When you’re in New York City, you’re never far from the center of the action. From neon lights to Brooklyn brownstones and downtown cobblestone streets, New York’s constant bustle makes it perfect for a fast-paced getaway. There’s so much to explore that it can be tough to know where to head first — so start with the ten most Insta-ready corners of the city!
1. Pietro NoLita
Pietro NoLita’s interior is covered in floor-to-ceiling pink. It’s like a Barbie dream house for grown-ups, but with cocktails. Its tasty Italian cuisine makes it as much fun for your tastebuds as it is for your Insta feed.
174 Elizabeth St., Manhattan
2. The Flower District
The majority of New York’s flower district spans just one (long) block, but it doesn’t disappoint. Passing through is like walking through an urban jungle as leafy greens and flowers line each side of the street. The fragrance is to die for. Be sure to get there early in the morning for your best pick of florals if you have some specific blooms in mind.
28th St between 6th Ave. and 7th Ave., Manhattan
3. Minetta Street
Minetta Street is easily one of the most beautiful blocks of Greenwich Village — and for a neighborhood known for its brownstones, that’s saying something. The bended street is home to gorgeous 19th-century building facades, lots of greenery, and some much-needed peace and quiet.
Minetta St., between Bleecker St. and Minetta Ln., Manhattan
4. Washington Street in DUMBO
The intersection of Washington Street and Water Street is easily one of most photogenic spots in New York City. DUMBO, a neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets and chic lofts, got its nickname for being “Down Under The Manhattan Bridge.” Travelers who stop in the middle of the intersection (watch for cars first!) and gaze up will see the Manhattan Bridge perfectly frame the Empire State Building beneath its arches. Nearby Front Street Pizza is a perfect place to refuel after a photo shoot.
Washington St. at Water St., Brooklyn
5. The Standard, High Line
The Standard boasts room views of the Hudson River, a seriously chic rooftop bar, and some seriously out there design choices. It towers over the High Line, a park built on an abandoned elevated railway, and is a popular hangout for vacationing it-girls. The view from the roof alone is worth the visit.
848 Washington St, Manhattan
6. Habana Outpost
This casual outdoor eatery is a spinoff of Manhattan’s Cafe Habana, and it serves up tasty Mexican-Cuban cuisine. (The Mexican-style corn just might become your favorite thing you’ve ever eaten.) Located in brownstone-lined Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the colorful seating area feels like a tropical urban oasis.
757 Fulton St., Brooklyn
7. The Flatiron Building
Constructed in 1902, this mesmerizing building is wedged between Fifth Avenue and Broadway. A hip neighborhood has sprung up around the building, with tech start-ups and great shopping popping up in droves. The pedestrian-friendly paths in front of the building as well as nearby Madison Square Park provide great vantage points.
175 5th Ave., Manhattan
8. Sweet Moment
This trendy SoHo haunt is home to an array of colorful desserts, lattes, and blended drinks that are just begging to be photographed. Better yet? Your latte art just might come in the shape of a teddy bear face. The airy space is chock full of neon, potted plants, and natural light — in short, all we could ever ask for.
106 Mott St, Manhattan
9. The Bushwick Collective
For photographers looking to venture a bit farther out, this Brooklyn mural series is a great destination. Bushwick is a bit grittier than its more well-known neighbor, Williamsburg, but it offers up some of the most vibrant street art in the city. The surrounding neighborhood is known as something of a hipster haven, so it also provides the perfect opportunity to do a little people-watching.
Troutman St. at St. Nicholas Ave., Brooklyn
10. Ladurée SoHo
This New York location of the French favorite offers macarons to die for and more beautiful pastry options than you can count. (They also serve full meals for those of us who aren’t so overcome by our sweet tooths.) Both its indoor and outdoor seating areas are full of stunning Parisian detail.
398 W. Broadway, Manhattan