New York City is filled with so many amazing photo spots. Every neighborhood in the city has so much to see! If you are a first time visitor or a proud resident, it’s hard to resist sharing this amazing city on Instagram. I’ve been working in the city for almost 10 years and lived in the city for three so I’ve spent plenty of time exploring the city and seeking out the best Instagram spots in NYC. In this post, I’ll be sharing a list of the best NYC Instagram spots all around Manhattan that can be seen all in one day.
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Here are the best Instagram spots in NYC:
Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock is one of the most iconic city views and it is probably one of the most instagrammable place in NYC. It’s an observatory deck on top of the Rockefeller Center you take an elevator up 70 floors and see an amazing panoramic view of the city. There are observation decks on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors. You get to see the Empire State Building and Central Park – such an incredible view! Top of the Rock is also a great place to see the sunset.
Instagram Tips: Buy your tickets ahead of time. If you get your tickets early, you don’t need to spend time waiting in line. I also recommend getting there right when it opens. The earliest time you can buy a ticket for is 8 am. We got tickets for 9 am and there were a lot of people so the earlier you get there, the better. You definitely have to be really patient in order to get no one in your photos.
To get a cool aerial shot, if you are with a friend or family member, have them go to the top deck and you stay on the lower deck. The photo angle shows a really cool view of the city!
The Yumi Kim Mural
Who can resist taking a photo in front of a pretty floral backdrop?! This is the Yumi Kim Mural that is located at the side of the Yumi Kim store. The address is 105 Stanton Street. It’s painted really pretty and they even change the colors every season. It’s funny because in reality this is painted on trash bins, but anything for the gram 😉 (amirght?!)
If you love an Instagrammable storefront, you have to check out L’Appartement Sézane. This French clothing store is a store in the heart of Nolita. It is located on 254 Elizabeth Street. The front of the store is always beautifully decorated and they change it for every season. These are their summer decorations, but my favorite is during the springtime when it’s covered in colorful flowers.
La Esquina / Corner Deli
This is a cool deli that’s located on 106 Kenmare Street. This place serves authentic Mexican food. If you make a reservation, you can check out their “hidden” restaurant downstairs. With the neon lights and colorful soda bottles on display, it makes a cool Instagram spot.
This is a boutique hotel located in Soho that also has a bar and restaurant. The address is 9 Crosby Street. It has a beautiful green archway that makes a perfect Instagram spot.
Instagram Tips: This is a pretty popular place for photos to be taken. Sometimes there can even be a line so I would just be patient and mindful of hotel staff and guests walking through.
This is an adorable pink restaurant. It’s a tiny and cute little Italian place, where everything is pink. This is my favorite color so I definitely wanted to take a photo here! It’s much smaller in person and it’s another popular place to take a photo of in New York City. (We passed by this on the weekend, but it was under construction so here is a photo I took of it in the fall).
East Village is filled with classic brownstone buildings, cute coffee shops, and boutique clothing stores. I also love this little corner on 10th and Stuyvesant Street – it makes a cool Instagram spot.
The Flatiron Building is an iconic building in New York City. It’s cool to see the unusual flat shape of the building. The building is located at the intersection of Broadway and 5th avenue on 23rd street in Midtown Manhattan. It is right next to Madison Square Park. Since this area of the city is going to be busy all the time, you have to be creative with your photos and test out different angles of the shot you want to take.
There is so much to see in Central Park! Some of my favorite photo spots are Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Bow Bridge, Gapstow Bridge, and Central Park Lake! It’s beautiful year-round, but I love it in the fall with all the fall foliage.