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Los Angeles pictures – eight of the most Instagrammable spots

January 10, 2020

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is filled with many of the most Instagrammable areas of California. Whether you’re looking for colourful dining scenes or picturesque city views, here are some beautiful backdrops to bring out the creative photographer in you.

Urban Light

Composed of 202 historic street lamps dating from the 1920s and 1930s, ‘Urban Light’ is a must-see sight when visiting Los Angeles. This large-scale artwork by Chris Burden became an instant landmark when it appeared outside LACMA in 2008.

5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90036

LACMA urban street light sculpture at night
Courtesy of LACMA
Hollywood sign

Hollywood Sign

For many, one of the first stops in La-La Land is the coveted Hollywood Sign. This Los Angeles landmark is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. Photos of these world-famous 45-foot-tall white letters are an absolute must during your time in LA.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

The Beverly Hills Hotel

For over a century The Beverly Hills Hotel has been a favourite place for Hollywood’s brightest lights. This beacon of glamour greets like you like a movie star from the moment you step onto its red carpet. The timeless appeal of the ‘Pink Palace’ also makes for plenty of interesting details you’ll definitely want to capture on camera.

9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills CA 90210

View of hotel's pink façade and palm trees at sunset
Contemporary building facade
Courtesy of The Broad

The Broad

If contemporary art is your thing, look no further than The Broad. Its dynamic collection features some of the best contemporary artists LA has to offer. The unique installations that encompass its walls offer the perfect photos to fuel your Instagram feed.

221 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Alfred Tea Room

The large neon sign above the counter of the gloriously pink Alfred Tea Room famously declares, ‘Tea, yes, you, maybe.’ The real scene stealers though are the creatively crafted drinks including their popular matcha latte and boba milk tea against the pastel Instagram-friendly backdrop.

705 N. Alfred Street
Los Angeles CA 90069

Exterior of pink wall at Alfred Coffee in LA
Courtesy of Alfred Tea Room
griffith observatory in los angeles

Griffith Observatory

Aside from being one of Southern California’s best-loved attractions, Griffith Observatory offers some of the finest views of LA from anywhere in the city. Sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, this LA icon offers endless photo opportunities. It’s a particularly good place to experiment with different angles.

2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles CA 90027

Santa Monica Pier

You know you’ve arrived in Santa Monica as soon as you spot the eye-catching Ferris wheel at the end of the pier, a popular place that attracts visitors from far and wide. When shot against a beautiful blue backdrop of sky and ocean, pictures of the pier’s colourful attractions will give your photos plenty of punch with little need for photo editing.

200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica CA 90401

View of ocean and Santa Monica pier
elephante restaurant in los angeles
Courtesy of Élephante


This buzzing ocean-side rooftop restaurant is an Instagrammer’s dream. Diners are transported from Los Angeles to a Southern Mediterranean vibe without having to leave Santa Monica. The custom-made furniture and creative design touches provide as much inspiration as the beautiful views out across the Pacific Ocean.

1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica CA 90401

For more inspiration to fill your Instagram feed with outstanding images, take a look at our #DCmoments LA Guide and follow us on social media.

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