The 11 Most Instagrammable Places in SF
- Date: September 7, 2022
- Topic: Photography
- By: Peerspace
Wondering what are the most Instagrammable places in SF? At Peerspace, we get it. When it comes to Instagrammable cities, very few compare to San Francisco. After all, this is the city that brought us Rice-A-Roni, hippie counterculture, and the sexual revolution has become a favorite location tag among travel bloggers and social media influencers alike.
We’re pretty crazy about the place, too – which is why we’ve compiled this handy list of the most Instagrammable places in SF. As the song says, “if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair” – and be sure to tag us when you’re raking in the likes with a photo at one of these luxurious, Cali-cool locations.
1. This glitzy jewel box atelier
Snap a print-worthy portrait in this jewel box atelier. It’s inspired by Christian Dior’s Paris fashion house and is available to book on Peerspace. This three-story, 1500-square-foot studio was designed to resemble a traditional European workspace, offering a glamorous hexagon platform, pale pink seating, and ornate chandelier.
Complete with a rooftop deck, decorative molding, and delicate accessories – this luxurious space provides the perfect environment for showcasing couture and vintage-inspired styles. Take a load off in one of the stylish armchairs or take a note from the mannequins and bask in the natural light by the window. Try shooting from the ground up to include the beautiful crown molding in your photo, or lean against the metallic walls in your coolest shades.
2. This fun and funky used bookstore
Show off your inner bookworm in one of San Francisco’s charming used bookstores. This quintessential Bay Area store and gallery has plenty of nooks and crannies for reading (or pretending to read while you take artsy pictures).
Used books provide a wealth of inspiration with photo-ready quotes and covers. A mix of natural and artificial light makes it easy to adjust the mood of your photos, while unique postcards lend themselves to in-house recreations and parodies. Worn leather and wooden shelves make this space warm and inviting. However, the best part is how much chic you’ll look in comparison to all the other people hamming it up in front of the Golden Gate.
3. This lively, light-filled neighborhood café
No filter is needed with this tranquil café. Yes, it would look spectacular in certain contexts, but this peaceful Duboce Triangle spot is perfectly dreamy all on its own. It was originally a greenhouse before being converted into a Parisian-style sidewalk cafe decades ago. Its delicate window panes result in an overflow of natural light, feeding the lush greenery and souls of passersby alike. Spacious surroundings and beautiful street views make it easy to capture backlit photos with stunning sun flare.
The cafe also serves local coffees and snacks, making it ideal for catching some delicious bites in between shots.
4. This dreamer’s retreat with ocean views
It might not be okay for people in glass houses to throw stones, but it’s perfectly fine for them to throw shade. And why wouldn’t you give the haters a little extra ammunition in this gorgeous Sea Cliff penthouse? Along with a gourmet kitchen, lounge room, coffee bar, fireplace, and solarium, this not-so-humble abode features a glass-encased, luxury bedroom.
The space is steps away from Land’s End, China Beach, and Baker Beach, which means you can add any one of this home’s three stories to your story. The third-floor “loo with a view” will give you the relaxing space needed to secretly swoon over your own newsfeed – making this one of the most Instagrammable places in SF.
5. This playful premier downtown gallery salon
Contemporary art and eclectic furnishings merge to create a cozy space that would make any Insta influencer psyched to post. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves pair beautifully with modern photography and an extra large, 10-seater bamboo table – a soothing replacement for dreary conference rooms or party halls. Comfy chairs, as well as retro prints and textures, make this space a treasure trove of Instagrammable angles.
Still not convinced? Then check out what a Peerspace reviewer remarked after using this shop for a photoshoot. “This place is amazing for photography. Lynn is a great host and very welcoming. He is a photographer himself and has had quite the experience. I highly recommend renting this space for your event or production”
6. Play with pastels and textures at this sunny luxe condo
There is something retro, maximal, and straight-up irresistible about this luxe condo in Oakland. The hosts lovingly call it their “Avocando,” which is understandable when you check out the color scheme here! The 800-square-foot space is brimming with inspiration, from the patterned wallpaper to the textural decor and the mood lighting to the verdant plant life.
Check out all the photos of the Avocando on its listing page to appreciate its uniqueness and Instagrammability!
7. This brooding steampunk bar and lounge
This dark and moody steampunk-inspired bar and lounge in China Basin is a brilliant venue for taking photos. It is 3,000 square feet of industrial-age decor and interesting things to shoot in every corner. Pose against the original brick walls, kick back on a vintage velvet sofa, or enjoy a signature cocktail at the bar.
A Peerspace user who booked this bar for a music video shoot shared the following review: “Phil is one of the best host. Super cooperative. Everything went smoothly. The location is even better looking than in pictures. I would definitely like to book this location again.”
8. A highlight-worthy architectural marvel by the sea
Your Sunday brunch will never look better than in this contemporary mid-century home. Maybe it’s the Japanese-influenced architectural elements, the spa-like bathroom, or the sprawling area that spans 3,400 square feet, but this residence deserves all of its accolades, including an international design award. Ultimately, this sun-soaked Californian hideaway will serve as the modern retreat your feed has been dying for.
Just check out what a Peerspace reviewer shared after booking this amazing home: “We loved filming at this home – it’s jaw-dropping in the architecture, interior design, & the natural beauty that surrounds it, and Chris was a wonderful host! We really appreciated how available he was throughout the shoot for any questions that came up.”
9. A unique interactive photo studio and event space
Your next Instagram hit could be as easy as a few clicks at this interactive photo studio in SoMa. The space comprises six different rooms, each with its own art installments and music. Taking photos here allows you to celebrate the work of local artists (and look really cool while doing it). It’s easy to see why this is one of the most Instagrammable places in SF!
10. Your very own private prep kitchen
This designer loft in SoMa is one of our favorite spaces for taking Instagrammable pictures in San Francisco. It’s a one-of-a-kind space with custom lighting and design features that will make your photos stand out beautifully. If you’re a chef or just a foodie at heart, then you’ll adore this amazing space even more!
A photographer shared the following in a Peerspace review: “Tony’s home is spectacular. In a 4 hour shoot we just scratched the surface of possibilities. He was a gracious and helpful host. Can’t wait to go back!”
11. This gallery-style apartment with views for days
One-hundred percent of poll sticker participants agree that this Clarendon Heights residence is absolutely Instagrammable. The space exudes chic Californian style with its playful decor, while the incredible architecture is sure to drop jaws. Thanks to its open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, you get unobstructed views of the city. It’s absolutely a luxurious setting for those #LivingMyBestLife moments.
We are definitely not the only fans of this amazing space. Check out what a Peerspace reviewer shared: “Loved this stylish art-decorated space with a stunning view of downtown SF We timed our shoot for the golden hour and fortunately had a crystalline day that brought out the buildings in sharp relief as the shadows lengthen. The host greeted us at the gate and introduced the apartment then left us alone while he retreated to a separate unit downstairs. All very accommodating and communication was excellent.”
Most Instagrammable places in SF: conclusion
San Francisco is home to countless Instagrammable places. And thanks to Peerspace, you can access the hidden gem spaces that will make your feed shine. Book your faves, start snapping away, and let nature (or rather, Insta users) work its magic!
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