There is nothing better than the perfect Instagram photo. The lighting, the decor, the outfit — everything lines up to create that iconic shot. Sometimes it can be hard to find a location for these photos, especially when you want to showcase a restaurant you’ve visited. Plus, let’s face it, ambiance is half the fun of eating out at a North Jersey restaurant. We have rounded up some super stylish restaurants, diners, and cafes in the North Jersey area for you to eat and photograph. Read on for a list of Instagrammable restaurants in Essex County that are sure to help you rack up the likes.
Chit Chat Diner | 410 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange
The Chit Chat Diner in West Orange is a classic New Jersey diner experience. The interior feels as if you have stepped into the world of Alice in Wonderland — everything is colorful, rustic, and retro-feeling. This whimsical venue also boasts a view of the Manhattan skyline. We suggest taking photos on one of the two enormous multi-patterned chairs near the front entrance.
Le Souk | 51 Watchung Plaza, Montclair
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Le Souk serves up tasty Syrian and Middle Eastern cuisine like baklava, falafel, and shawarma. This Montclair location has a delightful interior decorated with colorful pillows, wood furniture, and pottery. We suggest taking a photo while seated on the couch pictured above. The numerous pillows and the unique hanging pictures will add beauty to your Instagram feed.
Raymond’s | 28 Church Street, Montclair
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Raymond’s is a Montclair staple serving up buttermilk pancakes, smoked chicken wings, warm ricotta doughnuts, and more. This upscale restaurant on Church Street feels like an old-school diner. The tiled wall, leather barstool and booths, and rustic brown chairs create a welcoming atmosphere. At Raymond’s, there are so many aesthetic backgrounds to choose from, and we suggest taking photos in front of the colorful glass bottles while seated in the red booths.
Sabor Peru | 373 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
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Located in the heart of Caldwell, Sabor Peru is a culinary experience serving up family recipes and secret sauces. From sweet potato ceviche to coconut shrimp, everything here is beautifully plated and photogenic. Each room displays colorful and welcoming decor. With all these stylish options, it is hard to narrow down the perfect spot to take the right photo. We suggest using the pink flowered wall or the green grass-covered wall decorated with pink flowers.
Samba | 7 Park Street, Montclair
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Samba is a fully gluten-free Brazilian restaurant in Montclair. This stylish and rustic venue is full of antique pots and vintage tableware. The subdued earth tones, high ceilings, and abundance of plants create an outdoorsy atmosphere completely indoors. We suggest utilizing the mirror, mural, and plants in any photo you take.
Sugar Tree Cafe | 358 Passaic Avenue, Nutley
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Sugar Tree Cafe is a counter coffee experience with brunch options. This unique menu features lobster tostada, deep-fried cinnamon toast, and a B.L.T. frittata you are sure to love. We especially recommend trying one of its numerous milkshakes. The trendy atmosphere at Sugar Tree is perfect for capturing an Instagrammable photo. We recommend snapping a few shots in front of their wall of mirrors or in the Babe Cave — several booths lined with red, purple, and pink roses on the walls.
Boho Cafe | 113 Watchung Avenue, Montclair
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Boho Cafe is a boutique-style coffee shop in Downtown Montclair offering hot and cold drinks and small bites. The cafe with its simplistic and earthy decor offers a refreshing atmosphere for all. If you are looking for an Instagrammable photo, we suggest taking it on the gorgeous pink couch surrounded by numerous green plants.
The Compound Coffee Co | 271 Grove Avenue, Verona
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The Compound Coffee Co is tucked away in Verona’s Industrial Complex just off Grove Avenue. It serves numerous hot and cold beverages as well as gluten-free and vegan cookies, muffins, and more. It is hard to narrow down the best spot at The Compound for an Insta-Worthy photo. This location boasts three indoor and two outdoor seating areas with beautiful decor and ambiance.
The Corner | 115 Grove Street, Montclair
The Corner is a stylish gourmet cafe in Montclair. Here, modern design overlaps with old-school aesthetics, creating an eclectic ambiance. Serving baked pasta, avocado toast, and truffled deviled eggs, The Corner is a Montclair breakfast staple. If you are looking for an Instagram-worthy photo, we suggest taking them inside or outside. The best spot inside is on the blue booths directly in front of the “good vibes only” sign. Outside, we suggest setting up a shot in front of the brick wall along the Walnut Street side. The flora hanging frame and colorful benches will allow your photo to pop.
Willow & Olivia | 255 Main Street, West Orange
Nestled on Main Street in West Orange, Willow & Olivia is a small-batch bakery known for its custom cakes. It also sells doughnuts, brownies, and cookies, amongst other things. If you are looking for an Instagram-worthy photo, we suggest shooting a picture on the couch featuring a fantastic wall of flowers and “Magic” in purple. There is also window seating which provides fantastic natural lighting.