pisaphotography/Shutterstock.com

These feeds offer a cleverly curated peek into cities around the world.

An alternative to scrolling through hundreds of your friends’ selfies: snapshots that offer a window into cities across the globe. These Instagram feeds are keenly observed portraits of their locales, from Tokyo to New Orleans.

Amsterdam

Dirk Bakker (@macenzo) snaps trippy shots of the city’s architectural details, capturing intricate patterns and vignettes, such as the crowd waiting for the bus at Amsterdam Central station.

Open Windows

A photo posted by Dirk Bakker (@macenzo) on

Red Rain

A photo posted by Dirk Bakker (@macenzo) on

Waiting for the Bus

A photo posted by Dirk Bakker (@macenzo) on

The former graphic designer gravitates towards lines, patterns, and geometry. He often rides his bike around the city in search of a fresh perspective.

Detroit

@ChowDownDetroit is an homage to the metro area's diverse cuisine, from hot dogs to shawarma and cider donuts—and plenty of cameos by beloved local craft beers and sodas like Vernors and Faygo.

New Orleans

Sam Randolph (@little_histories) posts drawings of NOLA homes and buildings, and peppers the descriptions with compelling facts. The Beauregard-Keyes House, below, was once rented by the Confederate general who famously ordered the first shots fired during the Civil War.

More NOLA eye candy: real estate agent and renovator Johnice Katz (@johnicenola) posts vivid snaps of the city’s colorful homes, like these in the 8th Ward.

A photo posted by Johnice Katz (@johnicenola) on

New York

From a damp Times Square to sun-dappled brownstones, Jeff Silberman (@jssilberman) posts pictures that marry grit with dreamy streetscapes.

A photo posted by Jeff Silberman (@jssilberman) on

A photo posted by Jeff Silberman (@jssilberman) on

Tokyo

Tokyo-based fashion designer Yuko Mouton posts photos of stark, modern structures, such as the Nissay Theatre. She also shares photos from her frequent travels, including pictures of architect Zaha Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower in Hong Kong, and an Isamu Noguchi-designed pavilion in Sapporo's Moerenuma Park. Her feed is full of angles and arresting shapes.

A photo posted by yukomouton (@yukomouton) on

A photo posted by yukomouton (@yukomouton) on

A photo posted by yukomouton (@yukomouton) on

Top image: pisaphotography/Shutterstock.com.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. a map of future climate risks in the U.S.
    Maps

    America After Climate Change, Mapped

    With “The 2100 Project: An Atlas for A Green New Deal,” the McHarg Center tries to visualize how the warming world will reshape the United States.

  2. photo: an Uber driver.
    Perspective

    Did Uber Just Enable Discrimination by Destination?

    In California, the ride-hailing company is changing a policy used as a safeguard against driver discrimination against low-income and minority riders.

  3. Perspective

    Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm

    In cities like New York, Paris, Rotterdam, and soon San Francisco, car-free streets are emerging amid a growing movement.

  4. Life

    The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials

    Millennials are already in debt and without savings. After the next downturn, they’ll be in even bigger trouble.

  5. Life

    Grocery Stores Near Seattle Are Getting Vertical Farms

    QFC, a Kroger chain, has added mini-farms to two of its supermarkets and will roll out 13 more in stores around Washington and Oregon.

×