Just admit it. You’ve done it. I’ve done it. We’ve all done it. All for the ‘gram. Pics or it didn’t happen, right?
Populating the Instagram highlight reel is easy when you’re #livingyourbestlife on vacay, or partying it up with your (very photogenic) friends. But, let’s face it. Sometimes the day-to-day in Dallas can feel a bit bland and leave even those at the tip-top of their Insta game at a loss.
Well, it’s about to get real — Insta real. Join the ranks of the Insta cool-kids-club again and strike a pose at these spots. Then, watch the likes come rolling in.
Klyde Warren Park
Where: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
It’s Dallas’ version of Central Park, which means you need to take a photo of this deck of green space over Woodall Rodgers Freeway that connects Uptown and Downtown. There’s always Instagrammable activities happening, too — from yoga to dancing, food trucks to festivals, and other social events.
Sweet Daze Dessert Bar
Where: 3356, 581 W. Campbell Road, #127, Richardson
Photograph your cake and eat it, too. The sweet shop is quite possibly the most Instagrammable sugar rush you could possibly find, with artisan soft serve, designer donuts, unicorn confections, cake-topped drinks, and so much more. It’s in Richardson, but so worth the trip north.
Atrium at The Crescent
Where: 200 Crescent Ct.
A favorite of stylistas, the atrium area at The Crescent creates a sophisticated-chic vibe for any type of snap.
Where: 210 E. Eldorado Pkwy., Little Elm
Send out vacay vibes by swinging by this waterfront hang out at the beach in Little Elm. Speedy Insta scrollers will think you’re in some sort of tropical paradise. It’s not technically in Dallas, but a lot closer than the Caribbean.
Where: 1914 Commerce St.
This glam rooftop scene on the 19th floor of The Statler is made for fruity drinks — and fun photos — with a view that’s been called one of the most Instagrammable of downtown. Plus, did we say there’s a hot pool scene.
Deep Ellum Murals
Where: Deep Ellum (various locations)
Let the walls do the talking, with the artsy-edgy collage of Deep Ellum murals that offer up a colorful background for your next post (or more like next 10 posts — you won’t be able to choose just one). The art is part of the 42 Murals project, and the options are endless.
Soda Bar at NYLO Dallas South Side
Where: 1325 S. Lamar St.
It’s a view from the top at this boutique hotel’s rooftop pool bar that offers a sweepingly perfect view of the Dallas skyline.
Where: 161 Glass St.
For cool-slash-provocative photo ops, the Dallas Contemporary has you covered with a rotating list of exhibits (and a photogenic “Good Morning Dallas” mural outside). Pro tip: There’s a Jeremy Scott fashion retrospective coming in early 2019, so put that in your mental Insta calendar.
The Chapel at Thanks-Giving Square
Where: 1627 Pacific Ave.
It’s a hidden kaleidoscope in the heart of downtown’s concrete jungle. The architectural gem, designed by Philip Johnson, is a haven of peacefulness and features a spiral design with colorful stained glass that’s made for Instagram.
Where: 1500 Main St.
The colorful streamers are an Insta win, and these whimsical ribbons are brightly fluttering and waiting for you in the heart of downtown.
Where: 601 S. Pearl Expwy.
Plants are good for the soul — and for your Instagram “like” quotient. There are plenty of statement-making “live” props to choose from at this plant and flower shop, located right across from the Dallas Farmers Market, which also happens to be a decent Instagram go-to.
McKinney Avenue Trolley
Where: Various locations
Vintage-inspired moments are made for Instagram. And the restored-retro trolleys that run through Uptown and Downtown provide plenty of material.
White Rock Lake
Where: 8300 East Lawther Dr.
From sunrise to sunset, this iconic Dallas lake is always a good idea and there are plenty of picturesque places along the nine-mile loop.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Where: 109 Continental Ave.
The Santiago Calatrava-designed bridge has become almost as iconic to the city skyline as the ball in the sky that is Reunion Tower — which means it’s an Instagram mainstay with multiple angles that never get old. Take the photo from the pedestrian footbridge or the Trinity Groves area, though. Safety first.
Southern Methodist University
Where: 6425 Boaz Ln.
From the tree-lined boulevard to the pretty buildings, the Dallas campus is too cool for school — almost. Go back to class for the sake of Instagram.
Highland Park Village
Where: Corner of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road
This shopping mecca is quite magical — with beautiful Spanish-influenced architecture, a historic movie theater, overarching trees, luxe shops, and glittery stringer lights. On any given day, you’ll probably see a fashion blogger shooting there, too.
Where: 314 N. Bishop Ave.
Giving new meaning to pretty as pie, this adorable shop in the Bishop Arts District is a mighty fine place for a post. There’s also a location in Deep Ellum at 2708 Main St.
Otto’s Coffee and Fine Foods
Where: 1321 Commerce St.
Coffee ’grams will forever be in vogue. Get yours at this Viennese-style café at The Adolphus, the historic hotel downtown.
The Eye at The Joule
Where: 1530 Main St.
Play eye spy with this now-signature 30-foot-tall eyeball sculpture by artist Tony Tasset in downtown Dallas. It’s kinda weird and kinda cool.
The Traveling Man
Where: 2605 Elm St.
The stainless-steel robot man is made by local artist Brad Oldham — it’s like Dallas’ version of Oz’s Tin Man. It’s on the northeast side of the Deep Ellum Rail Station. But, at 38-feet-tall, you won’t have trouble finding it.
Where: 7A Highland Park Village
The charm is so real at this Highland Park Village bakery that literally declares “Let Them Eat Cake”! It was founded by actor Armie Hammer’s wife, Elizabeth Chambers Hammer. So, it has star factor, in addition to all that sweetness.
Where: 300 Reunion Blvd. East
The big ball in the sky is nothing new. But, if you haven’t posted from it on Instagram, can you really even say you live in Dallas (or have visited). It’s an icon. The best shots will be 470 feet up at the GeO-Deck and Cloud Nine Café, where you’ll experience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views.
Sweet Tooth Hotel
Where: 2316 Victory Park Ln.
Check in at this “hotel,” where your stay will include one major amenity: Instagram gold. The sugar-fueled art and retail pop-up in Victory Park is a crave-worthy place to snap photos that will dial up your ’gram cred. Five unique rooms are overflowing with sweet dreams and candy crushes. But, don’t delay: The indulgence officially ends on August 31.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Where: 8525 Garland Rd.
Getting in touch with nature is always a good idea for the ‘gram, and the Dallas Arboretum has all of the lush blooms and greenery you could imagine — plus views of White Rock Lake. So stop and smell the flowers, and be rewarded with post-worthy pics.
Where: 3656 Howell St.
The “Off The Beaten Path” neon sign is made for the ‘gram. But, chances are you’ll find plenty of other moments to capture at this restaurant, bar, and live music venue — with or without your Insta hubby.
Where: 5420 Ross Ave.
Because avocado toast is still a thing, find it and so much more at this eatery that has both sweet and savory varieties of thick slices of #gluten (and #glutenfree options, too).
Beauty Bar in Deep Ellum
Where: 2805 Main St.
Cue the retro vibes, and put a cherry on top outside this pretty-in-pink destination that’s an amazing photo wall by day and a DJ-driven bar by night.
Where: 2803 Main St.
The word art that’s everywhere will quench your Insta appetite at this hip eatery and bar. (But, the food’s none too shabby to photograph, either.)
Trinity River Audubon Center
Where: 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Go au naturel at this haven for hikes, forest and prairie land, bird-watching, and the perfect Insta shot. The center itself is also a structural beauty for your background.
Where: 4601 Lakeside Dr.
Scoring major cuteness points, this park is nicknamed “Teddy Bear Park” for its whimsical, larger-than-life sculptures. It’s a virtual care-bear cuddle that will have the Instagram likes rolling in.
Nekter Juice Bar
Where: 6712 Snider Plaza
Follow any healthy-foodie blogger, and you know that smoothie bowls are all the rage. Get your superfood fix with a very photogenic one here.
Where: 3011 Gulden Ln.
The unique variety of restaurants and shops coupled with a relaxed atmosphere, great patios, and amazing views of downtown mean that Trinity Groves is virtually made for Instagram.