Los Angeles is home to some of the greatest and most recognizable locations in the world. Often featured in internationally known blockbusters and films, L.A. has transformed into a creative hub, drawing in actors, writers, artists, and intellectuals from around the world. This has led to a culturally rich, sprawling city characterized by its diverse culinary scene, iconic landmarks, and rich history.
Today, L.A.’s most popular locations are popularized by Instagram and social media influencers, the cultural curators of the modern era. When these influencers aren’t surfacing the underground locales in the trendiest city in the world to their massive social followings, they’re reimagining tourist-filled attractions through artsy shots. We’ve compiled the 20 of the most Instagram-worthy places in Los Angeles, including restaurants, museums, street murals, and more.
Location: Downtown L.A.
Located in the historic Brockman Building, Bottega Louie is known for its artistically displayed French confections and mouthwatering Italian food. In 2016, this trendy restaurant and patisserie was the most reviewed business on Yelp. Instagrammers delight in Bottega Louie’s assorted macarons, which come in 17 unique varieties that are almost too beautiful to eat.
#alfredcoffee: 26,610 Location: Brentwood, Silverlake, Studio City, West Hollywood & Melrose Place
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With 6 locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area, Alfred Coffee is another hit amongst top Instagrammers. Its modern decor and eye-catching signs (many of which bear its tagline) “But first, coffee,” make for an aesthetically pleasing and Instagrammable environment.
Location: West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Downtown L.A., Pasadena & Laguna Beach
Urth Caffé is best known for its organic coffees and fine teas, as well as its wide variety of healthy and delicious dishes. Each Urth location has a unique architectural design, but all emulate the founder’s passion for sustainability and all-natural ingredients. Its widespread popularity and strong core values have made it a favorite amongst health & lifestyle influencers.
#grandcentralmarket: 67,574 Location: Downtown L.A.
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The Grand Central Market is the oldest farmers market in Los Angeles and is now home to multiple popular restaurants including Eggslut, Madcapra, and Ramen Hood. Located in the heart of DTLA, it brings a variety of cultures and cuisines together under one roof, making it a dream come true for food Instagrammers.
Location: Santa Monica Beach
The Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, offers many opportunities for a great photo. From carnival games to restaurants to a Ferris wheel that offers panoramic views of the Southern Californian coastline, there’s something for everyone. In the summertime, Angelenos enjoy special events like twilight concerts and movies on the pier.
#hollywoodsign: 328,482 Location: Hollywood Hills
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One of L.A.’s most iconic landmarks, the Hollywood Sign overlooks Hollywood and is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. A short hike away, the sign is one of the most famous photo destinations in the city.
Location: Hollywood Hills
Completed in 1935 and renovated in 2002, Griffith Observatory was constructed to foster public interest in astronomy. The observatory is home to a planetarium and multiple exhibits and offers striking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood sign, and DTLA. After being featured in the Academy Award-winning film La La Land last year, Griffith Observatory is more popular than ever.
#hollywoodwalkoffame: 112,603 Location: Hollywood
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The Hollywood Walk of Fame recognizes some of the most important figures in entertainment. Stars made of brass and terrazzo cover the sidewalks along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street and honor creatives for accomplishment in motion pictures, television, music, radio, and theater. Visitors can often be found snapping pictures with their favorite stars for Instagram.
Location: Miracle Mile
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the West, holding more than 150,000 works. It is home to Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” exhibit, which was first lit in 2008. The iconic lamps that make up the installation are possibly the single most popular Instagram spot in L.A.
#thebroad: 192,190 Location: Downtown L.A.
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Opened in 2015, The Broad is a contemporary art museum named after philanthropist Eli Broad, who financed its construction. A notable figure in the art world, Broad also served as the founding chairman of LACMA. The museum features a permanent collection and rotating exhibits, but is best known on Instagram for its large, colorful pieces, such as Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog (Blue).
Location: Downtown L.A./Arts District
The Museum of Ice Cream is a part ice cream parlor, part pop-art exhibit that seems almost purpose-built for Instagrammers. First launched in New York City, the Museum of Ice Cream features 10 ice cream-themed installations, such as an interactive sprinkles swimming pool, a melted popsicle forest, and a room with 10,000 bananas.
#gettyvilla: 64,595 Location: Pacific Palisades, Malibu
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The Getty Villa is the J. Paul Getty Museum’s second location dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece and Roma. This faux villa houses about 1,200 artifacts spanning 7,000 years of ancient art. The Villa itself is modeled after ancient Roman country houses and its tranquil gardens are filled with ancient Mediterranean plant species.
Location: Venice Beach
The Venice Canals of Venice Beach are an imitation of Italy’s canals, developed by urban conservationist Abbot Kinney. The canals are bordered by charming, quiet pedestrian walkways and framed by landscaped gardens and magnificent residential homes of various architectural styles.
#pointdume: 44,297 Location: Malibu
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Point Dume State Beach located off the coast of Malibu is the perfect place to watch the sunset, catch glimpse of gray whales, and have fun in the sun. Between its vast beaches, rocky coves, cliffs, headlands, and unique sand accumulations, Instagrammers are sure to capture the perfect shot of California’s natural landmarks.
Location: East Los Angeles
Once used as a drinking water reservoir, Echo Park Lake dates back to 1860 and is now used as a recreational park. Today, Angelenos can fish, rent canoes or paddleboats, or walk the track alongside the lake to enjoy the Instagram-worthy L.A. skyline and the summer lotus flower bloom.
#runyoncanyon: 234,796 Location: Hollywood
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Runyon Canyon is one of the most popular trails in L.A. and is one of an ideal place to snag an Instagram shot with canine hiking pals, spot a celebrity, and get an outstanding view of the city. The 3-mile hike is near the iconic Hollywood Hills mansions and is located at the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Cisco Home’s front wall reads “Made In LA” and it is one of the most Instagrammed destinations in L.A. Here, influencers and natives looking to express L.A. pride can pose underneath the “in” for a minimalistic yet artsy shot for Instagram. As you pass, you’re sure to see a millennial crouching to get the perfect close-up shot with the famed words.
#angelwingsproject: 1,657 Location: Beverly Hills
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The interactive angel wings project was created by artist Colette Miller to “remind humanity that we are the angels of the Earth.” The wings are littered throughout Los Angeles — the City of Angels — but the most Instagrammed pair is at the Beverly Grove. Instagrammers often situate themselves between the wings to become a part of the art.
The pink exterior of Paul Smith’s L.A. store has made the British fashion designer noteworthy for more than just formalwear. Located on the corner of Melrose and Harper, the store’s Pink Wall offers a bright backdrop for any portrait. In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the wall received a new coat of paint and featured a rainbow design in early June.
#lovewall: 36,656 Location: Culver City
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If you’re in L.A. and hunting for an Instagrammable wall, Curtis Kulig’s Love Wall should be your first stop. The artist’s Higuera Street installation is part of his larger “Love Me” campaign, which includes artwork in Berlin, Istanbul, and Paris. The project stems from two simple words and has led to partnerships with Nike and Urban Outfitters.