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By: Jenny Agress

With all of the beauty Greater Miami & Miami Beach has to offer, it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike are constantly sharing pictures on social media. And like any destination, there are definitely some photo ops you don’t want to miss. From colorful Art Deco hotels and a bar in an old city bus to stylish restaurants, mind-blowing museums, a flower-clad tea room and a park known for its domino matches, these are the most Instagrammable spots in Miami.

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GITANO Miami's Tulum-inspired rooftop


Little Hen

When it comes to dining, Miami has everything, including a posh English restaurant where you can have afternoon tea. At The Shops at Midtown, Little Hen is just as famous for its Rose Petal Pancakes as its Instagram-worthy decor. Grab a table on the patio, under one of its pink-fringed umbrellas, and snap a photo surrounded by hanging purple wisteria. If you’re inside, pink roses (including pink rose wallpaper), a crystal chandelier and gold velvet settees make for a glamorous post. Finally, the floral arch at the back entrance is a popular spot for a swoon-worthy shot.


As if Faena Hotel Miami Beach weren’t already a show stopper, GITANO Miami’s boho-chic, Tulum-like setting is an Instagrammer’s dream come true. Taking over Casa Faena, this Mexican-inspired restaurant and watering hole extends from the ground floor to the rooftop, delighting guests with tropical vibes, craft cocktails and an outdoor terrace inspired by the jungles of the Yucatán. For a post that’s sure to get a lot of likes, walk inside – the main foyer looks like a living room – and take a photo under the sparkling disco balls juxtaposed over Casa Faena’s otherwise old-school, Spanish-Colonial motif.

Check out La Cocina Coctelería's Hialeah-style decor


Casa Florida

Just steps from the Miami River, Casa Florida is a charming watering hole steeped in Florida glam. Surrounded by swaying palms, this cocktail bar and restaurant serves Florida food and drink – made with local Florida produce – in a historic, thoughtfully-decorated space with restored hardwood floors, tropical-inspired paintings, pineapple lamps, tables made of lobster traps from the Miami River and a fabulous, but never pretentious, vibe. Make your followers jealous when you snap a photo from inside its 1971 city bus, which has been outfitted with rattan patio chairs covered in palm frond tapestries.

La Cocina Coctelería

Another regionally-inspired drinking destination in Greater Miami is La Cocina Coctelería, Hialeah’s first cocktail bar, which pays tribute to the city’s history and culture. It’s hard to ignore the Hialeah-style decor, from a wall covered in Florida Lotto tickets and a neon sign that says “La Cocina” to a real-life replica of an abuela’s patio. Order Reuben Croquetas and a Leeeeterally Lucy Lopez cocktail – and be sure to take a photo under the “Ñooo! Que Barato” sign.

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Immerse yourself in the culture at Domino Park

Cultural Spots

Caribbean Marketplace

Head to the Little Haiti Visitor Center and you’ll find the Caribbean Marketplace: a 9,000-square-foot replica of Port Au Prince's famed Iron Market right here in Miami, complete with authentic Hatian handicrafts, food and music. Take a photo in front of its bright yellow, green and red exterior, and your followers might even think you’ve hopped a plane to the Caribbean. Caribbean Marketplace is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and hosts its famous Caribbean Market Day every Saturday.

Máximo Gómez “Domino” Park

Domino Park,” as the locals call it, is a hidden park on historic Calle Ocho, in Little Havana. A tribute to its namesake Cuban revolutionary, this hangout is a popular spot where locals go to sip Cuban coffee, gossip about the latest politics and, of course, play games of dominoes so intense that spectators come from far and wide to watch. Snap a selfie amidst the domino matches in front of Dominican artist Oscar Thomas’s huge wall mural. It features every president of an American nation who attended the first Summit of the Americas, which took place in Miami in 1994.

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So many beautiful areas to snap a picture in Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Historic Spots

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Strewn along the coast of Biscayne Bay, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens has a Renaissance-style, 1914-built villa with 70+ rooms, 10 acres of formal gardens and endless European extravagance. Once the winter home of wealthy industrialist James Deering, today, it’s a National Historic Landmark where visitors can immerse themselves in Old World art, history and culture, not to mention a hardwood hammock. The whole place is picture-perfect, but for the best photo, stand in the Formal Gardens and have someone snap your photo with Vizcaya’s iconic villa behind you.

Ancient Spanish Monastery

Hidden in North Miami Beach is none other than the Ancient Spanish Monastery, an enclave of European architecture and history in sunny South Florida. Transported from Segovia, Spain stone by stone, this Florida Heritage site has a museum, a church, manicured gardens and a gift shop. In the middle of the monastery, there’s a courtyard with ivy-clad walls, medieval statues, carved ceilings, columns, stone arches, stained glass windows and cloisters with colorful coats of arms. Take a photo from the center of that courtyard and your followers might just think you’re in Spain.

Use the lighthouse as a backdrop or climb to the top for the view


Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Head to the shore on posh-yet-relaxed Key Biscayne and you’ll stumble upon a slice of natural paradise: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Come here to take a dip in sparkling Biscayne Bay, wander along tree-lined trails, catch the sunset from its pristine beach or climb up its 109-step Cape Florida Lighthouse for unbeatable 360-degree views of the beautiful barrier island. When you get to the top, snap a selfie and show off that vista.

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is historic and thought-provoking: During segregation, it was the only beach that people of color were allowed to visit in the area. Floating along Biscayne Bay, this gem of a beach has also become an ecological treasure, home to one of Miami’s most scenic shorelines, one of the largest mangrove wetlands in Florida, coastal hammock trails and some of Florida's oldest surviving plants and animal species. At sunset, hop in a kayak and paddle through the mangroves for a photo op you’ll love.

Have fun with 3D photo ops at the Museum of Illusions


Pérez Art Museum Miami

Before you walk inside the Pérez Art Museum Miami to see its renowned collection of 20th- and 21st-century Caribbean, Latin America and local art, look at the building: This museum is an architectural masterpiece from the inside out. The exterior has two-story cylindrical gardens hanging from stylish wood trusses, Asian-inspired gardens, chic white benches and sculptures, all in front of a backdrop of beautiful Biscayne Bay. Take a photo from the front walkway, with all of the museum’s designed glory, and viewers will be asking where you are.

Museum of Illusions

The world-famous Museum of Illusions was practically made for Instagram. Featuring more than 40 three-dimensional optical illusions, its exhibits play with perception to make it look like you’re leaning over the edge of a skyscraper, hanging from the ceiling, braving a lava bridge, shrinking, as tall as a giant and more. Any picture taken here will be a memorable one, but our favorite photo op is of the illusion that makes you look like you’re flying through an upside-down house. (Tip: Most of the illusions benefit from having two people in the photo, so try to go with a friend.)

The enchanting vibes at Moxy's Serena Rooftop


Moxy South Beach

Sitting in the heart of South Beach, this funky, retro hotel is an oasis of pastels, neon lights, Havana-inspired elements and, of course, a distinctly “Miami” feel. Serena Rooftop, Moxy South Beach’s enchanting, open-air rooftop restaurant and bar, is not to be missed, so that’s where you’ll snap the most envy-inducing photo. Head up to the second floor and grab a seat under the Oaxaca-meets-Mexico City motif, where a backdrop of pink, orange and coral mosaics, lush greenery and a sundeck pool make for a sexy South Beach photo opp.

The Goodtime Hotel

The brainchild of Grammy winner Pharrell Williams and nightlife guru Dave Grutman, The Goodtime Hotel is all about one thing: having a good time. You can see that mantra reflected in its whimsical Art Deco-meets-Vegas decor. Inside, the day club and restaurant, Strawberry Moon, has a fun pink-and-aqua motif and palm tree showers, while the spring-colored library boasts a teal-fringed couch and wicker parrot lamps. Go to your room and you have the perfect backdrop for an Instagram photo: leopard print furnishings, baby pink rotary phones and unbeatable Atlantic Ocean views.

Elastika's criss-crossing design in the Moore's atrium

Public Art

Wynwood Walls

Considering it’s one of Miami’s most photographed attractions, Wynwood Walls deserves a place on your Instagram feed. Established in 2009, this collection of 40+ murals and graffiti art is essentially an open-air museum of some of the world’s best international street art. Stand in the middle of it all, and you’ve got the Instagram background everyone wants.

Miami Design District

Let’s be clear: Anywhere in the Miami Design District is Instagram-worthy. This high-end shopping district is a mecca of fashion and jewelry boutiques, art galleries, installations, furniture stores and more, all with over-the-top decor, luxe window displays and jaw-dropping architecture. To get you started, head to these spots to snag a good photo: the fluorescent orange, Johanna Grawunder-designed colonnade outside Fendi; Museum Garage’s circus-themed facade; the hammock-like hanging Netscape chairs by German designer Konstanin Grcic; and the Zaha Hadid Elastika installation, inside the Moore building.

Vibrant lifeguard stands for a colorful picture

Miami Beach

Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco defines South Beach’s iconic skyline, bringing pastel hues, bold geometric shapes and chrome and gold accents to trendy hotels, restaurants, cafes, stores and more. With more than 800 Art Deco buildings, Miami’s Art Deco Historic District contains the nation’s largest concentration of Art Deco architecture, and was even added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Take a selfie in the middle of pedestrian-only Ocean Drive and you’ll get an all-Art Deco backdrop just steps from famed South Beach.

Lifeguard Stands of Miami Beach

The lifeguard stands on Miami Beach aren’t just there to keep you safe – they’re vibrant works of art, too. Dotting the sand between South Pointe Park and 87th Street, these 36 stands come in all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns, from solid neon green, hot pink and turquoise stands to one that’s red-and-white striped and shaped like a lighthouse. Snap a selfie in front of any one of them for a fun photo op that’s practically a Miami staple.

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