Instagram is a constant reminder that I could, in fact, be cooler. Maybe if I just eat enough scrumptious looking brunches…
When Instagram isn’t taunting me with the fact that I’m not having a grand, far-flung adventure on a random Tuesday afternoon, or making me second guess my belief that yeah, leggings are pants, while simultaneously confirming that the amount of stretch clothing items have isn’t equal to their fashion credence, then it can actually be a wonderful thing. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s one of the best ways to get connected to the city and discover new things you want to explore, hidden gems you want to peruse, and things you want to consume.
DC has no shortage of social media gurus who know just how to frame the District to make you fall in love with it all over again. Here are some candidates worthy of a follow (and probably a handful of double-taps to boot):
If you’re always on the hunt for what DC cookin’ to devour and where, these accounts should get your taste buds watering.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get slim and trim, turn back now. Seriously, you’ve been warned. This account is run by DC locals Maya Rosen, Eden Gray, Mikela McMahon, and Callie Cohen. Their foodie adventures take them all over the city, showcasing treats of all kinds, for all budgets. McMahon’s personal Instagram profile debuts the saying “happy stomach, happy heart,” and by the looks of their nom-worthy escapades, she likely has both.
Similar to @dc_foodies, this Insta account is not going to inspire you to eat leafy greens. It will, however, point you in the direction of some delicious donuts. And, if we’re being honest, who doesn’t appreciate that?
For city aficionados
When you’re caught in traffic on the way home from work, it can be easy to forget how much you love the District (and why). These accounts capture the city at its best, and are great to follow as a reminder that this District is one-of-a-kind.
IGDC was one of the first DC-specific Instagram accounts, founded by Holly Garner, and it has only gotten better over time. Their mission, according to their website (separate from Instagram) has always been to “encourage and nurture local photographers to pick up their cameras and explore the DMV area.” Their page clues followers in to events and even offers local meetups. Not to mention, it features stunning photography of our home sweet home.
Albert Ting is a DC-based photographer with a soft spot for architecture. His Instagram account has received a lot of attention because, quite frankly, it’s hard not to get googley eyed over every photo. His photos highlight gorgeous parts of the city that in the middle of the hustle and bustle, you might have overlooked.
Maybe it’s the rich history surrounding these parts, but DC just seems like a city that is most itself in black and white. @BlackandWhiteDC features photos stripped of color, but full of DC life on their feed. What’s more is that they are seemingly always featuring someone new, so snap a moody picture and put in it black and white with the hashtag #blackandwhitedc for a shot at your 15 minutes of instafame.
For people persons
One of the greatest parts of DC is that it is home to many kinds. @WethepeopleDC is a baton Instagram account. What does that mean, exactly? It means that it is always someone different posting. One day, someone will be in charge of the account and take you through their day in the city, then they will pass the account like a baton to another DCer. It’s a unique way to see how DC’s people are living it up – kind of like people watching from the safety of behind your phone’s screen.
For creative folks
DC’s creative scene is alive and well – just take a look around at the many street murals, sidewalk art, and artists around every corner.
@ACreativeDC showcases DC from the perspective of the creative community. If you take anything away from this account, it will be this: creatives know how to ‘gram. As described on their website, their feed is filled with “alleyways and hidden murals;artists and retailers and style on style; institutions and movements; the behind-the-scenes of nationally known kitchens and homegrown festivals; and views from DC sidewalks, bedrooms, and workspaces. “ Cool factor: next level.