Oxford, Mississippi, is a city of many interests. Beyond the gorgeous campus of Ole Miss, you’ll find college bars, top-notch restaurants, art galleries galore and lots of literary lore. The author William Faulkner made his home here last century, and his scholarly persona continues to inspire this southern city as its popularity skyrockets among travelers.
We explored the city’s Instagram page, pored over restaurant photos, and sifted through rundowns of galleries and local landmarks. Here are some of the most Instagrammable places to hit when you visit.
1 Rowan Oak
The University of Mississippi officially owns William Faulkner’s former estate, which is open to the public every day of the week. Towering trees frame the house where the author lived until his death in 1962.
2 City Grocery
One of Oxford's best restaurants, this legendary Southern spot plates dishes like grilled quail and lamb belly confit in the most eye-catching ways. Foodstagrammers rejoice!
3 Blue Creek Cabin
Kick back in this two-bedroom, family-run B&B about a 15-minute drive from downtown. The 1800s log cabin has been moved around the South and reassembled, but looks glorious as ever in photos.
4 The University of Mississippi
Ole Miss is a stunner, indeed. Be sure to stop by the Lyceum, chapel and Barnard Observatory for prime photo opps.
5 Proud Larry's
You can catch live music up to four nights a week at this laid-back pizza joint near the Ole Miss campus. The shows make for great photos, though be warned: This is also one of America's buzziest college bars.
6 Off Square Books
Roll-up front windows and skylights make this a breezy place to hang out with a new read. A special focus on art and photography books will inspire the perfect portrait out front.
7 Holly Springs National Forest
For an outdoorsy treat, make the hour-long drive to Holly Springs and camp, hike, fish and swim in more than 150,000 acres of forests and wetlands. Nature shots are a must.
8 Neon Pig
A butcher-shop-meets-cafe, the Neon Pig specializes in meat and simple, trendy ambiance. Roll out the brown paper to photograph your burger, a version of which Thrillist once dubbed the best in America.
9 Lamar Park
This lush arboretum has your classic picnic tables and walking trails, and visitors say they've spotted creatures like geese and turtles. The tranquil lake is especially photogenic.
10 Big Bad Breakfast
Travelers say this breakfast-focused cafe, which belongs to the same restaurant group as City Grocery, is a must-try. Skillets of melty cheese will make your Insta followers drool.
11 High Point Coffee
This spot on The Square is a go-to for creative espresso drinks in a laptop-friendly atmosphere. Take a quick walk for views of the historic Lafayette County Courthouse while you sip.
12 Saint Leo
This big-city inspired Italian spot was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's "best new restaurant" award this year. Exquisite seasonal cocktails make for the perfect table shot.
13 Taylor Grocery
Just beyond "the best front porch in the country" lies "the South's best catfish," or so this eatery's website claims. Take a short drive from Oxford to taste it -- and see the historic storefront -- for yourself.
14 Southside Art Gallery
Both local and international artists showcase their work in monthly exhibitions at Southside. You could leave with a piece of your own if the price is right, but a photo is also a fine souvenir.
15 Bottletree Bakery
Bread, pastries, sandwiches and coffee are the name of the game at this funky hangout on The Square. Snap a photo of the carb-filled cubbies to remember your visit.
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- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.