It’s no secret that San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As a photographer, I am constantly looking for the next best spot, or some fun hidden gem I’ve never been to before. I have rounded up my top 16 BEST spots to take photos in San Francisco. Enjoy!
#16 Green doors at Palace of Fine Arts
Found at the Palace of Fine Arts, these green doors are just BEGGING for you to use them as a backdrop. Plus, the whole area is beautiful in general, so there are lots of great spots to capture your next viral photo.
#15: Chambers SF
Chambers Eat + Drink is one of my faveeee brunch spots in San Francisco. The food is to DIE for, and the restaurant is so cute. Don’t be deterred by the neighborhood it’s in, just get inside and get to brunching (highly recommend the Souffle Pancake OMG).
#14: Lloyd Lake, Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is full of many hidden gems. So many, that I haven’t even seen all of this park! If you’re looking for a good place to go (that nobody has ever heard of!) check out Lloyd Lake. Easy to get to and easy to park. Take the dogs to this one!
#13: Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason
Fort Mason is located in the Marina District of SF (AKA the cutest neighborhood ever). On one side, you get great views of the Golden Gate. On the other, the city. Pack a picnic on a warm day and enjoy!
#12: The Dorian
Another fun brunch spot, also in the Marina! Great food and beautiful decor! Plus, there’s a fun photobooth in the restaurant that you can use for free (it creates a giphy and sends it to your email!). Double Instagram Heaven.
#11: Ina Coolbrith Park
A hidden park in Nob Hill, this spot is a local’s fave, and the view can’t be beat.
#10: Pier 7
Arguably the best pier to take some cute pics. Go at a time that won’t be as busy (i.e. middle of the work day) and enjoy the views!
#9: Anthony Goldberg’s Woodline, Presidio
The Presidio is such a pretty place to shoot, but it can be hard to find the perfect spot. This is such a beautiful place, and secret enough to not attract crowds. Plus, there’s a special parking lot, so no stressing about finding a place to park!
#8: Le Maison
This cute little cafe is home to some of the most beautiful murals in SF. There are a couple different locations, but all are cute. Enjoy a pastry and a cup of coffee for ultimate ‘grammer’s delight.
#7: Bernal Heights Park
Bernal Heights Park has one of the best views in the city! Plus, you’ll mostly find locals walking their dogs here, so no need to worry about crowds!
#6: Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor is a museum, yes, but it is also home to one of the best spots for photographers (my friend took her wedding photos here!). Located at one end of Land’s End, this museum boasts some beautiful views (especially at sunset, and especially especially in the fog!).
#5: Sutro Baths/ Lands End
At the other end of Land’s End, you will find the Sutro Baths. This used to be a public bathhouse way back when, and now it’s the perfect place to take dramatic photos with your loved one. I recommend wearing a flowy, red dress, and enjoying this gorgeous spot!
#4: Fort Funston
I like to call this place “Puppy Heaven” because it is easily the most dog-friendly beach in the area. I skip the beach and enjoy the sweeping views from the cliffs. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see some hang-gliders heading out over the waves.
#3: Mt Davidson
Another incredible view of the city is at Mount Davidson. A short walk up (like 5 minutes, trust me), and you’ll be at this spot. Definitely the perfect view of San Francisco!
#2: Moraga Steps
Also known as the tiled steps, this is one of the best spots for your next Insta post. This can get crowded, so try to go at a time when most people won’t be around (also middle of a work day!). Local’s Hint: Go all the way up the stairs, then cross the road and go up even further for another dramatic view of SF. Here you will find Grandview Park, or Turtle Hill as the local’s call it.
#1: Marshall’s Beach
My favorite spot in SF because you get everything in one- a beautiful beach, the Golden Gate Bridge, whale watching, and even nudists (gotta get the whole experience, ya know?). Yes, this nude beach boasts on the best views in San Francisco. Fun Fact: my boyfriend took me here to watch the sunset on our first trip to SF together. Was romantic as hell.