Restaurants realize that sometimes you just need to do it for the ‘gram. Heck, Highball has a whole section of its menu dedicated to Instagrammable cocktails, and there are tons of eateries around the Valley with aesthetic atmospheres and photogenic fare. Here’s a handful to inspire your next hashtag.
We featured the mimosa and coffee flights at JOJO on the blog last fall and we still can’t get over how cute the concept is, but the coffeehouse is also an Instagram haven for its artsy décor and fun, trendy food that goes beyond your basic avocado toast – birthday cake pancakes, anyone?
Go-To ‘Gram: Order literally anything on the menu – it’s all delicious and Insta-worthy – and snag the table below the neon “Good Vibes” sign.
We’re convinced that everything on the menu at this funky, modern Mexican restaurant has to pass the Instagram test – if it’s not worth snapping a photo, it’s 86’ed. Even the classic quesadilla gets a millennial makeover with a social media-worthy squiggle of bright magenta beet crema on top. The street corn is coated with Flamin’ Hot Cheeto dust, and the colorful kaleidoscope that arrives at your table when you order the nachos looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book – and you’ll devour every last bite.
Go-To ‘Gram: Gather a gaggle of friends and strike a pose in front of the pink pineapple wall. But first, tacos.
Farm & Craft
This uber trendy restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale serves up organic eats in super stylish environs. You’ll find health-forward flatbreads, salads and sandos on the menu, plus an aesthetic acai bowl, cold-pressed juice and kombucha cocktails.
Go-To ‘Gram: We all want food and affection – and healthy cocktails! Take your kombucha and cucumber and capture a photo in front of Farm & Craft’s minimalist mural emblazoned with its memorable mantra.
These cute cafés have popped up in pretty much every corner of the Valley – its sixth location opened semi-recently in South Tempe – each sporting its own unique vibe and style. Known for its Board & Bottle deal (a plank of bruschetta and a bottle of wine for $20), it also boasts chic, thoughtful décor designed for the millennial set.
Go-To ‘Gram: That oh-so-alluring bruschetta board with a mod dining room as a backdrop, duh.
This contemporary brunch haven has it all – cute décor, creative craft cocktails and classic entrees with a modern twist. Take, for example, the toast situation – choose from the quintessential millennial breakfast, smashed avocado toast or satisfy your sweet tooth with the caramel apple French toast. Pair it with a seasonal spritz (we recommend the refreshing pomegranate hibiscus) or blackberry sangria. Even the traditional mimosa gets a trendy treatment at The Henry, served in a coup glass with a wedge of fresh fruit on the rim.
Go-To ‘Gram: You’ve probably seen pictures of people posing by The Henry’s signature arrow, illuminated by vintage lightbulbs and perched on a periwinkle background. Dress up in your Sunday brunch best and snap a pic of your own.
We love Windsor for its pretty, spacious patio, funky vintage décor and scrumptious jalapeño cornbread. It also boasts some of the best (and most Insta-worthy) cocktails around. It’s a North Central Phoenix foodie institution and a social media sanctuary.
Go-To ‘Gram: The cassette tape wall, of course!
This retro-chic restaurant inside Scottsdale’s famed Hotel Valley Ho is known for its chef-driven takes on classic comfort food and, most notably, the monthly Showstopper Shake – an over-the-top sweet treat that changes seasonally. In the past, the milkshake of the month has featured girl scout cookies, French fries and even a full ice cream cone on top of the malty delight. Needless to say, it will garner lots of likes on the ‘gram.
Go-To ‘Gram: February’s Showstopper, topped with red velvet cheesecake, candy swizzle sticks, red fudge and Hot Tamale candy.
Pop N Tea Bar
Housed in the historic My Floral Plaza in the hip, happening Willo District, Pop N Tea is known for its delicious Diamond Bars, fancy frozen treats that pair perfect with hashtags. Customizable milk tea, matcha and iced coffee are also on the menu.
Go-To ‘Gram: The interior of this trendy tea spot, which includes the ubiquitous neon sign, encourages patrons to pop in and pose with their popsicles.
At Hash Kitchen, you may expect a hard seltzer served in a disco ball, gummy sharks swimming in your Tequila Sunrise or Fruity Pebbles in your vodka cocktail. This lively brunch party destination is the definition of an Instagrammable dining experience, boasting a truly iconic build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with more than 50 craft toppings, creative takes on breakfast classics and a booth where rotating guest DJs keep the party going all day long.
Go-To ‘Gram: Load up your Bloody with all the onion rings and pickled tomatillos you can cram in there and have a fun photoshoot at the onsite selfie station. #EatDrinkandBeMary