Green juice, beaches, traffic jams and celebrities: chances are, if you’re in Los Angeles, you won’t go far without encountering one of the city’s hallmarks (or, some would say, stereotypes). In addition to enjoying fresh California cuisine and visiting the area’s many dreamy stretches of sand, some visitors travel to this sun-soaked spot for the express purpose of catching a glimpse of their favorite stars.
Apart from the obvious suggestions like award ceremony red carpets, movie premieres, and celebrity talk show tickets, there are a few hidden places that celebrities tend to frequent, often incognito. with a pair of giant sunglasses. , baseball cap and his most nondescript attire. She reads on to find out more about the best places to go celebrity spotting in the city of angels.
1. TCL Chinese Theatre
Plan your arrival in Los Angeles at the right time and you could witness the stars waltzing down the red carpet at a movie premiere. this is the place where many of hollywood’s biggest and best movies are presented to the public for the first time. Originally opened as the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in 1927, it is surrounded by the characteristic concrete floor that is imprinted with the hands and footprints of various stars.
2. erewhon market
move over, whole foods. LA’s favorite organic grocery store Erehwon Market is a favorite among health-conscious celebrities looking to stock up on healthy veggies and non-dairy alternatives for the week. Leonardo DiCaprio, Miley Cyrus and Megan Fox have been seen shopping for groceries at the chain, which has locations in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Venice. Don’t forget to grab a kombucha and some vegan sushi during your visit.
3. dolby theater
As the home of the illustrious Academy Awards, this venue is at its most star-studded in February, when the red carpet rolls out and fans take to the stands to see their favorite personalities dressed in their best. of the award ceremony. . Formerly known as the Kodak Theater, where the American Idol series was filmed, and previously home to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, offers special behind-the-scenes tours for $25 USD for adults.
4. the grove
a location of luxury retail therapy, the grove has a concierge service and valet parking, so it’s no wonder it’s the luxury mall of choice for many celebrities. Famous for its vintage tram, which runs through the partially open-air and partially covered mall, and its huge Santa grotto at Christmas, there is always something to do here. Whether attending a celebrity book signing or just visiting one of the restaurants, movie theaters, or shops, this is a great place to mingle with the best in Hollywood.
5. Jimmy Kimmel Live!
in front of the dolby theater is the jimmy kimmel live! Studio, where guests like Courteney Cox and Guy Ritchie are often seen waving to the paparazzi as they arrive and leave to film the shows. The Emmy Award-nominated ABC Network show is known for its hilarious segments, like cruel tweets and the YouTube challenge. To sign up for free tickets, visit this website. you’ll want to look your best, because audience members may be filmed and sometimes asked to participate in the show.
6. TMZ Tour
Don’t be surprised if you see a familiar face as you wander through the areas where the stars gather. This tour navigates the places in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills that are well known as socializing spots frequented and loved by celebrities. The bus is guided by a TMZ TV show staff member, who is always ready to film stars for appearances on the show or online. Tour guests have gotten a glimpse of the likes of Rihanna, Kevin Hart and more. you can buy tickets here. Please note that the tour is temporarily closed due to the covid-19 situation, so please check their website for updates.
7. soho house
You must be a member or know a member to gain entry to this prestigious West Hollywood location. for maximum privacy, guests enter through underground parking along sunset boulevard. taking photos is strictly prohibited, except in their old-fashioned passport-style photo booth, and phone calls must be made on their terrace (it offers sweeping views of the city, so this doesn’t present too crude a deal at all). if you’re lucky enough to get in, you can enjoy their beautiful rooftop gardens, relax in the screening room, or grab a bite to eat and a drink with a celebrity probably sitting nearby.
8. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
A regular two-hour tour of the famous studio takes visitors through back streets and soundstages where popular shows like Gilmore Girls and The Big Bang Theory have been filmed over the years. the deluxe tour lasts six hours and offers a more in-depth tour of the studio. guests can even have lunch in the commissary’s elegant dining room where actors, producers, studio executives and writers gather to discuss secret scripts. Be sure to stop by Cafe Sur Le Lot, which was a key filming location in the Oscar-winning film La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Please note that the tour is temporarily closed due to the covid-19 situation, so please check their website for updates.
9. the ivy
Unrelated to London’s favorite celebrity restaurant of the same name, The Ivy in West Hollywood is equally popular with famous faces and was even featured in the Golden Globe-winning film Get Shorty, starring John Travolta. The paparazzi are always around, snapping photos of the stars from across the street and through the famous white picket fence, while stars like George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston dine on classic Californian cuisine. Despite its popularity with celebrities, home décor (think floral tablecloths and plush throw pillows) will make you feel right at home.
10. Chateau Marmont
lindsay lohan, vince vaughn and jonah hill are big names that have been spotted at this west hollywood hotel, and you’re likely to see multiple celebrities on the same night. located on sunset boulevard, the site includes an indoor dining room and a veranda filled with greenery, both of which attract many guests and visitors. Owner André Balazs is also behind London’s Chiltern Firehouse, New York’s The Mercer and Miami’s The Standard, among other hot properties. Just down the hill is Bar Marmont, a second best option if there’s no room at the hotel.
11. urth coffee
This popular coffeehouse chain was one of the main filming locations for HBO’s hit Entourage, but stars Adrien Grenier and Jeremy Piven aren’t the only celebs enjoying it. Demi Lovato, Melanie Griffith and Kendall Jenner have all been spotted at this chain, with the Melrose branch being one of the most popular in the city with the rich and famous. stop by to recharge with organic coffee, a matcha latte or a fine tea and you never know who you might run into.
12. Barry’s Bootcamp
Loved by Jake Gyllenhaal and Kim Kardashian, the fitness brand has two locations in Los Angeles and others in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. At $28 per class, it’s a small price to pay to get fit like the stars with this tough interval training class. each day offers a different focus on the body, and the class is divided between people on the treadmill and people who train on the floor with weights and resistance bands. you’ll be ready for your headshot in no time.
13. los angeles international airport
los angeles international airport, better known as lax, is the gateway to the city, so unless celebrities opt for a private jet to santa monica airport, this is where you can see them. keep your eyes peeled as you check in or go through security. If you’re traveling business class or first class, be on the lookout for the big names in the boarding lines and VIP lounges. The Terminal 3 arrivals hall is said to be a great spot for stars who want to be photographed leaving the airport.
14. Runyon Canyon
Not only is this a prime spot for great views of the city from above, but you can also spot celebrities getting endorphin-fueled if you’re lucky. The 160-acre Runyon Canyon is a favorite of Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, and Justin Bieber for hiking. Located just two blocks from Hollywood, there are multiple entrances and hiking trails, plus an off-leash dog policy, making it a top spot for celebrities who just can’t bear to be parted from their furry friends.
15. staple center
the clippers and the lakers are the two great teams of the national basketball association (nba) in los angeles, and in addition to seeing the biggest names in the sport: lebron james, anthony davis and kawhi leonard, to name only three. the court, you will also see them in the VIP seats. Whether it’s the famous wives and girlfriends of gamers or the celebrities who count themselves as fans (think Harry Styles, Jack Nicholson, and Jay Z), this multi-purpose venue has a lot to offer when it comes to star spotting. if sport is not your thing, book tickets to see a music concert here.
– leah simpson text
Check the respective websites of the establishments for opening hours and reservation requirements before visiting them, and remember to adhere to safe distancing measures while away from home.
Information is accurate at the time of publication. For up-to-date information, check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings in 2017 and was updated on April 5, 2021.