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Insta Inspiration: Instagrammable Places in New Orleans

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

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.

Live Music Venues


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.

Spotted Cat Music Club

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

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.

Gasa Gasa mural

Freret Street’s funky feel extends to this mural.

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.

Piety Street mural

Find it at the corner of Piety and Chartres streets.

National Art and Hobby mural

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

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.

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.


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!

Faubourg Marigny

Keep your eyes to the ground for street art.

The New Movement courtyard

Soft pastels in a bold pattern.

Picture-Perfect Shops

Century Girl Vintage

Dreamy vintage clothes and a darling shop dog.

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.

Loomed NOLA

Scarves galore!

Fifi Mahony’s

Wig out at this custom shop in the French Quarter.

Best “I Do” Shots

Marigny Opera House

An elegant yet rustic space.

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.

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.

Oak Street

Home to local staple Jacque-Imo’s.

Royal Street

A prime place to wander with street music and antiques.

Freret Street

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

Canal Street

Capture the city’s downtown feel on Canal Street.

Coliseum Street

A quiet stretch of the Garden District.

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

Dat Dog

Who says hot dogs can’t be pretty?


Can you tell it used to be a church?

Liz Beeson and Christopher Garland contributed to this list. 

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