While it might be narcissistic, there’s something about seeing a “like” notification on your phone that just brightens the day. Those “double taps,” however, aren’t always easy to come by, and making new, fresh content that your followers will give a heart to can be a struggle. Luckily, Toronto’s a beautiful city, full of wondrous, picture-perfect spots that are sure to up your Instagram game.
If you’re chasing those likes, these brilliant backdrops are sure to impress your followers.
Here are the most Instagrammable places in Toronto:
Surrounded by 19th-century buildings and cobblestone roads, the entire area is a gorgeous photo op. There are usually great events, like the famous Christmas Market, or exhibits going on outdoors, which adds to the potential of capturing a great Insta pic.
You need to check out Calii Love on King St. West and take full advantage of the painted murals. From the murals to the aesthetic vibes inside, and even the picture-worthy cups and dishes, if you grab a bite or a drink at Calii Love, you totally have to post about it.
Give your Instagram a hint of royalty with Toronto’s Casa Loma castle! It goes without saying both the inside and outside of this castle is totally photogenic and the perfect spot to elevate your Instagram game.
Located in front of City Hall is the now famous Toronto sign. The multi-colour letters are a must-snap for visitors and locals alike. Since popping up in the city, the sign has gone through many makeovers, but Instagrammers will be happy to know this popular sign is here to stay.
The Toronto Islands
If you love to capture a good city skyline moment, there’s no doubt that you’ll score a killer capture with this background. The CN Tower is in the most perfect view, you can truly show off Toronto’s beauty. Not to mention, a trip to the island feels like a total escape from the city and a day trip won’t break the bank either.
As soon as you step into 1 Hotel in Toronto you’re greeted with a ton of foliage and earthy decor that is super aesthetically pleasing for Instagram.
Right in the heart of City Place is the June Callwood park (also known as “the Pink Park”). This cotton candy-hued space makes for almost otherworldly Instagrams.
CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Pedestrian Bridge twists and beautifully transitions into a historic Victorian facade. The glass panelling allows light to shine through gorgeously, and in the evenings, lighting strips illuminate the bridge, making it Instagrammable places in Toronto at night when there’s less foot traffic.
One of our favourite Canadian shoe brands, John Fluevog, is known for its unique and design-forward footwear. While you’re visiting the Queen St. West store, you definitely need to stop for a pic at the Vog Vault in the shop. I mean, where else can you look like you’re hanging from the ceiling while balancing on a couch?
“This is Paradise” Wall
Tom Dean’s mural on the side of the Cameron House was created after the artist was evicted from his home and moved into the Cameron House. Now, the baby blue and yellow mural takes up half a city block on a side street of Queen West.
Grace your Instagram feed with a little bit of Italy vibes without actually having to leave the city! There are tons of cute spots for photo-ops while roaming though Little Italy in Toronto.
Get some inspo from NYC and head on out to the Gooderham Building. This flatiron building seriously gives off all of the chic ambiance we need.
From the pastel pink umbrellas and the warm sand to the chunks of Canadian shield, there are lots of photo opportunities. This beachy getaway is located right in the heart of the downtown core.
Humber Bay Arch Bridge
Built in the mid-90s, the Humber Bay Arch Bridge is located just south of Lake Shore Boulevard West. As part of the Martin Goodman Trail, you’ll find lots of pedestrians and cyclists here, but if you’re lucky, you’ll get the bridge (mostly) all to yourself for the perfect picture.
Just a short bus ride away from Broadview station, Evergreen Brickworks is a restored brickwork factory that has the same aesthetic appeal as a Brooklyn loft. Bonus: head down on a weekend morning and grab a snack at the farmer’s market to fuel your ‘gramming.
There are so many great places to snap a picture in Kensington Market. Whether it be in front of a graffiti plant-filled car, a colourful house, or even the Kensington sign – you’re sure to get a good ‘gram.
The alleyway between Portland and Spadina is home to some of the largest and most colourful graffiti in the city. There’s always new graffiti being displayed, so check it out for some great Insta-pic backgrounds.
In the heart of Yorkville is where you’ll find this urban park, which transforms depending on the time of the year. While the scenery will change slightly throughout the seasons, what you can always count on is a good snap in the award-winning area.
Located on the corner of Yonge Street and Asquith Avenue is the Toronto Reference Library. The library features a modern and classical aesthetic with a large glass façade, geometric details, and orangey-red floors. The swirling staircases throughout make for the perfect Instagram picture spot.
Just West of the historical Bridle Path lies Edwards gardens, a floral oasis right in the North of the city. Swing by in spring to see the cherry blossoms bloom.
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Another one of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto is located in the Financial District. Commerce Court is where architecture and business meet. Its North Tower features a vaulted gold-coffered ceiling in a classic Art Deco style that is rich in history.
This Japanese grocery store is a favourite in the ‘hood, and while the inside is full of delicious treasures and pretty knick knacks, the outside is pretty special, too. Along the west side of the building on Claremont, you’ll find a brilliant graffitied wall, perfect for your next backdrop.
Closer to downtown, the Allan Gardens greenhouse is open to the public and is home to tropical flora and fauna (they even have a cacti garden).
Thanks to Frank Gehry’s stunning architecture and ever-rotating exhibits or contemporary art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is always a safe bet for a solid snap.
Not only does COPS have Instagram-worthy (and super yummy) doughnuts, but the location itself is super cute and picture-esque.
The Aga Khan is one of the newer additions to Toronto’s museum rotation. The museum is home to an astounding collection of Islamic art, all housed in a dramatic building by Moriyama and Teshima. The outside of the building is often used for the backdrop of wedding and engagement photos and once you check it out, you’ll see why we chose it as one of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto.
Alright, everyone and their mom have posted a photo of Ripley’s jellyfish, but the eerie blue and purple hues of the aquarium make for so many aesthetic options.
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Head to the library outside of exam season to take in the wonders of the largest law library in Canada. The Osgoode Hall Library is a hidden gem located right near Nathan Phillips Square on Queen St. It’s one of the magical Instagrammable places in Toronto.
This plant has been treating Toronto’s water for over seven decades, but it does other good, too…as a backdrop for your next picture. Those “double taps” are worth the trek to the architecturally acclaimed historic building on the east end of the city. Do it for the ‘gram!
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