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29 Most Instagrammable and Photographed Places in New Orleans as told by a Local

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New Orleans is known for her food, drinks, and…Instragrammable spots? You might not realize it, but New Orleans has some great places to practice your New Orleans photography and fill up your Instagram.

One of the best things to do in New Orleans is taking photos of all of her colorful glory!

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The thing is when you only have 1 day, a weekend, or a few days to spend in New Orleans you do not want to waste time not realizing how close you are to the perfect New Orleans picture spot.

There is nothing worse than figuring out that you wanted to take a photo of something when you were just there the day before!

Some of my picks are well-known places of New Orleans, that you need to snap a photo to scratch it off of the bucket list.

Others are not as well known but have been popping up all over my local Instagram feeds. While a third are photos of places that I just love.

Each photo has appeared on my Instagram, and you can click the picture to give it some love. If you are visiting New Orleans and find something that is truly Instagrammable and photo-worthy, please use the hashtag #InstagrammableNola and tag @plaid_shirtyoga_pants to be featured in my stories.

1. Streetcars

Anywhere you see Streetcar tracks

Red Streetcar in New Orleans

Pick your poison, are you looking for the Red Street Car or the Green Street Car? Depending on that answer there are different locations where you will want to take this photo.

If you are looking for an excellent spot to take a photo of the Green Streetcar, look no further St Charles Avenue Magazine!

Walking down Canal will give you a good shot of the Red Streetcar. If you want to try to get a photo of both, well just walk on down to where Canal and St Charles meet, and it might be your lucky day!

Photography tip: I personally prefer the Red Street Car and taking that photo near the river, there is something about this area that just gives me joy!

2. Auction House Bathroom

801 Magazine St

Auction House lips bathroom; places in new orleans to take photos

Seriously, don’t sneeze at taking a photo in a bathroom before you’ve done it. Auction House is one of my favorite places to eat, and they have the cutest females bathroom.

Many times I’ve walked in on ladies snapping selfies of themselves. The mirrors, lip wallpaper, and beautiful tiles have everyone swooning and think they are on an episode of flip this house!

Photography tip: Mirror selfies are hard! Make sure you look at all angles of the photo before leaving this bathroom. The best time to take a picture here (without the crowd) is after the lunch crowd has gone and before the dinner crowd comes in.


Inside of the Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street

Hotel Monteleone carousel bar.

The Carousel Bar inside of the Hotel Montelone is one of the most iconic bars in New Orleans. Seriously, where else can you grab a seat in a historic hotel, drink fancy cocktails, and slowly spin the night away?

When grabbing a seat, you need to be ruthless, many times one person will be able to sit while the friends just need to shuffle around. Eventually, though, people will get up, and your entire party will be able to sit down.

Photography tip: It is hard to get a photo without anyone at the Carousel Bar. My suggestion is to come down in the early morning. This photo was taken during Tales of the Cocktail before the Carousel Bar was even open.

4. Superdome

1500 Sugar Bowl Dr

Superdome at sunset

The Superdome is on the edge of downtown, but whether you are going to a Saints Game or a concert, you need to take a photo of this stunning dome! The history behind the dome is spectacular. From hosting Sugar Bowls to Super Bowls to Essence Fest, you will want to visit.

The Superdome was a place for last resort for many victims of Katrina, she opened a little over one year after the hurricane and became the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2011

Photography tip: Getting the entire Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sign is hard. My favorite spot to photograph is it is close to Garage 6 when the sun is setting. There is another spot (between garage 1 and 6) that I really like so you can get the “Dome Field Advantage” sign if you are a Saints fan!

5. Cafe Beignet

334 Royal Street

Cafe Beignet - Instagrammable places in nola; most photogenic places in new orleans

Can we take a second and just appreciate how cute Cafe Beignet is? There are many locations, but the Royal Street Location is absolutely stunning! It’s like walking out to a quaint little French bistro.

If you think the outside is cute, wait until you go inside and eat some delicious beignets! They also have less than a line than the overly crowded Cafe Du Monde (even though you need to try those beignets also!).

Photography tip: With the sheer amount of people and cars going down Royal Street, you need to be okay with a less than perfect photo…or go at sunrise they don’t open until 8 am!

6. Beignets

Beignets photos of new orleans

There is nothing more delicious than Beignets. Fact – they are even better than donuts! With powdered sugar flowing on the little squares (or rectangles!) of fried dough, you will want to take a snap of these tasty treats before they cool down!

Photography tip: This is more of a life tip than a photography tip, but do not wear black while eating beignets. Especially if you plan on taking photos for the rest of the day, that powder sugar will cling to your clothes, just like how beignets will cling to your hips!

7. With Love from Nola

333 Canal St Inside of Canal Place

With Love from Nola in Canal Place

One of the hottest selfie spots in New Orleans this green moss wall by Luna Botanicals is all of the rage on Instagram. It’s located on the first floor near Saks and Tiffany’s.

Photography tip: This wall is so cute that you will turn a couple of heads. It takes a while to get the right lighting with the fluorescent tubes and plants, but don’t worry – I know you can do it! They also change out the wording from time to time!

Get my awesome Mardi Gras shirt here!

8. Greetings From NOLA

Corner of Magazine and Josephine

Greetings from NOLA Instagrammable New Orleans.

I was so excited to find out about this freshly painted Mural! Greetings From Nola is a mural that went up during Mardi Gras 2019, and it will be here to stay for a long time.

I love the story behind the Greetings Tour – they are planning on painting a mural in every state, so add it to your bucket list to catch a few of them while you are traveling. I first found out about Greetings tour during my vacation to Tucson.

Photography tip: Get artistic with your photo! Sometimes there are cars parked in front of the murals so instead of a full picture with the mural try a creative selfie.

Check out my entire blog post on all of the Instagrammable Nola Murals.

9. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Collins Diboll Cir

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden most instagrammable new orleans


The Besthoff Sculpture Garden has some unique pieces of art in Louisiana! And what’s better – visiting the Sculpture Garden is only $5 to get in.

Depending on the day, the garden can be busy, but during mid-week, you can score some beautiful photos with some of the pieces of art!

Photography tip: There are so many pieces of art located in the Sculpture Garden that you will want to make sure your camera’s battery (or phone) is charged.

The Sculpture Garden just had a significant expansion in 2019, so there is even more ground to cover.

You can even get a super cute mini-LOVE statue to put in your home office.

10. New Orleans Museum of Art

Collins Diboll Cir

New Orleans Museum of Art places take pictures

Did you know that the New Orleans Museum has some stunning artworks, but you too can be apart of the art!

Yes, that’s right!

When you first enter into NOMA, you will see this stunning wall with colorful stripes just inviting you to stand in it and become a work of art.

Photography tip: Make sure to visit NOMA during one of their events and wear your finest clothes to make your photo pop. We made fascinators at the event I was at, but if you didn’t want to make one you can easily get one here!

Add some of these activities to your upcoming trip or staycation!

🚌 Take a 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour which is great way to learn about the history and romance of this magnificent city
🚢Experience Evening Jazz Boat Cruise with dinner while soaking in incredible views.
👻 Hear tales of vampires, voodoo, and witchcraft on this city walking tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter
🦸 Try Escape Room Adventure and test your problem-solving skills with fun and tactile challenges
⛰️ Go on a food tour and explore the history and culture of the area with an expert local guide while tasting regional specialties at some of the best restaurants around.

11. Nola 300 Signs

Around town

Nola 300 Signs

Every time I see a NOLA 300 sign I squeal for joy. No really, I squeal for joy, throw my purse to my friend and force them to take a photo of me in it!

This has happened in City Park’s Big Lake, Woldenberg Park’s Audubon Plaza, atop the steps of Washington Artillery Park, and even a portable one at King Cake Fest!

Photography tip: these are awesome to take a selfie with during the day, but you might want to come back at night and see them all lit up!

12. Jack Rose

2031 St Charles Ave

Jack Rose Little Wayne painting

Even though everything in Jack Rose is gorgeous and the food is delicious, the Little Wayne painting by Ashley Longshore draws Instagrammers from near and far. Jack Rose is located inside of The Pontchartrain Hotel on St Charles Avenue.

Little known fact, the Little Wayne painting with the famed Mile High Pie was there before Jack Rose was even a concept. When the Caribbean Room closed, the famed painting and lounge remained.

Photography tip: Take a photo of or with Lil Wayne and the order yourself a Delicious Mile High Pie. You will want to take a video of the Mile High Pie when the waiter brings it out.

12. Mile high pie

The Ponchatrain Hotel
2031 St Charles Ave

Mile high pie The Ponchatrain Hotel Instagrammable new orleans

While you are seeking out the mural of Little Wayne in Jack Rose, you probably need to stop and have a snack anyways.

Order a Mile High Pie and make sure you have your camera ready to record the waiter poured onto the delicious molten chocolate all over the three-layer ice cream cake!

Photography tip: You can get the Mile High Pie in Jack Rose, in the lobby of Jack Rose, and the Bayou Bar. All of these locations are within the Pontchartrain hotel.

Take your photo fast because this ice cream will want to melt if it is too warm outside!

13. Love Wins Locks

Mississippi River, Near the Steamboat Natchez

Love locks in New Orleans instagrammable new orleans

The Love Wins sign and locks popped up very recently. Reminiscent of Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge. Tourist and locals alike are leaving locks with love notes on this chain length fence. You can get a cute customizable lock to place on the fence.

Photography tip: Come here when the sun is shining to get a beautiful photo with the blue sky!

14. French Quarter Balconies

Anywhere

French Quarter Balcony in New Orleans

There are so many beautiful balconies and architectural structures up and down all of the streets of the French Quarter that you just need to walk around snapping photos left and right!

Many of the Balconies on Royal and Dauphine are just stunning.

Photography tip: There so many balconies that I love taking photos, but the best photos are when you find a good corner balcony.

My favorite and most notable balcony is the of the corner  St Peters and Royal Street. This could possibly be one of the most photographed corner in New Orleans.

15. Hollygrove Mural with Lil Wayne

8401 Olive St, New Orleans

Hollygrove Mural with Lil Wayne

Painted back in 2017, this mural was Ceaux’s idea to showcase a hometown hero – Lil Wayne in the heart of Hollygrove. Lil Wayne is known as one of the greatest rappers in the world coming from one of the poorest areas in New Orleans.

A favorite among locals, this mural rose to fame during Drake’s 2018 video In My Feelings. That’s when everyone began flocking to Phase III Body Shop on 8401 Olive Street in Hollygrove, naturally.

Before you snap you see this stunning mural for your self, look at some of the detail Ceaux put into the mural. From the Greatest of All Time (GOAT), to a mimic of Lil Wayne’s tattoo, and finally the 0017th to represent Hollygrove.

Photography tip: Take a photo of this mural in the late afternoon, there won’t be any shadows on it and you can really soak in the colors.

If you are a tourist, this is more of an Uber or drive to spot because if it off the beaten path from other touristy areas.

Check out my entire blog post on all of the Instagrammable Nola Murals.

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16. Press for Champagne

Inside the Vintage
3121 Magazine Street

Press for Champagne the vintage instagram worthy places in new orleans

There is nothing more tongue in cheek than the Press here for Champagne sign at The Vintage. This sign is so adorable, but unfortunately, pressing it does not guarantee that Champagne will start flowing.

Photography tip: This sign is hard to spot! It is right next to the bar, and a lot of the time, patrons sit next to it and don’t even notice it!

If you plan on taking a photo of you pressing the sign – make sure you are happy about the shape of your manicure.

17. Postcard from Bangkok

Bar Marilou
544 Carondelet St

postcard from bangkok best instagram spots new orleans

When Bar Marilou opened up in 2019, everyone was sipping on this delicious cocktail.

Not only is the copper bird adorable, but the drink itself is also delicious – Thai lime leaf-infused Absolut Elyx with génépi, lemon, coconut, and grapefruit spiced cordial.

You will want more than one – I guarantee it! Also – keep your eyes peeled for the speakeasy – it is only available to hotel guests who stay at Maison de la Luz.

Photography tip: Make sure you request the copper bird when the bar is sometimes slammed; they put the drink in a glass rather than the charming bird. The bird’s head is a little unstable, so be careful when you take your first sip!

If you want to recreate this drink at home, make sure to get a copper mug!

18. Hola Y’all

Inside of Nole
2001 St Charles Ave

Hola Y'all Inside of Nole Instagrammable nola

One of the cutest florescent signs around town is the Hola Y’all sign at Nole. Grab some street corn, a margarita, and start taking your snaps. You used to be able to dine at this location but now Nole is a special events spot only.

Photography tip: If you want to get a super cute food picture, ask to sit in the first or second high top table by the Hola Y’all sign. The waitstaff gets this request all the time – so don’t worry about feeling silly.

19. Everything in Nola is a Good Idea

Inside of St Charles Coach House, Ascend Hotel Collection
2001 St Charles Ave

Everything in new orleans is a good idea instagram spot

Yes – Everything in New Orleans is a Good Idea. Yup – that is pretty much true. Everything in New Orleans is a good idea – but photos or it didn’t happen!

Photography tip: This fluorescent sign is in the same building as Nole. Snap this photo and then walk into Nole for some appetizer sand margaritas to take some snaps of the coveted Hola Y’all Sign.

20. The Magnolia Tree inside of Rampart Tree House

740 N Rampart St

Where to take photos magnolia house rampart tree house

Have you ever wanted to get a slice of pizza and then found something absolutely amazing?

That’s how it felt when I walked into Rampart Tree House.

Looking for something to eat and a drink after work, my friend and I stumbled into Rampart Treehouse.

When we walked through the doors, we were greeted with the prettiest Magnolia Tree, Cutest Skeletons, and hugely delicious pizza.

If you find yourself sightseeing on this side of the quarter, you will not be disappointed about taking a break, grabbing a drink, and just soaking in the art.

Photography Tip: When you first walk in, you will be stunned on how beautiful the Magnolia Tree is! Keep walking, when you make it a little past the bar, you can take a photo of the magnolia tree, eclectic chairs, and art on the wall.

Seasonal Instas

21. Tulips in City Park (February-March)

1 Palm Dr

Tullips in city Park

Each year City Park plants thousands of Tulip bulbs in City Park by the Big Lake. This stunning sight is loved by locals and tourists alike. Even though you cannot stand in the flowers, you can get pretty close to it!

Photography Tip: Depending on the weather, the tulips do not last long! Make sure you get out there as soon as they bloom to snap the freshest photos. There is also a NOLA 300 sign right by the tulips.

22. Bead Tree

St Charles Avenue

Bead tree on St Charles Avenue Magazine

New Orleans has a very rare tree that blooms once a year – the Mardi Gras Bead Tree! Each Year during carnival season, the Mardi Gras Tree blooms with all of their glory! Make sure you catch these trees bloom before the city cleans them up. If you miss this tree, you can experience the love of Mardi Gras all year round.

Photography Tip: Find the smallest tree with the most beads on it! That way you will find the best tree with the prettiest booms. Photo is best taken with a blue sky or at sunset.

23. Houses Decorate for Mardi Gras

Rampart and St Anne

Mardi Gras house in French Quarter St Anne and Rampart

If you thought Halloween and Christmas Decorations in New Orleans were fabulous, you haven’t seen how we do Mardi Gras!

One of the most Instagrammable Mardi Gras Houses is this adorable yellow shotgun on St Ann Street by Rampart. Every year, the owners decorate it to the nines!

Just in case you didn’t know, Mardi Gras Colors mean something more than just super colorful outfits! Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power.

Photography tip: Even though this house is beautiful no matter what, it truly shimmers in purple, green, and gold on a sunny day.

Are you ready for Mardi Gras yet?

22. Mardi Gras Indians (Mardi Gras, Super Sunday, Select events)

If you thought Halloween and Christmas Decorations in New Orleans were fabulous, you haven’t seen how we do Mardi Gras!

One of the most Instagrammable Mardi Gras Houses is this adorable yellow shotgun on St Ann Street by Rampart. Every year, the owners decorate it to the nines!

Just in case you didn’t know, Mardi Gras Colors mean something more than just super colorful outfits! Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power.

Photography tip: Even though this house is beautiful no matter what, it truly shimmers in purple, green, and gold on a sunny day.

Central City

Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans

Even though Mardi Gras Indians appear in their traditional garb for many events throughout the year, the only time you will see the Mardi Gras Indians in a large number is on Mardi Gras Day and Super Sunday.

Super Sunday is always celebrated on St Joseph’s Day and the Mardi Gras Indian gangs meet up A.L. Davis Park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street and parade throughout the street.

Photography tip: Bring a wide angle lens to capture the entire Indian Garb. Some of these costumes are so large that they are hard to capture. Each of the suits is hand sewn, so you will want to get a photo of all the detail.

23. Snowballs (March – October)

Any snowball stand

Snowball at Hansens snowbliz

Like most things in New Orleans, snowballs are a way of life. There are so many different colorful flavors to choose from. Each snowball stand holds so much history and tells a different story.

Photography Tip: Unless you are snapping your photo in early March or Late October your snowball well melt fast! Hurry up and decide where you are going to snap the picture and put the phone away to quickly gobble up your melting snowball.

24. 4th of July Fireworks (July)

Mississippi River

Fourth of July Instagrammable Nola

Each year, the city of New Orleans celebrates the 4th of July with Fireworks over the river. The city comes together to watch the dueling barges fireworks show.

Photography Tip: Bring a Tripod, some snacks, and a beer to get this perfect shot! Also, I climbed over the Rusty Rainbow in Crescent City Park to get this shot of the Mississippi River.

25. Running of the Bulls (July)

Warehouse District

Instagramable New Orleans Running of the bulls

You know how Pampolma has Running of the Bulls? Well New Orleans also has that same event, except our bulls are roller derby women!

Running of the Bulls is one of the best events to take photos of in July. One – it starts at 8 am so you beat the heat most of the day, and everyone wears the same uniform – White with a little bit of Red.

Photography Tip: I’ve never been sober at this event, so take your photos early! The longer the day goes by…the harder it will be to get a photo of a roller derby lady.

26. Skeleton House (October)

St Charles and State Street

It’s not typical that a random house with outstanding Halloween Decorations has its own Yelp or Tripadvisor page, but the Skeleton House on St Charles does! Each Halloween, this family goes ALL OUT in decorating their house for Halloween.

Photography Tip: Come at Sunset – the skeleton house has an outstanding glow at that time of day.

27. Roosevelt at Christmas (November-December)

130 Roosevelt Way

Roosevelt Hotel at Christmas

Christmas in New Orleans is defined by our hotel lobbies, and the Waldorf Astoria Roosevelt Hotel knows how to decorate a lobby. Known as a Waldorf Wonderland (and one of my most liked photos!) The Roosevelt Lobby is something that you just need to see in person.

Photography Tip: If you want a photo of the entire lobby with no one in it, good luck. The only way to get that is if you stay out really late on a weeknight or get there at the first thing in the morning. Or you can get creative and take an up-close photo of some of the lights.

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