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7 Best Instagrammable Spots in San Francisco

Diana Bernardo
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San Francisco is the city of incredible photo opportunities. Famous for impressive landmarks, very steep hills, impeccable architecture, and breathtaking sunsets, the Golden City is a beautiful place that will make you fall in love with it instantly.

Considering that Instagram was invented here, it is appropriate to list some of the Instagrammable spots in San Francisco. So if you are up for an adventure, here are seven locations you have to check out!

City Hall

City Hall is an unusual choice for an Instagrammable place, but this building is just stunning. San Francisco earthquake destroyed the old City Hall, and the new one opened its doors in 1915. The white marble floors give the City Hall an air of elegance and splendidness.

You can explore the building and find standout locations yourself or stick to the well-known parts of the City Hall. For instance, you can often see the staircase in wedding photos, so take a few snapshots there.

Painted Ladies

If you watched Full House in the 1990s, you are probably familiar with the Painted Ladies. Located near the Alamo Square, this row of Queen Anne houses was constructed between 1892 and 1896. The posh architecture of this part of San Francisco reflects the city's wealth during the Gold Rush.

Today, Painted Ladies are an absolute must-see for every visitor. They look delightful, so take a walk through the neighborhood and snap some photos.


San Francisco's Chinatown covers 30 blocks and is considered one of the biggest Chinatowns outside Asia. With that said, it is clear you will have plenty of things to see and observe in this part of the city. From restaurants to shops and street vendors, the atmosphere here is beyond compare.

There are a couple of landmarks you shouldn't miss. One of them is the Dragon's Gate. The gate was a gift from Taiwan. The columns feature delightful details, including dragons, lions, and fish, so closeups are a great idea.

Lombard Street

The weirdly shaped and crooked Lombard Street is a huge tourist attraction in San Francisco. It is pretty easy to find because the street is just a short walk away from Russian Hill Park. Lombard Street has appeared in many Hollywood movies, such as Ant-Man and the Wasp, Inside Out, and Vertigo.

There are so many ways visitors can experience this fascinating street. You may drive your car down the hill, walk Lombard Street, or take a photo for your Instagram at the bottom of it.

Golden Gate Bridge

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is the symbol of San Francisco. So if you happen to be in this city, don't miss out on taking photos of the famous landmark. When it was opened in 1937, Golden Gate Bridge was the tallest suspension bridge in the world.

The architects selected the orange color since it makes the bridge stand out against the water and the sky. The imposing architecture makes the Golden Gate bridge suitable for all types of content. You can take a photo with the bridge in the background or while casually strolling down the pedestrian trail.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art can provide refreshing backgrounds to your Instagram photos. It is located in the SoMa district and has been a favorite among local art aficionados since 1995. What makes SFMOMA super unique is that it was the first museum in the world that displayed art pieces made solely in the 20th century.

Visitors can spend hours and hours exploring modern and contemporary photography, sculptures, design, paintings, and so much more. Plus, you don't have to pay the entry fee to get inside the building that houses the museum. A section is open to all visitors for free.

The Clift Hotel

The Clift Hotel is a part of San Francisco's rich history. Opened in 1915, it has been welcoming guests from all around the world for more than a century. The interiors are a combination of vintage and modern details that make this hotel extraordinary.

But one feature stands out – the lavender staircase. The color itself is very dreamy and photographs well. So if you are feeling adventurous, organize a small Instagram photoshoot in the hallways and staircases of the Clift Hotel.

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