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12 Most Instagrammable Places In San Francisco

If you’re looking for the most Instagrammable places in San Francisco to fill your feed with beauty, then look no further. Here’s our ultimate photo guide.

1. Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world.

Therefore, it’s also one of the most photographed and Instagrammable places in San Francisco.

With so many different angles and locations to shoot it from, we found our favourite place to be Battery Spencer.

A straight forward drive over the bridge itself, and onto the North Shore, Battery Spencer is easy enough to find.

Just be sure to head there early morning or late evening to avoid the crowds.

There are also so many tours based around seeing the bridge from different angles. Including the Golden Gate Bridge Cycle Tour, Golden Gate Bay Cruise and San Francisco Helicopter Tour.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Battery Spencer

2. Pier 7

Not the most famous of the piers in San Francisco, but having seen a piece of symmetry on google images, we added it to the San Francisco itinerary.

Pier 7 gives an awesome look back at the city, with its rustic wooden feel and layers of benches.

We gave it a go at creating our own epic ‘movie like’ photo here.

It’s located just off the Embarcadero, so if you’re walking through the city Pier 7 is easy to find.

Exploring the piers is definitely one of the best things to do in San Francisco.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Baker Beach Pier 7

3. Bernal Heights

So most people already know Bernal Heights as one of the most Instagrammable places in San Francisco.

Mainly because there’s a tree swing that someone has built, creating an epic fairytale shot over the city.

However when we arrived, there was a huge queue of tourists lining up to use the swing.

So we decided to dodge the crowds and make our own piece of magic overlooking the San Francisco skyline.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Bernal Heights

4. Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies are a set of exquisitely preserved Victorian houses, sitting just off Alamo Square.

They are already just like a postcard. So if you take a walk to the top of the hill, and place yourself in front of them, you shouldn’t struggle getting an awesome photo.

It’s certainly a spot to sit down and enjoy a rest too. So you may want to take a picnic.

Plus your family and friends may recognise the location from the TV show ‘Full House’ that aired in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

There’s even a Beyond the Painted Ladies Walking Tour!

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Painted Ladies

5. The Embarcadero

The Embarcadero is home to several waterfront attractions.

If you start at the Ferry Building, opposite Sue Bierman Park and walk along the Embarcadero, you may find markets, buskers and creative groups of people strolling up and down the strip.

Needless to say on our first day in America we were super excited by the palm trees and road signs, so got this snap – later to be posted on our Instagram.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Embarcadero

6. A Rooftop

No matter which city you visit, the rooftops are always on a photographers hit list. So if you’re looking for Instagrammable places in San Francisco heading up high is always a good option.

We stayed at Cova Hotel, which happened to have a rooftop bar included with awesome views of the city. 

We highly recommend finding a place where you can observe San Francisco’s concrete jungle. To listen and see the city from above was one our most special moments in San Francisco.

Some of the best rooftop bars in San Francisco are: Rooftop 25, Oeste, Everdeen and El Techo de Lolinda.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Rooftop Cova Hotel

7. Union Square

No moment of silence was ever found at Union Square.

The bustling square near the theater district has everything from upscale department stores and boutiques to discount houses.

However, it also happens to be one of the most Instagrammable places in San Francisco.

With cute painted love hearts to choose from, and of course the high-rise buildings, it’s hard not to snap a good shot in Union Square.

One of the coolest things we saw in Union Square was the Union Square Cable Car City Tour, a one-of-a-kind city tour that lets you travel the streets of San Francisco in style aboard an authentic classic cable car.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Union Square

8. Lombard Street

Lombard Street is in the record books as being ‘the curviest street in the world’.

This curvy road is a major tourist attraction, receiving around two million visitors per year and up to 17,000 per day on busy summer weekends.

It can be difficult to grab a photo here, purely because of the amount of people, so if you’re in a hurry or not a fan of crowds then maybe this isn’t your thing.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Lombard Street

9. Kirby Cove

Once one of the most Instagrammable Places In San Francisco, known for its Kirby Cove Swing. This is sadly no more.

The swing is no longer there, and has been completely cut down, however we still managed to get a pretty cool shot walking through the camp site on a summers day.

The walk down is quite a journey after parking at the top of Battery Spencer. But after strolling down for 30 minutes we chilled on the beach at the bottom looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Kirby Cove

10. Sausalito

We had so many recommendations to visit Sausalito, a quaint little town on the North Shore of San Francisco.

So after driving around Battery Spencer and walking down to Kirby Cove, we headed to Sausalito for lunch.

With cute windy roads, and a harbour full of cafes, it was extremely photogenic. Our favourite photo however was this at the top of a neighbourhood road, looking down on the harbour below.

If you’re short on time, or prefer everything to be organised for you, then there’s a highly rated Muir Woods, Sausalito and Alcatraz Day Tour available!

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Sausalito

11. Golden Gate Overlook

With such an aura around the Golden Gate Bridge, we just had to go back and check it out from a different location.

We’d not seen many photos online from the Golden Gate Overlook so took a risk and decided to head there on our final night.

Not only was the perspective of the bridge pretty cool, but we were the only ones there!

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Golden Gate Overlook

12. Baker Beach

Baker beach is mostly known for it’s view of the Golden Gate Bridge. However we snapped this sunset shot on the eve of Lauren’s Birthday.

Having arrived at Baker Beach a little too late to get the bridge shot, we chilled in our truck and watched the sunset.

Either way, it still made for one of the most Instagrammable places in San Francisco.

Instagrammable Places In San Francisco Baker Beach

Where To Stay In San Francisco

Luxury

St. Regis San Francisco

One of the most sought after hotels in San Francisco.

Located in the SOMA District of San Francisco, St Regis features a full service spa, an indoor infinity pool and an on-site restaurant.

This 5-star accommodation is just an 8 minute walk from Union Square, and is super central to everything in the city.

All guest rooms come with a luxurious bathroom with a soaking tub, and a TV.

Mid-Budget

Cova Hotel

Centrally located in Downtown San Francisco, Cova Hotel offers a free shuttle service to Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Guests can enjoy a daily continental breakfast at the hotel.

Cova Hotel rooms include a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV, a French balcony and free WiFi. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer city views. 

In-house guests can enjoy a complementary unlimited wine reception from Monday through Sunday from 17:00 until 19:00 at the rooftop bar.

The hotel also has a 24-hour business centre, a fitness centre, and room service is also available.

Budget

Boston Hotel

Conveniently located in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, Boston Hotel is set less than 0.6 miles from San Francisco City Hall.

A 20 minute walk from Union Square, the accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage for guests.

At Boston Hotel all rooms have a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV as well as free WiFi.

A shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer is available for all to use.

For more places to stay in San Francisco, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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12 Most Instagrammable Places In San Francisco

Klaus

Friday 15th of September 2023

Very nice pictures, but the photobombing of the couple... OMG...awful