San Francisco’s 10 Most Instagrammable Spots

Ever since moving to San Francisco, I’ve spent my weekends on the hunt for the city’s most spectacular hidden gems. While San Francisco doesn’t feel quite as massive to me as it once did, there is still so much to see that it can often be overwhelming. I’ve been here for about eight months now and have hardly even scratched the surface!

From all of the places I’ve had a chance to check out so far, I have some clear favorites. I absolutely loved Taylor from Travel Colorfully’s idea to document the most Instagrammable places in NYC, and today I’m bringing you the same from my home here in San Francisco! Because let’s face it… we’re all a little obsessed with Instagram.

Did I miss your favorite spot? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Battery Spencer

If you didn’t get a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, did you even go to San Francisco? Of all the amazing locations around the city to see the bridge, Battery Spencer provides the best panoramic view by far. If you’re feeling up to it, hike across the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to Battery Spencer. It is on the Sausalito side, so it isn’t incredibly easy to get to if you’re like me and don’t have a car. But as Miley Cyrus once said… it’s the climb!

Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is right in my backyard, which sometimes makes me forget just how pretty it is! You might know of Pier 39 thanks to the adorable sea lions who call this place their home. They are absolutely hilarious and so fun to watch, and sometimes we can even hear them barking from our apartment! Fisherman’s Wharf is super photogenic because of its seaside charm. Don’t forget to grab some chowder or fish and chips on your way out!

Mission District

Because it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a little splash of pink! Enjoy the day lovers 💕💘

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The Mission District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of San Francisco. Not only was it the first place I lived after moving here, but it just has so much to offer. Because of the area’s incredible food, street art, parks and character, I find myself constantly hanging out here on the weekends. Quaint homes like the ones above are not uncommon in the Mission. In fact, they’re everywhere! If you are a color lover, you have to go for a stroll here. You’re bound to find some original and unique content.

Palace Hotel

Son of a nutcracker! Only one more week till Christmas 🌟

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The Palace is an historic luxury San Francisco hotel near the Financial District and Union Square. You might recognize the gorgeous high ceilings and gold details. I stopped in during the holidays and had a chance to see the hotel all decked out in bows of holly! Have you ever seen a more stunning lobby? This was also an exciting day for me because Glitter Guide decided to feature my photo of The Palace on their Instagram feed!

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project was a neighborhood collaboration to create a sea to stars themed mosaic flowing up a 163 step stairway. Located in San Francisco’s Sunset District, these colorful tiles are absolutely stunning and deserve your undivided attention. For an incredible view of the city, don’t forget to walk all the way up these steps and check out Grand View Park. You can also grab a birthday cake latte from Home Cafe afterwards!

Miette

These are a few of my favorite things… ✨ #macaronstagram

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I’ve talked about Miette on Pastels & Passports in the past, and my obsession with this place has not changed. If you are a lover of pink, macarons, colorful tables, floral wall paper, or all of the above, Hayes Valley’s Miette is the place for you. From the pastel pink walls to the adorable afternoon treats, you will find yourself with Instagram content for weeks after just one visit.

Kirby Cove

I'll be up, up and away… up, up and away! 🐒#TGIF

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While you’re checking out Battery Spencer, you might as well go see Kirby Cove too! From Battery Spencer, it’s a short (downhill) hike to get to that famous swing you’ve likely seen all over social media. Even though you will have to hike your way back up afterwards, the view and the photo opportunity make tomorrow’s sore calves totally worth it.

Union Street

Sunday morning flower run 💐#blooms #flowerinspo

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One word: BLOOMS. As a Florida native, the idea of outdoor flower displays was completely new to me before moving to San Francisco. Why? It’s just too hot to keep them outside where I’m from! I’m still obsessed with this concept and I find it to be an incredibly smart sales tactic as it makes me want to take home buckets of florals every time I pass by. My favorite place to pick up a custom bouquet? Union Street! The Bud Stop and Le Bouquet are both amazing and will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Good morning San Francisco! After a long day of travel, it feels good to be holmes 😉

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You might know of Mr. Holmes because of that bright neon welcome sign and the delectable cruffins that have taken over Instagram. What’s a cruffin, you ask? It’s a hybrid between a croissant and a muffin, and they change the flavors every single day. Cruffins are served right at 9 am, so make sure you get there early! They post their flavors for the week to their Facebook page, so you can plan out when you want to go based on the schedule.

Telegraph Hill

feels like home 🙃

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Finally, we wrap up our journey in stunning Telegraph Hill. From its expansive views of the bay to its blooming bougainvillea, Telegraph Hill is one of the most scenic spots in all of San Francisco. While you’re here, make sure to walk up to Coit Tower to finish out your photo tour of the city with one of our magical sunsets.

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26 Comments

  1. 02.18.2017 / 12:22 pm

    OMG all of these are beautiful! There are some spots which I see a lot on Instagram, but also new ones. Bookmarked, I will use it if I visit SF 😀 The Tiled Steps are my favorite!

    • Natalie
      02.18.2017 / 12:48 pm

      Yay! Thank you so much for the support, Dóra. The tiled steps truly are amazing. Where are you from?

  2. 02.21.2017 / 12:38 am

    Haven’t even heard of Miette! I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing

    • Natalie
      02.21.2017 / 11:59 pm

      Thank you for reading, Christie! You’re the best!

  3. 02.21.2017 / 3:48 pm

    Ok, I’ve seen both of those shots of the GGB on social media, and had no idea where they were despite the few times I’ve been to the bridge! It makes so much sense now that you mention they are on the Sausalito side! Pinning this so I remember next time I visit SF!

    xo, Taylor
    http://www.taylorashleyblog.com

  4. 02.23.2017 / 3:52 pm

    I don’t recall the tiled steps although they remind me of Valparaiso. Battery Spencer is awesome! Have you ever done it around sunset? The great views from there get even better.

    • Natalie
      02.23.2017 / 11:10 pm

      I have not been to Battery Spencer at sunset but that’s such a great tip! Thank you for reading, Mike!

  5. 03.01.2017 / 10:54 pm

    Hey! Love this post about the pretty city I went to school in! You also just gained yourself an Instagram follower! 🙂

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:17 am

      Hey Jessica! Aw, did you go to UCSF? Yay! I’ll find you on Instagram, too 🙂 Thanks for the support!

  6. 03.02.2017 / 12:38 am

    Omg I live close by and absolutely love all of these iconic SF spots!!! This is the complete guide to exploring SF for the travelling instagrammer 😀

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:18 am

      Hey Lucy! Thanks for your comment 🙂 Where do you live? I’m so glad you agree with the spots I included, although there are of course so many more! Thank you for reading.

  7. 03.02.2017 / 2:33 am

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE LAYOUT OF YOUR BLOG! So lovely and pretty, definitely evokes the pastels in your blog name. 🙂 Nice instagram photos, and good descriptions. This post was a nice reminder of my own time in San Francisco. Thanks for sharing! Happy blogging!

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:19 am

      Hi Alaska! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m so glad you like my theme 🙂 So glad you were able to enjoy San Francisco, too!

  8. 03.02.2017 / 3:34 am

    I love this post, your photos are so pretty and its great to see some different spots that arent the bridge! The colourful houses look so pretty I would definitely have to find them!

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:19 am

      Hi Stephanie! I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and photos! I can’t get enough of the colorful houses here 🙂

  9. 03.02.2017 / 9:33 am

    This is unreal!! Heading there in August, thanks so much for the tips!! I think my fave is the swing. Thank you!

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:20 am

      Hi Evie! What perfect timing! The swing is amazing – you will love it 🙂

  10. 03.02.2017 / 11:08 am

    Love this! So many great photo spots! I’ll keep them in mind for my next visit!! Maybe it will be this month and I will definitely let you know 😊

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:21 am

      Hooray! Thanks, Claudia! Definitely let me know whenever you are in town 🙂

  11. 03.02.2017 / 11:36 am

    This is such a great list for an Instagram addict like me. I love your photography style, I think my favourite has to be the colourful houses.

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:43 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Gemma! Can’t thank you enough for the support 🙂

  12. 03.02.2017 / 2:08 pm

    Wow, your pictures are just amazing! I’ve followed you on Instagram because I want to see and read more! I have always wanted to get to San Francisco..who knows if I will ever get there, but I will keep this handy, just in case I make it (surely will do!).

    Ingrid
    https://ingridzenmoments.wordpress.com/

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Ingrid! I just followed you back 🙂 You must come visit someday!

  13. 03.02.2017 / 5:46 pm

    I have never been to San Fran, but I feel like every single one of these spots has something that makes it perfect for this list. Now I want to go see them all!

    • Natalie
      03.02.2017 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashlyn! So glad you enjoyed it! Hope you can come visit someday

  14. 03.04.2017 / 1:15 am

    Amazing spots! Don’t need to be professional to take nice pictures, just grab cam and follow your itinerary! Thank you for sharing!

    Kate
    http://elysianmoment.com

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