Tourists and locals love taking selfies in London

Taking a 'selfie' is the act of taking a self-portrait photo of yourself and sharing it on social media, and is a trend that is definitely here to stay. has researched the most popular places to take a selfie by analyzing 6.3 million social media messages from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, among others. Unsurprisingly, London is the most popular city in which to take a selfie, with big sights including Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace being the most popular selfie spots.

New York and Amsterdam are in second and third place respectively, with Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum being the spots where the most selfies are taken. In Amsterdam, many selfies are taken by famous paintings, the most popular of which is the Sunflowers by Van Gogh (1853). Van Gogh is interestingly often considered by many to be the pioneer of the selfie!

Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Sydney, Istanbul, and Athens are the cities that complete the top 10. In the Louvre there is a statue that is an immensely popular selfie spot, due to the fact that it looks like the statue itself is taking a selfie.

It is remarkable that in Australia, koala bears are often observed taking part in the selfie phenomenon. Staff at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo have installed a special camera in their enclosure. They have observed the koalas taking their own selfies, and as is to be predicted, have had some hilarious results!

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Top 10 most popular cities

With percentage of total selfies found

  1. London (14,05%)
  2. New York (11,62%)
  3. Amsterdam (9,82%)
  4. Barcelona (9,35%)
  5. Paris (9,82%)
  6. Berlin (7,15%)
  7. Rome (6,60%)
  8. Istanbul (4,98%)
  9. Sydney (4,26%)
  10. Athens (4,25%)
Top 10 most popular places


  1. Colosseum, Rome
  2. Eiffel Tower, Paris
  3. Big Ben, London
  4. London Eye, London
  5. Times Square, New York
  6. Buckingham Palace, London
  7. Statue of Liberty, New York
  8. Empire State Building, New York
  9. Tower Bridge, London
  10. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Most popular places per city

With percentage of cities total:

  1. Big Ben (8,74%)
  2. London Eye (7,80%)
  3. Buckingham Palace (6,55%)
New York
  1. Times Square (11,51%)
  2. Statue of Liberty (8,57%)
  3. Empire State Building (8,44%)
  1. Rijksmuseum (8,32%)
  2. Van Gogh Museum (8,17%)
  3. Madame Tussauds (5,90%)
  1. Barcelona Beach (7,79%)
  2. Sagrada Familia (6,36%)
  3. Camp Nou (4,93%)
  1. Eiffel Tower (24,53%)
  2. Disneyland Paris (9,56%)
  3. Louvre (8,94%)
  1. Brandenburg Gate (13,06%)
  2. Berlin Wall (5,86%)
  3. Alexanderplatz (5,18%)
  1. Colosseum (34,37%)
  2. Pantheon (13,60%)
  3. Trevi Fountain (11,46%)
  1. Opera House (12,28%)
  2. Harbour Bridge (11,93%)
  3. Bondi Beach (5,61%)
  1. Grand Bazaar (7,65%)
  2. Ortaköly (6,07%)
  3. Capitol (5,01%)
  1. Acropolis (17,54%)
  2. Constitution Square (4,91%)
  3. Acropolis Museum (4,21%)

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