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50 Instagrammable Places in LA to Go Viral on Instagram

Trust me when I say you won’t want to miss out on these Instagrammable places in LA.

I’m sharing all of my favorite locations to snap vacation pictures with friends and family. Or, if you’re a little more serious about social media, these recs will give you a better idea of where to go to create shareable content and grow on IG!

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Last updated on January 8, 2024.

Most Instagrammable Places in LA

There’s no doubt that LA is one of the biggest art 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 taking pictures, you’ll want to bookmark this for your next California adventure.

Popular Tourist Attractions

1. Hollywood Sign

Did you really go to LA if you didn’t see the Hollywood Sign?

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instagrammable places in laHollywood Sign as seen from Griffith Observatory.

Griffith Observatory has a nice view of Hollywood Sign. If you wish to be even closer, 3000 Canyon Lake Drive has a stunning vantage point. Alternatively, you can also hike directly to the back of sign. Better yet, take a helicopter tour!

2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)


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Tickets are $20 USD per person. Admission is free Monday to Friday after 3:00PM.

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Most visitors only take pictures with the outdoor Urban Light installation, but I highly recommend checking out the indoor exhibitions as well.

Tip: Visit early in the morning or late evening to avoid crowds.

3. Santa Monica Pier

This oceanfront landmark is home to the city’s beloved amusement park, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

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Its bright neon sign entrance and cute ferris wheel ride both make for amazing places to take pictures in LA.

4. Griffith Observatory

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Griffith Observatory is hands down one of my favorite Los Angeles photo spots.

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Admission to the observatory itself is free. However, parking can be an absolute nightmare, not to mention expensive. (On my most recent trip in May of 2022, I paid $10 USD just to park for an hour.)

I suggest taking an Uber and getting dropped off at the top or parking near the bottom then walking up.

5. Hollywood Walk of Fame

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The world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame showcases more than 2,500 brass stars of actors, directors, musicians, and more. Talk about the perfect picture opportunity!

6. Universal Studios Hollywood

In addition to thrilling rides and movie set tours, Universal Studios offers plenty of cool places to take pictures in LA.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in particular, has attracted fans from all over the world to come here for photoshoots with their magic wands and house robes.

Iconic Streets & Neighborhoods

7. Beverly Hills

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Celebrity homes, upscale shopping, and picturesque fountains and rose gardens… Beverly Hills is nothing short of LA Instagram spots.

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Be sure to snap a photo coming down the gorgeous steps of Rodeo Drive, or pose next to a palm tree-lined street!

8. Venice/Venice Beach

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Located within the westside region of Los Angeles County, Venice is an electric neighborhood known for its beautiful beach, historic canals, and oceanfront boardwalk.

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Venice Canals left; Venice Beach right.

There are tons of Instagram spots in LA here, so make sure to have your camera ready!

Tip: Come for the photo ops, stay for the hearty brunch dishes at Great White.


9. The Broad

The Broad (pronounced like bro with a “d” at the end, not “brawd”) is a contemporary art museum featuring close to 2,000 works by more than 200 artists such as Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, and Barbara Kruger just to name a few.


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The renowned Infinity Mirror Rooms by Yayoi Kusama is a permanent collection that has garnered the attention of both locals and tourists alike.

The original “Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” (shown above) has been on display since 2014. “Longing for Eternity” was later introduced in December of 2017 and both rank as the best photo spots in Los Angeles.

Tip: Admission is free, but make sure to reserve tickets online to avoid queuing up for the waitlist.

10. Museum of Illusions

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If love optical illusion art, you’re not gonna want to miss out on the Museum of Illusions.

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This interactive experience is one of the most Instagrammable places in Los Angeles with more than 30 3D illusions inspired by art, cartoons, current events, and movies. It’s great for creating memories with friends and family, and you can let your inner child roam free.

Tip: Use code “journey” for 20% off admission tickets!

11. J. Paul Getty Museum

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J. Paul Getty Museum, or The Getty, is an art museum with two locations: Getty Center and Getty Villa Museum.

The former is the larger of the two with emphasis on artworks from the 8th to the 21st century, whereas the latter focuses primarily on Greek and Roman antiquities.

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Getty Center left; Getty Villa right.

In terms of architecture, Getty Center was designed by Richard Meier and is a little more modern. On the contrary, Getty Villa is modeled after Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. Regardless of which you choose to visit, both are wonderful places to take pictures in Los Angeles.

Tip: Admission is free, but you are required to reserve an entry time.

12. Museum of Neon Art (MONA)

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.

13. Petersen Automotive Museum

If you’re into urban photography, this surely is one of the best places to take pictures in LA.

Best Murals in Los Angeles

14. Pink Wall at Paul Smith

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The IG-famous Paul Smith pink mural for sure deserves a spot on your Instagrammable places in LA list.

Cameras are unfortunately not allowed and there is a security guard there who will ask you to leave if you show up with one. With that in mind, opt to take photos on your phone instead.

15. Made in LA at Cisco Home

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Melrose Avenue is filled with Los Angeles Instagram spots like this Made in LA mural behind Cisco Home.

There are also loads of fun shops and hip cafés here that you can easily spend an afternoon exploring the area.

16. California Dreaming at Chinese Laundry


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Snap a photo with your solemate at this colorful typography mural after a long day of shoe shopping at Chinese Laundry.

17. Global Angel Wings Project by Colette Miller

With the first set of wings appearing in DTLA’s Arts District, artist Colette Miller began her Global Angel Wings Project in 2012 as a reminder that “we are the angels of the Earth.”

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She has since painted across the globe in Australia, Mexico, and Kenya.

18. Bleeding Hearts at Daniel Wellington

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James Goldcrown is a British, LA-based, self-taught artist/photographer known for his Bleeding Hearts murals, which can be found across LA, New York, Miami, London, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

19. Bloom

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What I adore about LA is that even their parking lots are photogenic! This piece by Oakland-based artist, Allison Torneros, really brightens up the space.

Address: 298 Rose Street.

20. The Container Yard (TCY)

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TCY is a warehouse that acts as a creative space for artists to express their thoughts and feelings. It was unfortunately closed for construction when I visited, but I did get a glimpse of a couple murals that were on the outside. Browse the complete LA mural map.

Address: 800 E 4th Street.

21. Micheltorena Heart Stairs

Bright and happy vibes. What’s not to love! Throw in some puppies and you got the secret formula for how to go viral on Instagram.

Cool Shops to Check Out

22. The Last Bookstore

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Being California’s largest used (and new) bookstore, you can expect to find some pretty nifty stuff here for cheap. I came with my dad and we wanted to take their entire art section home!

23. The Grove

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The Grove is one of the best photo spots in LA during the holidays. Get your Christmas shopping done here and while you’re at it, spice up your Instagram with a photo or two with Santa!

24. The Piece Collective

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a mile-long strip of yummy restaurants and quirky shops. The Piece Collective specializes in home décor and boho apparel/jewelry. Treat yourself to a shopping spree while you’re here.

Cute Los Angeles Cafés

25. Carrera Cafe

Located in the heart of West Hollywood, Carrera Cafe is a European-style café known for its minimalistic white walls and unique latte art.

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You can choose from popular Ripple designs or upload your own latte art picture.


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For a busy café on a major street, the drinks themselves aren’t too crazy expensive, but it does add up when you order the Ripple add-on.

Tip: They also have an Instagram-friendly mural wall that changes periodically. (The wall was white and in the process of getting repainted when I went. Check their Instagram first to see what mural they have on display.)

26. Alfred Tea Room

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Yummy matcha drinks and silly puns are definitely my cup of tea.

If you need a stronger caffeine kick, Alfred’s Alfred Coffee in West Hollywood, Koreatown, and Silverlake are cute Intagrammable places in LA too.

27. Le Ciel Pink


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Like Alfred Team Room, Le Ciel Pink has an adorable pink wall. Not only is their décor #aestheticgoals, their lattes are too pretty to drink!

Tip: Try the Black Sesame Latte. It’s made with organic black sesame imported from Korea.

28. Malibu Farm Pier Cafe

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This busy breakfast-and-lunch spot with oceanside patio seating serves up fresh, farm-to-table food and jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean.

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As its name implies, Malibu Farm is technically in Malibu, not LA. Nevertheless, it’s not too far of a drive and the steak salad here is worth travelling the extra miles for.

Tip: Stop by Ranch At The Pier before you head back to LA. They sell all kinds of beach goods and the store itself is an Instagram sight.

Other Instagrammable Cafes in LA

Without making this guide too long, here are a couple more photography spots in LA:

Must-Try Restaurants

29. Openaire at The LINE LA

I’d originally found out about this rooftop greenhouse restaurant from a local friend who proposed having brunch here.

Now my visit was back in 2017 when it was still known as Commissary. It has since been replaced by Openaire and is spearheaded by two Michelin-starred chef, Josiah Citrin.


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If you’re coming for the gram, I suggest trying their weekend brunch. That way your visit is during the day when lighting is nice and bright.

Tip: Openaire is located within The LINE LA, a boutique hotel in Koreatown. Each room has a raw, industrial look and is super Instagrammable. I have personally stayed here and highly recommend it for its location and value of price.

30. République

République is a contemporary French restaurant set in a historic building initially built for Charlie Chaplin. In addition to mouthwatering dishes and fancy cocktails, its Spanish-style architecture is absolute eye candy as well.


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I’ve come to know about this restaurant as early as 2015.

Every time I come here (more like “try” to come here), I always end up spontaneously visiting on a long weekend morning or on a Friday evening when lines are out the door and it’s impossible to get a table.

If you can, make reservations in advance! And if you do check it out, let me know in the comments so I can live vicariously through you.

31. Catch LA

With so many great places for photography in Los Angeles, the City of Angels truly is an Instagrammer’s paradise. In fact, visually pleasing spaces and interior design seem to play a major role in the restaurant industry.

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Catch LA is a trendy rooftop restaurant known for creative seafood dishes and celebrity sightings.

Based on my experience, service unfortunately isn’t the greatest. (And Google reviews will agree with me.) Go for the Instagram photo ops, breathtaking views, and decadent brunch, and don’t expect too much otherwise.

Tip: Their dress code is smart casual. Plan accordingly!

32. The Penthouse


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Perched atop Huntley Hotel, The Penthouse is an 18th-floor rooftop restaurant that specializes in contemporary Californian cuisine. It is both a culinary and visual treat, and is the ultimate venue to celebrate your next milestone.

33. Yamashiro

Aside from innovative sushi rolls, this Asian fusion restaurant is an attraction sight itself, as it is a replica of an actual Yamashiro palace in Japan. It’s been featured in countless films, TV productions, commercials, and photoshoots ever since the 1920s, and is one of the best places to take pictures in Los Angeles.


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Being from Vancouver, I’ve been so spoiled by the abundance of fresh sushi that I haven’t taken an interest in trying sushi elsewhere. However, I haven’t read a bad review from Yamashiro and always see it recommended in LA food guides. That said, I have suggested it to multiple friends and they all seem to love it too!

Other Instagrammable Restaurants in LA

The list of Instagrammable places in Los Angeles simply never ends. Below are a few more suggestions.

Instagram-Worthy Bars

34. Apotheke LA


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Apotheke LA was coined as one of the “best bar and lounges of the year” by Interior Design Magazine. Moreover, it was the winner of the German Design Award for “Best Interior Architecture.”

Needless to say, it’s an Instagram gem alright!

Tip: “Sophisticated” attire is encouraged. Dress accordingly.

35. lolo wine bar & restaurant


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Located in East Hollywood, lolo is a wine shop, wine bar, and restaurant all in one. They offer various whites, reds, rosés, and bubblies along with globally-inspired bites.

Tip: Walk-ins only, no reservations.

36. Library Bar

This one is a Downtown fave.


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Library Bar is a literary cocktail lounge that has been around for more than ten years. Its handcrafted cocktails and intimate setting make for a fabulous night out with friends.

37. Genever


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Genever is one of LA’s newer lounges in Historic Filipinotown.

It is women-owed and operated, and inspired by world travels. Although their menu mainly revolves around gin, they do offer a diverse selection of beers, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages as well.

Other Instagrammable Bars in LA

Here are additional suggestions you may be interested in.

Aesthetic Hotels

38. Mondrian Los Angeles

Mondrian is a luxury boutique hotel situated in West Hollywood.

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What’s fantastic about its location on the Sunset Strip is that it is within close proximity to Hollywood Hills, Getty Museum, Rodeo Drive, Staples Center, and more.

It’s the ideal accommodation choice for exploring LA and soaking up its expansive city views.

Tip: Even if you decide to not stay here, Mondrian’s rooftop pool bar is worth a visit for the gram.

39. The Beverly Hills Hotel


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Known as the original Pink Palace, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been a celebrity favorite for over 110 years.

From its legendary green wall sign and colorful palm leaf wallpapers to the chic poolside Cabana Cafe and glamorous Polo Lounge, this is definitely one of the most iconic Instagrammable places in LA.

40. Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Proper Hotels never disappoint.


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The Santa Monica Proper is Santa Monica’s first and only luxury lifestyle hotel.

It has won numerous awards and has been ranked as the “#1 City Hotel in Los Angeles” by Travel + Leisure and the “Best Hotels in the USA” by Fodor’s Travel.

Its rooms and suites were designed by Kelly Weastler to reflect local history and landscape. With one-of-a-kind interiors, you’re bound to snap a million pictures here!

41. Kimpton La Peer Hotel

I stayed at Kimpton La Peer on my most recent California trip back in May of 2022 and I have nothing but amazing things to say about this property.

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It’s perfectly hidden in the side streets of West Hollywood away from the hustle and bustle of it all, yet it’s still conveniently located to major restaurants and tourist attractions.


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If you’re looking for a vacation (or staycation) hideaway in the city, this is your pick.

Other Instagrammable Hotels in LA

Given how many times I’ve been to Los Angeles, I guess you can say I’m a hotel encyclopedia. Here are some more photogenic properties worth mentioning.

Unique Architecture

42. Bradbury Building

Made famous by its skylit atrium, this five-story office building is a hit for urban photography.

43. Stahl House

Stahl House 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!

This has been on my bucket list for the longest time and I’ve still never gotten around to checking it off despite my numerous trips to LA.

Sadly, they are currently facing potential city-approved development threats. Be sure to visit while you can!

Tip: Visits can only be done by tours.

44. Walt Disney Concert Hall

In the mood for an orchestra performance? This LA Phil concert hall will blow you away.

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Whether you’re watching a performance here or not, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most unique Downtown LA photo spots worth checking out.

45. Eastern Columbia Lofts


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Designed by Claud Beelman, the Eastern Columbia Lofts is slowly on the rise to becoming one of the most photographed buildings in LA.

Other Fun Photo Ops in LA

46. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Geographically speaking, Warners Bros. is located in Burbank, not LA.

However, if you’re staying in the Hollywood area, you can easily reach this film studio in less than 10 minutes by car. (Hence its name Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.)

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If you’re a fan of Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Harry Potter, or DC Comics, do not pass up the chance to see how your beloved movies and TV shows are made!

47. Tongva Park

Not too far away from the Santa Monica Pier is Tongva Park.


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It is named after the indigenous Tongva tribe and showcases distinctive art sculptures, structures, and plants and trees that are highly Instgrammable.

48. Hollywood Bowl Overlook

Short for Jerome C. Daniel Overlook, this scenic overlook is located above Hollywood Bowl. You can see the entire LA skyline on a clear day and it’s a prime location for night photography.


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Whenever I’ve attempted to come here, it’s been closed for construction. If you want to try your luck, remember to bring a tripod for some light trail shots.

49. Elsyian Park

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This palm tree-lined road in Elysian Park offers expansive views of he LA Skyline, and is magical during golden hour.

Tip: Park at Elysian Fields then walk on over. Use these coordinates for Google Maps.

50. Greystone Mansion

I really saved the best for last…

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Otherwise 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. It is also one of the most romantic wedding photography spots in Los Angeles, which I’m sure you can see why.

The garden is free to enter, but to see the mansion, you will have to purchase tickets.

Note: There are signs all over the park with a picture of a camera and a line slashed right through it indicating no photography. A park ranger confirmed that this means no photoshoots, but if you are a tourist taking pictures for memory, that is completely fine.

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And there you have it! 50 Instagrammable places in LA.

The City of Angels is my favorite west coast destination of all time and one that I find myself constantly returning to.

This list has taken me many years to compile. Even then, I’m still constantly updating it with the best new Los Angeles photography spots. I hope you’ve enjoyed these recommendations and don’t forget to check out my other USA guides for more inspo!

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  1. These pictures are so so so pretty! Also wow, the last bookstore makes my soul happy. Thanks for all the pictures, these are going to come in so handy!

  2. Wow! Fantastic photos…I want to go to! I am planning an LA trip this summer, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a cool pop-up exhibit!

    1. Well isn’t this just perfect timing! Let me know if you need any other recommendations for LA and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you hehee.

  3. These are some fantastic shots! I love how varied you were as well with the photos, not everyone likes the same thing so there is something for everyone here. Fab!

    1. Thank so much Jem! Funny you say that though because that didn’t even cross my mind when I was drafting this post hahahaa. Guess everything worked out for the better!

  4. What a fantastic collection of photos! I have often wondered why a plain pink wall was such an iconic place to take photos! I love Happy Place and Bloom. How cool are those? Good job in getting to all these places!

    1. Thanks Amy! And ikr??? I used to think the same about pink walls but then I saw this in person and I ain’t even mad!

  5. These pictures are so catchy OMG! My favorites are Venice Canal Historic District, Pink Wall, Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood sign. Others are mad too. Loved the blog!

    1. Thanks Shreya! So glad you enjoyed the post. Hope this will inspire you to visit LA sometime soon and have a lovely weekend ahead <3

  6. wow great list…I have to say that the Infinity Room at the BRO to the A…D is definitely a spot I would want to explore and I think Darcee would love to see the Last Bookstore based on your Insta Pics. There are so many iconic places in Los Angeles that could be considered instagrammable. Been to several but now there are more on my list!

    1. Hahaaa the Infinity Room is sooooo worth the wait. And agreed! LA has so many classic sights, all of which are just gorgeous. Happy to hear I was able to help expand your list too 😀

    1. A lot of content creators I follow on IG are based in LA plus I have local friends there so that’s generally how I find out about these sorts of places!

  7. I’m in love with these pictures. But the most with Rodeo Drive, I want one picture there too! LA looks really amazing! I need to save your post to make a list when I go there for sure, you wrote really useful tips!

    1. Rodeo Drive is super photogenic. You’d love it there!! Let me know if you ever need any other recommendations for your future trip 😉

  8. Whoa at the Stahl House and the Bradbury building!!! And of course, I expected LACMA to be here although I haven’t been. Buuutt, the last bookstore is definitely my jam! Will definitely add this on my list next time I visit LA!

    1. LACMA is just such an LA classic. And yessssssss Last Bookstore is a must! I highly recommend spending an afternoon there just getting lost between pages of a book!

  9. That tea room looks like my kind of place! How did you find all these awesome spots? You are making me itch to get back to LA.

    1. I’m on Instagram a lot scoping out places plus I have a few friends who live there so that always helps!

  10. I wish I saw a list like this before I went to LA! I stopped at some of these locations, but I really wish I did my homework before my trip. The made in LA sign, the Getty Museum and the pink wall would have been awesome additions to my photo collection. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re most welcome Sara! And I’ve compiled this list after a couple trips to LA so don’t feel bad that you missed some of them. Now you just got another reason to revisit 😉

  11. Your photos are amazing! I think you’ve hit every Instagrammable place in LA. I was just there this October and didn’t get to a lot of these places. But I absolutely loved the Griffith Observatory and took a lot of pictures there. I definitely have to check out the Broad Museum.

    1. Isn’t Griffith just lovely!? That’s one of my absolute favorites and it’s hard not falling in love with this beauty. The Broad is super fun too and I think you’d really love it!

    1. Oh no way! I used to study in the Okanagan!! And I live in Vancouver so yes, it’s super close! I’m always tempted to just fly down for long weekends hahaa.

  12. Amazing, amazing! These spots are really beautiful. Would love to visit some places and enjoy my instagrammable moment. I’ll surely take note of these places when I get to visit LA. Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is an incredible post, and I love your photos, it must have taken you so long to put it together! I haven’t been to LA for a very long time, but I know where to go when I do return. Lacma and the bookstore are marvellous, and I’d love to see it for myself.