The greater ATL area has a lot going for it. Great food, a thriving music industry, a rich and complex history, as well as plenty of natural beauty — it’s a place with some deep character. It’s also full of creative people, including photographers. Whether you’re visiting from out of town and want to hit some of the must-Instagram spots locals already know, or you’re a local looking to enliven your photography work for your followers, our list of the 11 most Instagrammable places in Atlanta has something for you.
1. This charming castle-like home
There’s a lot you can do with this historic venue, both inside and out. A naturally lit portrait on the Victorian fainting couch is one obvious choice. From the outside, this century-old stone house offers a cool view of the castle-like turret overlooking its garden.
2. A unique Atlanta-made mural
Murals always make for great ‘gramming, and Atlanta’s got them in spades. It would be easy to just list 11 killer pieces of street art, but we’re holding ourselves to one. This is outside the Westside showroom Atlanta MADE, which sells locally produced products. But the mural’s sentiment is bigger than the store itself, and that’s why it’s becoming one of the city’s most photographed murals. Bonuses: it’s easy to get all of it in the frame; also, it’s sharp but visually simple, which helps draw Instagram attention.
3. The historic Kirkwood mansion
It’s a classic Southern home, a majestic Queen Anne Victorian mansion overlooking the lovely Kirkwood neighborhood. It’s beautiful enough from the front yard to warrant some serious Instagramming, but inside you’ll also find ample shot opportunities and a variety of rooms, including a billiards room. The vintage charm of the house is retained in its furnishings, which are fittingly elegant without veering into tacky.
4. This downtown loft inspired by comic books
Geeks rejoice: you’re going to like this loft’s walls. This downtown apartment is street-styled throughout, from more polished murals like this one to wildly sprayed graffiti and everything in between. It exudes a distinctly urban feel with a particularly nerdy slant, and we couldn’t love the combination more. Any Instagram photo with colors as bright as these will stand out in the feed.
5. The Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta’s aquarium is one of the best in the world, though the city often doesn’t get proper credit for it. The aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit is home to four massive whale sharks, and they’re no strangers to being photographed. Whale sharks require huge tanks to thrive, and most aquariums aren’t equipped for them, but the Ocean Voyager tank provides them with 6.3 million gallons of salt water to enjoy.
6. This intimate downtown loft studio
You can never go wrong with creative studio spaces, which will often have professional lighting equipment, backdrops, and other photography gear available either for an additional fee or included in the booking price. This one also has some high-set windows for brilliant natural light, as well as some grungy, distressed painted brick and a gorgeous couch.
7. Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is a result of the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history, which sought to revitalize the city’s historic (but run-down) Sears, Roebuck & Co. building. As such, it’s become an instant cultural hub and home to pop-shops, an excellent local food hall, and plenty of good art and people. And if you like food Instagram? Yeah, stop here first.
8. This majestic castle-like brownstone with epic views
This Old Fourth Ward stunner brings a lot to the table. While the interior offers a bunch of attractive photo options, it’s the outside that really takes the cake. For one, the brownstone looks like a shotgun-style castle, which is in and of itself interesting. But the beautiful and green rooftop space also allows for stunning views of Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead.
9. This sleek minimalist studio
Stylish and minimalist, plus bathed in natural light — this photo studio is a recipe for great Instagram photos, especially if you know what you’re doing. You’ve got two approaches available to you here. You can shoot in the back with a professional lighting setup through the studio, or you can set up shop in the front of the building and take advantage of the light through the spacious front windows. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
10. This warehouse studio space
This airy venue offers 5,000 feet of raw creative space with an urban flair, from the eye-grabbing graffiti out front to the rusting metal and bare wood floors. There’s a gritty beauty to it all. It feels more like a workshop than a venue — a place for hard work and an Atlanta sensibility to come together to produce great work.
11. This contemporary art gallery
Art galleries are always among the most Instagrammable locations in any city, and when they’re smaller, unique, and intimate, you can really get some good photography done without feeling unwelcome or intrusive. This gallery’s a particularly good choice in that it also has an attractive outdoor terrace area. Additionally, the pieces here exhibit a pretty broad range, from traditional mediums and styles to the wildly experimental, so there’s something to fit any aesthetic.
Atlanta is one of our favorite cities, and that’s because it’s not really like any other place in the world. It’s in the South — and it feels like it — but it’s also a thriving and diverse metroplex, and there aren’t many cities in the U.S. where the influence of both urban and rural living come together in such a dynamic way. Atlanta only gets more intensely creative every year, making it an energizing place to produce great work. Go on: pick any of our 11 most Instagrammable places in Atlanta, snap some pictures, and tell us we’re wrong.