A collection of the best Instagram food hashtags

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Update: I have gotten so much feedback from you guys on this post about the best Instagram food hashtags and how well it works!

I’ve added some new categories below that have helped me score up to 30,000 impressions on my posts. That’s pretty incredible! 

I’m asked all of the time how I grow my audience on Instagram and find new people to follow and people to follow me.

Hashtags are a big part of my strategy on Instagram because they really do work! I’m here to deliver the best Instagram food hashtags!

Something that I’ve noticed lately is that my own impressions had been dropping. I tried focusing in on researching the best hashtags before every single post so that my posts could be seen by the most people.

How many hashtags should I use on Instagram?

On Instagram, you can use up to 30 hashtags on your post, and the possibilities are endless. I recommend using all 30 – it makes a huge difference. 

Use high and low volume hashtags to get the best chance of ranking on the “top posts” page for the tags you’re using. 

Does it matter whether your put hashtags in your caption or comments section?

Some people will say it matters where you stick your hashtags, but in my experience, it made a huge difference. Tags in my caption resulted in 75% fewer impressions. I’m so serious. (quite honestly, I prefer the comments section because when someone embeds your post, it keeps everything nice and polished).

Let’s take one of my posts with the worst performance from the last month. I love this as an example. This post had my lowest impressions and engagement at the time, but a good portion of those impressions came from hashtags – most of the people who saw it was not actually people who were following me.

Using proper hashtags does work, and it gives you a little bit of an advantage in terms of impressions. It helps your posts get seen more by people who aren’t necessarily looking for them and gives you the potential to reach a wider audience.

Additionally, now that you’re able to follow hashtags on Instagram, people following a hashtag, but not you, may start to see your content in their feed if you’re using the right ones.

One note to you is that you need to choose your tags carefully. Posting a fashion post on a food hashtag isn’t going to garner you the results you want. Your tags need to be targeted, and they need to be relevant to the tag feeds people are following.

You should also consider posting on low competition tags – meaning, if you post on a tag that has 500 million photos, you’re likely not going to get seen. Use a combination of highly posted tags, and ones that are less used to maximize your visibility. 

So, maybe I should stop talking, and get to what you came for! I’ve used all of these tags in some form or another. Hopefully, they help you find new people to connect with.

 GENERAL FOOD HASHTAGS

#cleanfood
#dinner
#foodlover
#foodgasm
#foodiefeature
#foodpic
#dessert
#eat
#tasty
#hungry
#hangry
#yum
#eeeeeats
#breakfast
#lunch
#nomnom
#foodpics
#foodblogger
#foodphotography
#foodies
#forkyeah
#homemade
#homecook
#foodblog
#foodgram
#healthyfood
#chocolate
#foods
#vscofood
#yummy
#tastethisnext
#foodlover

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY HASHTAGS

#foodgasm
#yum
#igfood
#foodgram
#hungry
#foodspotting
#forkyeah
#thekitchn
#nomnom
#foodshare
#beautifulcuisines
#vscofood
#f52grams
#foodforfoodies
#foodpic
#foodblogger
#foodphotography
#foodpics
#foodphoto
#eeeeeats
#onthetable
#foodlover
#foodblog
#foodies
#buzzfeast
#foodstyling
#hangrywoman
#onmytable
#beautifulcuisines
#f52grams
#buzzfeast
#thekitchn
#lifeandthyme
#vscofood
#heresmyfood
#yahoofood
#huffposttaste
#food52
#foodandwine
#foodphoto
#hautecuisines
#feedfeed
#onthetable
#foodphotography
#bareaders
#rslove
#foodgawker
#foodvsco
#gloobyfood
#foodwinewomen
#eeeeeats
#foodart
#foodblogger
#tastemade
#vscocook
#instafeast

BREAKFAST HASHTAGS

#tasty
#breakfast
#morning
#foodgasm
#eatbreakfast
#eggs
#yum
#foodpic
#delish
#healthybreakfast
#homemade
#pancakes
#foods
#hungry
#smoothie
#fruit
#oatmeal
#oats
 

BRUNCH HASHTAGS

#avocado
#lunch
#brunch
#Brunching
#SaturdayBrunch
#egg
#sundaybrunch
#bacon
#eggsbenedict
#pancakes #yum
#sandwich
#brunchlife
#brunchbunch
#brunchtime
#breakfast
#brunchparty
#brunchclub #brunching
#brunchgamestrong
#frenchtoast
#ladieswhobrunch
#BottomlessBrunch
#healthybrunch
#ilovebrunch
#birthdaybrunch
#brunchdate
#instabrunch

LUNCH HASHTAGS

#foodpic
#yum
#lunch
#hungry
#foodgasm
#foodpics
#tasty
#lunchtime
#foods
#eat #instalunch
#fresh
#delish
#salad
#lunchideas
#whatsforlunch
#eating
#lunchbox #lunchbreak
#cafe
#healthylunch
#lunchdate
#sundaylunch
#cooking
#chicken
#cheese

DINNER HASHTAGS

#tasty
#eating
#dinner
#hungry
#dinnertime
#dinnerfortwo
#healthydinner
#familydinner
#winnerwinnerchickendinner #romanticdinner
#dinnerdate
#dinnerideas
#birthdaydinner
#vegandinner #dinnerisserved
#itswhatsfordinner
#dinnerparty
#whatsfordinner
#breakfastfordinner
#homemadedinner

ASIAN CUISINE HASHTAGS

#aroi
#asiancuisine
#asianfood
#chinesefood
#comfortfood
#dimsum
#khmerfood
#ngonqua #noodlelift
#ramen
#rice
#soup
#streetfood
#thaifood
#vietfood
#vietnamesefood
#spicy
#thairestaurant #thaicuisine
#thai
#noodles
#pork
#dumplings

BURGERS & FRIES HASHTAGS

#bacon
#beef
#burger
#burgerlife
#burgerlove
#burgerlovers
#burgerporn
#burgers
#burgertime
#burgraphy #cheeseburger
#fries
#hamburger
#instaburger
#meat
#frenchfries
#fastfood
#pommes #poutine
#sweetpotatofries
#chips
#sweetpotato
#potato
#eataburger
#hamburger
#bestburger
#burgersandfries
#veggieburger  

ITALIAN FOOD HASHTAGS

#italianstyle
#pasta
#cena
#Loveitalianfood
#pranzoitaliano
#mozzarella
#italian
#cucina
#pizza
#italianfoodies #italiancuisine
#pranzo
#buonappetito
#italyfood
#spaghetti
#italianfood
#bestitalianfood
#yummyitalianfood
#diarioalimentare
#ciboitaliano #giallozafferano
#foodpost
#italianfoodtraditions
#pomodoro
#italianfoodbloggers
#italyfoodporn
#cucinandoarte
#italianfoodisthebest
#realitalianfood
#cheese

JUNK FOOD HASHTAGS

#junkfoods
#thejunkfoodclub
#nationaljunkfoodday #americanjunkfood
#realjunkfoodproject
#favoritejunkfood
#eatingjunkfoodagain
#junkfood
#veganjunkfood
#junkfoodmadehealthy
#bringmejunkfood
#junkfoodie #junkfoodjunkie
#Ilovejunkfood
#junkfoodfordinner
#healthyjunkfood
#junkfoodfriday #cheatday
#cheatmeal  

MEXICAN AND TEXMEX FOOD HASHTAGS

#ilovemexicanfood
#guacamole #texmex
#burrito #taco #tacos
#tacotuesday
#mexicanfoodisthebest
#fajitas
#salsa
#mexicanfoodporn #mexicanfoods
#nachos
#veganmexicanfood
#tequila
#mexicanfood
#mexicanfoodpics
#allthemexicanfoodplease #mexicanfoodie
#mexicanfoodlover
#mexicanfoodislife
#spicyfood
#mexicanfoodstagram
#mexicanfoodstagram
#mexicanfoodmyway  

SEAFOOD HASHTAGS

#paella
#lobster
#restaurant
#oysters
#mussels
#salmon
#fish
#scallops
#crab
#octopus #seafoodlover
#iloveseafood
#sushi
#tuna
#squid
#seafood
#shrimp
#shellfish
#seafoodie
#seafoodgalore
#clams
#rawseafood
#seafoodsalad
#seafoodrestaurant
#seafoodbasket
#seafoodplatter
#instaseafood
#freshseafood

HEALTH CONSCIOUS HASHTAGS

#rawvegan
#veganfoodshare
#veganlife
#govegan
#crueltyfree
#vegansofinstagram
#veganfood
#glutenfree
#whatveganseat
#veganfoodporn #vegetarian
#dairyfree
#veganism
#cleaneating
#organic
#plantbased
#vegansofig
#bestofvegan #fruit
#healthyfood
#paleo
#raw
#rawfood
#veganlifestyle
#wholefoods

MAGAZINES

#feedfeed #f52grams #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #insiderfood

KETO & LOW CARB DIET

#keto #fitness #healthy #weightloss #health #weightlossjourney #healthylifestyle #fitfam #lowcarb #healthyfood #ketodiet #motivation#food #lchf #ketosis #ketogenic #ketogenicdiet #workout #nutrition#diet #ketolife #fitnessmotivation #fit #ketofam #foodie #weightlosstransformation #hangrywoman #lowcarbhighfat #ketolifestyle #lowcarbdiet

Do you have any Instagram food hashtags you like to use to show off your photos? Leave them in the comments below!

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Mila Clarke Buckley
Mila Clarke Buckley

Mila Clarke Buckley is a type 2 diabetes advocate who started her food blog, “The Hangry Woman”, after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and struggling to find approachable resources to help her manage the chronic condition and live a happy, healthy life.

HangryWoman.com aims to take away the shame and stigma that comes with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis and covers topics like diabetes management, cooking, and self-care from the perspective of someone living with the chronic condition.

Mila has worked with companies like OneTouch, a Lifescan Company and Whole Foods Market, and she has been featured by The Kitchn, Houston Press, Travel Noire, Healthline, Yahoo Lifestyle, and WebMD.

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11 Comments

  1. May 1, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing your insights. It’s always interesting to see.

  2. May 1, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    These are great! I’m always looking for new hashtags to get my posts farther!

  3. adriana
    April 30, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    OMG this is such a great guide! I love this – some of these hashtags I’ve never heard of, they’ll be great to implement into some posts! Thank you for this!

  4. April 30, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Wow! Yo ucertainly hit the nail on this one. Have to wsave this for future referece. Sharing with my editorial team. at RWC ezine.

  5. April 30, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Good hashtags to know! I’ll definitely save this for when I post some foodie pics!

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