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Those who love Detroit can always see the beauty in our city, whether it’s the stunning Art Deco architecture, any of the hundreds of public murals, or its expressive people. And even some of the more harsh realities of Detroit—like the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant or a neighborhood street turned urban prairie—have their own quiet beauty.

In other words, Detroit is pretty Instagrammable.

Here’s a list of our 20 favorite spots to ‘gram. Where do you go to take the best photos of the city? Share your favorites in the comments below.

Note: Locations are ordered from west to east.

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1. Eliza Howell Park

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23751 Fenkell Ave
Detroit, MI 48223
(313) 578-7500
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The trails of Eliza Howell Park offer some of the few places where you can, for brief moments, feel like you’ve totally left the city. Until you take out your phone to ‘gram the woods.

2. Artist Village Detroit

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17336 Lahser Rd
Detroit, MI 48219
(313) 766-7578

The brightly painted venue and public art space in Old Redford is a sight to behold. Every year, one of the city’s most Instagrammable events, the Sidewalk Festival, takes place here.

3. Southwest Murals

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9429 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

This psychedelic mural, painted by Southwest Detroit–based Freddy Diaz, is one of hundreds of works of public art in the area on buildings, signs, and viaduct walls. Drive around Vernor Highway and Livernois Avenue and you’re sure to spot dozens.

4. Palmer Woods

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Palmer Woods
Detroit, MI 48203

Many of the city’s most unique residences are in Palmer Woods, which has an eclectic mix of Colonials, Tudors, and mid-century modern homes. Other neighborhoods that are just as Instagrammable include Indian Village, Boston-Edison and Arden Park, the Joseph Berry Subdivision, Canfield Historical District, and Grandmont-Rosedale.

5. African Bead Museum

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6559 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48204
(313) 898-3007
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Everything about this sprawling work of public art is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and therefore Instagrammable. Go check it out as soon as you can.

6. Hygrade Deli

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3640 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 894-6620
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Diners, drive-ins, and dives make for some of the best ‘grams thanks to their vintage charm and eccentric decor. In addition to the Hygrade, you might also want to try Duly’s Coney Island, the Raven Lounge, the Painted Lady, Ford-Wyoming Drive-in, and countless others.

7. Lincoln Street Art Park

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5926 Lincoln St
Detroit, MI 48208

What’s more Instagrammable than a cobblestone alley covered in murals? Not only that, but the nearby Recycle Here! is just as wild and photo-worthy.

8. Restaurant Bathrooms

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2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 855-2864
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In case you didn’t know, taking ‘grams in restaurant bathrooms is a popular pastime. We put Takoi on here, because in the the lady’s bathroom you can sit on Ryan Gosling’s face. For a comprehensive guide, Eater Detroit published a whole article on the subject.

9. Tony Hawk Skate Park

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3621 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

Riverside Park is our newest addition to the list. Not only do you have the iconic Ambassador Bridge to photograph, but now there’s a new Tony Hawk–sponsored skate park.

10. I-75 and Ferry Street

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1012 E Palmer St
Detroit, MI 48211

The most unique example of building alignment in the city. Driving south down I-75, the spires of St. Josaphat Catholic Church somehow fit right into the towers of the Ren Cen in the distance. To attempt that perfect shot, line up the buildings at the Ferry Street overpass.

11. Fox Theatre

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2211 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3200
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From the iconic marquee on the outside to the incredible ornate decorations on the inside, there’s few places as Instagrammable as the Fox Theatre.

12. Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

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1457 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-4047
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The only free-standing synagogue in Detroit has gotten a bit of a makeover in recent years. It’s unique triangular exterior was power-washed and there’s an awesome mural painted by Bunnie Reiss. The synagogue is also right across the street from a building-high Charles McGee mural that’s equally impressive (and Instagram-worthy).

13. #WhatLiftsYou

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1500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

On Woodward Avenue near Broderick Tower, brightly-colored butterfly wings by Kelsey Montague offer passersby an opportunity to share #whatliftsyou.

14. Keyworth Stadium

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3201 Roosevelt St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 876-7700
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Detroit City FC matches make for perfect grams. The revamped Keyworth Stadium, a sunset, and of course colorful smoke bombs shot off by rabid fans of Detroit’s now-professional soccer club—no wonder the atmosphere is so photogenic.

15. The Belt

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The Belt
Detroit, MI 48226

Between Gratiot and Grand River, underneath the Z Lot, the Belt Alley is bursting with color. New murals and old standbys (and The Standby) line the activated alley downtown. Take your time while visiting, and head to the top of the Z Lot for some serious downtown views.

16. The Guardian Building

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500 Griswold St #1600
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-4567

Among Detroit’s many architectural landmarks, the Guardian Building downtown may be the most impressive. ‘Gram the incredible vaulted ceiling, two-sided Tiffany clock, and the huge mural of the state of Michigan.

17. The Spirit of Detroit

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2 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-3270
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Is it a little cliched? Yes. Do we care? No. The iconic bronze statue built in 1958 not only symbolically represents Detroit, but is a perfect spot to snap a ‘gram. It’s also right across the street from another classic photo-op location: the Joe Louis Fist.

18. Eastern Market

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Eastern Market
Detroit, MI

The sheds, the crowds, the murals—it all makes for endless potential Instagram moments.

19. The Heidelberg Project

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3600 Heidelberg St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 458-8414
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Want to impress your out-of-town friends? Then ‘gram basically anything at the Heidelberg Project. And do it soon—the wild open-air installation may be partially or completely dismantled in the coming years.

20. Belle Isle

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There’s so much to Instagram on Belle Isle: Sunset Point, the Conservatory, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse, the aquarium, the beach, the annual Detroit Kite Festival. Need we go on?

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1. Eliza Howell Park

23751 Fenkell Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

The trails of Eliza Howell Park offer some of the few places where you can, for brief moments, feel like you’ve totally left the city. Until you take out your phone to ‘gram the woods.

23751 Fenkell Ave
Detroit, MI 48223

2. Artist Village Detroit

17336 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219

The brightly painted venue and public art space in Old Redford is a sight to behold. Every year, one of the city’s most Instagrammable events, the Sidewalk Festival, takes place here.

17336 Lahser Rd
Detroit, MI 48219

3. Southwest Murals

9429 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

This psychedelic mural, painted by Southwest Detroit–based Freddy Diaz, is one of hundreds of works of public art in the area on buildings, signs, and viaduct walls. Drive around Vernor Highway and Livernois Avenue and you’re sure to spot dozens.

9429 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

4. Palmer Woods

Palmer Woods, Detroit, MI 48203

Many of the city’s most unique residences are in Palmer Woods, which has an eclectic mix of Colonials, Tudors, and mid-century modern homes. Other neighborhoods that are just as Instagrammable include Indian Village, Boston-Edison and Arden Park, the Joseph Berry Subdivision, Canfield Historical District, and Grandmont-Rosedale.

Palmer Woods
Detroit, MI 48203

5. African Bead Museum

6559 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204

Everything about this sprawling work of public art is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and therefore Instagrammable. Go check it out as soon as you can.

6559 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48204

6. Hygrade Deli

3640 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Diners, drive-ins, and dives make for some of the best ‘grams thanks to their vintage charm and eccentric decor. In addition to the Hygrade, you might also want to try Duly’s Coney Island, the Raven Lounge, the Painted Lady, Ford-Wyoming Drive-in, and countless others.

3640 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

7. Lincoln Street Art Park

5926 Lincoln St, Detroit, MI 48208

What’s more Instagrammable than a cobblestone alley covered in murals? Not only that, but the nearby Recycle Here! is just as wild and photo-worthy.

5926 Lincoln St
Detroit, MI 48208

8. Restaurant Bathrooms

2520 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

In case you didn’t know, taking ‘grams in restaurant bathrooms is a popular pastime. We put Takoi on here, because in the the lady’s bathroom you can sit on Ryan Gosling’s face. For a comprehensive guide, Eater Detroit published a whole article on the subject.

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

9. Tony Hawk Skate Park

3621 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Riverside Park is our newest addition to the list. Not only do you have the iconic Ambassador Bridge to photograph, but now there’s a new Tony Hawk–sponsored skate park.

3621 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

10. I-75 and Ferry Street

1012 E Palmer St, Detroit, MI 48211

The most unique example of building alignment in the city. Driving south down I-75, the spires of St. Josaphat Catholic Church somehow fit right into the towers of the Ren Cen in the distance. To attempt that perfect shot, line up the buildings at the Ferry Street overpass.

1012 E Palmer St
Detroit, MI 48211

11. Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

From the iconic marquee on the outside to the incredible ornate decorations on the inside, there’s few places as Instagrammable as the Fox Theatre.

2211 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

1457 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

The only free-standing synagogue in Detroit has gotten a bit of a makeover in recent years. It’s unique triangular exterior was power-washed and there’s an awesome mural painted by Bunnie Reiss. The synagogue is also right across the street from a building-high Charles McGee mural that’s equally impressive (and Instagram-worthy).

1457 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

13. #WhatLiftsYou

1500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

On Woodward Avenue near Broderick Tower, brightly-colored butterfly wings by Kelsey Montague offer passersby an opportunity to share #whatliftsyou.

1500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Keyworth Stadium

3201 Roosevelt St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Detroit City FC matches make for perfect grams. The revamped Keyworth Stadium, a sunset, and of course colorful smoke bombs shot off by rabid fans of Detroit’s now-professional soccer club—no wonder the atmosphere is so photogenic.

3201 Roosevelt St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

15. The Belt

The Belt, Detroit, MI 48226

Between Gratiot and Grand River, underneath the Z Lot, the Belt Alley is bursting with color. New murals and old standbys (and The Standby) line the activated alley downtown. Take your time while visiting, and head to the top of the Z Lot for some serious downtown views.

The Belt
Detroit, MI 48226

16. The Guardian Building

500 Griswold St #1600, Detroit, MI 48226

Among Detroit’s many architectural landmarks, the Guardian Building downtown may be the most impressive. ‘Gram the incredible vaulted ceiling, two-sided Tiffany clock, and the huge mural of the state of Michigan.

500 Griswold St #1600
Detroit, MI 48226

17. The Spirit of Detroit

2 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Is it a little cliched? Yes. Do we care? No. The iconic bronze statue built in 1958 not only symbolically represents Detroit, but is a perfect spot to snap a ‘gram. It’s also right across the street from another classic photo-op location: the Joe Louis Fist.

2 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

18. Eastern Market

Eastern Market, Detroit, MI

The sheds, the crowds, the murals—it all makes for endless potential Instagram moments.

Eastern Market
Detroit, MI

19. The Heidelberg Project

3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI 48207

Want to impress your out-of-town friends? Then ‘gram basically anything at the Heidelberg Project. And do it soon—the wild open-air installation may be partially or completely dismantled in the coming years.

3600 Heidelberg St
Detroit, MI 48207

20. Belle Isle

Detroit, MI 48207

There’s so much to Instagram on Belle Isle: Sunset Point, the Conservatory, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse, the aquarium, the beach, the annual Detroit Kite Festival. Need we go on?