San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

Are you planning a trip to San Francisco soon? Are you looking for the most Instagram worthy places in SF? If you said yes to both, this blog post is for you!

Golden Gate Bridge - Best Friends posing in front of the golden gate  - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

This past weekend my friends Giulia, from Palm Trees and Pellegrino, and Karya, my photographer, traveled to San Francisco. We spent 3 days exploring the city, avoiding the rain, and looking for the most Instagrammable places in San Francisco.

Here is San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places:

best friends blowing bubbles at the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

Address: Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94129

posing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 and is probably one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks. The bridge ironically isn’t painted in gold because the “Golden Gate” actually refers to the Golden Gate Strait – where the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean meet. The bridge is actually painted international orange because it stands out in the cool colors of the sky and the water. You can read more about the Golden Gate Bridge history here.

posing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

2. The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel – The Lavender Staircase

Address: 495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel - Lavender staircase - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

The Clift Hotel originally opened in 1915 and its recognize as a San Francisco landmark. It was first advertised as the first “fire proof” hotel in the city.

I was surprised and exicted to discover the lavender hallways and staircases of this hotel! This is the first hotel I’ve stayed out where I gasped when I discovered that the hotel room floors were painted this beautiful lavender color. I knew this lavender staircase needed a spot in my round up of San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places!

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel - Lavender staircase - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

3. Chinatown San Francisco

Chinatown San Francisco - Posing in the street - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

Did you know that San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatown’s outside of Asia?  

San Francisco’s Chinatown spans over 30 city blocks and is packed with bakeries, restaurants, produce stands, and shops. We stopped by Dol Ho on Pacific Avenue for dim sum and it was delicious!

Chinatown San Francisco - Best Friends

4. Home Cafe – San Francisco

Address: 1222 Noriega St San Francisco, CA 94122

Home SF - birthdayc cake latte

If you’re looking for a colorful cup of coffee, you have to stop by Home in San Francisco. This adorable cup of coffee made its way into my heart and the list of San Francisco’s most Instagrammable places.

There’s two locations in the city and we ended up going to the Noriega Street Home location.

5. The Painted Ladies

Address: Steiner St & Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117

The Painted Ladies in SF

San Francisco is famous for its Victorian homes. The most famous row of houses in the cities is probably the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square. These beautiful homes were first built between 1892 and 1896. You might recognize these homes from Full House – an American TV sitcom that aired from 1987-1995.

The Painted Ladies in SF

6. Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park

Address: Golden Gate Park 100 John F. Kennedy Drive San Francisco CA 94118

Conservatory of Flowers - Golden Gate Park

The Conservatory of Flowers opened in 1879 and went through a major restoration effort in 2000. The Conservatory reopened in 2003 and has seen millions of visitors since then. You can visit the Conservatory of Flowers Tuesdays-Sundays between 10am-6:30pm.

You can find free parking throughout Golden Gate Park – but spaces can be limited. We ended up taking a Lyft to the Conservatory!

Conservatory of Flowers - Golden Gate Park

7. The Pink House in Outer Sunset

Address: Somewhere in the Sunset Neighborhood

San Francisco Sunset Neighborhood - Bright Pink House - Best friends

We were on the hunt to find the Flower House SF so we ventured out to the outer Sunset neighborhood. We found that the house was painted over a peach color, but we did stumble upon this barbie pink house by surprise!

The Sunset neighborhood is filled with colorful homes. We probably could have just walked up and down the street taking photos of all the adorable houses.

San Francisco Sunset Neighborhood - Bright Pink House - Best friends

8. Mosaic Stairs

Address: 16th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Mosaic Staircase in San Francisco

The Mosaic Stairs are located on 16th avenue in between the Inner Sunset and Golden Gate Heights neighborhood. We ventured to the steps on an early weekend morning and found a few runners hiking up the stairs.

The stairs and the succulent gardens are beautiful! There were warning signs everywhere about car break ins – so if you choose to drive and park in the neighborhood, make sure you don’t leave any personal belongings in the car.

Mosaic Staircase in San Francisco - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

9. The Riddler

Address: 528 Laguna Street San Francisco CA 94102

Riddler Champagne Bar

We decided to stop by the Riddler – a champagne bar in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. There’s over 100 champagnes by the bottle. We stopped by here for a brunch snack (we had already had toast and coffee at Home). Karya and I split the smoked salmon tater tot waffle and it was delicious! Since it’s a champagne bar, the brunch menu is pretty limited.

We ended up walking in a finding a table since we got there pretty early. But I would recommend setting up a reservation if you’re trying to grab brunch after 11am. The place filled up by noon when we were getting ready to go.

10. San Francisco Museum of Art (SFMOMA)

Address: 151 3rd Street San Francisco CA 94103

SFMOMA - Art exhibits - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

SFMOMA is one of the biggest modern and contemporary museums in the US. SFMOMA features work from Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Louise Stettner, and Louise Bourgeouis.

Tickets for adults are $25, young adults (19-24 yrs old) are $19, and kids under 18 can visit the museum for free. The museum is closed only on Wednesdays as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

SFMOMA - Art exhibits - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

11. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Address: 1042 Larkin Street San Francisco CA

Mr. Holmes Bakeshop - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

If you’re in the mood for a donut or a cruffin, you have to stop by Mr. Holms Bakehouse. I personally discovered Mr. Holmes Bakehouse through Instagram. You may have seen their famous neon sign “I got baked in San Francisco”. It’s a pretty small shop so beware it can get crowded but the sweets are worth it!

12. In-N-Out Burger

in-n-out burger

With over a million photos under the #innout hash tag on Instagram, In-N-Out burger is probably one of the most popular burgers and fries spots on the West Coast. I personally always make a stop at In-N-Out burger if I’m in California!

in-n-out burger california - San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

What other Instagram worthy places in San Francisco do you recommend?

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed my round up of San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places! You can also check out my friend Giulia’s round up of 16 Most Instagrammable Places in San Francisco for more ideas.

For more Instagram city guides, you can also check out:

15 Most Instagrammable Places in Portland, Oregon

Pittsburgh’s Most Instagram-Worthy Places

8 Unique Instagrammable Spots in Seattle

Love,

Emma

Photos: Karya Schanilec

San Francisco’s Most Instagrammable Places

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