Among the countless bragging rights Philly has, it’s sometimes easy to forget that also we’re one of the most Instagrammable cities out there. Look, we’ve got the Rocky statue, the Liberty Bell, Boathouse Row, the Magic Gardens, Rittenhouse Square, and all of the amazing murals around the city. And that’s just naming a few of the spots that Philadelphians (including top-notch local ‘grammers like Meredith Edlow, Justin Greenbaum, and Darren Burton)—and people the world over—visit and ‘gram on the reg.
But if you find you’ve been hitting the same haunts (including the definitely haunted and definitely awesome Eastern State Penitentiary) and you’re looking for some new places to point your camera or phone, worry not. Here are five Instagrammable places in Philadelphia that’ll get you inspired…and a whole lotta likes.
Cherry Street Pier: Over the past few years, the waterfront region has undergone a complete revitalization, making for some of the most Instagrammable places in Philadelphia, including the Race Street Pier, the BlueCross RiverRink, and Spruce Street Harbor Park. The latest addition—the mixed-use public space Cherry Street Pier—may just be the most ‘gram-friendly spot yet. Not only does the pier have Instagrammable food from the likes of Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Birdie’s Biscuits, but there’s the absolutely breathtaking view of the Ben Franklin Bridge when you reach the end. The juxtaposition of the once-industrial pier, the hanging lights, and the natural beauty of the river is a guaranteed perfect ‘gram every time, especially at sunrise and sunset. It also happens to make for some stunning black and white shots. Case in point: Philly grammer THE WØLF has posted some gallery-worthy B&W images of the pier.
The Monkey & the Elephant: Is there anything better than a good Instagram shot of an expertly poured latte or a perfectly buttery croissant? Philly foodies can attest that this city has no shortage of ‘gramm-y cafes in our fine city, like the mouthwatering goodies at the Hungry Pigeon and the baristas showing off at One Shot Cafe. But when it comes to a cafe with a cause, you can’t do better than The Monkey & the Elephant in Brewerytown. Not only is there a colorful outdoor garden area to ‘gram your coffees and delicious baked treats, but this must-visit (and non-profit!) spot does good for the community by employing former foster youth. We honestly can’t like it enough, and neither will you and your Instagram followers.
Thomas Mill Covered Bridge: Philly’s parks are some serious Instagram wonderlands, from the family-friendly LOVE Park to the freewheeling punk rock vibe of the FDR skatepark. But head a little bit out of the city proper (the Chestnut Hill/Roxborough area, to be exact) and you’ll be blown away by everything Wissahickon Valley Park has to offer. Wander along Forbidden Drive long enough and you’re bound to get jaw-dropping shots of nature and wildlife. Whether you’re biking, hiking, or just casually walking your dog, you’ll come across the beloved Thomas Mill Covered Bridge, which makes for the best Instagrams all year long. From the summer sun shining through the slats to the red paint contrasting the crisp winter snow, this spot gives good ‘gram 365.
The Good King Tavern: We could devote an entire post to the Instagrammable bars of Philadelphia, because there’s just so many. Whether you wanna get weird at Tattooed Mom’s or take in the view at Bok Bar, there’s so many options when it comes to cocktails and Instagram locations. But one of the very best of the best when it comes to combining booze and social media (usually a dangerous combination) is The Good King Tavern in Queen Village. From the charming French-inspired decor to the gorgeous array of beverages, there’s a reason why Philly photo legend Neal Santos called it “a favorite spot.”
Percy Street Project: We gonna rock down to Electric Street mural in South Philadelphia. (And then we’ll take it higher!) This public art installation opened in 2016 on Percy Street in the very ‘grammable neighborhood of Passyunk Square and remains as cool and colorful as ever. The LED-lit neon alleyway is one of the best murals in town and is where you’re going to get some of the raddest nighttime Instagrams around. (Even without the lights on, it’s still pretty lit in the daytime, too.) While there’s a Philly street for every mood, from the romantic ambiance of Addison Street to the historic magnitude of Elfreth’s Alley, we’d argue that the Percy Street Project is the most Instagrammable street in Philadelphia to strike a pose.
Bonus Instagrammable Spot: We’re gonna toot our own horn here because our studio—with its 70s’-inspired aesthetic and social media-friendly #MNYKmade wall—is Instagram-ready. Manayunk has no shortage of places you can visit to snap some sweet pics (hello, Fountain Street steps, Pretzel Park, and literally any of the restaurants along Main Street), and we’re proud to say our studio totally adds to the unique ‘yunk vibe.