If I had to choose only one social media platform, it would have to be Instagram. I spend so (read too much) time scrolling through beautiful accounts. If you missed my video on Five Canadian Instagrammers you should follow, here it is.
These gals give me major FOMO! Who doesn’t want to be in a monochromatic hip café in Toronto taking flatlays (I’m looking at you Joelle (La Petite Noob)? Alternatively, I also love wearing sweet feminine styles that only Marie Ernst can pull off. Maybe you want to play mermaid for the day and follow along with local makeup artist Jessika Petten and her brightly colored and striking transformations!
While these ladies’ feeds are serious goals, there is no reason why you can’t upload beautiful pictures on your own Instagram feed. There are so many gram worthy locations in the province so you really don’t need to go far.
I’m going to share with you 10 places where you can get drool-worthy photos:
1) Fixed Coffee and Baking. 199 New Gower Street, St. John’s, NL.
You’ll not only find Bonavista coffee but you’ll find perfectly constructed lattes. You know the ones with the latte art? Oh yeah. Get yourself down there. I suggest bringing props like books and/or flowers to really make that latte art pop.
2) Ethereal Boutique. 183 Duckworth Street, St. John’s, NL.
It’s no secret that pastels resonate with Instagram followers. Megan Warren went from owning an online shop to opening a store in the downtown area and she is really killing it with the esthetic. White walls and pink doors? Yes, please. If you want to hear more from Megan, check out this sweet collab I did with her last summer!
If you love local brews, why not hit up Quidi Vidi Brewery? Not only is it the perfect location for a photo but if you have time you’ll learn about the local history and get a chance to sample a few of their beers.
While you’re down in Quidi Vidi you must hit up Mallard Cottage. This gem of a location is special to me because it’s where I got engaged. My hubby got on one knee in a restaurant full of people and everyone cheered. It was truly one of the happiest moments in my life! I have visited this restaurant several times since and was never disappointed with the food. The cake table is a must for brunch (seriously it’s a table full of cake!). Did you know that they recently opened up The Inn? It’s on my list of places to visit.
Located in the downtown region, you are bound to get the best view of the city and learn a few things about the province’s rich history. Stop in to The Rooms Café for a delicious brunch or an afternoon tea. Take a picture of the delicious food or a selfie overlooking the harbour.
These locally baked goods will make your heart skip a beat. The bakeries are tastefully decorated (see what I did there) with a real vintage vibe. Not only are there numerous goodies to choose from but there are vegan options as well. There are 2 locations: one in St. John’s and one in Mount Pearl.
Just minutes outside St. John’s (12 kms to be exact), there is a historic lighthouse that dates back to 1836. Not only can you step back in time by visiting the lighthouse but you can stop for a minute and look out at the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on the time of year you are likely to see icebergs and whales. When visiting the province, Cape Spear is a must see!
Moving outside of the province’s capital to the small but happening town of Port Rexton is the perfect place to relax, unwind and experience a little bit of what “around the bay” has to offer. You can wine and dine at The Fisher’s Loft or stay the night at their Inn. Their dining room overlooks the ocean and it provides to perfect backdrop to a delicious, local meal and of course the perfect photo opportunity.
Imagine picnicking along the side of a cliff with a lighthouse in the background, birds chirping, whales in the distance all while sipping on homemade lemonade. The sun is shining and you’re getting ready to eat a homemade meal that you didn’t have to pack yourself. If this sounds like a scenario you want to find yourself a part of, you should visit the Lighthouse Picnics. Everything on the menu is freshly made and oh so yummy. Make sure you make reservations in advance as this place is quick to get booked up.
If you are looking to venture outside the city’s capital and go on a quest to see what life is like outside the Avalon, you need to go to Twillingate. Twillingate is a popular destination for tourists and for good reason! It’s beautiful. If you visit in the spring of the year, you’re likely to see icebergs and ones that stand stories high. Recently Split Rock Brewing Co was opened which is a microbrewery. Kris is a much better beer connoisseur than me (I only learned what a flight was this summer) so check out this article.
There are so many picturesque places in the province that make it easy to kill it on Instagram. Where are your favourite places in the province that guarantee a perfect shot?
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