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18 Most Instagrammable Places in Miami: The Best Photos Spots
Updated: Sep 28, 2020
Miami is bursting at the seams with Instagram photo opportunities.
From the trendy Design District to Miami Beach’s scenic boardwalk, there’s plenty of Instagram-worthy spots to photograph and fill your feed with.
Whether you’re a budding photographer or an Insta-famous fashionista, read on to discover our picks of the most Instagrammable places in Miami.
Upper Buena Vista
Location: 184 NE 50th Terrace
Inspired by the four ‘T’ cities — Tel Aviv, Thong Sala, Tokyo, and Tulum — the Upper Buena Vista outdoor mall is full of photo opportunities. With many hidden spots boasting beautiful Instagram backgrounds, you’ll have to explore the entire premises to discover them all. We won’t keep you guessing too much, though — here are some of our favorites:
Bodhi Wish Tree
The Bodhi Wish Tree sits at the heart of Upper Buena Vista. The development was built around the 120-year-old banyan. This centenary tree is thought to possess special magnetic and spiritual values, making it a magnificent centerpiece that provides shade, shelter, and positive energy to visitors. Guests at UBV are encouraged to write a wish on a ribbon piece and tie it to the tree for eternal blessings, as part of an ancestral Asian tradition. Ribbons can be obtained at The House Of Findings for a small donation of $1. Donations from the ribbon ceremony are distributed to our nonprofit partner, One Tree Planted Foundation, to support reforestation and preservation of nature in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Nestled amongst bamboo trees next to the Mayami Cocina food pop-up sits an old blue door. While the door’s origin is unknown, it’s bright colors and mysteriousness make for a great photo backdrop.
Cepods Terrarium Saloon
Constructed out of a 20-foot converted shipping container, Cepods Terrarium Saloon is a life-size terrarium full of edible plants and foliage. The perfect spot for the plant lovers of Instagram, Terrarium Saloon is often used for yoga practice, meditation, and, of course, photoshoots with the beautiful backdrop of Lika Ramati's "Moroccan Dream" artwork in the background. You’ll truly feel at one with nature in this tranquil space.
Hidden just past the bathrooms at Upper Buena Vista sits a colorful staircase, beautifully decorated with patterned Tunisian tiles. The staircase leads to the entrance of the Syndical Modeling Agency and is where the model's photos are taken. Grab your camera and strike a pose — who knows, maybe you’ll get scouted?!
Palapa is an organic social space interfacing nature, culture, and celebration. Palapa is the main event space at UBV. It is 3,500 square feet beneath a majestic tiki, surrounded by lush tropical trees. A place to celebrate the essence of life. It provides shade, shelter from rain and becomes a gateway during live music performances and evening of culture. The Palapa was built by Seminole tribe members using ancestral traditions and techniques.
Location: 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami
‘Instagram walls’ have become extremely popular on the ‘gram in recent years, so if you’re looking for some colorful wall content to keep you going for the next few months, Wynwood is the place to go. Situated in Miami’s Art District — renowned for its murals — Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum showcasing graffiti and street art from some of the world’s most talented artists. From cartoon artwork to multi-colored murals, it’s definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Miami!
Little Havana, Miami
Location: West of Downtown Miami
Created by Cuban exiles in the 1960s and named after Cuba’s capital city, Little Havana is Miami’s vibrant Cuban neighborhood. While it’s a popular tourist destination, Little Havana is also home to a large proportion of Miami's Latino community. Be sure to visit Calle Ocho on SW 8th street — the heart of the neighborhood, brimming with Latino culture, food, and music. If you’re looking for the perfect Instagram shot, there are plenty of colorful mosaic murals to choose from.
Miami Beach Lifeguard Towers
Location: Miami Beach
There truly is an Instagram photo opportunity around every corner in Miami — even the Miami Beach lifeguard towers are #onfleek. Each decorated in different colors — from bright blue to pretty pink — the further you walk down the beach, the more patterns you’ll discover (look out for the lighthouse-inspired one!). Plus, whatever color scheme you're going for on your grid, there’s sure to be a lifeguard tower to match.
Art Deco Historic District
Location: Between 5th and 23rd Street, Miami Beach
A pastel-colored paradise, Miami’s Art Deco District is full of Instagrammable architecture and design that’ll brighten up your grid. Located in Miami Beach, the city’s Art Deco District is teeming with over 800 Art Deco buildings, meaning there’s something to snap on every street. For a bit of culture, visit The Villa Casa Casaurina, a 1930s Spanish-style mansion, previously home to Gianni Versace.
Location: 140 NE 39th St
Miami’s Design District is an area dedicated to fashion, food, art, and design. A fashionista’s paradise, the neighborhood is home to over 120 flagship designer stores, including Hermes, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. The streets in Design District are bursting with color and architecture, meaning there are plenty of photo opportunities to be had. A favorite photo spot is the Netscape art installation off 39th street, featuring 24 fiberglass swinging hammocks, surrounded by climbing foliage and a contemporary monochrome tiled floor.
Location: 1225 20th St Miami Beach and 100 Collins Ave C-3 Miami Beach
If flamingos and palm trees fit in well with your Instagram aesthetic, Dreamer Miami is the cafe for you. There’s even a pink flamingo backdrop that’s perfect for candid shots and foodie pics alike. Grab yourself a matcha latte or an acai bowl, take a seat and pose for the grid!
Sugar Rooftop Bar
Location: EAST Miami, 788 Brickell Plaza
Another influencer hotspot, Sugar rooftop bar and lounge is brimming with photo opportunities, along with a delectable selection of Asian-inspired cocktails and tapas. Situated on the 40th floor of the EAST hotel, this secret rooftop garden boasts panoramic skyline views of the city — an ideal place to watch the sun set. Oozing a vibe described as “lush Miami cool meets chic Hong Kong cocktail,” you’ll want to make sure to take plenty of pictures at this rooftop paradise surrounded by tropical greenery.
Location: 2701 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables
Situated just outside Miami in the city of Coral Gables, Venetian Pool is a historic freshwater public pool featuring waterfalls, caves, and plenty of photo opportunities. Originally built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, the pool features two lookout towers, which offer charming views of Coral Gables, AKA, City Beautiful.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Location: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a national historic landmark formerly owned by businessman, James Deering. Set within 10 acres of land, there’s an abundance of culture to soak up and plenty to photograph across the estate. From the historic interior and architecture of the main house to the enchanting surrounding gardens, it’s a trip you’ll want to document.
Big Pink Diner
Location: 157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
A pretty pink photo spot, Big Pink is an ‘all-hours’ diner situated in Miami Beach. While the diner's exterior makes for a brilliant photo op, with its powder pink walls and hot pink Volkswagen Beetles lined up outside, the interior is equally as Instagrammable. Grab yourself some gourmet comfort food (we’ve got our eye on the mac n cheese), snap some pics and take in the dining experience.
Burr’s Berry Farm
Location: 13720 SW 216th st. Miami, FL. 33170
There are year-round photo opportunities at Burr’s Berry Farm. Whatever the season, you’ll be able to find an Instagram-worthy background at Burr’s Berry Farm — strawberry picking and sunflower fields in summer and pumpkin patches come fall. Plus, with their selection of waffles, milkshakes, and more on the cafe menu, there’s plenty of ‘foodstagram’ inspo, too!
Nautilus by Arlo
Location: 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
A true Instagrammer’s paradise, Nautilus hotel (by Arlo) is a perfectly picturesque retreat situated in the heart of Miami Beach. Featuring an extremely Instagrammable bamboo boardwalk to the beach, a chic poolside chill-out area, and rooms with sweeping ocean views, you can take pictures to your heart's content at Nautilus.
The Setai, Miami Beach
Location: 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
The Setai is a lavish hotel situated in Miami Beach. With Art Deco suites, ocean-view suites, and a beautiful outdoor pool area surrounded by palm trees, everywhere is an Instagrammable spot at The Setai. The hotel’s ‘Jaya’ dining experience also featured in our guide to the best outdoor restaurants in Miami — perfect for your alfresco dining shots.
Location: 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach
Coined “the coolest backyard in Miami” by GQ magazine, the Broken Shaker bar is a must-visit for anyone dropping by the city. This tropical-inspired oasis is situated in the backyard of Freehand Hotel, Miami Beach, and is a real hub of photo opportunities. Open to both guests and city dwellers, the bar boasts an outdoor pool, delicious tacos, and handcrafted cocktails created by skilled mixologists (all exceptionally Instagrammable). The Broken Shaker oozes secret garden vibes with its lush greenery and colorful pastel furniture — it’s likely you’ll forget you’re in the heart of Miami!
Location: Outside The Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave
Miami Mountain is a real landmark within the city and the perfect spot for a photo. Commissioned by The Bass Museum and created by Ugo Rondinone, the artist behind Nevada’s Seven Magic Mountains, this 42-foot tall neon sculpture has been coined the Eighth Magic Mountain. By positioning this fluorescent sculpture within Collins Park, Rondinone sought to add a neon rainbow color palette to the area — something that stood out amongst the existing whites and greens. Miami Mountain is the tallest of all the sculptures in Rondinone’s series — its towering height and bright colors make the Eighth Magic Mountain hard to miss.
Location: 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
A nightclub with a bowling alley and an ice-skating rink — what could be more Instagrammable? Basement is a nightclub with a twist, and it’s made for the ‘gram with its neon signs, dramatic lighting, and tinsel curtain backdrops. A favorite celebrity hangout spot (check out their Instagram feed to see some famous faces), Basement is the kind of place you’re likely to brush shoulders with some VIPs — it’s sure to be a night to remember!
There's an abundance of photo opportunities to discover in Miami, from Art Deco buildings to sweeping beach views. Which Instagrammable place are you going to explore next?