clock menu more-arrow no yes
Sutro Baths
Shutterstock

Best Instagram Spots in SF for Taking a Selfie

View as Map
Sutro Baths
| Shutterstock

There are only so many lattes art images your friends and family can take. Now is the time for you to put on your walking shoes, head outside, flip your phone camera forward, and snap some shots of your lovely visage in front of one of these awesome San Francisco spots.

And no, you won’t find the Golden Gate Bridge on here. We’re done the heavy lifting by sifting through the city’s most iconic and famed spots to come up with the best. From the graffiti in Lilac Alley to the sands of the Sutra Baths, your Instagram feed won’t be complete without this map’s stunning settings.

Lead photo by n3daslife.

Read More

1. Fairmont Hotel Roof Garden

Copy Link
950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Skip the hustle of the busy (though gorgeous) lobby and walk all the way to the back of the hotel for one of San Francisco's best kept secrets. The roof garden is a delight and has epic views of the entire Financial District

2. V.C. Morris Gift Shop

Copy Link
140 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

A photo posted by STRIIIKE (@streichersisters) on

3. Lyon Street Steps

Copy Link
2450 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123

A photo posted by Roh Habibi (@roh_habibi) on

4. Clarion Alley

Copy Link
Clarion Alley
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Conservatory of Flowers

Copy Link
100 J F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 831-2090
Visit Website

This elaborate Victorian greenhouse is beautiful inside and out. Outside you'll find a wood and glass structure unlike anything else in the country. Inside you'll find a plethora of rainforest and exotic plants. Definitely get a shot of yourself in front of the lily pond.

6. Crissy Field

Copy Link
1199 East Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-7690

Grab your dog and a warm jacket before you head to this windy but beautiful beach with the Golden Gate Bridge as its backdrop.

7. San Francisco City Hall

Copy Link
1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4000
Visit Website

No one can resist a selfie on the grand staircase, but real pros know the best spot (with the best natural light) is in the north and south galleries on the top floor.

8. Stow Lake

Copy Link
Stow Lake Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

A photo posted by @gunghomateo on

9. Contemporary Jewish Museum

Copy Link
736 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 655-7800
Visit Website

10. Pier 14

Copy Link
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

A photo posted by Wiktoria (@bomsdrops) on

11. SFMOMA

Copy Link
151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 357-4179
Visit Website

A photo posted by Willy Johnson (@breakbeatbilly) on

12. Baker Beach

Copy Link
1504 Pershing Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-4323
Visit Website

YO ITS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE #sanfrancisco

A photo posted by Tia Stratton (@tia_stratton) on

13. Doggie Diner Head

Copy Link
Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132

A photo posted by Lia Paradiso (@liaparadiso) on

14. Transamerica Pyramid

Copy Link
600 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

There's no need to explain why you need to talk a selfie with San Francisco's only pyramid.

15. Painted Ladies

Copy Link
Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

A photo posted by Jim Gordon (@gordons22) on

16. Embarcadero Center Walkway

Copy Link
Commercial Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

A photo posted by Kim Jones (@kimcamjones) on

17. Presidio Branch Library

Copy Link
3150 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 355-2880
Visit Website

18. Lombard Street

Copy Link
Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94109

〰〰〰 #lombardstreet 〰〰〰

A photo posted by REMY (@sf_schnauzer) on

19. Ingleside Terraces Sundial

Copy Link
Entrada Court
San Francisco, CA 94132

A photo posted by Raquel (@underthebonsai_) on

20. Vaillancourt Fountain

Copy Link
Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 831-2700

A photo posted by IVY (@ivyconnect) on

21. Sutro Baths

Copy Link
Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 426-5240
Visit Website

Shot your apocalyptic selfie at these ruins.

22. Lilac Mural Project

Copy Link
Lilac St
San Francisco, CA 94110

23. de Young Museum

Copy Link
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600
Visit Website

A photo posted by Adma Kawage (@admakawage) on

24. Palace of Fine Arts

Copy Link
3301 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 563-6504
Visit Website

A photo posted by MisLee (@bgirlmislee) on

25. Twin Peaks Summit

Copy Link
100 Christmas Tree Point Rd
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 831-6331
Visit Website

26. AT&T Park

Copy Link
24 Willie Mays Plz
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 972-2000
Visit Website

Prove your love for sports ball by taking a selfie at San Francisco's unofficial church.

27. Mission Dolores Park

Copy Link
Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

The most quintessential Dolores Park photo you can take is on the park bench at the top of the hill on the corner of Church and 20th streets.

28. Alcatraz Island

Copy Link
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-4900
Visit Website

29. Treasure Island

Copy Link
(415) 274-0660
Visit Website

The perfect setting to get San Francisco's skyline in your background.

30. Vermont Street

Copy Link
Vermont St
San Francisco, CA

Lombard Street has its charms, sure, but Vermont Street is the real crookedest street in San Francisco. No trip here is complete without a stroll down its supremely winding way.

31. Pier 7

Copy Link
520 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

32. Music Concourse

Copy Link
Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94122

The center of Golden Gate Park for the aurally inclined.

33. SFMOMA Living Wall

Copy Link
151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 357-4179
Visit Website

34. California Academy of Sciences

Copy Link
55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000
Visit Website

There’s no shortage of spots for the perfect selfie at this science museum. Favs include next to the T-Rex skeleton in the lobby, the swamp with Claude the albino alligator, really any spot in the aquarium, and the living roof.

35. Bernal Heights Park

Copy Link
10 Bernal Heights Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94110

36. Flora Grubb Gardens

Copy Link
1634 Jerrold Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 626-7256
Visit Website

A photo posted by Kirstie Maryott (@kpmaryott) on

37. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

Copy Link
16th Ave & Moraga St
San Francisco, CA 94122

The stunning mosaic steps in the Sunset are greater than the sum of its parts.

38. Sunset Reservoir

Copy Link

Pacific views for you and your pooch.

39. Andy Goldsworthy's Spire

Copy Link
Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94129

Loading comments...

1. Fairmont Hotel Roof Garden

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Skip the hustle of the busy (though gorgeous) lobby and walk all the way to the back of the hotel for one of San Francisco's best kept secrets. The roof garden is a delight and has epic views of the entire Financial District

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

2. V.C. Morris Gift Shop

140 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

A photo posted by STRIIIKE (@streichersisters) on

140 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

3. Lyon Street Steps

2450 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123

A photo posted by Roh Habibi (@roh_habibi) on

2450 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Clarion Alley

Clarion Alley, San Francisco, CA 94110
Clarion Alley
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Conservatory of Flowers

100 J F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

This elaborate Victorian greenhouse is beautiful inside and out. Outside you'll find a wood and glass structure unlike anything else in the country. Inside you'll find a plethora of rainforest and exotic plants. Definitely get a shot of yourself in front of the lily pond.

100 J F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

6. Crissy Field

1199 East Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129

Grab your dog and a warm jacket before you head to this windy but beautiful beach with the Golden Gate Bridge as its backdrop.

1199 East Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129

7. San Francisco City Hall

1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102

No one can resist a selfie on the grand staircase, but real pros know the best spot (with the best natural light) is in the north and south galleries on the top floor.

1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Stow Lake

Stow Lake Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

A photo posted by @gunghomateo on

Stow Lake Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

9. Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
736 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Pier 14

The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

A photo posted by Wiktoria (@bomsdrops) on

The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

11. SFMOMA

151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103

A photo posted by Willy Johnson (@breakbeatbilly) on

151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. Baker Beach

1504 Pershing Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129

YO ITS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE #sanfrancisco

A photo posted by Tia Stratton (@tia_stratton) on

1504 Pershing Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129

13. Doggie Diner Head

Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132

A photo posted by Lia Paradiso (@liaparadiso) on

Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132

14. Transamerica Pyramid

600 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

There's no need to explain why you need to talk a selfie with San Francisco's only pyramid.

600 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

15. Painted Ladies

Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94117

A photo posted by Jim Gordon (@gordons22) on

Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

16. Embarcadero Center Walkway

Commercial Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

A photo posted by Kim Jones (@kimcamjones) on

Commercial Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

17. Presidio Branch Library

3150 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94115
3150 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94115

18. Lombard Street

Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94109

〰〰〰 #lombardstreet 〰〰〰

A photo posted by REMY (@sf_schnauzer) on

Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94109

19. Ingleside Terraces Sundial

Entrada Court, San Francisco, CA 94132

A photo posted by Raquel (@underthebonsai_) on

Entrada Court
San Francisco, CA 94132

20. Vaillancourt Fountain

Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102

A photo posted by IVY (@ivyconnect) on

Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102

21. Sutro Baths

Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121

Shot your apocalyptic selfie at these ruins.

Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121

22. Lilac Mural Project

Lilac St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Lilac St
San Francisco, CA 94110

23. de Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

A photo posted by Adma Kawage (@admakawage) on

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

24. Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123

A photo posted by MisLee (@bgirlmislee) on

3301 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123

25. Twin Peaks Summit

100 Christmas Tree Point Rd, San Francisco, CA 94114
100 Christmas Tree Point Rd
San Francisco, CA 94114

26. AT&T Park

24 Willie Mays Plz, San Francisco, CA 94107

Prove your love for sports ball by taking a selfie at San Francisco's unofficial church.

24 Willie Mays Plz
San Francisco, CA 94107

27. Mission Dolores Park

Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The most quintessential Dolores Park photo you can take is on the park bench at the top of the hill on the corner of Church and 20th streets.

Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

28. Alcatraz Island

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94123
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123

29. Treasure Island

San Francisco, CA 94130

The perfect setting to get San Francisco's skyline in your background.

30. Vermont Street

Vermont St, San Francisco, CA

Lombard Street has its charms, sure, but Vermont Street is the real crookedest street in San Francisco. No trip here is complete without a stroll down its supremely winding way.

Vermont St
San Francisco, CA

31. Pier 7

520 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
520 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

32. Music Concourse

Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94122

The center of Golden Gate Park for the aurally inclined.

Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94122

33. SFMOMA Living Wall

151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103

34. California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

There’s no shortage of spots for the perfect selfie at this science museum. Favs include next to the T-Rex skeleton in the lobby, the swamp with Claude the albino alligator, really any spot in the aquarium, and the living roof.

55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

35. Bernal Heights Park

10 Bernal Heights Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110
10 Bernal Heights Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94110

36. Flora Grubb Gardens

1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

A photo posted by Kirstie Maryott (@kpmaryott) on

1634 Jerrold Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

37. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

16th Ave & Moraga St, San Francisco, CA 94122

The stunning mosaic steps in the Sunset are greater than the sum of its parts.

16th Ave & Moraga St
San Francisco, CA 94122

38. Sunset Reservoir

San Francisco, CA 94122

Pacific views for you and your pooch.

39. Andy Goldsworthy's Spire

Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129
Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94129