Whether you live in Los Angeles or are just passing by, there are some spots in the city that are worth visiting no matter the mileage involved. Yes, L.A. is full of bloggers and influencers that go around crowding certain places to get the most perfect Instagram shot. Sometimes it can be annoying, but if there’s hundreds of people taking pictures there, it’s for a reason, and you might considering taking a photo at that spot too! The L.A. area is full of cute and artistic nooks, beautiful views, and artsy cafés that will make your Instagram dreams come true. So, here are the 10 top Instagrammable places in Los Angeles.
1. Griffith Observatory
If you’re seeking the great Hollywood sign but do not feel like hiking up to it, the closest way of taking that million dollar picture is at The Griffith Observatory, which is actually a stunning place on its own. Here, you will not only snatch that coveted Hollywood sign photo, but you’ll also get to witness the mesmerizing panoramic views of the entire L.A. area. Plus, one more thing you can do here is go inside the observatory itself, and take a stroll on its grounds while grabbing the most gorgeous photos with an architectural beauty and a breathtaking city as the backdrops. The upside of all this? Except parking, it’s all completely and absolutely FREE! And the drive up? A winding road with magnificent mountain views.
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2. Wisdom Tree Hiking Trail
Not for the faint-hearted but totally worth it, the Wisdom Tree Hiking Trail is a MUST if you dare do it. For local Angelinos it’s almost a rite of passage and it might as well be, since the energy and the vibrations you get once you reach the top feel as purifying as they will ever be. Not to mention the photographic content you will get. You’ll feel at the top of the world, with a massive American flag swaying right next to you, the good old Wisdom Tree stoically sitting at the center, and outstanding panoramic views even more shocking than the ones from the observatory. Trust us, your likes on IG will go sky high, literally, if you take that famous photo by the Wisdom Tree’s American Flag. It’ll be up to you to decide what is more appalling: the view from above, or looking up to the wisdom tree at the top of the mountain and realizing you just came from there.
Lake Hollywood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
3. Alfred Tea Room
If you’re looking for a blogger’s paradise and the most trendy coffeeshop all times, you should head to Alfred Tea Room, a millennial pink heaven. Although Alfred is a renown coffeeshop chain spread all around L.A., this particular location is one of the city’s top most instagrammable places, with neon signs, cute aesthetics, quotes all around, pastel tones, chalk boards, photo-worthy drinks and even cute lil’ napkins. This is one of those places that is not just photo worthy, but also offers great tasty drinks that are actually as worthy as the photographic content itself.
705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles, CA 90069
4. Santa Monica Pier
Not exactly loved by locals but a go-to attraction for tourists, the Santa Monica Pier is still one of the most instagrammable places of Los Angeles. Known for its retro amusement park, with all-American fun-fair vibes, this is the place to take some amazing photos that will light up your IG profile for sure. Although it is gorgeous at any time of the day, sunset and nighttime are the most photogenic due to the colorful and crazy neon carnival lights that come alive after dark. Talk about those 80’s vibes and some unique Instagram content! Make sure you come while the sun is still out so you can catch the evolution of the pier: the contrast of the ocean and the gigantic amusement structures, the #nofilter sunset and the magical twinkly lights when night falls. Your IG followers will certainly love the vibrant colors, its nostalgia and the gorgeous ocean & beach views.
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
5. Paul Smith’s Pink Wall (a.k.a. The Pink Wall)
Once upon a time you used to be able to take a photo at Paul Smith’s Pink Wall by yourself, with no line and no rush. Since Instagram blogging and “influencers” became a thing, the wall is now known as “The Pink Wall”, and you most probably will encounter more than 20 people trying to get a cute pic. Oh, and professional cameras are a no-go, a security-guard enforced code. However, don’t feel discouraged, this is definitely one of L.A.’s most famous and instagrammable places of all times, plus it’s cute and makes for a very aesthetically pleasing post, so it’s 100% worth it. Maybe if you make your way early in the morning you could surprise yourself with a lonely pink wall and a once-in-a-lifetime shot. What’s so special about this? Just how massive, perfectly pink and spotless the wall is.
8221 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
6. Malibu Farm Café
Make your farm style décor dreams come true, by paying a visit to Malibu Farm Café at the beginning and the end of the Malibu Pier. This place is home décor goals, with a white and brown aesthetic and a Pinterest-inspired outdoor area that screams “beach wedding” at the top of the lungs. The truth is that this place actually doesn’t need any marketing, because most of us end up finding out about it by scrolling down our Instagram feed and giving those photos a huge like. What follows? Immediately clicking on that geo-tag to check where this aesthetic Pinterest heaven is, and rushing there ASAP. The white-crisp tones, the modern country vibes, the photogenic food and drinks, the ocean views, and the sound of the waves are what make Malibu Farm Café a successful Instagrammable place.
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
7. CATCH L.A.
This is the number one most famous restaurant in the entire L.A. area. Usually cladded with celebrity appearances and delicious food, this place is also known for its beautiful rooftop views, twinkly floral lights, pretty drinks, and the Instagram viral desert known as the “HIT ME”, from which you’ve probably already seen a ton a videos on your feed. This place is Instagram heaven, with more things to photograph and record than you’ll ever have time for. It’s certainly pricey but it’s worth a visit, so if you’d like to catch a photo inside one of the most instagrammable places of L.A. without breaking the budget, just grab a few drinks or the famous desert and you’ll be good to go. Set that IG feed on fire!
8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8. Fryman Canyon Hike
Experienced locals go to Fryman Canyon for a good breezy hike, but unexperienced beginners are drawn to this place for the breathtaking views along the whole entire trail. L.A. is famous for its gorgeous hikes, but this one is definitely Instagram worthy since the entire 3-mile loop has views that are out of this world. No matter if you’re a local or not, the views from here will always be uniquely stunning. On clear crisp days you can catch the entire valley, from Burbank to Sherman Oaks and even a bit of Woodland Hills. A panoramic photo of this view always finds its way into everyone’s feed, and it’s definitely a must-do post that will spark the most amazing comments and questions.
9. Carrera Café and Carrera Café Wall
Carrera Café is a location that represents a perfect combination of Instagram worthy content and actually good coffee. Yes, you have probably seen your favorite influencer post a picture of a beautiful latte at Carrera Café, or of the stunning aesthetics and crisp architecture of the place itself. Maybe it’s the retro black and white floor tiles, the metal tables and chairs, the high ceilings, the perfect lighting or the cute lattes on which you can actually print a photo of your face and drink it with no problem. Whatever it is, this place is charming and trendy enough to make it one of the top instagrammable places of the L.A. area. Oh, and don’t forget to take a photo of the outdoor wall which offers seasonal graffiti that change every other week, making it a hotspot for coveted pictures.
8251 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
10. “Urban Light” at LACMA
If you were on Instagram after the “La La Land” craze, you know that these cute lamp posts were all around the internet, making this place the IT photo spot for all locals and tourists alike. This totally instagrammable place is still going strong and is still on top, with thousands of daily visitors and even more posts online. Wonder what the magic is about? Just head over there yourself and get mesmerized by the majesty and power of these simple yet beautiful lamp posts that are actually a sculpture created by Chris Burden, who most probably never expected his art to become one of the most photographed sites of Los Angeles and the Instagram world as well.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036