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Insta Inspiration: Instagrammable Places in New Orleans

Everything you need for the makings of a beautiful New Orleans Instagram feed.

The courtyard at the Catahoula Hotel features a larger-than-life mural of local burlesque artist Trixie Minx. (Courtesy photo)

New Orleans has no shortage of visual inspiration. Everywhere you look in this magical city, you’ll notice colors, textures ,and scenes that will make you want to stop and capture the moment. Here are some of the most highly Instagrammable spots in NOLA, featuring photos taken by you! If you find some inspiration out there, let us know by tagging your photos with #FollowYourNOLA.

Outdoor Spots

Crescent Park

This park spans 1.2 miles and features beautiful views of downtown. The bridge is fondly known as the “Rusty Rainbow.”

City Park wildflowers field

They aren’t in bloom all the time, but you might get lucky in spring or fall. Still, the park offers plenty of flora and fauna year-round, including at its on-site botanical garden.

Under the Crescent City Connection bridge

This hulking bridge connects New Orleans’ east bank to the West Bank. Lights on the bridge make it especially captivating at night.

#nola

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Live Music Venues

Tipitina’s

Definitely go for the live music, but stay for the solid photo opps.

One Eyed Jacks

One Eyed Jacks’ dim lighting and rich, red velvet accents make for a moody shot.

Peep show 👀 at One Eyed Jacks #neworleans #oneeyedjacks #theblacklips

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Spotted Cat Music Club

The Frenchmen Street outpost of this club is great for capturing a quick video of live music.

Might as well see some jazz since we are up past our bedtime. #jazz #nola #spottedcatmusicclub

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Street Art

Ernie K-Doe mural 

Located outside the old Euclid Records space, the Ernie K-Doe mural honors one of New Orleans’ most famous musicians.

Superbad Bayou Brelyn #bywater #neworleans #vsco #vscocam

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Gasa Gasa mural

Freret Street’s funky feel extends to this mural.

hanging 'round the city with this boy all weekend 👫💕 // #topbuttonforever #vscocam

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The Catahoula Hotel mural

OK, maybe this isn’t street art since it’s inside the hotel. But just try not to take a photo of larger-than-life Trixie Minx.

It's a beautiful day for sips in the courtyard

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Piety Street mural

Find it at the corner of Piety and Chartres streets.

Whoo Hoo! #nephew #nola #bywater

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National Art and Hobby mural

Located at the end of Magazine Street’s commercial stretch, this mural is just begging for a photo.

squinty eyes

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Best Ceiling Photos

St. Joe’s Bar 

Unassuming on the outside, St. Joe’s bar interiors boast plenty of rich patina. There’s also a cozy, outdoor courtyard.

Tiki Tolteca

Fun, kitschy decor is the perfect complement to the bar’s tropical drinks.

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Best Place for the “Working Photo”

HiVolt Coffee

Wifi and latte to start with — they also have a lunch and dinner menu so you can stick around all day.

My drugs.

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Sucre 

If you have to work, you might as well work somewhere with gelato on the menu.

ManhattanJack

Bright and airy inside, ManhattanJack boasts comfy seating up front and a quiet courtyard in the back.

If you have this thing with floors

District Donuts (Uptown)

Tessellation station!

These floors are the 💣.com @ihavethisthingwithfloors #ihavethisthingwithfloors

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Faubourg Marigny

Keep your eyes to the ground for street art.

Before I die… I want to…⠀ ⠀ Hmmm… 🤔

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The New Movement courtyard

Soft pastels in a bold pattern.

Pretty random tiles at @tnm_comedy

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Picture-Perfect Shops

Century Girl Vintage

Dreamy vintage clothes and a darling shop dog.

A lovely portrait of the shop! 📷 by @wearblacktobrunch_

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Defend New Orleans

The location on Carondelet Street is also great for an Insta pic.

Hattie Sparks

A light-filled space in South Market District spotlights a curated, pretty collection.

Shop views 🌙 #loveisthedrug

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Loomed NOLA

Scarves galore!

buttery yellows and oranges because fall is coming. #ihope

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Fifi Mahony’s

Wig out at this custom shop in the French Quarter.

#fifimahoneys #frenchquarter #neworleans

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Best “I Do” Shots

Marigny Opera House

An elegant yet rustic space.

Pre ceremony at marigny opera house

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Il Mercato

Recently renovated Il Mercato has an outdoor courtyard.

Race & Religious

Can you spot the pool?

Most Instagrammable Streets

Magazine Street

Lots of shopping, too.

#beenethtakesNOLA

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St. Charles Avenue

The iconic green streetcar is always a favorite.

Frenchmen Street

The street is densely packed with music clubs and a few restaurants, but its street music really stands out.

Live music pouring from every corner!

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Oak Street

Home to local staple Jacque-Imo’s.

#jacqueimos #oakstreet #nola

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Royal Street

A prime place to wander with street music and antiques.

Let us help you channel your New Orleans state of mind. Photo: @mafiosinaa

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Freret Street

In addition to the Gasa Gasa mural mentioned above, Freret Street offers plenty else to photograph.

#NOLA#streetart#freretstreet

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Canal Street

Capture the city’s downtown feel on Canal Street.

Coliseum Street

A quiet stretch of the Garden District.

Secret gardens. #uptown #nola #greenery #coliseumstreet

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For the “Phone Eats First” shot

District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew 

Their donut rotation changes daily, so each day is a new chance for a decadent photograph.

Bacchanal

Bacchanal’s lush, outdoor courtyard creates a dreamy feel; the cheese plates are pretty dream, too.

Cheese plate of the day for a rainy day by @reneebkaufman Thanks for coming

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Dat Dog

Who says hot dogs can’t be pretty?

Vessel

Can you tell it used to be a church?

Liz Beeson and Christopher Garland contributed to this list. 

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