If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for that perfect Instagram shot. If I’ve learned anything about social media in my quest to be “better” at Instagram, it’s that certain locations just lend themselves to amazing pictures, regardless of whether you’re a professional photographer or an iPhone-wielding amateur (I’m definitely the latter).
Boston, my stomping ground of choice, is filled with great iconic locales—Fenway Park, Mike’s Pastry, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall—but there are also a lot of lesser-known spots that are just as Insta-worthy as the classics. Here’s my top 10 picks for must-have Instagram shots in Boston.
1. Boston Public Library
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If you’re vacationing in Boston, you might not be too keen on visiting a library, but the Boston Public Library is worth the pit stop. It’s one of the biggest libraries in the country, and it has several picture-perfect aspects, including its lion statues and majestic Bates Hall. Plus, every day except Sunday you can have afternoon tea and delicate finger sandwiches at The Courtyard Restaurant inside the library. It’s too cute not to Instagram.
2. Tatte Bakery and Café
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Tatte Bakery’s six Boston locations are must-visit spots for bloggers and Instagrammers alike. They have arguably the most Insta-worthy pastries in the city (see the feature image if you don’t believe me), and they also have delicious lunch options and amazingly chic decor. Definitely don’t skip this one.
3. Boston Public Gardens
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The Boston Public Garden is perfect for a photo shoot, particularly because it boasts a variety of gorgeous backdrops. You can walk along the picturesque bridge, find a shady bench under the trees, pose next to the always changing selection of flowers, or go for a spin on the swan boats. Bring your camera here, and you’ll walk away with Instagrams for days!
4. Esplanade Charles
One of the best spots to snap a stunning cityscape is the Charles River Esplanade. A lovely path runs along the river separating the city from its neighbor, Cambridge. The Esplanade is beyond charming with its amazing views of the city, quaint parks, and in the fall, amazing foliage. Grab a cup of coffee and head over for a morning stroll—you won’t be disappointed.
5. Isabella Gardner Museum
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The Museum of Fine Art tends to steal the spotlight when it comes to cultural attractions in the city, but I’d argue that the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is just as good for Instagram photos. The courtyard is simply stunning—it feels like you’ve stepped into another world. There are gorgeous flowers everywhere, as well as beautiful tiled walls that are sure to rack up likes in your Instagram feed. Fun fact: You can get into the museum for free if your name is Isabella!
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Again, it’s hard to pick just one bar in Boston as there are many, many great ones to choose from! But Highball Lounge, located just steps from the Boston Common, definitely stands out from the crowd thanks to its signature quirk: They serve little rubber ducks in their drinks. And if that’s not reason enough to visit, the bar is a fun, laid-back place to hang out, with lots of comfy booths to lounge and board games to play with friends.
7. Acorn Street
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Someone once told me that Acorn Street is the most photographed location in Boston. I’m not sure I believe that this quaint little road gets more attention than Fenway Park, but it’s certainly the perfect place to take pictures. The stone-paved road in Beacon Hill is just so darn cute with its brick buildings, window boxes, and graceful incline. It’s a hot spot for engagement and wedding pictures, but it’s also a prime spot to snap a few photos with your beau or besties (just be sure to watch your step if you’re wearing heels!).
8. The Verb Hotel
If you’re going for a quirky, rock-and-roll aesthetic, definitely check out The Verb Hotel. The boutique hotel, located just around the corner from Fenway, has a retro vibe thanks to its musical memorabilia, groovy hotel bus, and numerous murals. Unlike New York, Boston doesn’t have too much in terms of iconic street art, but one of its best murals—in my opinion, anyway—is the colorful Fenway scene that’s located behind the hotel.
9. Boston Burger Co.
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If you haven’t jumped on the #freakshake bandwagon yet, you’re missing out. To remedy your FOMO, make sure to stop by Boston Burger Co. in Sommerville and try a Freak Frappe. There are typically several crazy concoctions to choose from, each one more Insta-worthy than the last! Just imagine how impressed your followers will be that you conquered this mighty milkshake.
10. Fenway Park
If you’re in Boston during baseball season, you’ve got to stop by the iconic Fenway Park for a game—after all, baseball is America’s favorite pastime. However, if you’re visiting during the off-season, you can still visit the oldest park in Major League Baseball. Tours are available year round, and the park also hosts amazing concerts from time to time!
11. Harvard and Harvard Square
We said 10, but here’s a bonus spot that we can’t resist including! Technically, Harvard University and Harvard Square are in Cambridge, but they’re just a quick ride from the city and totally worth the visit. Harvard was established in 1636, and its historic—and gorgeous—brick buildings are the perfect backdrop for an Instagram-worthy photo shoot. Plus, the area boasts a ton of great restaurants to stop in for lunch or dinner.