We reveal the most Instagrammable places in the world for 2020, with some interesting movers and shakers. Last year, Australia took top spot for its natural beauty and buzzy cities, and keeps its place for 2020 due to a wave of hashtags and global attention surrounding recent bushfires. Sometimes, the most Instagrammable places in the world will surprise you.
Mostly though, these are the places where you’ll find sweeping stretches of beach, ancient monuments, kitsch cocktail bars and more street art than you can possibly imagine. The places where you’ll capture travel photos that you’ll want to share with everyone you know…
- The final list destinations are featured from a comprehensive scoring system that analysed the amount of hashtags per destination, survey results from our audience, and votes cast by our global editorial team.
Most Instagrammable Places In The World 2020
From the famous pyramids of Giza to Islamic art museums and beautiful mosques, you won’t be short of things to share on your social media here. Where better to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World than here?
Looking to go viral on Instagram in Cusco, Peru? Publish a stunning photo of Machu Picchu. You’ve seen the photos, so there’s really nothing else to say, is there? Cusco also has some of the best cobblestone streets in South America, so make sure to get your photo here too.
Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities, without a doubt. Its rustic fishing ports, modern graffiti and winding red brick streets are made for putting on the ‘gram.
Like most other cities in Morocco, Rabat is old, but what really makes it stand out from other places is the Kasbah des Oudaias section of the city. The Kasbah has brightly painted blue streets and walls, along with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a photogenic, fairytale city in Eastern Europe. The city itself is separated by the 19th-century Chain Bridge that connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest – hence the name Budapest!
A trip to Berlin means you’re never far away from a photogenic spot to add to your Instagram – this edgy city has graffiti on every corner and has turned into one of Europe’s coolest destinations since the fall of the Berlin Wall in ’89.
With a mixture of fashion, football and great food – as well as stunning architecture – this is a dream destination for tourists. Cities are rarely as iconic as the northern Italian city of Milan.
Even if you’ve never been to Halong Bay in Vietnam, there is a very high chance that you’ll have spotted it on Instagram. As a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, it is best known for its 1000s of sharp peaked islands, which are covered in lush rainforest.
While a lot of Israel’s most picturesque places are in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv is a beautiful city with urban beaches and a glittering nightlife. There’s plenty of great things to pop up on Instagram in Tel Aviv. While there’s complex political issues in the country, it’s still a stunning place.
Seoul is one of the most well-known and most-visited cities in Asia, and with so many unique things to see and do here, we can see why. For amazing pics, try Korean food at Namdaemun Market or see Gyeongbokgung Palace, while the N Seoul Tower offers panoramic views of Seoul as far as the eye can see.
Also known as the Magic City, the mix of traditional alleyways and ancient temples alongside glittering skyscrapers makes Shanghai one of the most Instagrammable places in the world. Take snaps of the Lujiazui skyline, Yu Garden and the street art in the M50 area.
With more than 14 million hashtags from Lagos on Instagram, this up-and-coming hub has plenty to offer. Lush mangrove forests, vibrant arts and crafts in Lekki Market, creative spaces and The Tearoom restaurant, a pastel pink haven of flower walls, vintage decor, Loveheart sweet wallpaper and cute cupcakes.
Considering Osaka is one of the largest cities on the planet, with over 19 million people calling it home, it’s no wonder that it’s such a vibrant place to visit. Stop by Shinsekai to get that busy street shot so many people visualise when they think of Japan.
Ireland’s capital city might be small, but with more than 11 million hashtags of the city, it’s holding its own in the Insta-sphere. From the cobblestone streets (and pints of Guinness) in Temple Bar to scenic cliff walks by the seaside and the Old Library building in Trinity College, this city is charming.
Palawan island is part of the huge Philippines archipelago, which has more than 7,000 islands. A piece of paradise that’s miles away from the hectic bustle of Manila, Palawan is simply perfect. Instagrammers have been flocking to it in droves in recent months and the buzz around Palawan is only getting bigger…
The capital city of Czech Republic, Prague is one of the most charming cities in all of Europe and rivals even Paris when it comes to beauty. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square and historic monuments.
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Kyiv (Kiev) is the capital of the Ukraine, and a city that has such grandeur and beauty – from the Motherland Monument and an 18m replica of the Eiffel Tower to Independence Square, which has been at the centre of political life in the Ukraine for decades. 19 million hashtags place this firmly on the Instagrammable list.
From night markets to skyline views and natural hot springs, you’ll soon discover there’s endless things to photograph in Taipei. Insta highlights include Taipei 101, which has panoramic views of Taipei from over 500 metres above the ground and Longshan Temple.
A beautiful place to visit any time of the year, Santorini is made up of its surrounding islands. White sandy beaches, whitewashed stone walls, ancient temples and vibrant food and flowers make it ideal for photography lovers – you’ve surely seen this island splashed across your social media feed.
With 13 million hashtags from Cartagena and countless geotags, we’re not the only ones who think this vibrant city is Insta-worthy. A city filled with cobblestone streets and colourful colonial buildings, its position on Colombia’s Caribbean coast makes it a tropical paradise.
The bustling city of Boston has endless photo opportunities, with historical cobblestone streets (including one of the most photographed streets in the USA, Acorn Street), exotic gardens and funky bars. Once you’ve explored the city, stop by Citrus & Salt for funky slushie cocktails, bubblegum pink walls and fairylights.
No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the picturesque city of Edinburgh. With the historic Edinburgh castle looming over the city, culture in spades and historic pubs and cobblestone laneways, this is one of the world’s greatest (and prettiest!) city breaks.
Rio de Janeiro has always been one of the most iconic cities in the world with instantly recognisable landscapes and landmarks – none more so than Christ the Redeemer. The Brazilian city, which stretches form Copacabana beach to the Sugarloaf Mountain, is a destination that does every little thing in spectacular fashion.
While you’ll have your fair share of techno club photo ops, Ibiza is also one of the most beautiful Spanish islands, with a pretty Old Town and scenic beaches. Check out Bikini hotel for pink flower walls, pink bikes, egg chairs, palm trees and flamingoes everywhere you look.
Officially revealed as the most Instagrammed location in New Zealand, we can see why Lake Tekapo is such a popular Insta destination. The lake itself, in the heart of the South Island, is famous for its striking turquoise colour while the surrounding mountains and turquoise lake make a spectacular backdrop. Don’t forget your camera!
If ever there was a city to show off in and make your friends envious of you being there, it’s Las Vegas. With the bright lights, party atmosphere and endless things to see and do this is the ultimate Instagram friendly city. Think: the iconic ‘Las Vegas’ sign or these colourful, stacked boulders that are 10 miles outside of Vegas in the desert.
A lively and vibrant city, Istanbul is a melting pot of East-meets-West. Ancient mosques, Turkish coffees and terracotta rooftops make for some brilliant Instas. Get snap happy with vibrant spices, glowing lanterns and interesting fruits at the Grand Bazaar, or stroll through the Fener-Balat quarter for colourful houses.
It seems like every photographer and Instagrammer has visited Petra in the last year, but expect to see even more of it 2020. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world
Iceland has one main ring road, Route 1, that goes alongside some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the Dyrhólaey cliffs and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. One shot of those Northern Lights and you’ll be all set…
The city of the rich, famous and effortlessly beautiful, Los Angeles is where Instagrammers live for. In a city with year-round sunshine, glam bars, beaches and hikes, there’s endless Los Angeles Instagram ops. It’s no wonder there’s almost 5O million ‘LA’ hashtags on Insta.
The City of Love is popular with Instagrammers all over the world, thanks to its iconic landmarks and panoramic city viewpoints. Pastel-coloured streets, lively markets and famous photo spots make Paris a must-see.
Russia’s cosmopolitan capital, Moscow is a beautiful destination to visit in any season. Colourful domes and bell chimes ring out from over 600 churches in the city, and the sense of history is immense, while culture lovers will be impressed with the museums and ballet. Expect plenty of pics of St. Basil’s Cathedral and elaborate underground subway stations.
Amsterdam is one of the most distinctive and popular tourists destinations in the world, while also being an immensely pretty city. From the canals to the bicycles and funky street food halls, this is a city that has pretty much everything you need for the ‘gram.
Toronto scores highly among the most Instagrammable places in the world, with rooftop bars, a 1km ‘Graffiti Alley’ and creative food and drink options. June Callwood Park is an Instagrammer’s dream – pink, pink and more pink. The park has geometric designs, a striking pink covering, pink benches and more.
Dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails and deserted beaches that boast spectacular ocean views. What more could you ask for? Cape Town is an Instagrammer’s dream location to visit: endless natural beauty and clifftop views, pastel pink neighbourhoods and turquoise waters.
KL is home to The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, which are currently the tallest twin towers in the world. Other iconic photo locations include the pink-domed Putra Mosque in Putrajaya or Jalan Alor market for food shots. An easy 25-minute train ride will bring you to Batu Caves to explore its colourful, Tamil-style temples.
With its winding streets, cliffside beach bars and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is such a popular spot. Looking down across the terracotta rooftop tiles that cover the city with the sea in the background is unbeatable.
Plus, nearly the entire Croatian city of Dubrovnik was used as the setting for the King’s Landing filming location in Game of Thrones.
Visiting the beautiful city of Rome? This historic Italian hotspot has picture-perfect moments on every corner, from ancient monuments to creamy and colourful gelato cones. It goes without saying that Trevi Fountain is hands down one of the best photo spots in the whole city. Beautiful by both day and night, you might have to wait a while to take a snap but it’s worth it.
Looking for paradise? You’ll find it in the Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean which is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotel resorts, with white sandy beaches, underwater villas and restaurants and bright blue waters.
The beautiful capital of India’s Rajasthan state, Jaipur Instagram photos are some of the prettiest shots you’ll take in India. It is known as the ‘Pink City’, for its pale terracotta buildings. Once you’ve wandered through the hectic streets and markets, you’ll want to seek out even more Jaipur Instagram moments – and trust us, there’s plenty.
It should come as no surprise that London is one of the most Instagrammable places in the world for 2020: search Instagram and you’ll discover more than 130 million photos tagged with the London hashtag. Pretty pink restaurants, futuristic space-age toilets and jungle skyline views are just some of our favourite things to snap for our London Instagram.
Who hasn’t seen the beautiful island of Bali on social media this year? White sandy beaches, waterfalls, cute swings and floating breakfast await. Basically, it’s paradise. Stop by The Edge for a drink… Quite possibly one of the world’s most famous infinity pools and a photo that you always seeing popping up on Instagram.
While Lisbon enjoyed a boom in Instagram shoutouts (the city’s hashtag use grew by more than 2 million in 2019 alone), 2020 is the year you’ll really see it shine. Explore Lisbon’s postcard-perfect cobbled streets, ride up and down the city hills on the yellow vintage tram and eat your body weight in their famed Pastel de Nata pastry.
Visiting Tokyo is like visiting the future – flashing neon lights, incredible technology – yet there’s still a rich sense of culture and history. From modern art installations to ancient temples, Tokyo is an Instagrammer’s dream city. You won’t be able to put down your camera for the entire trip…
This small island city-state off southern Malaysia punches way above its weight on a global level. It’s a modern city with colourful buildings, futuristic bridges and a ‘cloud forest’. It’s also a centre of tourism and a serious hub for travel in Asia. Oh, and did we mention you’ll find the most Instagrammed hotel in the world here?
New York is one of America’s most exciting cities, with world class cuisine and culture and more things to do than you could fit in one lifetime. While Manhattan might have all the skyscrapers, Brooklyn has the view of them. Post stories of vibrant street art, funky ice cream stores, rooftop bars and green parks.
The high-flying city of the U.A.E, Dubai is one of the most glamourous destinations you’ll ever visit. It’s also particularly popular with Big 7 readers. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline while traditional souks provide colourful photo opportunities.
Your Insta feed will be full of rooftop lounges, luxury hotels and sunset sand buggying in the desert.
Never been to Hong Kong? This incredible place needs to go top of your travel hit list. Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. HK has been all over social media due to recent protests, but it hasn’t stopped tourism.
Famous for its skylines and vibrant food scene, what most people don’t know is that 70% of Hong Kong is mountains and lush parks. Colourful playgrounds and sci-fi apartment blocks give HK an enviable edge.
Although Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis has led to destruction across the country, we’re still seeing readers keen to discover all that Oz has to offer. With a huge push from the country’s tourism board and travellers banding together to support Australian communities, there’s no doubt that you’ll be seeing even more of Sydney in 2020.
Amazing Sydney Instagram photos aren’t hard to find, with gorgeous beaches, great cafes and world-class entertainment wherever you look. P.S. You’ll also find the world’s most Instagrammable cafe here…
Want to? check out where made our 2019 list? See the Most Instagrammable Places in the World here.