The most Instagrammable places in San Francisco

Ready to rake in the likes? These landmarks, coffee shops, restaurants and hikes are the most Instagrammable places in San Francisco.
The Presidio
Photograph: Julian Bialowas The Presidio
By Matt Charnock |
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San Francisco might just be the world's most Instagrammable city—and not just because the photo-sharing app was invented here. So before you sip that perfect coffee, gobble that gorgeous doughnut or wrap up that stunning hike, you might want to snap a photo first—you know, for the 'Gram. If you're looking to beautify your feed in 2018, take some advice from these social media "professionals." We asked five of our favorite local photographers to share the 25 most Instagrammable places in San Francisco. These picturesque spots are the shots absolutely every San Franciscan needs to capture in order to rake in the likes. Get snapping! 

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Most Instagrammable places in San Francisco

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The Ferry Building at sunrise
Photograph: Julian Bialowas

The Ferry Building at sunrise

“Tourists and locals, take note: This sunrise is not to be missed.” —Julian Bialowas, @julianbialowas

 

Market St at the Embarcadero (ferrybuildingmarketplace.com)

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The Presidio
Photograph: Julian Bialowas

The Presidio

“When I first moved to San Francisco, I lived and worked in the Presidio, so it’s a special place to me. It’s always fun to return and wander around.” —Julian Bialowas

 

210 Lincoln Blvd (415-561-5300, presidio.gov)

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The Conservatory of Flowers
Photograph: Julian Bialowas

The Conservatory of Flowers

“There are so many amazing small scenes in the conservatory. I can spend a lot of time in every nook and corner of the greenhouse.”—Julian Bialowas

100 John F. Kennedy Dr (415-831-2090, conservatoryofflowers.org)

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Greenwich Street Stairs
Photograph: Julian Bialowas

Greenwich Street Stairs

“It’s like ascending into a pristine forest, smack-dab in the busiest part of the city.”—Julian Bialowas

 

Greenwich St at Sansome St

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Doughnuts from Mister Bomboloni
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

Mister Bomboloni

“The Ferry Building is always a bustling hubbub of people and food. Stop by Mister Bomboloni for its signature doughnuts, then watch the boats sail by.” —Sarah Chorey, @eatthissf

 

Market St at the Embarcadero (415-819-0522, lebontaitaliane.com)

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Cocktails at Anina
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

Anina

“ANINA is one of the best cocktail bars, with amazing food as well. And just look at that festive backdrop!”—Sarah Chorey

 

482 Hayes St (aninasf.com)

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Flatbread at Duna
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

Duna

“Its smoked potato flatbread with accompanying sides, like the pumpkin-seed dip and paprika cheese dip, are dangerously addictive, and don’t even get me started on their spaetzle egg noodles with fresh farmers’ cheese.”—Sarah Chorey

 

983 Valencia St (415-484-1206, duna.kitchen)

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Chilaquiles at Horsefeather
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

Horsefeather

“The chilaquiles are killer, plus there’s an amazing enclosed glass patio that makes for a relaxed, natural vibe.”—Sarah Chorey

 

528 Divisadero St (415-817-1939, horsefeatherbar.com)

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Brunch at Le Marais
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

Le Marais Bakery

“The Castro location is my favorite little French café and a great spot to sneak away for some decadent carbs. It has amazing pastries, delicious French breakfast spreads, rosé, healthy salads—the list goes on!” —Sarah Chorey

498 Sanchez St (lemaraisbakery.com)

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Golden Gate Overlook
Photograph: Victor Xie

Golden Gate Overlook, north

“The overlook is one of my favorite areas to shoot because of the amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge.”—Victor Xie, @victorxie

 

Lincoln Blvd at Ralston Ave (presidio.gov/places/golden-gate-overlook)

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View of the Pacific Ocean
Photograph: Victor Xie

Golden Gate Overlook, west

“You can get a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean from the west overlook.”—Victor Xie

 

Lincoln Blvd at Ralston Ave

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Yellow ball pit at The Color Factory
Photograph: Victor Xie

The Color Factory

“The colorful pop-up was a fun date night with my girlfriend. It’s literally set up to be a hub for cute pictures to post to Instagram.”—Victor Xie

 

575 Sutter St (colorfactory.co)

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Bush Street in the FiDi
Photograph: Victor Xie

The Financial District

“Downtown SF has so many tall buildings to frame great shots of people as they go about their business or head to work.”—Victor Xie

Montgomery St at Bush St

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Sutro Baths
Photograph: Victor Xie

Sutro Baths

“The baths are also one of my top spots in SF because of the view and the fascinating remains of the historic swimming pool complex.” —Victor Xie

 

1004 Point Lobos Ave (415-426-5240, nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit)

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Coffee cup at Pinhole Coffee
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

Pinhole Coffee

“The Bernal Heights neighborhood has such a good vibe, and I love stopping into Pinhole for a quick sip and a photo of the colorful wall!”—Courtney Stenberg, @csten

 

231 Cortland Ave (415-364-8257, pinholecoffee.com)

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Candy at Miette
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

Miette

“This is one of my favorite places to pick up a sweet treat before, during and after a shopping trip around Hayes Valley. I can’t resist taking a few photos once inside!”—Courtney Stenberg

 

449 Octavia St (415-626-6221, miette.com)

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Flora Grubb Gardens
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

Flora Grubb Gardens

“I love wandering through the paths and getting inspiration for a garden someday.”—Courtney Stenberg

 

1634 Jerrold Ave (415-626-7256, floragrubb.com)

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View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Lands End
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

Lands End

“Every San Franciscan loves Lands End, and it’s my favorite for views of the Golden Gate Bridge.” —Courtney Stenberg

 

680 Point Lobos Ave (nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/landsend)

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Hayes St and Octavia St in Hayes Valley
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

Hayes Valley

"My go-to shopping destination that always has something photo-worthy happening." —Courtney Stenberg

 

Hayes St at Octavia St

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Fog on Mt Tam
Photograph: Aaron Yabes

Mount Tamalpais

“Even Karl the Fog looks nice on Mt. Tam.” —Aaron Yabes

 

3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley (parks.ca.gov)

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The beach at Point Reyes
Photograph: Aaron Yabes

Point Reyes National Seashore

“The South Beach Overlook is my favorite view. It shows this seemingly endless coastline, which is so rad to see every time.”—Aaron Yabes

 

Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Rd, Point Reyes Station (nps.gov/pore/index.htm)

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A car drives through the Marin Headlands
Photograph: Aaron Yabes

Marin Headlands

The headlands are a serene place to snag an upload and unwind a bit. —Aaron Yabes, @aaronyabes

 

948 Fort Barry, Sausalito (nps.gov/goga/marin-headlands.htm)

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