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 50 most Instagrammable places in LA to check out on your next California adventure because you too can be an IG star!
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1. 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. In December 2017, 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 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 may proceed to browse around the rest of the museum and you will 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.
2. Urban Light @ LACMA
Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
The LACMA is a 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 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.
3. Museum of Illusions
Address: 6751 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
If you’re an optical illusion art fanatic, you will love the Museum of Illusions in Hollywood.
The Museum of Illusions offers a fun, interactive experience for adults and kids alike. A visitor to the Museum of Illusions is not a passive observer, but a full-fledged participant of the 3D paintings created by the best artists. Bring out the kid in ya with 20% off admission using promo code “Journey”. Get your tickets now at Museum of Illusions!
4. J. Paul Getty Museum (aka The Getty)
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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 think The Getty was just one, single museum. As it turns out, there is The Getty Center and then there is The Getty Villa. (The two are located about a 25-minute drive away.) You’d think they’d be close together, but no. Well, luckily no matter which you visit, both are stunning Los Angeles photoshoot locations.
5. Museum of Neon Art
Being the only museum in the world dedicated exlusively to electric media, MONA is where you go if you want a little Brandon Woelfel-esque vibes added to your shots.
6. 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 photography 📸
7. Pink Wall
Address: 8221 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
On the list of Instagrammable places in LA, you definitely can’t forget about Paul Smith. It is, without a doubt, an IG favorite amongst many. However, do keep in mind that no professional cameras are allowed. They in fact 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 really pretty blue door right around the corner. I forget the exact house number but it’s within the block and very easy to spot.
8. “Made in LA” @ Cisco Home
Address: 8025 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
“Made in LA” is yet another iconic mural. There are actually a bunch of really photogenic 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 as I usually park along the main one anyways) 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 entire afternoon!
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!
10. 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.
11. Colette Miller’s Angel Wings
When you can’t fake a smile anymore ’cause you waited 10 minutes in line to take a photo 😒 #doitforthegram
Address: Visit Colette Miller’s site for a map of all the painted wings in Los Angeles.
With the first set of wings appearing in DTLA’s Arts Districts, artist Colette Miller began her “Global Angel Wings Project” in 2012 as a reminder that “we are the angels of the Earth”. You can find her wings sprinkled throughout the city and she has since painted across the globe in Australia, Mexico, and even Kenya.
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.
12. The Container Yard
Address: 800 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
TCY is essentially a warehouse that acts as a creative space for artists to express their thoughts and feelings in the medium of murals. It was unfortunately closed for construction when I visited, but I did get a glimpse of a couple murals that were on the outside. Needless to say this is most certainly on my things to see in LA list for my next trip.
13. Clayton Street & E 5th Street (Arts District)
This is still sorta around TCY area, but here is what’s generally called the “Arts District”. There are quite a few murals around and there’s 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 this is for sure a hip little neighborhood to explore on foot. During day time of course. DTLA doesn’t exactly have the best rep for safety.
14. 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
Made famous by its skylit atrium, this five-story office building is a hit for urban photography.
15. 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 six times now. It is 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 . Hit up their website for more info.
16. 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.)
Regardless of whether or not you are watching a performance here, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is definitely one of the most unique photo spots in Los Angeles and worthy of a visit!
17. Eastern Columbia Lofts
Address: 849 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Designed by Claud Beelman, the Eastern Columbia Lofts is slowly on the rise to becoming one of the most Instagrammed spots in LA.
18. The Beverly Hills Hotel
Address: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
I remember first seeing the Beverly Hills Hotel 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 adorbs.
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19. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
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Address: 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
Ace Hotel has a collection of fun and quirky hotels all over the world. The one in LA is particularly well-received amongst bloggers/photographers for its “Jesus Saves” sign.
Book your stay at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles here.
20. Sunset Pacific Motel
Address: 4301 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
Located at the intersection between Sunset Boulevard and Bates Avenue, Sunset Pacific Motel has also earned the name “Bates Motel”. And well, more so because it resembled the creepy Bates Motel in the classic movie Psycho from 1960. That was until it received a makeover and was painted a fresh coat of white by French artist Vincent Lamouroux,
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21. Santa Monica Pier
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier A, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Santa Monica Pier is probably already on your list of things to see in Los Angeles. 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.
22. 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 lolzzz.
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 good spot. You could always do the actual hike up to the back of the sign as well. Better yet, take a helicopter tour!
23. Rodeo Drive @ Beverly Hills
Address: 421 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA – note that this is the address of a nearby parkade. Thought this would be more helpful since Rodeo Drive/Bevery Hills is a somewhat big neighborhood.
Ahh Beverly Hills. Nothing screams luxury like Rodeo Drive. Self-love is important so don’t hesitate to treat yourself to some retail therapy here. Even if you can’t afford these designer goods, it’s a beautiful spot for an afternoon walk and one of the many great places for photography in Los Angeles.
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!
24. Venice Canals
Address: Venice, CA 90292, USA – this is the exact address provided by Google. You can key in Venice Canal Historic District into your GPS or Uber and it should pop up.
Funny story… I’d wanted to visit for the longest time but only got to finally cross it off my list on my 6th trip to LA. My Uber driver actually didn’t even know where it was hence he let me off a block or two away and I kinda just stumbled upon it. Silly me thought it was only one canal even though the name obviously implies multiple. That said, don’t settle on the first canal you see and spend hours taking photos there. Venture into the other areas! Keep in mind that this is a neighborhood area, however, so please be respectful to the residents there.
25. 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!?
26. Beverly Hills Sign
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Beautiful clear day in Beverly Hills. The sweet smell of money is in the air 🙃💸 I’ve never seen so many architectural masterpieces of homes before than I did on that day in Beverly Hills. From Tuscany style to almost temple-like houses, you can literally find everything there. What kind of architecture does your home have? 🏡
Address: 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
The name is itself quite self-explanatory. I personally never felt the need to want to take a photo here, but my dear IG friend Alina from @world.of.lina captured a real cute one here!
27. The Grove
Address: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Shops in LA are serious when it comes to holiday decorations. Get your Christmas shopping done here and while you’re at it, spice up your Instagram with a photo or two with Santa!
Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Technically not in LA, but most folks do tend to correlate Disneyland with Los Angeles. Plus it’s the happiest place on earth! We could all spread a little joy and positivity here and there.
29. Ivory on Sunset
Address: 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Ivory on Sunset is a rooftop restaurant at Mondrian Hotel featuring Italian-inspired cuisine. Before knowing anything about this restaurant, I actually fell in love with Mondrian first. Although I’m not crazy about the style of its rooms per se, the rooftop pool (and pool views) are darling. While the pool is limited to hotel guests only, you can dine at the Ivory and get some bomb shots with LA’s gorgeous skyline.
We didn’t get the best seat and came at the worst possible time of day to shoot, which is why Tina’s photo probably does a much better justification.
30. Commissary at The LINE LA
Address: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, United States
I found out about this place from a local friend of mine who suggested that we have brunch here. Not only is the food delectable, In fact, I liked the hotel so much that I booked a stay with them during a subsequent trip. The raw concrete in each room has a kinda industrial look, which is offset with warm tones in the furniture and décor. The entire hotel itself is absolutely photogenic!
Address: 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
I’ve come to know about this restaurant as early as 2015, but still have never 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 a restaurant’s ambiance and I can see why Republique is so well-liked!
32. 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 is #aestheticgoals.
33. Catch LA
Address: 8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
If you haven’t noticed by now, 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” post.
34. Nobu Malibu
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Address: 22706 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
As its name implies, Nobu isn’t exactly in LA. Regardless, it is a renowned Japanese restaurant often frequented by LA locals as it’s not too far a drive away and the food is divine. Not to mention, its views are killer!
Address: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
Aside from serving mouthwatering sushi rolls, this Asian fusion restaurant is an attraction sight in itself as it is a replica of a palace from Yamashiro, Japan.
Like Republique, I’d known about Yamashiro for years now yet haven’t had the chance to visit. I’ve never read a bad review for them hence why I always recommend it to friends visiting LA. (And they all love it!) May just have to take up my own advice someday and actually support my recommendation with real experiences from there hahaa.
36. Alfred Tea Room
Address: 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
I’m a tea over coffee type gal, but I mean punny slogans and all pink everything? They’re essentially the embodiment of Instagram! This definitely deserves to be called one of most Instagrammable places in LA.
37. Pearl’s Rooftop
Address: 8909 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Round up your girlfriends for happy hour and slay the gram at Pearl’s!
38. Mama Shelter
Adress: 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
Nothing beats a panoramic view. Am I right? And can we please talk about how vibrant and colorful it is!??!?!?! Love love love!
39. Malibu Farm
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Like Nobu, this one is located in Malibu too. Let me warn you… Their menu gives you choice paralysis. Everything sounds to die for and you’ll want to come back for more. (Do try the steak salad. It was such a delight and thinking about it now is making me drool!)
Bonus: Hit up Ranch at the Pier in the area. They sell all kinds of skateboarding + surfing goodies.
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40. Griffith Observatory
Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Another one of my faves. 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 California trip already, it may seem like I’m basically quoting TripAdvisor on best things to do in Los Angeles. Keep on reading to uncover more hidden places to take pictures in LA.
41. 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… Oh and pay no heed to my wardrobe malfunction here. Your girl here was confused by the weather!
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!
42. Hollywood Bowl Overlook
Address: 7036 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
Hollywood Bowl Overlook – short for Jerome C. Daniel Overlook and located 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.
43. Venice Beach/Venice Beach Boardwalk
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Apart from the obvious stunning beach, Venice Beach also has some amazing murals. And well, beach days are always a good idea period.
44. Tongva Park
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Address: 1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Not too far away from Venice Beach is Tongva Park. What’s cool about this park is it has these half dome-shaped overlooks and sunsets here will take your breath away.
45. Angels Gate Park
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Address: 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA
The real selling point of Angels Gate Park is the Korean Bell of Friendship. I remember discovering it from Jenn Im’s vlog way back in the days and it’s a nice little photoshoot spot for you and your BFF.
46. Greystone Mansion
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Address: 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Also known as the Doheny Mansion, Greystone Mansion is a popular film location for movies like Spider-Man, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, X-Men, Batman & Robin, Spider-Man 3, The Holiday, Rush Hour, and Ghosbusters II just to name a few. It’s now technically considered a park and is available for special event bookings like weddings or photoshoots.
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48. 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. It’s definitely more than just a cute Los Angeles photo spot!
49. 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.
50. The Piece Collective
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Um passeio que vale a pena e que indico de olhos fechados é dar uma volta no quarteirão mais descolado de Venice: A Abbot Kinney Blvd. Conheci pelo @lalikealocal e desde então se tornou meu lugar favorito do planeta. Objetivo de vida: Quero ser essa moça sentada na frente de uma loja maravilhosa (que poderia facilmente ser minha casa) tomando um sol, plenissima, despreocupada com o boleto da Eletropaulo. Vai rolar, galera!
Address: 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Abbot Kinney is home to all sorts of unique little shops.The Piece Collective specializes in home décor and boho apparel/jewelry. Treat yourself to a shopping spree while you’re here.
LA is constantly changing with new exhibits opening every other week. Despite most of these being temporary exhibitions only, some do return. Figured I’d include this as an additional bonus section because they’re so darn cute they deserve a spot on the most Instagrammable places in LA list. And who knows, maybe they’ll be around during your trip! 😉
51. Museum of Ice Cream
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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? Heck yah!
While the very original museum started in New York, it has since opened three additional locations in LA, San Francisco, and Miami. Again, this is a pop-up exhibit. Don’t forget to sign up for newsletters on their website so you’re the first to know when they announce new dates/locations.
52. Happy Place
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.
53. 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.
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And there you have it, 50 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 six 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!