Miami is home to many artists and unique locations. If you think the beach is the only place to take an Instagram photo then you are missing out on some of the best.
The cool pictures you see on your favorite Miami bloggers' IG are often taken in hidden and lesser known spots. If you are looking to up the ante with Instagram, these locations will inspire your gallery wall.
photography by @mister.oceaneyes
Brickell City Centre
Where: 701 S Miami Ave, Miami
This mall has different locations to take great pictures. You can either go to the second floor or walk by Zara and discover the rooftop section. If you’re looking for the perfect urban-chic picture this is the spot. They also have a flower wall backdrop for a southern feel.
Columbus Center Pool
Where: 1 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables
You can come here any time of the day and do a free photo shoot without too many people looking around. Usually, spring is the best time to come here because the flowers are blooming. And the best part is the view of the water fountain and buildings. This calls for a great Instagram-worthy moment.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Where: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami
You cannot go wrong with Vizcaya. Most of the original land is now a forest. The gardens are huge. Walk around the bay and you’ll find the best spot for a photo sesh. You will have all day to explore the gardens.
Where: 174 E Flagler St, Miami
Situated in the center of downtown Miami, Olympia has a 1920s vibe. The building makes for some great images. Tell your photography assistant to take the picture from across the street. You will thank us.
Miami-Dade County Courthouse
Where: 73 W Flagler St, Miami
If you’re looking for a more edgy look in your photographs then you need to go to the courthouse. This place has awesome pillars. Go early on the weekend when nobody is around.
Where: 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami
Located inside the Kimpton EPIC Hotel on the 31st floor. No doubt, you will get the best view of Downtown Miami. Come at night, enjoy the happy hour and city lights. All your friends will be wondering where did you take that picture.
Where: 750 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
The most visited strip in South Beach offers the best backdrop for pictures. The 1920s Art Deco buildings are painted in colorful pastels. Come in your best outfit and tour the different locations. You might want to hire a photographer for this place.
Where: 1 NE 1st St, Miami
This place is a bit hidden since there’s not a lot of foot traffic around. The garage is not opened yet but is one of the most futuristic garages we’ve seen. Take advantage of this location while is closed to the public. Once it opens, it will be very hard to take a picture here.
Umbrella Sky Project
Where: 100 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
Be an early bird and take advantage of this installation until September. The best time to come is at sunrise. There's a coffee shop on the corner of Giralda Plaza. Just make it a photoshoot project day.
Where: 405 Española Way, Miami Beach
This street has a bunch of boutiques and restaurants surrounded by palm trees. If you come during the weekend it will be very hard to take a nice picture. Come during a weekday, grab an ice cream cone, and take the shot in the middle of the street.
The Wharf Miami
Where: 114 SW North River Dr, Miami
For a laidback and relaxed atmosphere head to The Wharf. The place has plenty of food trucks and a great view of the Miami River. Come in your best summer outfit and take some shots.
Where: 437 SW 2nd St, Miami
You will feel right at home at Casa Florida. The restaurant serves craft cocktails and Floridian brews. The school bus turned dining room is perfect for an Instagram moment.
Where: 152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
The one-mile street has everything — bookstores to restaurants to boutiques. If you’re looking for a clean and classy backdrop with European vibes then here it is. Also, the Umbrella Sky Project is within walking distance.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
Where: 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables
Plan to come here for a full day trip. You can take pictures here for a month. The garden has a waterfall and an extensive collection of rare tropical plants. It's great for tropically inspired photography.
Where: 11000 Red Rd, Pinecrest
Not many people know about this place. The garden changes its installations frequently and it has many hidden spots for a great picture. You can also have a picnic underneath one of their giant trees.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Where: 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami
This location has excellent Peruvian cuisine, outstanding service, and an excellent view. Do happy hour with your coworkers and watch the sunset. Of course, don’t forget to snap a picture.
Cape Florida Lighthouse
Where: 1200 South Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
Plan a picnic or BBQ day with your family at Crandon Park. You can stroll around the beach and head to the lighthouse. This is a Florida staple and a picture perfect spot. You can’t go wrong with palm trees and a white lighthouse. That’s your summer Instagram post!
Where: 1508 SW 8th street, Miami
This is the heart of Miami Cuban culture. You can take pictures at the famous ice cream shop Azucar or you can walk around and discover the different art walls.
5th Street Lifeguard Stand
Where: 5th street, Lifeguard Tower
South Beach has many lifeguard stands but many have been damaged by hurricanes. This one, in particular, is colorful and screams Miami. No matter if you’re a local or tourist, everyone should have at least one picture here. Hurry up and enjoy the vintage backdrop because the city will replace the lifeguard stands soon.
Where: 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables
Many locals state that the hotel is haunted but the gardens are not. The place is whimsical and great if you want something else than palm trees. This place belongs to another era and it will stand out on your feed.
Where: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami
The half restaurant and half gallery is a foodie’s heaven. The place is decorated with contemporary paintings and celebrity murals such as Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn. Come for the inspiration and take as many pictures as you want.
My Cupcake World
Where: 262 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables
If you’re in Miracle Mile taking pictures, make this your second location. The quaint shop has gorg decor and great food. Are you a foodie? Then make a serious #tablegoals picture statement at this place.
SLS Lux Brickell
Where: 805 S Miami Ave, Miami
To add some luxury and glam to your Instagram post, visit the SLS. The skyscraper is one of the hottest hotels and hangouts in Brickell. The extravagant green arc entrance and floor tiles will stand out on your Instagram feed.
South Pointe Park
Where: 1 Washington Avenue, Miami
Come with your bathing suit and strike a pose. If you’re lucky enough, you'll get some cruises in the background. The park has hundreds of palm trees and a beautiful ocean view. It is the perfect backdrop to make your landlocked friends jealous.
Grove Harbour Marina
Where: 2640 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove
Want a vacation picture but can’t afford a trip? The marina has the perfect scenery for Instagram. Visit this location during sunset and get ready to hashtag #summergoals because everyone loves to go on a boat.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Where: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
There’s a lot of different backdrops around the museum. You can either face the ocean or go to the hanging garden section. The landscape and terrace are green and fresh. It's probably the most Instagrammed location in Miami.
Imperial Moto Cafe
Where: 7299 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
If you are a cool rider with a passion for motorcycles, then you're gonna love this place. Meet the gang for coffee and explore the best brew Miami has to offer. Don't forget to take a picture with the bikes.
La La Land Wynwood
Where: 2507 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
If you want to pretend you are in a faraway magical island, this place will take you to the jungle without leaving the city. Tucked inside, there’s a hidden tiki bar with delicious mojitos. There's lush greenery everywhere plus a welcoming gorilla statue. Who doesn't love welcoming gorillas?
Where: 50 NW 24th St, Miami
Home to one of the best donuts shop, Wynwood Arcade has a lounge section where you can enjoy your donut(s) and take pictures. Did I mention the donuts?
Where: 230 NE 4th St, Miami
The newest residence building in downtown is perfect for millennials. The community is always hosting events and if you're lucky enough to get an invite, take advantage of the view. You will be able to see the ocean, tall buildings, and a new mural by Sammy Slabbinck. Your followers will be left wondering where you took that photo.
Brickell Avenue & 12th Street
Where: 1221 Brickell Avenue, Miami
Even though the financial district looks boring, it’s not. Next to Vapiano, there is a sidewalk full of tall palm trees and white columns. Take a picture here and show your LA friends that Miami has personality too.
Now you know where to shot the next big Insta worthy moment. All you need is some creative eye and know how to manage the angles. Always plan to be picture perfect because you don't know when you'll find that beautiful spot you have been waiting for.
photography by @davyspace