Instagrammable places in Boston abound, and if you're looking to fill your social media feed with history, stunning architecture, or just the unique and quirky, this is a prime city. Instagram is where it's at these days, and finding that ideal picture to rocket your likes is a quest. Boston offers fantastic museums, gorgeous architecture, historic sites dating back hundreds of years, and some of the more offbeat locales you'll encounter.

Whether you're in it to check out a unique bakery, you want to snap photos of museum exhibits, or just see one of the most important libraries in the world, it's here. Check out some of the best places to take Boston photos that will impress your friends.

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    Acorn Street

    Capture the most photographed street in Boston

    Acorn Street
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    Acorn Street is rumored to be the most photographed street in Boston for its cobblestone walkway lined with adorable historic brick homes complete with window boxes. This quaint walkway really takes you back to a time when life was simpler and more innocent. You're surrounded by bright red brick, old-school architecture, and green hanging plants just about everywhere you look. It's a site that just exudes romance.

    Best of all, since this street is a pedestrian thoroughfare, you can catch photos from right in the center of the street. It's in the heart of downtown for easy access, just a few minutes' walk southwest of the center of town.

    Location: Boston, MA 02108, USA

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    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    See a famous art collection and eclectic exotic plants

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    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offers a broad courtyard with fantastic, exotic trees and plants as well as dramatic artwork from the famed art collector, including many iconic pieces. You can walk through a stunning archway that is an ideal frame for capturing your kids or special someone. Then you can walk through the collection itself where you'll see hundreds of pieces of art from the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

    When it comes to the courtyard plant life, the plants on display change every month so you'll always catch something new. In fact, more than 10,000 plants await their turn in a nearby greenhouse. It's just 10 minutes southwest of downtown.

    Location: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115, USA

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +1 617-566-1401

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    Boston Public Library

    Photograph unique manuscripts and stunning artwork

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    Boston Public Library offers a wealth of opportunities for Instagram photos, from the stunning architecture to unique manuscripts hundreds of years old to an expansive art exhibit. This library first opened in 1848 but the current location was commissioned in 1854, and it boasts amazing mid-19th century architecture that unto itself is worth your feed. The iconic reading room on the second floor and the outdoor courtyard are especially photo-worthy.

    You can also capture photos of the many paintings and sculptures in the art gallery, or take a tour to get your eyes on some rare, one-of-a-kind books. It's just an 11-minute drive from central downtown.

    Location: 19 N Square, Boston, MA 02113, USA

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +1 617-536-5400

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    Tatte Bakery & Café

    Catch a colorful selfie against an all-white background

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    Tatte Bakery and Café not only offers a great spot for an Instagram selfie that will make you stand out, but it offers fantastic coffee and pastries at the same time. The minimalist, all-white décor of this place is sure to make you look like you're jumping out of a black and white photo, especially when combined with the colorful bright blue plates and cups you'll get. Stop in, grab a pastry and a café au lait, and enjoy your breakfast, then take a selfie that will make your followers "squee" with delight.

    It's super easy to get great composition here with no effort whatsoever. It's only about a 10-minute drive southwest of the center of downtown Boston.

    Location: 201 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +1 617-904-9030

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    Boston Public Garden

    Walk hand-in-hand among the trees and flowers

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    Boston Public Garden is the place to go if you want to capture gorgeous, seasonal photos of what it looks like to get back to nature. From green trees to colorful flowers to bare white tree bark in the dead of winter, this is a place that is never lacking for staggering photo ops of every kind. During the spring and summer, the flowers cover the entire spectrum of colors, from white blossoms on trees to bright pink and orange lilies in the ground.

    These gardens aren't just a great place for a selfie. They're also a superb place for a romantic escape and a quiet walk hand-in-hand. It's right in the heart of downtown.

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    Location: 4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +1 617-635-4505

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    Commonwealth Avenue Mall

    Walk 32 acres of historic public park

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    Commonwealth Avenue Mall is hands down one of the most popular Instagram sites in Boston, offering a quiet pedestrian thoroughfare with quaint and beautiful homes. You can walk across a bridge and be among endless rows of stunning colors: bright flowers in the summer and brilliant red and orange leaves in the fall with stark white tree bark in the winter. The Mall was known as Back Bay in Colonial times. By 1856, the historic district was redesigned in the French Colonial Style, and today boasts 32 acres of sheer beauty.

    Grab photos of historic buildings, dozens of trees and monuments, and endless horizons of public park. It's just an 11-minute drive from the heart of downtown.

    Location: 484 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +1 617-635-4505

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    Louisburg Square

    Head for an upper-class area with Greek revival homes

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    Louisburg Square in the Beacon Hills neighborhood is a lovely public square offering hundreds of flowers and plants with classical and historic buildings, wrought-iron fences, and other photo ops. Grab a selfie here of yourself against the backdrop of one of these buildings, add a sepia tone filter, and you'll look like you jumped right out of the 1920s or earlier. The homes are in the Greek Revival style and the neighborhood is upper class and quiet.

    Not only is this a great selfie spot, but it's an ideal place to head to escape from the crowds, the hustle, and the bustle of the city. Beacon Hills is just a 7-minute drive from downtown.

    Location: Boston, MA, USA

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    Citrus & Salt

    Catch a photo in a Mexican skull-painted bathroom

    Citrus & Salt
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    Citrus & Salt is an Instagram-worthy restaurant with eclectic and unusual décor throughout, and it serves up outstanding coastal Mexican food at great prices. This restaurant is so Instagrammable that even the bathrooms are great to photograph with their colorful skull-painted walls and quirky sayings etched on the mirrors. The walls and floor are bright pink, and even the lamps on the ceiling are quirky. The food menu also offers unique dishes like lobster tacos.

    A word of warning: this one gets super popular, so call ahead for a reservation. Citrus & Salt is just about a 15-minute drive from downtown to the southwest.

    Location: 142 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +1 617-424-6711

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    The Revolution Hotel

    Photograph a crazy mechanical kitsch sculpture

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    The Revolution Hotel is a stunning hotel with unique art installations, lavish grand staircases, and a wide-open co-working space that makes for an elegant selfie spot. The art installation around which the grand staircase winds is a towering sculpture made from typewriters, fans, telephones, shoes, sewing machines, and a wide range of other creative, industrial, and mechanical bits and bobs, and it's stark white, making for a superb backdrop for your photo.

    The café and cowork area, on the other hand, is vibrantly colored with reds, blues, and earth tones, plus eclectic photos, posters, and old ad signs on the walls, for a standout photo. The hotel is just 15 minutes from downtown.

    Location: 40 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

    Phone: +1 617-848-9200

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    Rouvalis Flowers & Gardens

    Make your follows think you're in Paris

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    Rouvalis Flowers and Gardens is one of the most famed florists in the city and offers a quaint, classic flower shop photo that you never knew you needed till now. The canopy overhanging the open displays of flowers has a truly Parisian vibe to it, so much so that your friends will think you're snapping photos from Europe. There's nothing like capturing photos of beautiful floral arrangements while inhaling the sweet scent of the natural flower perfume that fills the air.

    Also, if you're looking for the perfect bouquet to give to that special someone, this is the ideal spot. It's only about a 12-minute drive north of downtown.

    Location: 5 Crescent St, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 617-720-2266

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