The Most Instagrammable Spots: Nolita/Soho New York Edition

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The Most Instagrammable Spots For Basic Bitches: Nolita/Soho New York Edition

Stateside for this edition of Instagram Tips in New York’s favorite area of the fashion set–calm down West Village, we love you too, but with over 13 million people in New York, covering the city in a short amount of time to maximize your feed, can take laser planning. It also helps you enjoy your time with your dog versus spending hours traveling between spots.


By now, you’ve been able to navigate color (London pink edition) and content (Edinburgh edition), as well as themes (dogs and flowers.) New York combines all, with the added bonus of now being a helluva lot more dog friendly than it was pre-Instagram.

“For the gram” hangs in the air as you see influencers lined down Crosby Street’s cobblestone near NOMO Hotel. All winter we witnessed humans during the Polar Vortex in atheleisure wear and sleeveless gowns, from Chicago in swimsuits to holding aloft a giant bottles of rose on Water Street in Brooklyn, after pushing a tourist “accidentally” to get their shots for the gram.


As always, what’s in style is your dog’s safety and your own.

Please don’t step onto active streets near Flat Iron to get a shot. New York traffic gives zero fluffs about your perfect city shot. Now our disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get into our tips…


For those of you who don’t know, Soho stands for South of Houston. Houston is pronounced HOUSE-ton. If you call is Houston, like the Texan city, you’ll be marked by a local with a “T” for tourist and you won’t get into any of those fashion shows you were able to blackmail an invitation to, no matter what your follower count. And you can forget about rubbing it off because a black light, standard at NY hot spots and fashion shows, will reveal it, as trained and approved by Fashion’s first son, Derek Blasberg.


Don’t be one of those people who has a yapping dog who bites, clutching a note that your pooch is an emotional service animal from a therapist who wrote it to get away from your whining. Service Animals are being cracked down for fraud in 19 states. Airlines including Delta, United and American Airlines are changing their rules to include more documentation. Does that stop the flight of the modern day furbabe? Hardly.

The flight we took from LAX to JFK had six dogs and one cat on it.

A crew member told me he was deathly afraid of the large mutt at the back in his own seat. He wasn’t aware of most dog policies but relieved to hear if an EMS dog is seen eating off the train table, the passenger will be fined and won’t be allowed to bring that dog again. Ask yourself, in any situation: although I can bring my dog, should I?

Alright, you didn’t come for a lecture, you came to get down with where to take photos. The rules are murky, and depend upon each venue. For instance at NY dog cafe, Boris & Horton, there is a doored hallway which separates the cafe where the human food is made, while other restaurants welcome dogs to sit inside.

Down a few blocks from there, the always dive bar dba, rejects participants from Santacon (aka Halloween Part Two; think Mean Girls’ Santa outfits), but welcomes dogs. You won’t get great photos here, not the kind we know you want to grow your IG following, yet your stories will become STORIES and laughter and good times roll out back a plenty. This is a place to celebrate with your friends and stop worrying about main feed perfection.


New York is a town you walk around,

So break out those sustainble VEJA’s you bought after seeing Meghan Markle in a pair in Australia and get comfortable. NY is also one dirty ass city so be prepared with a stain remover kit, knee pads (like The Dogist), wipes, water, a portable bowl and hand sanitizer.




But first, a coffee.
373 Broome Street (larger!) + 327 Lafayette Street


CHA CHA MATCHA. I love you so matcha. Our enduring favorites @honeyidressedthepug glammed up this fabulous pink vegan cafe. It’s dog-friendly and I’m obsessed. When I was working in Soho it gave me life in a dreary winter. The Matcha Latte is fabulous, and beware the queue for the loo—it means an influencer is getting changed inside. Made famous for their sold out collaboration with fashion darling, Virgil Abloh (Off-White’s founder and Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director for Mens Wear), this spot is for all of you who would #travelforpink. Plus mmm, matcha was the drink of choice for Japanese Empresses.




35 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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Blue Stone Lane serves up thick sourdough toast with toppings like salmon, poached eggs, avocado and bananas on thick sourdough bread that make you forsake the need to give up carbs forever. The coffee is damn good though and they have partnered with Bark to produce a very cute coffee cup toy. Pop in for a wam up as we transition to spring for that blue and white cup.




3 Crosby Street

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MAX BONE. A must for any dog, as if you needed an excuse to go in there. They do sell candles for the humans. Aside from the gorgeously designed poop bag holders (bring back the elephant, darlings), the Max Bone has a dog house they cover in flowers.




9 Crosby Street

NOMO HOTEL. Slide down a few steps from Max Bone for bonus shots at NOMO. This hotel has a cool wall with street art, a covered trellis to the entrance and outdoor seating with heat lamps. The influencer watching is amazing from high school students to women in gowns. Not. To. Be. Missed.




123 Lafayette St

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GLOSSIER. Yes, the pink palace of Millennial success. The staff love dogs; they even have their own instagram @dogsofglossier. Inside their HQ, while Byredo candles burn, wander to the back mirrored room. There are massive ‘boy brow’ props that filled me with delight. This is my favorite Glossier product until they gave me a sample of their face wash and I was blown away by how soft my skin felt. But not an ad; it’s fun, things are pink, you can buy make-up and dog-friendly.




42 Crosby St

GREATS. Not to make you do all your shopping but if you forgot those aforementioned VEJA’s, pop into my fave sneaker makers: GREATS. I met with the co-founder, Ryan Babazien, when they were a staff of four. He’s a disrupter, dog lover and got so much energy. I’m really inspired by him so again, not an ad. The store is great if you don’t have an IG perfect set-up at home.




106 Kenmare Street


THE CORNER/LA ESQUINA. The neon “CORNER” in bright pink is an institution of Soho. A doggy window if all the walking around is giving you some hanger. Pop to the shop, grab some food and then people watch while you refuel in the park across the street from it. This colorful food joint reminds me of old school New York. Pop-by and you won’t regret it. For a date night (minus your pup, La Esquina, the formal restaurant inside is a sexy night. MMM.)




174 Elizabeth St


PIETRO NOLITA. All pink everything. The owner, Pietro, is Italian and loves dogs. What he doesn’t love is people who are not self aware enough and take 10-15 minutes of photos without contributing to his charity fund for the Susan G. Komen foundation, thus the stickers that say “Pink As Fuck.” So please, go inside (yes, he will allow your furbaby) and give a contribution when taking photos here. It’s one of the most photographed spots, so you may have to wait but it’s worth it for the love.


Little Italy Bonus: head into Little Italy. The Audrey Hepburn street art is worthy of getting that perfect snap together. We know you dressed to twin and this is the perfect spot.

What are other spots in NYC are we missing?


The Most Instagrammable Spots: Flower Edition

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[ Written by Coco Quill]


Domesticated dogs are several generations removed from being descended from wolves. As a result, dogs’ survival skills have changed and lead to a rise in working the camera as their greatest skill of all. (Disclaimer: after eating, cuddling and of course, farting.) Combining the natural instincts to survive and love of nature, the modern dog owner turns to capture the bond between dogs and flowers.

Instagram is a great tool for visually capturing the fleeting flower seasons. Nothing elicits an “ah” faster than the combination of flowers and the dogs who romp in them. Even dogs who retain their wolf-like looks know how to strike a pose. Tulip season by @goldilocksandthewolf is pure magic.

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Cherry Blossoms come out to dot formerly dull landscapes with beautiful pink hues, announcing to all the harsh winters that proceed them, are gone. The most classic sign Spring is in full effect being @theobonaparte’s annual flower perfect T, derp optional pose:

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Modeling Simba in The Lion King, over his wolf descendants, Theo’s looking out over his domain as King of Spring, is hopeful and joyous.


When taking inspo from other classics, make sure to do what is suitable for your dog’s personality. While exact replications can be fun to try (see the #fluffchallenge), getting a slightly different variation is what makes a photo memorable. 

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That lil tongue though. @grrlgenius_

You’ve probably noticed an onslaught of flower displays in urban settings and taken photos with them. ‘What’s more alluring than an old car now used as a giant flower pot?’ you think, as you practice your favorite Insta poses next to one. But where did it all begin? Well, hold on ‘grammers because it is stoked in tradition. Instagram has brought the spotlight on a very English tradition: the annual Royal Chelsea Flower Show.  

Each year, the RHS has a theme. Local businesses dressed up their shops around Chelsea to enter. London loves to put on a big show when it comes to flowers. Sketch LDN (another Gram must), hires flower designers to cover their interiors, including the infamous pod loo.


With Instagram’s saturation for bloggers seeking out the best looking food to photograph—not necessarily eat more than three bites—sprung up Peggy Porschen’s Bakery’s gorgeous flower archway over the entrance to their corner cafe. In the last three years—Queen of all basic cafes—where the cakes and drinks are bland but extremely photogenic, Peggy Porschen’s Bakery has reigned supreme. A queue forms every day to get a shot at the most instagrammed spot in London.


The Instagram gold mine that is Peggy Porschen’s has inspired other flower-covered storefronts worldwide because if there’s ever a marketing tool that works, it is going to be replicated.

Here are a few spots in town, who did it with style.


The Sanderson Hotel’s flower swing chair has become so popular, it has the hashtag #LoveLPRose

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This shot of Milly, of @frenchie_fryz combines the iconic red phone boxes of London with the flower theme.

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Here’s Elle at the same spot to illustrate again having your own take and vision of a spot that is popular.

This year we skipped the Sloane Square in Chelsea, home of the RHS Flower Show. Instead, we enjoyed London’s oldest (1963 is so vintage, ammiright?) private members’ club, Annabel’s flower covered building. Named after dog lover Lady Annabel Van Tempest-Stewart, the club will turn away those who are in violation of the dress code, even if you’re Queen Bey. All of you budding fashionistas will know that the name Derek Blasberg is synonymous with fashion. He oversaw the new dress code which forbids exposed nipples, matching couple outfits and anything you’d wear to a gym. How to spot a basic bish? Posing outside Annabel’s in atheleisurewear.

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The new location for Annabel’s saw the entire building covered in flowers which let us embrace everything we love about London putting on a show, while also being haughty.


Now, every princess needs her throne, surrounded by flowers, and nothing thrills Elle more than one with people-watching like The Ivy in Chelsea. Dogs are welcome outside and who doesn’t want to lap up all that shopping haven, Kings Road, offers for commentary?

Babes, before you go any further: we never advocate putting your dog’s health and safety at risk to get a shot. If there’s a shot that is not working, remember—there’s a limited amount of time they will pose. Make it fun and involve a few members or your wolfpack if you have to, like we did below for this shot I had in mind in front of Dominique Ansel’s London Bakery. Both Elle and I love watermelon.

Caution: the seeds are made of chocolate, yum but not for dogs to eat. The watermelon is filled with soft serve watermelon ice cream—a total delight! The bakery is full of truly mouth-watering delights, as well as being gram-worthy and is only half a block from Peggy Porschen’s.

french bulldog watermelon


Getting out of the city for countryside adventures is a great way to bond with your dog and get a fresh perspective on life. Lavender season is mid-June through September. Mayfield Lavender Fields allows well-behaved dogs and owners (pick up your dog’s poop so you don’t ruin it for others) and a plethora of people posing in the fields which is almost as amazing as the shots you will get.

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A friend offered to photoshop out the lady in red behind Elle, but that was what makes this photo for me. It’s such a crossover acknowledgement of owning your ridiculousness and loving it in others too.

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