Instagram is a major source of #TravelInspo for us, but sometimes we can't help feeling like everyone is going to the same places! And it's not just people snapping the obligatory photo of Big Ben or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Instagrammers have a habit of discovering the best lesser-known photo-ops in a city. We've rounded up the top ten most popular places to Instagram that your guidebook won't point you to.
Polignano A Mare - Puglia, Italy
Polignano a Mare is a seaside resort in Puglia, about a half hour train journey from the capital of Bari. To get this shot, you'll need to walk through the winding streets of the bijoux-sized old town to one of the look out points. If you want to swim, bring water shoes. The beach is covered with slick rocks.
Hashtags to search: #WeAreinPuglia #Pugliagram #ig_italia
Little Damage - Los Angeles, USA
If you want to impress your Instagram followers with a shot of jet-black soft serve ice cream from Little Damage in LA, go early. The shop routinely sells out of "Black Roses," the vegan and lactose-free flavor which gets its color from activated charcoal. But no worries if it's gone, there's still the turquoise "Unicorn Tears" to photograph.
Hashtags to search: #BlackIceCream #DTLA #CharcoalIceCream
Peggy Porschen Cakes - London, UK
With an arching rose trellis out front, it's hard to believe this shop wasn't custom designed for Instagram. But Peggy Porschen's patisserie is more than just a Millennial pink advertising gimmick—it also serves pristinely decorated cakes and cookies, which we think are even more Instagrammable than the exterior.
Hashtags to search: #LondonCoffeeShops #prettylittlelondon #cupcakes
Le Consulat - Paris, France
For proof that the Parisian cafe is a perennial favorite, look no further than the thousands of Instagrams of Le Consulat in Montmartre. With the tables lined up outside, daily menu scrawled on a chalkboard and striking logo, it hits all the marks.
Hashtags to search: #thisisparis #montmartre #parisjetaime
Tunnelbanan Station - Stockholm, Sweden
While Stockholm doesn't lack for picturesque panoramas, it's most Instagram-friendly spot might the indoors Tunnelbana subway station. The ceiling is painted to look like a sky with a large rainbow crossing it, and the perfect way to lighten up the long winter nights.
Hashtags to search: #subwayseries_sth #tunnelbana #subwayart
Capela Das Almas - Porto, Portugal
Azulejos are white tiles painted blue and are a trademark of Porto, Portugal. But while they decorate the facades of many buildings, our favorite place for a photo op is the Capela das Almas, or Chapel of Souls. The tiles depict the life and death of various saints and, despite the fact they have an eighteenth-century flourish, were produced by Eduardo Leite in the twentieth century.
Hashtags to search: #porto #visitporto #ihavethisthingwithtiles
Umbrella Ceiling - Bath, UK
Umbrella ceilings have been popping up in cities around Europe recently, but we vote for this multi-color canopy in Bath as a personal favorite. Not only will it protect you from the West Country's perpetual drizzle, the bright hues add some pep to the otherwise grey skies.
Hashtags to search: #bath #umbrella #umbrellasky
The Dancing House - Prague, Czech Republic
If you crossed Gaudi with Scandi minimalism, you'd have Pragues well-Instagrammed dancing house, designed by Frank Ghery. For the best view, walk across the Jiraskuv bridge toward the side of the old town. While you can't tour the building, it's an office block, you can head to the restaurant on the top floor for a pricey meal and views to match.
Hashtags to search: #dancinghouse #architecture #frankghery
Hallgrímskirkja - Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is a small city, so you'll be able to take in most of it from the top of Hallgrímskirkja church. We love how the bright tin houses look almost like a toy village from this far above. It's one of those photos that, even though you've seen it already, you're break a grin when it pops up in your feed again.
Hashtags to search: #iceland #viewfromthetop #hallgrimskirkja
Prada Marfa - Texas, USA
Okay, so there isn't really a Prada just off Route 90 in South Western, Texas. The building is an art installation by the Berlin-based duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. They built the store in 2005 and intended to let it slowly degrade into the landscape. While the project has since become famous in its own right, you'll struggle to find a postcard of more than the now iconic logo.
Hashtags to search: #roadtrip #pradamarfa #ontheroad