No true traveler can resist the urge to share their adventures on the ‘gram. Can you blame them? Anytime you spot a gorgeously painted wall mural or an artful display of food, you’ve just got to snap a pic! And there’s no better place to catch kickback vibes for Instagram than NYC. The city is full of spots to snap the perfect IG shots. Make sure you’ve got a full battery and plenty of poses in your arsenal when you visit these places, because we have a feeling you will be putting your smartphone to WORK!
Alright, ready to see our picks for great places to chill and take Instagram photos in NYC? It’s time to give your IG feed a facelift…
The cocktails and patio at this new bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, make it an easy choice. The whole place stretches over 7,000 square feet—indoor and outdoor—and the patio features retro Palm Springs-inspired vibes, meaning you’ll feel like you stepped back into the ‘50s. As for your IG shot? Take your pick of the patio decor, the Aperol Spritz slushies, the water fountain installation, or all the dogs people bring. You really can’t go wrong at this hot spot!
The Springs | 224 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Would you like a celebrity sighting with that milkshake? At Harlem Shake, the fare is tasty diner eats, and the vibe is celeb-heavy. The interior is as old-school as the restaurant’s name suggests, featuring the “Wall of Fame,” which is crowded with over 200 autographed celebrity headshots including P.Diddy, A$AP Rocky, Maya Angelou, and Janelle Monae. The “Wall of Fro,” on the other hand, shows off the fabulous afro hairstyles their customers. Even more, the restroom walls of this place show off hundreds of vintage JET Magazine covers. Lastly, Shannon Thorton, the original “Miss Harlem Shake” is displayed as a life size moving photo. You can even become the next Miss Harlem Shake at this place!
Harlem Shake #1 | 100 W. 124 Street at Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY 10027
Harlem Shake #2 | 2162 Second Avenue at 111th Street, New York, NY 10029
For a taste of the coastal Mediterranean and a colorful space to match, Cafe Medi is a must for those who like their surroundings to be as delightful as their meal. It seems there are photo opportunities at every corner here, so if you like finding fun backgrounds to strike a pose in front of, peek at the 20-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling tile mural by LRV, Lazaro Rosa-Violan Studio from Barcelona, Spain. The design was created by a Spanish artist who was inspired by a Peruvian Myth. This mural featuring Mediterranean-hued Peruvian Gods is Cafe Medi’s calling card, and luckily, you can’t miss it.
Cafe Medi | 107 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
With Chef Jesse Olsen making Mediterranean-influenced magic in the kitchen, NoMo Kitchen serves vibes all over—including the interior. It’s nostalgic, familiar, yet modern and hip. For one of the most unique brunches in NYC, try snagging a spot at Nomo Soho. You’ll love sitting amongst the art in this airy, glam and industrial space gushing with greenery. Trust me on this one… Post a pic of Nomo on IG, and expect your followers to get serious FOMO!
NoMo SoHo | 9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
Mac-n-cheese enthusiasts, this one’s for you. If you can’t resist ‘gramming a gooey spoonful of the classic dish, you’ve got to order the famous mac-n-cheese from Eso Harlem. The cuisine here is different—Spanish-style with “sultry soul food flavor”—but the menu is certainly approachable. Even better, it’s delicious. The atmosphere is perfect for kicking back and enjoying good company—it’s warm with exposed brick (an NYC must) and asks you to stay a while with brown leather tufted booths that look more like couches. End your NYC cafe crawl here to set yourself up for the best nap ever!
ESO | 2906 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10039