From the top of the Incline to behind home plate at PNC Park, Pittsburgh can provide some pretty stellar Instagram shots. And if you’re constantly on the lookout for the best picture-perfect opportunities in town, these restaurants and bars give you the backdrop for some Insta-worthy pics that are sure to cause serious social envy from your friends and followers.
Pork & Beans
Millennial pink bar chairs, colorful cocktails and massive platters of good ‘ol BBQ are practically begging for a photo series on your page.
Must-take shot: A cafeteria tray overloaded with meat – bonus points if you include the Fred Flinstone-sized BBQ Bone Marrow.
Pork & Beans (136 6th Street)
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One of Pittsburgh’s newest restaurants is also one of our most beautiful. Fl 2 just opened in the Fairmont Hotel, and it’s gorgeous. You’ll find plenty of inspiration around the modern circular bar, and the food – bright, colorful dishes plated with care – will give you the perfect culinary shot.
Must-take shot: A cocktail pic that features the golden, double-level drop-down bottle shelf behind the bar.
Fl 2 (510 Market Street)
Maple-colored long tables, industrial-style fixtures, and bright, natural light will give you a gorgeous pic or two… and that’s before your table is loaded with dishes from the Galley’s four restaurant concepts.
Must-take shot: An overhead picture of your (and your friend’s) dinner, making sure to show that yes, you can enjoy pizza, pupusas, Banh mi and macarons at a single restaurant.
Smallman Galley (54 21st Street)
You’ve walked into a Tiki Time Machine at Hidden Harbor, with vintage-style tropical decor, and colorful cocktails (paper umbrellas included) that will give your Insta audience serious vacation vibes.
Must-take shot: A super-colorful cocktail (preferably topped with a fresh flower garnish), held against their distressed brick wall.
Hidden Harbor (1708 Shady Avenue)
The Butterwood Bake Consortium
With Victorian-novel vibes and pretty-as-a-picture desserts, the Butterwood Bake Consortium is the place to show off your love of the sweeter things in life.
Must-take shot: An overhead view of one of their slices, making sure to showcase their signature, delicately-designed, red and white plates.
The Butterwood Bake Consortium (5222 Butler Street)
You’ll get dinner with a view… and a killer Instagram picture at Altius on Mt. Washington. Order a drink, relax, and start snapping.
Must-take shot: The classic: A cocktail (or glass of wine) on the edge of your table, overlooking all of Pittsburgh. Go the extra step and wait until sunset for full marks.
Altius (1230 Grandview Avenue)
It’s impossible not to smile when you walk into the prettiest ice cream parlor in town… and it’s impossible not to take a photo of your cone next to their sherbet-colored striped walls.
Must-take shot: Take advantage of their Instagram-ready ice cream mural and hold your cone up high.
Millie’s Homemade (232 S. Highland Avenue)
Banh Mi & Ti
Laser-cut outdoor tabletops, a chalk art wall inside, and brightly colored bubble tea give you plenty of trendy elements to create an Insta-worthy pic.
Must-take shot: Order a drink in their ‘light bulb’ glasses and honestly, you’re golden.
Banh Mi & Ti (4502 Butler Street)
Gaby et Jules
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Take the most beautiful French desserts you’ve ever seen…and pair them with macarons, and you’ve got an Instagram match made in heaven. Welcome to Gaby et Jules.
Must-take shot: Since it’s hard to get a super-clear shot of the pastries through the display glass, pick out your favorite, position it just so on a Gaby et Jules paper bag, and snap away.
Gaby et Jules (5837 Forbes Avenue)
This coffee bar, flower shop, and art gallery in Bloomfield will give you lots of inspiration for a perfectly pretty, floral-inspired shot.
Must-take shot: Use their regularly-changing hand-printed wall paper as a backdrop for your coffee (or matcha) picture, and show your audience how the art crowd gets a caffeine fix.
4121 Main (4121 Main Street)
A practically unending menu and massive amounts of food with every order lends itself to perfectly imperfect, completely un-styled photos at this Squirrel Hill mainstay.
Must-take shot: You’ve got to do the requisite overhead pic to show off your bounty… and with this shot, the messier the better.
Chengdu Gourmet (5840 Forward Avenue)
You’ll have plenty of chances to take the perfect picture at this Italian cafe, deli and Instagram-worthy Pittsburgh restaurant. They’re open morning, noon and night for all of your photo-snapping needs.
Must-take shot: A full on shot of the bar. It’s one of the most photogenic in the city, and the bright white and blue are contrasting perfection.
DiAnoia’s Eatery (2549 Penn Avenue)
Espresso a Mano
Espresso a Mano gives you everything you need for an awesome Instagram picture… dark wood, brick walls, and latte art that was created by true professionals.
Must-take shot: Sometimes, basic is the best. Showcase that latte art with a slightly off-center overhead shot, and add a few props in there, like an open laptop or notebook.
Espresso a Mano (3623 Butler Street)