Most Instagrammable Places in NYC : Best Photo Spots in New York City [Updated]

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Most Instagrammable Places in NYC From a New Yorker

NYC is easily one of the coolest and instagrammable cities in the world! After living in New York for over 12 years, I  have spent plenty of time seeking out the most instagrammable and photo-worthy places in NYC you should visit!

I continue to update this NYC photoshoot list with my favorite Instagram spots since New York City is forever changing!

BTW- most of them are Free NYC places to visit!

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1. Top of The Rock

Top of The Rock is probably one of the most iconic places to take instagrammable photos in NYC! It’s also one of my favorite places since the views from Rockefeller Center are seriously unmatched.

Make your way to the top of the 3 observation decks on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors for panoramic views that include the Empire State Building!

When visiting Top of The Rock, make sure to get your tickets ahead of time. You can order them online at their website and pick a timeslot. Make sure to get there on time so you don’t lose your spot.

For the best photos at the Top of the Rock, I would recommend planning your photoshoot early in the morning to avoid crowds or closer to sunset. NYC has pretty epic sunsets making for an epic Instagram photo.

NYC Top of the Rock Photo tip: The best places to take photos at the Top of the Rock are inside the window with the Empire State building in the back and if you are with a friend, have them go on the top deck with you on the lower deck. It makes for a really cool NYC perspective! 

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

One of the top instagrammable places in NYC is at The Top Of The Rock
Top of the Rock Instagram Photography

2. Radio City Music Hall

While you’re in the area of Rockefeller Center, walk over to Radio City Music Hall for another Instagrammable must for all your NYC photoshoot needs!

To be honest, I’ve never been inside, but I’ve passed this location more times than I can count.

Additionally, if you are visiting NYC during the holidays, you will find the giant ornaments here along with the giant candy canes and whatever else the city decides to add as a pop-up! This makes this NYC location a must for photoshoots during Christmas time!

Radio City Music Hall Photoshoot Tip: For the best Instagram photos, I’d recommend the corner diagonally across to get the full sign. Also, be careful of your time of day. The lighting mid-day can be harsh, taking away from your photo.

Address: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

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Radio City Music Hall Christmas decorations. Woman in Red dress in Front

3. Times Square

Times Square is one of those places all local New Yorkers avoid like the plague. However, as a photographer, or if you have never been, it’s a must-visit and one of the most instagrammable places in NYC.

It is almost impossible to take photos without people in Times Square, but I think the chaos kind of makes the photo.

In my opinion, the best time to visit Times Square is during the week to avoid the craziness of the weekend!

If it’s a nice day, you can walk here from Radio City Music Hall. If not, jump on the NYC subway. The best Subway line to take to Times Square is the Red Line (1,2,3).

Times Square Photography tip: Try to get the camera down low and looking up to get a really cool NYC photo with the skyscrapers and billboards!

Address: Start around 42nd Street and 7th Ave

Most instagrammable places in NYC includes Time Square
Middle of Time Square
Time Square NYC Photography
Time Square Subway Station

4. Central Park

Another staple of New York City is easily Central Park. Covering over 800 acres, you can a handful of NYC Instagram spots!

If you are limited on time, the top Central Park places to photograph are Bow Bridge and Bethesda Terrace, and Fountain. I would recommend starting your photoshoot at the famous NYC Bow Bridge and then heading to the Bethesda Fountain next.

If you are visiting NYC during the fall, also check out “The Mall” which is the famous walk path you will see all over social media!

Additionally, if you are visiting Central park during the Spring, you will be able to see cherry blossom season throughout the park.

Have more time in Central Park? Other Central Park Instagrammable places include Gapstow Bridge, on the Rocks by Gapstow Bridge, and Views of the Belvedere Castle.

Central Park Instagram Tip: If possible, I suggest planning your Central Park photoshoot on an early Saturday or Sunday morning around or before 8:30 AM. I have found that there are fewer crowds making better NYC photo-worthy captures!

Address: Bow Bridge, New York, NY 10024

Bow Bridge in Central Park is one of the most instagrammable places in NYC
NYC Central Park Gapstow Bridge in NYC. Woman in red sweater and white pants
One of the best things to do in NYC on Christmas day is visit Central park - Bethesda Terrace with woman in red ball gown

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5. The NYC Hudson Yards Vessel

Welcome to one of NYC’s newest attractions! Located in Hudson Yards, The Vessel has gotten tons of attention, especially across Instagram for its unique Bee hive-like shape.

The Vessel is no longer climbable. However, even if you can’t climb the Vessel, there are still a lot of really cool angles to photograph this NYC attraction.

Plus the Hudson Yards is the new hot spot in the city, so you won’t want to miss visiting! Furthermore, if you visit during the holidays, they decorate the inside and outside of Hudson Yards!

NYC Local Tip: While in the area, take a walk down The Highline (next to Hudson Yards) down to the Chelsea Market for a bite to eat and experience New York like a local.

Address: The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

The Vessel in the Hudson Yards is one of the new favorite photo locations in NYC
Christmas decorations at hudson yards. Woman in gold sequin dress and black boots.

6. The Edge, NYC

The Edge is probably NYC’s newest Instagrammable spot and with good reason! Their Skydeck is now the highest outdoor Skydeck on the western hemisphere standing at 100 stories.

I was meant to visit the Edge when it first opened in 2020, but we all know how that went. sigh.

The Edge is open again and you can buy tickets to the Edge here! If Instagrammable places are your thing, the NYC Edge would be on top of my list!

Other rooftop decks you might want to consider visiting are the Empire State Building Skyview deck and the One World Trade Center deck.

All the NYC decks have a price associated with them, so personally the Edge and top of the Rock would be my top two for me since they really have the best photo-worthy views.

Address: 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

NYC The Edge Instagrammable place
Photo Courtesy of The Edge & Related Oxford

7. Flatiron Building

Did you know the Flatiron Building is one of the most photographed buildings in NYC? There are a couple of angles you can shoot this iconic building from.

Some fun photoshoot ideas include next to the big gold clock to the right of the building, in the middle of the median, or to the left by the blooming trees (in Spring).

While you are in the area, head to Madison Square Park or Eataly NYC Flatiron for delicious food and even some more NYC photo spots!

Address: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

8. Washington Square Park

During my first year in college (and before Instagram), we would walk down to Washington Square Park just to hang out. Over 8 years later, I still love Washington Square Park for people watching and of course taking photos.

The park is packed at all times, so the best time to photograph the arch is early in the morning! During the winter the fountain is off, giving you some additional photo opportunities.

*** Taking photo’s in the middle of the street is at your own risk. We came very early when few cars were on the road. ***

Address: 1 Washington Square New York, US

Washington square park during christmas time. Woman in street with red dress
One of the best free things to do in NYC is hanging out at Washington Square Park

9. The Oculus

Located by One World Trade Center Observatory, the Oculus is another one of NYC’s unique instagrammable places. This transit center hosts tons of shops including a farmers market inside its white dome.

NYC Instagram photos are popular inside and outside the Oculus.

Take note that it can be tricky to get a photo using a Professional Camera. Supposedly it’s prohibited, but you can take photos with your phone without any problems!

While here, you can also visit the 9/11 memorial and even go to the Observation Deck of One World Observatory. (I would recommend The Top Of The Rock over this observation deck though).

There is also an Eataly nearby! Can you tell I’m obsessed!

The Oculus in the World Trade Center Park

10. Pietro Nolita in Soho

Soho has tons of Instagrammable spots (which I would need a whole separate post for), but my new favorite is outside of Pietro Nolita! If you know me, I love finding pink locations and this super cute pink corner is no exception.

Pietro Nolita is actually a restaurant boasting an equally photo-worthy inside if you have time to eat! Just make sure to have reservations.

Address: 174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Soho , NYC instagrammable photo location at Pietro Nolita
Pietro Nolita’s instagrammable pink corner

11. Soho Flower Mural

Soho, NYC has tons of Instagrammable spots in general from cobblestone streets, pretty building facades, and murals. One of my favorite Soho murals is this fun flower mural by Jet Martinez. The Soho street featured below is Greene Street which has all the epic photo-worthy aspects you could hope for in NYC!

Other Instagram-Worthy Murals in Soho and around Soho NYC include:

Audrey Hepburn Mural: 176 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013

Color Factory Wall Mural (also Instagrammable inside the Color Factory Museum): Address: 251 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

Museum of Ice Cream is not exactly a mural but it is in the Soho area and is basically made for taking Instagram photos.

Address: Mulberry & Prince Street

Visit the Soho Murals in NYC
Flowers mural
Shop in Soho while in NYC
Walking down the cobblestone streets in Soho

12. NYC L’Appartement Sézane Storefront

Love Instagrammable cafes and storefronts? L’Appartement Sézane easily has one of the most Instagrammable storefronts in NYC. It is basically screaming photograph me!

They do tend to change decorations throughout the season which makes this Nolita location fun to come back to throughout the year.

Address: 254 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Instagrammable store L’Appartement Sézane in NYC Nolita

13. Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo, Brooklyn Photo Spots

Okay, technically Dumbo, Brooklyn is not Manhattan, however, they are all a part of NYC and hold some of the most instagrammable places you should not miss, therefore it’s on my list!

View of the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park Photo location viewing the Brooklyn Bridge and New York City’s Skyline

Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

From the City, you walk fully across the Brooklyn Bridge right over to Dumbo, Brooklyn. The best time to take photos on the Brooklyn Bridge, IMO is super early in the morning before 8 AM on a weekend!

The Bridge has Instagram-worthy photo shoot locations at all angles, but don’t spend all day here, so you can make it to Dumbo for the famous Manhattan Bridge photo! The bridge is just over a mile long.

most instagrammable places in NYC include photographing the Brooklyn Bridge
The perfect Brooklyn Bridge Instagram place looking towards the City!

Brooklyn Bridge Entrance From Manhattan

From Manhattan, you can take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop. You can also take the J or Z trains to the Chambers Street stop which is closest to the Pedestrian Walk Way.

Brooklyn Bridge Entrance From Brooklyn

From Brooklyn, you can enter from Washington Street between York Street and Prospect Street. This will lead you to the walkway itself.

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most instagrammable places in NYC
Another Brooklyn Bridge Instammable spot

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Once you’re in the Brooklyn neighborhood, Dumbo, to the left and the right of the bridge is Brooklyn Bridge Park.

From here you can see epic views of Manhattan, and the instagrammable photo spots are endless! I especially like the view from Janes Carousel and pebble beach.

If you make your way down the pier where the bridge is now on your right side, you will also find my second favorite view from Brooklyn Bridge Park where the pylons stick out of the water. From here you can see the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty from a far. 

If you decide to stay in Brooklyn, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is known to have the most Instagrammable rooms and views!

Brooklyn Bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park NYC Instagrammable places. Woman looking at Brooklyn Bridge in pink skirt.
Janes Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo NYC is another top instagrammable places

Dumbo NYC Instagrammable places. Woman sitting on rocks looking at skyline and statue of liberty from a far.

Famous Manhattan Bridge Photo Spot in Dumbo Brooklyn

If you made it to the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s totally worth making it over to the cross-sections of Waters Street and Washington Street for the Instagram-worthy photo of the Manhattan Bridge.

This particular intersection is probably the most instagrammable spot in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Because of this, the street becomes packed with people while also being an active street that cars are driving down. For the best photo opportunity, it is best to arrive here around 8 AM.

By 10:30 AM you will see a huge difference in the number of people.

NYC Insider tip: DUMBO stands for Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass! For some really amazing pizza, head to Ignazio’s Pizza right under the Brooklyn Bridge. Their pizza is amazing… seriously!

Famous Manhattan Bridge instagrammable NYC places. Woman standing in Pink skirt facing Manhattan bridge.
Insta-famous photography of the Manhattan Bridge

14. Grand Central Station, NYC

Besides being a great place to just experience in NYC, Grand Central Station is also a great photoshoot location. Having been the backdrop to countless movies, photoshoot or not, Grand Central Terminal needs to be on your NYC list! Please note that you may not be able to use a tripod while here.

Grand Central Terminal NYC
Grand Central Terminal Station

15. Flushing Meadows Park

Looking to get out of the City and explore Queens? Then check out Flushing Meadows Corona Park, especially in the spring! This park is the 4th largest park in NYC and was a part of the 1939 New York World Fair.

My two favorite Instagram spots here include the giant Globe and during the spring (cherry blossom season), there are a ton of blooming pink trees that resemble cherry blossoms!

Additionally, you might recognize this was the filming spot for Men in Black 2.

Address: Between Grand Central Pkwy and, Van Wyck Expy, 11354

NYC Corona Flushing Park. Walking through Cherry Blossoms in NYC
Globe at Flushing Meadows Park NYC Queens

16. M Tea Flushing

If you make it out to Queens, NYC, then you should most definitely check out this instagrammable cafe bubble Tea spot called M Tea!

Not only do they have good food and drinks, but they have also decorated the inside specifically for having really fun photoshoots! This includes this very cute air balloon, swings, and decorated walls. 

Address: 36-56 Main St, Flushing, NY 11354

Hours: Monday- Sunday 11 AM-9 PM

Phone: (718) 886-2566

NYC M- Tea Bubble Cafe is very Instagrammable places with pink designs and hot air balloon prop.

17. Summit One Vanderbilt

This epic observatory just opened in 2021 and it has people lined up to experience it! This epic observatory is truly unique from NYC making it an epic Instagram spot. From glass elevators, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and mirror rooms, you will definitely want to add Summit One Vanderbilt to your NYC Instagram list!

Address: 45 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 Entrance located on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal

18. Stuyvesant Street

Another great photo spot is at Stuyvesant Street. It is actually one of the oldest streets in NYC. For the perfect Instagram photo, stand right by the light post!

Stuyvesant Street in NYC is a top Instagram spot

19. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Located near Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a plethora of photo opportunities! One of my favorite times to visit the garden is during the spring when they have Cherry Blossom season and tulip season!

NYC Insider tip: Try to go just before their Cherry Blossom festival and very early in the morning when they open for those Instagram-worthy photos!

Address: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

20. The Morgan Library and Museum

This local and hidden gem is not only an absolutely beautiful library to visit, but it is also very photo-worthy. It is one of my favorite places to take people!

NYC photo tip: I would recommend a wide angle lens with a low aperture since the lighting is difficult.

Morgan Library and Museum in New York interior

21. The MET Steps

This one is for all those Gossip Girl Fans! Don’t hate me, but I have never watched the show. Can we still be friends? Although the steps don’t necessarily speak to me, I couldn’t not add these iconic steps to my NYC Instagram spots!

If you are visiting New York, you should definitely take a peek inside this museum though!

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

22. The Guggenheim

Another museum that makes the NYC Instagram list is The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This museum houses modern and contemporary art. So what makes this museum Instagram-worthy? The unique architecture which brings Instagrammers and tourists alike!

23. Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

If you are visiting during the holidays, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment has one of the best NYC Christmas displays that is super Instagrammable in Union Square! Inside they are a bar with tons of additional decorations.

Lillies Victorian NYC Christmas decorations
Lillies Victorian Establishment

What to Know Before Visiting these Instagrammable Places in NYC

Wondering how many days you need to check out these Instagram Spots in NYC? I’d say you can hit most of these photo locations with 4 days in NYC.

In general, I’d say anywhere from 3-5 days gives you a good amount of time to see most of New York City and even explore outside the city a little.

However, please note, the city is forever changing with new pop-up shops, murals, street art, and so on, so while I do my best to keep this list up-to-date, things could change.

NYC has tons of additional photoshoot opportunities during the holidays. I cover most of them in this Holiday NYC Itinerary.

The best way to get around NYC to these instagrammable places is by walking and public transportation. Here is an NYC Subway guide! If it’s really cold during your visit, you can also use Uber or Lyft.

Getting around the city by car can take longer, however.

Lastly, if this is your first time in New York, you might find this guide on things to know before visiting NYC helpful!

NYC Most Instagrammable Places Wrap-up

This covers my favorite Instagram spots in NYC! As you can see, NYC has tons of Instagrammable places to get that perfect photo! Have any New York City photography spots you think should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “Most Instagrammable Places in NYC : Best Photo Spots in New York City [Updated]”

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  2. All of these places are incredible! I’m going to NYC this weekend and I’m hoping to visit some of these!!! Thanks for the tips! 🙂

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    • Have the best time! Some other places you can hit that are not on my list is Grand Central Station, 28th street subway station and the statue of liberty =)

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  3. This is such a great list and so many great places! I have been to many of these places, but did not take the time to stop and take photos. I will have to do this next time I visit. Saving for future reference.

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  4. Beautiful pictures, what great spots in NYC. I’m definitely bookmarking this for when I make it back to New York for some great Instagram shots.

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  5. This is such a great list, I got to New York all the time and haven’t been to most of these locations. Definitely going to go next time I find myself in the city, thanks for sharing!

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  6. I live so close to NYC but I’ve only been to some of these spots! The Vessel looks so cool and I really want to visit there next!

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  7. Sam you really found the most stunning photo spots and all your photos are amazing 😍 Will definitely use this if I go to NYC ☺️

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  8. Love NYC and you’re so right- it’s so insta worthy!! I’ve been to all of these except the Vessel and the Brooklyn Bridge…on my list for my next visit!! Saving this for later!

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