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These are Our Favourite Instagram-Worthy Spots in Vancouver

A woman stands in a colourful yellow and pink alley in Vancouver
Sharon Miki Chan

Vancouver may be an expensive place to live, but it’s also a beautiful one. From turquoise-tinted city skylines that have some dubbing Vancouver the “City of Glass” to kilometres (and kilometres and kilometres) of waterfront views from the famous Stanley Park Seawall, VanCity is ripe with gorgeous backdrops for social media posts. 

Case in point for stylish Vancouverites? Creator Vernice Tan (you may know her as @vernicet on TikTok) shared some of her favourite photo spots in Vancouver on’s TikTok

So, whether your Instagram is full of fit checks or you consider yourself city documentarian, check out Vernice’s picks for the best photo spots in Vancouver (plus a few faves of my own) below.

@slicedotca Road trip anybody? 📸 @vernicet #vancouverphotography #vancouverlife #explorecanada #vancouverfashion #instainspo ♬ slide – ✿

a woman takes a photo in the mirror of a cafe with art on the walls
Sharon Miki Chan

Liberty Bakery & Cafe on Main

Sure, there are still plenty of Starbucks in the city, but why visit a chain when you can relax (and snap some photos) at a local treasure like Liberty Bakery? Located at the corner of Main and 21st, the cafe features crave-worthy baked goods, strong coffee and lots of art — making it perfect for snaps both inside the cafe (peep the charming arrangement of wall art I found) and outside. 

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Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, Canada

Iona Beach

There are plenty of breathtaking beaches in and around Vancouver, but one of the best places to capture magic hour with a long beach view that looks like it could go on forever and ever (as Vernice captured to perfection in her TikTok) is Iona Beach Regional Park. Technically in Richmond, Iona Beach is close to YVR and sits in the midst of the Pacific Flyway — which means it’s also a great place to capture images of migrating birds, too.

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colourful exterior of City Centre Hotel
Sharon Miki Chan

City Centre Motor Hotel

If you like a colour-pop boost in your posts, then you’ll probably want to check out one of the more than 300 public art murals created throughout Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF). In 2022, a partnership with the VMF brought a vibrant makeover to Main Street’s iconic City Centre Motel. Designed in collaboration between local artists Fiona Ackerman, KC Hall and Joon Lee, the full-wrap mural is a feast for the eyes — and your camera.

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view of the Burrard Street bridge

Burrard Street Bridge

Connecting the laid-back vibes of Kitsilano with the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Burrard Street Bridge is more than just functional. The art deco-style bridge features pedestrian walkways in both directions, making it a cool place to take in VanCity views, or to — as Vernice demonstrates in her TikTok — strike a fashion pose for the ‘gram.

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W Cordova street sign

301 W Cordova

Any Vancouverite will tell you that there’s more to see in the Gastown neighbourhood than the “steam” clock. As Vernice shows in her TikTok, you can find cool downtown photo backgrounds on the city streets downtown.

woman standing a colourful yellow and pink alley
Sharon Miki Chan

Art alleys

Speaking of unique downtown photo spots, I’m partial to the unexpected beauty that can be found in some of the city’s alleys. While — let’s not romanticize things — most alleyways in the city are alley-like (be safe when exploring the area), you will occasionally stumble upon spots that have been made brighter.

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view of Science World

Olympic Village and Science World

False Creek’s Olympic Village neighbourhood was originally developed to house athletes for the 2010 Olympic Games. Now, it’s a unique pocket of high-end condos, restaurants and views of a Vancouver landmark worth visiting for a photo or two — Science World. Built as the signature building for the 1986 World’s Fair, the giant geodesic dome makes for a very Vancouver photo – especially at night.

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man and woman stand with water in the background
Sharon Miki Chan

Waterfront Station

Built in 1914 and located in the heart of downtown, Waterfront Station is the city’s main terminus station for transit and features old-school vibes, which are sometimes hard to find in Vancouver. My favourite spot in the city, however, is just west of the station. Here, you’ll find a lookout that offers a wide variety of image backdrops: the white sails of Canada Place, blue waters and the rows of train tracks harkening to decades of people coming in and out of the city. 

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