The home of Hollywood, Los Angeles boasts the rich, the famous and the very, very beautiful. Many flock to this glamorous city to live like a star, at least for a day. Whether you head to the gorgeous beaches of Malibu or shop til you drop on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles will have you always wondering, ‘Was that someone famous?’ Always, always keep watch for a famous face because they are here and the paparazzi are lurking. Here are our 10 best places to spot a celeb in Los Angeles.
Dan Tanas, West Hollywood
An old-school Italian restaurant with checked white and red tablecloths, Dan Tanas is a Los Angeles institution. Open for over fifty years, the Italian eatery draws hungry crowds every night of the week and boasts authentic Italian food and drink and a cosy, intimate atmosphere. Big names among the rumoured regulars list include George Clooney, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler and Cameron Diaz.
Spago, Beverly Hills
The multi award-winning flagship of Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff, Spago is a trendy restaurant in the heart of Beverly Hills. Many wealthy locals flock to enjoy a night of fine dining with tasty eats showcasing iconic California cuisine. Stars spotted here include Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani and John Mayer. The restaurant is particularly busy with celebrations during the awards season.
The Grove, Los Angeles
The Grove is a stylish outdoor shopping mall that sits next door to the famous Los Angeles Farmer’s Markets. It features popular American stores including Gap, J. Crew, Anthropologie, Sephora and Barneys New York plus there’s the chic department store Nordstrom. Particularly busy on the weekends, you may catch a glimpse of famous celebrities like Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad, Justin Bieber, Halle Berry and Joe Jonas.
Beverly Hills Nail Design, Beverly Hills
Need a mani or pedi? Get your nails done at the Beverly Hills Nail Design salon and keep your eyes peeled for a celebrity sighting. This salon may look surprisingly average from the outside but it has given the five-star treatment to a number of well-known celebs including Kim Kardashian, Ashley Olsen and Sharon Stone. Open every day, the salon features large front windows which make it very easy for paparazzi to get their token snaps.
The happiest place on earth is not just fun for tourists, it’s also a popular playground for the rich and famous. The original Disneyland in Anaheim attracts millions of visitors each year who want a taste of the magic. While you are screaming on the thrill rides and laughing at the live shows, keep your eyes open for your favourite star. You may bump into Vince Vaughn, Shia LaBeouf, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears or Selena Gomez.
Starbucks, Studio City
Grab your caffeine fix from the popular Starbucks at Studio City and you just might run into your favourite film or television hero. Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff, Mila Kunis and Ashley Tisdale have all been snapped here holding their Starbucks drink of choice. Even our very own Delta Goodrem was pictured leaving the store a few years back with then beau Nick Jonas.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
A long strip of upscale stores boasting luxury fashion brands, Rodeo Drive gives you a taste of the high life. With ridiculously expensive cars parked along the sidewalk, many visitors are only comfortable to window shop. As expected, Rodeo Drive is a hangout for the cashed up looking to enjoy a spot of retail therapy. Stars including Tori Spelling, Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton, Sylvester Stallone and Sofia Vergana have been photographed here in the past.
The Ivy, Los Angeles
The Ivy is a popular restaurant in Los Angeles, with its sister restaurant, Ivy at The Shore found in Santa Monica. Both are known for their celebrity sightings, although Ivy at The Shore is more private, making it harder for the paparazzi. Out on the leafy terrace at The Ivy, you can sample nouvelle American cuisine while keeping an eye out for stars. Lindsey Lohan, Jessica Simpson and Gwyneth Paltrow have all been seen lunching here.
The Griddle Cafe, West Hollywood
The Griddle Cafe is the place to go for insanely good oversized pancakes, delicious waffles, heavenly French toast and freshly made omelettes. With options like the Scotch on the Rocks Pancakes that are filled with coconut, pecans, oat and butterscotch chips and served with whipped cream, it really is the place to indulge. Surprisingly, many stars including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad, Emma Roberts and Halle Berry visit here.
Bristol Farms, Beverly Hills
Even when you are picking up your bread and milk, you could see a celebrity. After all, they need to eat too. Many big Hollywood names have been spotted at fancy supermarkets like Bristol Farms in Beverly Hills. Halle Berry, Diana Ross, Kate Bosworth, Amanda Seyfried, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Lea Michele have all been snapped with their grocery tote at this gourmet market.
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