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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.

Written 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, 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

The Ferry Building at sunrise
Photograph: Julian Bialowas

2. 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

3. 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

5. 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)

Greenwich Street Stairs
Photograph: Julian Bialowas

6. 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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Mister Bomboloni
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

7. 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)

Anina
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

8. 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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Duna
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

9. 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)

Horsefeather
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

10. 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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Le Marais Bakery
Photograph: Sarah Chorey

11. 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)

Golden Gate Overlook, north
Photograph: Victor Xie

12. 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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Golden Gate Overlook, west
Photograph: Victor Xie

13. 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

The Color Factory
Photograph: Victor Xie

14. 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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The Financial District
Photograph: Victor Xie

15. 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

Sutro Baths
Photograph: Victor Xie

16. 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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Pinhole Coffee
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

17. 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)

Miette
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

18. 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

19. 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)

Lands End
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

20. 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 Valley
Photograph: Courtney Stenberg

21. Hayes Valley

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

Hayes St at Octavia St

Mount Tamalpais
Photograph: Aaron Yabes

22. 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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Point Reyes National Seashore
Photograph: Aaron Yabes

23. 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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Marin Headlands
Photograph: Aaron Yabes

25. 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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