By Emily Wu
Going out to eat is hands down one of life’s greatest pastimes. Even though the primary reason of ordering food is to actually eat it, snapping a photo of your meal and sharing it on Instagram is just as important. With unique spots all over the city, Boston is the perfect place to brunch, snack and dine. So whether you’re running an aspiring Instagram foodie account or someone that is in desperate need of a food pic to break up a constant stream of selfies, these five places have all been taste-tested and photo-approved.
1. Dig Inn
Located in Copley Square, Dig Inn is an eatery with vibrant food and an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Enjoy wholesome food like a market bowl of roasted farro, maple & Sriracha brussel sprouts, wild sockeye salmon and Chioggia beets for lunch. If you’re willing to get up early, they also make a killer avocado toast that’s served on the breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. The clean, simple and bright décor of the dining area makes the perfect backdrop to any Instagram photo. If muted pink chairs, marble tables and succulents are your thing, Dig Inn should be at the top of your list.
What to order: Avocado toast with lemon zest ricotta and kale salt, iced matcha latte
With multiple locations scatted around Boston and Cambridge, this local bakery chain is probably already all over your Instagram feed. It’s the perfect place to sit down for brunch or to grab a cup of coffee and pastry to go. The eclectic light fixtures and reclaimed metal chairs give the bakery a vintage vibe that work well with the natural lighting to create the perfect Instagram shot. The beauty of the bakery doesn’t mean the food is any less delicious. Tatte offers a wide variety of handmade pastries as well as brunch items, soups and salads.
What to order: Shakshuka, pear tart, fresh squeezed orange juice
3. The Courtyard Restaurant
With its regal architecture and beautiful courtyard, the Boston Public Library is already a popular Instagram spot. Located inside the library, the Courtyard Restaurant runs a tea service Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The sandwiches, sweets and teas are adorable enough on their own to warrant an Instagram post but after you finish having tea, explore the rest of the BPL for more photo ops.
4. Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Looking for an Instagram opportunity but also want to sit down for dinner? Precinct in the Loews Hotel can help you kill two birds with one stone. Not only is their food super delicious, but the soft lighting and industrial-looking tables make any photo you take look 100 times better. Try ordering multiple plates and drinks to create a diverse spread. If you’re not feeling hungry enough for a full meal, swing by any day from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for $2 oysters.
What to order: Charcuterie board, smoked pork & bacon nachos, cage-free deviled eggs
Last but not least, the highly anticipated Eataly. The recently opened Italian marketplace boasts a collection of cafes, counters and restaurants. Take your pick of house-made roasted butternut squash ravioli, sweet Italian sausage & roasted potato pizza, a ricotta cannoli topped with candied orange and tiramisu gelato. The choices are endless. The best part of going to Eataly is that there’s no need to order something just because you think it’ll photograph well. In fact, you don’t even need to spend a penny to get a great shot for Instagram because the entire dining emporium is full of food on display and is extremely photogenic on its own.