“In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.” – Denzel Washington.
There is no doubt that LA is one of the biggest arts hubs in the world. From dreamy movie set locations to museums and vibrant murals, the city is covered in magic in each every corner. Whether you’re looking to step up your IG game or you’re a camera junkie who loves to take pictures, here are 35 most Instagrammable places in LA to check out on your next California adventure because you too can be an IG star!
1. Pink Wall @ Paul Smith
Address: 8221 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
Kicking off the list with the most iconic one of them all, the pink wall at Paul Smith is, without question, an IG favorite amongst many. Keep in mind that no professional cameras are allowed. They actually have a security guard there all day and will make you leave if you attempt to whip out your fancy camera.
Shoutout to Lily for being my model of the day.
Bonus: There’s a super cute blue door right around the corner. I forget the exact house number but it’s within the block and very easy to spot.
2. Santa Monica Pier
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier A, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
This was the first thing I saw on my very first LA trip in 2015 and has become a personal favorite over the years. I highly recommend going for a spin on the ferris wheel at Pacific Park to get that nice aerial view of LA’s gorgeous coastline.
3. The Broad
Address: 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Famous for its Yayoi Kusama exhibits, The Broad (pronounced like bro with a “d” at the end, not brawd) museum is every Instagrammer’s dream. The original Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away has been on display since 2015. Last December, they added an additional exhibition titled Longing for Eternity. Both are permanent exhibits and the original Infinity Room remains my most regrammed shot to date.
What no one ever tells you though is that the queues are crazy long. As soon as you enter the museum, you will want to check-in at one of the kiosks and put your name down for the waitlist. Then you can proceed to browse around the rest of the museum and you’ll receive a text for when it’s almost your turn in line. Be sure to get your phones and cameras ready with the right settings because you only get 45 seconds in the actual room.
4. OUE Skyspace LA
When was the last time you saw a photo of gloomy LA? Probably never? That just goes to show how bad my luck with weather is…
Address: 633 W 5th St #840, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA
Being California’s tallest open air observation deck, OUE claims that their observatory is “the only way to view LA”. True or not, find out for yourself!
5. Rodeo Drive @ Beverly Hills
Address: 421 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Ahh Beverly Hills. Nothing screams luxury like Rodeo Drive. Treat yourself to some retail therapy here and even if you can’t afford these designer goods, it’s a beautiful spot for a photo walk.
Note that the address given above is of a nearby parkade. Thought this would be more helpful since Rodeo Drive/Bevery Hills is a somewhat big neighborhood.
Bonus: Drive around the area and you will find tons of streets that are lined in palm trees on both sides. Definitely a photo op not to be missed!
6. Urban Lights @ LACMA
Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Yet another classic photo spot in LA not to be missed. I’ve been on two different occasions – first time at sunset and second during broad daylight. Sunset was more crowded although with this being such a popular tourist attraction, it’s basically mission impossible to take photos without anyone in the background. You either gotta have the patience to wait around for that perfect moment or I’d advise you to visit super early in the morning. The installation is outdoors so it’s accessible regardless of whether or not the museum is open.
7. Griffith Observatory
Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Another one of my fave. Parking here can be a bitch. I suggest you either take an Uber up or park near the bottom and hike up by foot. And I know I know, if you’ve been doing some homework for your LA trip already, it may seem like I’m simply quoting TripAdvisor. Keep on reading to uncover more hidden places to take pictures in LA.
8. Hollywood Sign
Seen from Griffith Observatory.
Don’t remember where this was. Literally came out from Griffith and asked my Uber driver to take me closer to the sign lol!
Can’t say you’ve been to LA until you’ve seen the Hollywood Sign. Griffith Observatory has a nice view of it although it’s a bit distant hence the sign’s smaller. Otherwise, 3000 Canyon Lake Drive is also a good spot. You could always do the actual hike up to the back of the sign as well. (More info can be found here.) Better yet, take a helicopter tour!
9. Stahl House
Address: 1635 Woods Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
This has been on my list for the longest time and I’ve still never gotten around to checking it off despite having been to LA four times now. It’s a historic-cultural landmark that is known for its modern architectural design. More importantly, it has phenomenal views of the LA horizon. Perhaps one of the best even! Visits can only be done by tours (if I remember correctly). Visit their website for more info.
10. The Getty Museum
Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA (for The Getty Center) or 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA (The Getty Villa)
I used to always think The Getty Museum was just one, single museum. As it turns out, there is The Getty Center and then there is The Getty Villa. Funny enough, the two are located about a 25-minute drive away. You’d think they’d be close together, but no.
11. The Last Bookstore
Address: 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Being California’s largest used (and new) bookstore, you can expect to find some pretty amazing stuff here for dirt cheap. I came with my dad and we wanted to take their entire art section home. Definitely more than just a cute Los Angeles photo spot.
12. “Made in LA” @ Cisco Home
Address: 8025 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
Switching gears back to wall art, this is another LA icon. There are actually a bunch of really cute murals all along Melrose Avenue. My tip to you is to park somewhere along Melrose (or off to the side streets, not sure if that would be cheaper) and take a relaxing stroll around. Besides murals, there are a ton of adorable cafés and clothing shops here as well. Great spot to spend an afternoon!
13. Alfred Tea Room
Address: 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
I’m a tea over coffee type of gal so Alfred Tea has been on my radar for quite some time now. I mean punny slogans and all pink everything? They’re essentially the embodiment of Instagram!
14. Micheltorena Stairs
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Address: 3400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
Bright and happy vibes. What’s not to love! Throw in some puppies and you got the secret formula to Instagram success.
15. Sam Smith Flower Wall by Flower Gypsies
Address: 8201 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
This came out in promotion for Sam Smith’s new “Too Good at Goodbyes” track. My friend and I saw this in September so it’s probably not there anymore. That’s the thing with LA… These murals and pop-up displays are constantly changing. You might read about this or that today, but the next day you go to see it, it’s already gone. Flower Gypsies do partner with a lot of brands for events though. Maybe you’ll run into another one of their stunning creations next time you’re visiting LA. Take a look at the rest of their work here.
16. The Container Yard
Address: 800 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
While we’re on the subject of displays and murals, if you’re a fan of street art like me, The Container Yard in DTLA is your jam.
It was unfortunately closed for construction during my visit in February, but I did get a glimpse of a couple murals that were on the outside. Needless to say this is for sure on my list for my next revisit.
17. Clayton Street & E 5th Street (Arts District)
This is still sorta around The Container Yard area, but here is what’s generally called the “Arts District”. There are quite a few murals around here and there’s also a pre cool pop-up style shop right at the end of Clayton before E 5th. I couldn’t find the exact name or address on Google/Google Maps, but like Melrose, this is a fun little neighborhood to explore. During daylight of course. DTLA doesn’t exactly have the best rep for safety.
18. Venice Beach
Continuing with the mural theme, Venice Beach has some amazing artwork too. And well, beach days are always a good idea period.
19. Venice Canal Historic District
While you’re in the Venice Beach neighborhood, you might as well head on over to the Venice canals. I’ve honestly been dying to see this Venice replica but I’ve somehow never made it there for some strange reason. Let me know in the comments section below if you visit after reading this so I can live vicariously through you!
20. Catch LA
Address: 8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Shifting gears to food, LA hands down has one of the world’s most Instagrammable restaurant scenes. For detailed information on dining at Catch LA, read up on my previous “9 Best Places to Eat in LA [Part 2]” post.
21. The Beverly Hills Hotel
Address: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
I remember first seeing this from @ohhcouture’s IG feed and all of a sudden this became the “it” spot for most Instagrammable places in LA. I personally never understood the hype and haven’t stepped foot in the hotel myself, but I’ll admit that it’s cute.
22. Eastern Columbia Building
Address: 849 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Designed by Claud Beelman, the Eastern Columbia Building is slowly on the rise to becoming one of the most Instagrammed spots in LA.
23. Walt Disney Concert Hall
Address: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
In the mood for an orchestra performance? This LA Phil concert hall will blow you away. (Get it? Wind orchestra instruments… Blow… Okay sorry that was too forced.)
24. Hollywood Walk of Fame
Address: N Highland Ave & Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
This is a dead given. Who doesn’t want to see their favorite celebrity’s star and take a picture with it!?
25. Petersen Automotive Museum
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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Prime LA photo spot if you’re into urban landscape photography.
26. Hollywood Bowl Overlook
Address: 7036 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
Hollywood Bowl Overlook – short for Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl. I attempted to visit during my February road trip, but there was too much to see, too little time. Remember to bring your tripod for some epic light trail shots.
Address: 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
I’ve come to know about this restaurant as early as 2015, but again, still haven’t been. (The list of things to do in LA simply never ends!) The food is supposedly heavenly and their décor is on point. Half of dining is about the restaurant’s ambiance. I can see why Republique is so well-liked!
28. The Rosy Oyster @ Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Address: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
In my “A Local’s Guide to Hollywood’s Best Nightlife” post, I mentioned how friggin’ adorable The Rosy Oyster is. They recently opened summer of 2017 and even the hotel itself is #aestheticgoals.
29. Mama Shelter
Adress: 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
Yet another bar (that I haven’t been), but this one has a rooftop view. Nothing and I mean nothinggggg beats a panoramic view. And can we please talk about how vibrant and colorful it is !??!?!?! Love love love!
30. Bradbury Building
Roaming downtown LA, I was unsure what to expect when opening the dated wooden doors to the Bradbury. An old dusty antique perhaps? 😄 Leaving the noises of traffic behind me, it was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by the stillness and warm natural light courtesy of the skylight roof. The inviting light and shadows playing with the wood and intricate iron detail makes it near impossible not to stare up and spin around trying to capture it all in panoramic. This space definitely piqued my curiosity and is a sight I won’t soon forget! 🙌🏼
Address: 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Known for its skylit atrium, this five-story office building is a hit for urban photography.
31. The Grove
Address: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
I highly recommend getting your Christmas shopping done here because boy do they dress up these retail spaces for the holidays!
32. Mastro’s Ocean Club
Address: 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Okay okay, one last restaurant, I promise. Even though Mastro’s is really located in Malibu, not in LA, the drive honestly isn’t even that bad and wait until you see the stellar sights here! Ocean view dining? Yes please! More info can be found in my “9 Must-Try Restaurants in Los Angeles” guide.
Address: Get directions 298 Rose St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
This piece by Oakland-based artist Allison Torneros, aka Hueman, is probably one of my favorite murals in LA. I just love how murals can transform a simple, blank space into the canvas of a creative mind.
34. The Watching Eyes @ EightyTwo
Address: 707 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
This is a collaboration piece between local LA artist Vyal and graffitist RISK. I couldn’t find the exact name for this mural, but I’ve decided to call it the “Watching Eyes”. The eyes are Vyal’s signature and they are meant to be watching passersby, which I guess is a genius idea because EightyTwo is sorta an arcade/bar. Gotta keep an eye out for the popo if shit goes down hahaa.
Btw there are so many murals in the city, I could go on and on if I were to list them all. I know I haven’t even included the classic California Dreamin’ or the heart walls, but Racked Los Angeles has a pretty extensive guide. Mural Map LA has some great insight as well that I highly urge you to check out.
Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Technically not in LA, but it’s the happiest place on earth! We could all spread a little joy and positivity here and there.
BONUS: Pop-Up Exhibits
These seem to be the new trend and despite the fact that the two I’m about to list have already ended, they’re so darn cute they deserve a spot on the most Instagrammable places in LA list.
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Summer of 2016, the Museum of Ice Cream took over Instagram in a frenzy and tickets sold out instantaneously. I mean swimming in sprinkles and playing hide and seek behind giant gummy bears? Yes, please! If you haven’t heard of this, you’ve been living under a rock.
While the very original museum started in New York, it has since opened three additional locations in LA, San Francisco, and Miami. However, like I said, these are pop-up exhibitions. Meaning they are on exhibit for a limited time only with Miami being sole exhibit that is currently still running. Who knows though… Maybe they’ll reopen another in LA since it was so well-received! Don’t forget to sign up for newsletters on their website so you’re the first to know when they announce new locations.
Shoutout to my girl Janelle from @destinationdame for being such an amazing photographer. Oh and we totally didn’t plan to match either. We just did hahaa.
To find out whether or not a pop-up exhibition will be on during your stay in LA, I suggest following @discoverla and @losangelesbucketlist on the gram. That’s how I found out about Happy Place and oh trust me, you’ll know when one of these is running because that will literally be all that people post about.
UPDATE: Happy Place has announced on IG that they will be back April 26th to May 27th. Be sure to head on over to their site to reserve your tickets in advance!
And there you have it, 35 most Instagrammable places in LA!
Phew, that was a long list! If you’ve made it this far, congrats and I hope this will help with your trip planning. Even though I’ve been to LA about four times now, I’ve still yet to check off a lot of things on this list. (What can I say, LA is huge!) That being said, please note that not all photos are mine. Credits go to their rightful owners that are listed with their Instagram handles. Tune in again next week as I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Pacific Coast Highway stops that you absolutely cannot miss on your road trip from LA to SF. See ya!