INSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYC //

Outside of wanting to see pictures of me without sunglasses on, or hoping for more details surrounding my wedding, my most asked questions always center around photography. As a follow up to the post about my favorite photography locations in the city (you can see that here), today I am highlighting a few of the most instagram worthy cafes in NYC! I never have an issue with sharing popular shooting locations, let alone my favorite hidden spots. I will continue to add to this post as I find more instagrammable cafes around the city – and will be sure to update you when I do. If you have any favorites of your own, please let me know in the comments section below. The more the merrier!

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Café Standard at The Standard East is always bustling with activity. The colorful wire chairs, red table tops, and intricate tile floor are great for close-up detail shots! The pink napkins and classic cafe menu are nice touches as well. During warmer weather, the café expands into a plaza right on the Bowery and is perfect for people watching.
INSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYC Once Upon A Tart is also an Atlantic-Pacific all star, having appeared in numerous posts (see here for example) over the years. This adorable café and bakery on Sullivan street in SoHo has the cutest muted green benches, chairs, and accent tables outside, making for great sitting or walking shots. Inside, the almond croissants and walnut and jam scones aren’t too bad either. Vesuvio Bakery, right around the corner, has a similar green facade – and famous chocolate chip cookies!
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Okay, okay, Island Oyster isn’t really a café so to speak, but it’s too picturesque to keep off of this list. After a short ferry ride over to Governors Island from the Battery Maritime Building, you’ll arrive at this tropically inspired waterfront oyster bar. The scale and colors of the space are dramatic, overwhelming, and totally amazing. This place was built for photography – check out their IG page here or a recent post of mine here, and you will see what I mean!
INSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYCSweet Moment NYC on Mott Street in Little Italy is a must see café for all of you with a sweet tooth. Their artistic specialty drinks are too cute, and make the perfect companion to any finger or wrist jewelry you may want to show off in a shot! Pictured above are the creamart matcha drink and the creamart red velvet drink – both can be made with either black milk tea or cold brewed coffee.
INSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYCINSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYCINSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYCCafe Colette is a staple in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This corner café is stunning inside and out. There is so much to shoot here from the striped exterior, outdoor café tables, gorgeous bar, and beautiful back garden. But, the adorable takeaway coffee window has to be my favorite little spot! See a few recent posts of mine featuring Cafe Colette here and here.
INSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYCBakeri has a few locations in NYC, but my favorite has to be the Williamsburg outpost. This romantic café has a pretty outdoor patio and a green wall that is covered in vines, making the perfect backdrop for sitting shots! P.S. – The grapefruit avocado salad is my go-to order. I always seem to wear dresses when I visit!
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It doesn’t get much more iconic than the Sant Ambroeus café on Lafayette. The vibrant atmosphere is matched with an art deco interior and fun melon colored awning outside. The West Village outpost is equally chic, and the newly opened Palm Beach location at the Royal Poinciana Plaza is too cute for words. Here are a few fun shots of me there a few weeks after it opened! Okay, back to NYC…
INSTAGRAM WORTHY CAFES IN NYCHarvey, at The Williamsburg Hotel, has recently opened and is already one of the most instagram worthy cafes in NYC! It is simply a great spot for interior pictures. The focal point of the café is the central bar which features an impressive rainbow instillation above. Amazing to match back to all of your favorite colorful outfits this summer!

SUMMER STRIPES // HIGH LOW SERIES

Continuing my high low series with a look at summer stripes! I’ve always been the biggest fan of both stripes and bright color, and the summer always presents the chance for the two to collide in new and unexpected ways. This season is no exception! See below for some notes on my favorite summer stripes, and always, priced in order from low to high!

one // This black and white knit wrap top is perfect back to white or black skinny denim and heels. P.S. it’s $27!

two // This striped drawstring jacket is the ultimate packing add-on for any trip near water.

three // An anything-but-ordinary striped top. Best for casual looks back to destructed denim shorts.

four // Every girl needs a black and white striped stiletto right??

five // A chic and simple shirtdress is a staple for summer. One that is striped and ruched? That’s a home run.

six // Bright block stripes and pom poms? This is the best beach bag ever!

seven // This bandeau beach bikini top is incredible – and I’d find a way to wear it away from the water!

eight // A gorgeous ruffled maxi dress (under $150!) is an easy way to make a statement in summer!

nine // Or, for the same price as the above, you could go the jumpsuit route. You know my feelings on this!

ten // I love a good one piece suit and the mixed stripes and added ruffles are too cute.

eleven // Dark grounded stripes are underrated and this fitted intarsia striped top is no exception!

twelve // This elegant off-the-shoulder asymmetric striped top could only be made by Self Portrait.

thirteen // A rainbow mini bag that is ideal for your summer getaway weekends.

fourteen // Oversized. Cashmere. Pastels. Stripes. Yes please!

fifteen // This structured and striped cami midi dress is the definition of grace.

sixteen // Perfect for those special summer nights out. A piece you will have forever!

PUT A BOW ON IT // HIGH LOW SERIES

I’ve never never shy away from a bow moment, and today I am highlighting all my favorite pieces priced from low to high! Bows always seem to find their way into my spring and summer wardrobe, be it as a gorgeous detail on a sleeve (as seen here), as the focal point on a sophisticated spring coat (as seen here), or mixed and matched together for a more casual look (as seen here). In any event, a bow can be the perfect feminine touch to any ensemble!

I have long loved multi bow moments, so these shoes, this dress and this top are all very high on my list for this season. Simply click the image below to shop each item, or reference the links at the bottom of the post. If you’d like to check out a few more from the HIGH LOW series – you can see them here, here and here!

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