2016 Edition: The 30 Most Instagrammable Spots In NYC

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2016 brought a lot of angst, (vodka) and emotions. We’ve been scrolling and double tapping our way through the year, and there are some now-iconic spots that we (and most of NYC) couldn’t get enough of. The year brought more Instagram-ready retail establishments and dining spots than ever. From crazy edible creations to street art, we’re rounding up the most Instagrammable places and moments of 2016. Below, check out our list of photo faves β€” and be sure to hit the ones you haven’t seen next year.

This restaurant takes #ihavethisthingwithpink to a whole new level πŸ’πŸ»πŸ’•

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Pietro Nolita won our hearts with their dreamy AF aesthetic and guilt-free food. As the age-old phrase goes, “if you make it pink, they will come.” 

Last night at @thegarretbar. No bad days (or nights) when you’re with friends. #whereimholding

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The Garret East’s “No Bad Days” sign is our motto 24/7, 365. 

grab ur own βœŒπŸΌοΈπŸ‘…

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Aside from the major French vibes and colorful food, CafΓ© Henrie boasts some babe-centric neon. 

I made some of those today. ✨ #MakeGoodChoices @glossier

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The Glossier showroom brought all of our minimal makeup dreams to life β€” and made instant gratification that much more real. 

With its clean lines and modern collection, the new Whitney Museum is every art-loving ‘grammer’s paradise. 

The Baron von Fancy walls at Bandier Flatiron’s Studio B was the #sweatyselfie backdrop and workout motivation we needed. 

Attracting everyone from model types to health foodies, Cha Cha Matcha’s tiki bar vibes made us reconsider that morning cup of coffee. 

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to be in attendance at Coach’s iconic 75th anniversary presentation, you probably know someone who was (cue FOMO). 

Who could forget Black Tap’s famously over the top milkshakes? They took over our feeds from inside the restaurant to Governor’s Ball and beyond. 

No new friends.

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A visit to LES fave Tictail’s ever-rotating mural is non-negotiable. 

Love wins, indeed. And so does this room at @refinery29’s #29rooms πŸ“Έ @cyndiramirez

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This year, Refinery29 outdid themselves with the captivating second iteration of 29 Rooms. 

Yaaay it’s Friday πŸ’«

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Stairway to heaven? We’ll take a shopping spree at Barneys 7th Ave any day. 

Ignoring the soul-crushing reality that vegan doesn’t equal good for you, by CHLOE’s burger and fries makes us feel better about our indulgences. 

We have this thing with bars β€” especially when it comes to Parisian-inspired Le Coucou

Whether you’re in need of a pre-party touch up or a #treatyourself day, Paintbox nails the mani game every time. 

There’s a lot we could say about the 2016 election, but the Orchard Street Hanksy mural just about sums it up. Sorry, not sorry. 

If there’s one thing we learned from the colorful creations at Ice & Vice, it’s that if you can dream it, they can do it. 

Starting off the weekend in my happy place #atribecalledsweat #y7studio

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2016 was low-key the year of health β€” among our favorite classes was Y7’s sweat dripping, beat bumping, candlelit take on yoga. 

MG FLOWER SHOP 134 Wooster Street 🌸 Flowers by @brrch_floral

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Snag the year’s it-bag and some major springtime vibes at the Mansur Gavriel Soho pop-up. 

teeing up my OOO alert like 😝

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It’s still very much a man’s world out there, but The Wing’s gorgeous co-working space brought Boss Babes together to inspire some much-needed girl power. 

Booze, shuffleboard, and the flamingo wallpaper? If retirement is anything like hanging out at Royal Palms, sign us up ASAP. 

Bottoms Up πŸ’…πŸ½πŸ’•πŸ’˜

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When faced with the question “where are we getting drinks later?”, The Lucky Bee won every time. 

life is full of tough decisions.

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Union Fare broke the internet with their stuffed croissants, and we’re certain the hype isn’t dying down anytime soon. 

Everyday cozy meets luxe at the Lou & Grey NYC space. 


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The cramped Mott Street cafe grew up with the opening of Two Hands Restaurant in early 2016. 

The future is now. πŸ‘Ύ #oculusnyc cc: @pieraluisa

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The Oculus at World Trade is kind of majestic in the most NYC way possible. 

my face is pure ecstasy because I mean, what’s better than a sprinkles pool that makes me feel like I’m 12

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The pool of sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream is now a fleeting memory of #summersixteen…fingers crossed for round 2 next year. 

[12 Dec 2016] objects in phone are as delicious as they appear. πŸ˜‹πŸ’• #phoneception

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Though food trends may come and go (we’re looking at you, avo toast), we hope brunch is forever. Especially at Chinatown’s latest gem, Nickel & Diner.  

Views like whoa, @thewilliamvale. Stay tuned for more on TTS.

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With city views for days, the William Vale was made for staycationing. 

goodbye blue monday

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Butler Bakeshop quietly opened less than three months ago, but the minimal Aussie cafe is already a hit. Expect to see it everywhere come 2017.




Featured image by Vanessa Granda

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