Getting those cute OOTD shots ain’t easy when it’s any colder than 0 degrees, but there are plenty of cute and Instagrammable indoor Toronto photo spots you can go to during the winter.
Sometimes you just gotta do it to stay alive on the ‘Gram, but you don’t need to freeze your booty off for it.
Today I’m sharing with y’all a bunch of my fave indoor Instagrammable Toronto spots to shoot photos (that are indoors!) when it’s cold as heck outside.
Or, if you’re reading this during the summer, maybe you’re looking for indoor Toronto places with air conditioning so you don’t have to sweat your booty off.
No matter what season you’re reading this in, you’ll be able to enjoy the comforts of heating or AC.
Also note that not all of these photos were taken during the winter, although I assure you that your booty will be nice and toasty as you’re cozying up indoors with a latte in hand.
Anyway, here are some Instagrammable indoor places in Toronto you can take photos at!
Looking to get a bunch of cute Insta photos all in one go?
Bring a couple of outfits to Baddies in the west end.
Make sure you come right at opening and finish shooting before it gets busy though, unless you want dirty looks from the employees.
LOCATION: 679 Lansdowne Ave. | Website
2. The Commoner
The Commoner is another gorgeous restaurant that you can get several cute Instagram photos out of, with some pretty darn great food.
I love the fall-inspired colours with the interior, and when the sun hits, the lighting is incredible.
I also have a blog post all about The Commoner and the best things to eat on the menu!
LOCATION: 2067 Dundas St. West | Website
3. Rustle & Still
Rustle & Still is another adorable spot with tons of greenery and wood elements.
It’s a Vietnamese café with an Asian-inspired menu, and their Vietnamese coffee is amazeballs.
If you’re feeling hungry, grab one of their banh mi sandwiches!
LOCATION: 605 Bloor St. West | Website
4. Sorry Coffee Co
A teeny tiny space that will rarely be empty, but if you sit for long enough, you’ll find a moment to snap a quick photo or two.
Or maybe 100, if you’ve got a dedicated Instagram husband or wife.
Even if you don’t manage to find it clear enough to get any Instagram shots, their coffee is pretty damn good.
LOCATION: 102 Bloor St. West | Website
5. TIKA Tea House
Luv luv luv the woody elements here at TIKA – just like how I’d picture a teahouse in Asia to look like.
Helps that the bubble tea here is pretty good as well.
LOCATION: 675 Yonge St. | Website
6. Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO is one of the best winter photoshoot locations during the winter.
If you wear a super basic outfit, you can take photos in a bunch of diff spots with a bunch of diff poses and no one will notice you’ve posted 10 photos from the same day.
Or, you can just change outfits in the bathrooms (been there, done that).
The AGO is free for everyone on Wednesday nights, and it really doesn’t matter if it gets dark at 5 PM because you’ve got artificial lighting all around ya.
If you’re 25 and under, you get a free AGO Pass and can come at anytime of day.
LOCATION: 317 Dundas St. West | Website
7. Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen
There’s pretty much only one or two possible spots to shoot in the winter since Early Bird’s patio isn’t open, but they’ll make for cute indoor Instagram photos anyways.
They also have colourful lattes and brunch dishes to brighten up your shots!
Their pink eggs benny is amazing.
LOCATION: 613 Queen St. West | Website
Oretta is popularly known as one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in Toronto.
The resto itself is cute, but the café has cheaper eats and it’s not as intimidating to take photos in.
It’s very pink if that’s what you’re into (I’m into it).
LOCATION: 633 King St. West | Website
9. Wilbur Mexicana
With the natural lighting all around, pretty much every corner of Wilbur is Instagram-worthy if you want it to be.
They also have some of the best tacos in Toronto.
LOCATION: 552 King St. West | Website
10. Forget Me Not Café
If you’re looking for the most adorable and homey café in the universe (or at least the Toronto-verse), Forget Me Not is it.
The vibes here are very vintage and cute, and they’ve even got dried roses hanging on the wall.
The Pink Drink also makes for a cute photo opp, especially if you wear a pink or pastel outfit.
Find this cute spot along King West by Portland Street!
LOCATION: 506 Adelaide St. West | Website
11. Café Landwer
V cool retro decor and many Insta-worthy corners: my kinda café.
Café Landwer is an Israeli restaurant originally from Germany (and then Israel).
I haven’t tried their actual food, but the milkshake was just alright.
Worth coming for all the Instagram photo opps though!
LOCATION: 165 University Ave. | Website
12. Brookfield Place
Brookfield is built over a historic building, and the mix of modern and traditional is pretty rad.
It also means you can shoot indoor photos in a place that looks outdoors.
Be savvy about your photo-taking here though, because security will not hesitate to kick you out.
Queen-Richmond Centre West isn’t too far away and it’s also built over a historic building, so hit up both if you’re looking to maximize your Insta potential.
LOCATION: 181 Bay St. | Website
Enjoy a view of the Toronto skyline from 44 storeys high at Kōst Restaurant inside the Bisha Hotel.
While you won’t get to enjoy the outdoor patio during the winter, it’s still a super pretty spot to visit during the winter.
LOCATION: 44th Floor, 80 Blue Jays Way | Website
14. Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection
I haven’t stayed at the Hotel X in Toronto, but I’ve been here for several events.
The lobby, the Falcon SkyBar, and even the rooms are super Instagrammable!
LOCATION: 111 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON | Website
15. Ripley’s Aquarium
Stay warm and explore Ripley’s Aquarium for some Instagram-worthy shots.
You can be basic and get the iconic silhouette-in-front-of-the-jellyfish shot.
LOCATION: 288 Bremner Blvd. | Website
16. The Rec Room
If vibrant colours and bright lights are your thing, The Rec Room is your place.
The arcade aesthetic also makes for cool pics, and you don’t even have to buy or play anything to get your shots.
LOCATION: 255 Bremner Blvd. | Website
17. Boxcar Social
Boxcar Social is one of my go-to Instagrammable places to shoot photos in during the winter in Toronto.
The Harbourfront location is my fave, and most people leave you alone when taking photos #bless.
It’s filled with natural light and it’s rustic chic.
They’ve got several locations across Toronto as well!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in the area, I’ve got a blog post all about the best things to do at the Harbourfront.
I’ve also got a blog post all about the best Harbourfront restaurants!
LOCATION: 235 Queens Quay West | Website
18. Balzac’s Distillery District
Distillery’s Balzac’s is the most beautiful Balzac’s location I have ever seen, AKA any photo you take here will be inevitably beautiful.
Take note that you’re only allowed to take phone photos in here, because you need a photo permit.
LOCATION: 1 Trinity St. | Website
19. Tandem Coffee
A cute and quirky lil spot in the east end of the city.
They’ve got Asian-inspired lattes and pastries, like this adorable Maneki Neko cat shortbread.
LOCATION: 368 King St. East | Website
20. Rooster Coffee House
Hit up one of Rooster Coffee House’s three locations in Toronto for delish coffee and cool decor.
Their Jarvis location features vintage-inspired decor if that’s the vibe you’re going for (hey that rhymed).
LOCATION: 568 Jarvis St. | Website
21. La Cubana
Those tiled green walls are the cutest thing I ever did see.
Grab a summery drink and pretend like it’s not freezing cold outside.
They’ve also got a location somewhere in the west end, but I’ve found it to be a lot busier than their east end one.
LOCATION: 1030 Gerrard St. East | Website
22. Dineen Outpost
I’d visit Dineen every single day if I could, but it’s all the way in the east end and it’s usually filled with groups of moms or seniors chatting away forever.
When the spot you want to shoot in opens up, ya better make a run for it.
You could arrive right when it opens, but the lighting will be dark and people will hate you if you sit there forever on your laptop.
LOCATION: 1042 Gerrard St. East | Website
23. Broadview Hotel
The Broadview Hotel is another cute spot to get a bunch of Instagram photos all at once.
You can get photos in this little nook, by the bar, and even by all the tables.
Throw on a pretty outfit or two and snap all of the pretty Instagram pics here.
LOCATION: 106 Broadview Ave. | Website
24. Restoration Hardware
The Restoration Hardware restaurant inside Yorkdale Mall is an adorable spot filled with greenery.
But, if you’re not looking to eat there, the staircase inside the actual store is pretty gorg.
It’s filled with huge gold mirrors and pretty lights that make for pretty Instagram shots.
P.S. you’re only allowed to take phone photos here – they’ll ask you to put your camera away if you pull one out.
LOCATION: 3401 Dufferin St. | Website
Ladurée Canada is also inside Yorkdale Mall, and it’s got all of the pastel and pretty vibes.
Sit in and order some delicious macarons, then snap all your cute Instagram photos.
LOCATION: 3401 Dufferin St. | Website
Indoor photography locations in Toronto:
- The Commoner
- Rustle & Still
- Sorry Coffee Co
- TIKA Tea House
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen
- Wilbur Mexicana
- Forget Me Not Café
- Café Landwer
- Brookfield Place
- Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection
- Ripley’s Aquarium
- The Rec Room
- Boxcar Social
- Balzac’s Distillery District
- Tandem Coffee
- Rooster Coffee House
- La Cubana
- Dineen Outpost
- Broadview Hotel
- Restoration Hardware
No one wants to take any photos when it’s cold as heck outside.
Spare yourself from freezing for the ‘Gram and hit up some of these indoor Toronto spots during the winter for some photos!
If you’re looking for even more fun activities and things to do in and around Toronto, be sure to check out some local tours!
If you’re looking for even more of the best spots in Toronto, here are some other posts you might enjoy:
- 25 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Toronto
- 19 Most Instagram-Worthy Restaurants in Toronto
- 12 Most Instagram-Worthy Toronto Brunch Spots
- 19 Most Instagram-Worthy Toronto Coffee Shops
- 10 Instagram-Worthy Dessert Spots in Toronto
- 21 Most Instagram-Worthy Toronto Street Art & Walls
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