In the heart of the East Village, the picturesque Renwick Triangle is formed by the tiny Stuyvesant Street diagonally crossing 9th street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in an escape from the Manhattan grid.

The row of historic townhouses is a beautiful backdrop for an excellent NYC street style pic.

Location: East 10th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

Renwick Triangle at Stuyvesant Street


Renwick Triangle at Stuyvesant Street

 

 

8 | Central Park

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

The stunning Bethesda Terrace which leads out to the fountain is one of our favourite spaces in Central Park.

There is always an incredible energy around the fountain during the day, but early morning just after sunrise is our favourite time when the only people you’ll meet are dog walkers and runners. The steps behind the terrace also make from some stunning shots.

The steps at the Bethesda Terrace


Bethesda Fountain


The incredible Bethesda Terrace


Central Park greens!

 

The Arches

There are over 20 arches dotted around Central Park so it’s hard to miss them as you stroll around the park.

Our favourite is Glade Arch which is located just west of 5th Avenue and 79th Street.

Wishing upon an arch in Central Park!

 

New York best Instagram spots tip: go early for the best shots. The fountains and the terrace are incredible backdrops but both get really busy as the morning progresses.

 

Central Park Boathouse

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Central Park for some more Central Park inspiration.

9 | Milk and Cream Cereal Bar

Milk and Cream are famous for serving up a unique mix of American cereal blended with ice cream smothered in dreamy toppings. The beautiful creations, mint colour scheme and fun neon slogan make for a great photo.

Amazing ice cream and amazing photos, what more could you ask for?!

Location: 159 Mott St

Sure thing Milk and Cream!

 

 

10 | Flatiron Building

The triangular Flatiron Building, so named because of its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron, is one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers as well as one of the most photographed.

New York best Instagram spots tip: there are a few really good angles at the street crossings. We love the close up shots for impact.