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7 of the most Instagrammable restaurants around the world

  • Food & Wine
  • By Lisa Nightingale
  • Published 19 January 2023
  • Revised 09 March 2023

Restaurant food pictures. Love them or hate them, but Instagram is chock-full of perfectly placed dishes, colourful cuisine, and ultra-swish dining spots from around the world. In fact, the #foodie hashtag has been used more than 225 million times!

Eating out has always been magical, but these days it’s as much about the aesthetic, Insta-worthy appeal of the restaurant and how many likes it can earn as it is about the actual taste of the food itself. 

So where are the world’s top Instagram restaurants? Check out a few of our choice picks from some of the coolest cities and places for Insta feed inspiration. 

Pietro Nolita, New York

If pink isn’t your colour, then Pietro Nolita may not be for you because their pink obsession is real. 

This inviting Italian café in New York’s vibrant Little Italy neighbourhood is open from pancakes at brunch to cocktails at close and is famed for its soft pink hues, which cover pretty much everything in sight. 

Think pink on chairs, walls, tables, and plant pots, which gives Pietro Nolita a glorious 1980s-inspired vibe. 

Its humble yet eye-catching entrance is covered with graffiti hearts and cute benches and flower beds, providing the perfect backdrop for a beautiful retro-style picture for the ’Gram.

It may not be fine dining, but its tasty menu includes all-day breakfasts, a range of flavourful pastas, and delicious salads and appetisers, which all look fabulous against the millennial pink crockery!

Pietro Nolita

Pietro Nolita

The Grotto at Rayavadee, Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is one of the most visited and photographed destinations in Thailand, which is unsurprising due to its powder-white sand beaches, the glittering waters of the Andaman Sea, and its stunning waterfalls and caves. 

If you book a luxury holiday to the five-star Rayavadee hotel resort – located on the Phranang Peninsula – you will enjoy access to its fine dining establishment, The Grotto, which is tucked away underneath a striking limestone cliff on the edge of Phranang Beach.

The Grotto is open for lunch and dinner and provides a breath-taking setting in the shade of the looming cliffs above. With the sparkling turquoise waters in front, it’s an idyllic backdrop for an enviable Instagram holiday pic in paradise.

Beautifully presented dishes include options like wagyu beef carpaccio, wood-fired seafood platters and silky-smooth vanilla panna cotta.

The Grotto at Rayavadee

The Grotto at Rayavadee
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Derrière, Paris, France

In a country that practically invented the art of dining out, Paris has more than its fair share of beautiful, photogenic eateries, book a luxurious world tour to the City of Lights and you will see it is awash with boutique bistros, quirky cafés, and Michelin-starred restaurants. 

If you prefer your Instagram page to have a kookier and artistic vibe then the cheeky Derrière restaurant for you, with wonky bookshelves, vintage mirrors, foosball table and mismatched sofas. It’s certainly eye-catching and very hip with an atmosphere akin to London’s cool Shoreditch area.

Despite its unorthodox and very casual interior, the food is delectable and oh-so typically French with starters like wild burgundy snails, seabass ceviche and foie gras, and mains of classic bouillabaisse and veal sweetbreads. 



Sketch, London

A firm favourite on the London restaurant scene, Sketch is one of Mayfair’s coolest places to drink and dine, as well as get some impressive snaps and videos for your stories. 

The restaurant is set out across five very different rooms, each as Instagrammable as the last. The Parlour is a quirky patisserie during the day that transforms into a late-night cocktail bar, with Louis XV-style chairs, mirrors, and rich red curtains, it’s the perfect decadent and eccentric backdrop. 

The Gallery was previously an iconic bubble-gum pink dining room but after a 2021 redesign it now presents a gorgeous copper-hued space with sunshine yellow chairs and a bronze bar with low-lit lighting reflecting off every surface. It’s a very sleek hangout with retro vibes.

The Glade is an ambient, dream-like forest and the three-Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library is a bright mix of colours and complex, beautifully presented dishes that will elevate your Insta feed to elite level.

Finally, the East Bar & Egg Pods, which are possibly the quirkiest-looking toilets you’ll ever see, reminiscent of something out of a sci-fi movie. Strike a pose under the ceiling panel of square rainbow lights next to one of these extraordinary egg cubicles to really up your toilet selfie game!



Under, Båly, Norway

As the name suggests, Under is a fine dining seafood restaurant located five and a half metres below sea level, submerged in the icy waters off Norway’s southernmost tip. 

As impressive on the outside as it is inside, this half-sunken marvel wows its diners with an equal offering of exquisite gastronomy, architecture, and an up-close experience of seldomly-seen aquatic life of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience too good not to be shared on social media.

Once you’ve got over the wonderment of the marine ecosystem floating around you, make sure to keep your lens focused on the incredibly presented, minimalistic dishes. 

Creative and inspired fare from the ocean includes a range of fish, shells, and seagrass delicacies that you may not have even heard of, let alone tried before!



Snow Castle, Kemi, Finland

Sticking with a cold Scandinavian theme, the unique Snow Castle in Kemi, Finland is actually an ice hotel. 

First constructed in 1996 and subsequently rebuilt each year by one of Lapland’s premier architects, its famous restaurant is an enchanting – albeit freezing – spot for some seriously festive vibes on your Instagram feed.

Inside, temperatures are kept to 5°C, which is practically tropical in comparison to the -20°C outside. 

Its crystal-like ice-block tables are lit from below and the walls are carved with folklore creatures and wintry imagery in the ‘Old Witch Café’, offering a gorgeously ethereal scene for some knockout photographs.

Snow Castle

Snow Castle

Catch, Los Angeles

This upscale seafood restaurant in West Hollywood’s stylish design district has fast become one of the places to be seen by famous actors, athletes, and influencers, not least due to its stunning rooftop position overlooking Downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills. 

The floral-covered entranceway alone is enough for a hundred pictures as the walls drip with beautiful foliage and soft lighting, while inside the flowery theme continues and on a clear evening the retractable roof reveals the starlit sky above. 

Offering up smaller sharing plates of ceviche, sushi rolls, crispy shrimp and mahi mahi tacos, Catch has a casual vibe perfect for late-night get-togethers and celeb spotting. Just be subtle when you’re trying to take a cheeky photo!



If you’re looking to add a little zing to your Instagram account with the world’s most extravagant and photogenic restaurants, this list should be a good place to start as inspiration for your next trip.

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