Los Angeles is a city built for dreamers, ambitious people, seekers of fame and fortune, and party animals who don’t know have a biological “stop” button. This city has made the lives of many. LA, as it is called, is also an aphrodisiac that pulls large populations of movie maniacs as it is the heart of the US film and television industry. It often gets featured or mentioned in Hollywood movies and TV shows. So, you shouldn’t freak out when you randomly spot a celeb in a mall or a shop!
Stars in LA maybe anywhere; from restaurants to flea markets, they, too, have their favorite spots to eat, drink and shop. People working in the film industry step outside to savor the loud neon-soaked vibrancy of LA, and socialize.
Your visit to LA is incomplete without spotting celebrities in their natural habitats. You may (or may not) be surprised to notice that celebs are no different from others and that they, too, indulge in the simple pleasures of life.
If you want to breathe in a whiff of the air your favorite celebrities breath, then check out our list of 20 places where you can actually spot them in the crowd. If you are lucky enough to get their consent and pass through the veil of privacy, you may get an autograph, a selfie, or a few memorable seconds of fandom. If not, you would have at least caught a good glimpse of your favorite star and shared the same space as them!
20 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), World Way – Fly With A Celeb
You can start your celebrity watching hunt right from the airport - LAX. Even though most of the celebrities travel by private airlines, you can still spot them at the baggage terminal. Also, at Terminal 3 on the lower/arrivals level, there are public art shows where you the chances of getting a glance at some celebs is higher.
From A-list to D-list celebs, at LAX, you will come across actors and crew members of television shows and movies. You can spot the celebs, their designer luggage and outfits. Who knows, you may find yourself standing right next to Jennifer Lawrence or Bradley Cooper the next time you visit LAX!
19 Ace Hotel, Downtown Historic Core – Star-Studded
Ace Hotel is a restaurant based in South Broadway, downtown LA. Nested in the former United Artists building, Ace Hotel features LA’s art deco style; concrete galore with sleek fixtures and curvilinear furniture reflecting the city’s essence and mood. The bar at the hotel is the locals’ favorite destination.
Anna Kendrick, Aloe Blacc, J.Law, Lykke Li, Sky Ferreira, and Matt Damon are often spotted at this hotel. You will also get to see musicians, models, and designers at the rooftop bar. You can catch and groove to some jazzy beats during the musical performances at the Theatre of Ace Hotel.
18 Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalow, Beverly Hills – For The Elites
At the foothills of Hollywood sits the marvelous Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalow, which is a favorite spot for Hollywood elites. The hotel is dressed in a pink stucco façade, polished floors and spacious rooms. The century-old bungalow still looks fancy and new. Veteran stars of the large screen, including Rudolph Valentino and Arnold Schwarzenegger, have stayed in the Polo Lounge of this bungalow.
You can be sure to spot Kim Kardashian, Tia Mowry, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Tamera Mowry and Warren Beatty in the hotel. Check out the poolside restaurant, eat at the Polo Lounge or walk through the lobby to spot the movie stars.
17 Brentwood Country Mart, Brentwood – Glitz & Glamor
The local shopping and food center of Los Angeles, Brentwood Country Mart is a charming shopping point for celebrities. The barn-themed retail megastore is the one place for shopping, sipping and dining. It also caters with mechanical rides, picnic benches, pony rides and al fresco summer movies.
You are likely to encounter Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and Alessandra Ambrosio at the family-oriented Brentwood Country Mart. Grab a coffee at Café Luxxe, dine in the Farmshop and Sweet Rose Creamery, and shop the celebrity-loved brands at the hypermarket. You will definitely come across some glitz and glamor at this old-fashioned country mart.
16 Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood – For Glitterati & Tourists Alike
Hollywood Hills fixture, Chateau Marmont, has remained untouched by time over the decades. The beauty and brazen of the place attracts the glitterati and tourists alike. From Led Zeppelin members to Lindsay Lohan, many celebs flock to Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.
Emily Ratajkowski, Kit Harington, Lady Gaga, Dakota Johnson, Lana Del Rey, and Jamie Dornan mostly visit this place. Be ready to face the paparazzi while visiting this place. If you get a chance to chat up with it Kit Harington, you can try to know the ending of GoT or ask Lady Gaga to sing Poker Face (like she would do that!). Sadly, the hotel follows a “no photography” policy.
15 Disneyland Resort, Anaheim – A Cluster Of Stars
The Disneyland Resort at Anaheim in LA is not just a theme park, but also a locale for celebrity spotting. The dazzling pop art place shimmers in the sparks of celebrities. The self-proclaimed ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ houses exotic dining spots and nightclubs.
The place is a bit expensive; however, the perks it offers are worth the pay. Celebs including John Stamos, Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, and Kelly Clarkson often visit this place along with their families. While indulging in the delectable burgers, pizzas, pastas and seafood, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the celebrities as it is easy to lose them in the crowd.
14 Four Seasons, Beverly Hills – An A-List Fiesta
Five-star hotels know all the techniques to enthrall the visitors, and the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills has mastered this skill. The elegant interiors, over-the-mark furnishing, immaculate rooms, pleasant ambience, state-of-the-art amenities and extraordinary hospitality rank the Four Seasons as the top places visited by celebrities.
If you head to the Four Seasons, you can come across celebs like Jessica Chastain, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Bloom, Lea Michele, Morgan Freeman, Katy Perry, Jason Statham, and Lauryn Hill. Visit the swanky restaurant, view the amazing sculptures, munch on the food, and enjoy the worldly luxuries at Four Seasons while you watch your favorite A-listers.
13 Hotel Bel-Air, Bel-Air – Beyoncé & Jay-Z's Hideout
Dabbling in the 20’s style, Hotel Bel-Air is a fairytale getaway that even celebrities can’t seem to resist. Nestled amid the lush landscapes, Bel-Air is equipped with lofts, hillside suites, large pools, and lovely gardens. The center of attraction of the hotel is the Wolfgang Puck restaurant, where most of the Hollywood celebrities dine in.
The musical duo Beyoncé and Jay-Z are frequently spotted at the Hotel Bel-Air with their family. Meander through the lush gardens, or peek through the restaurant to get a glimpse of Beyoncé and Jay Z or even the chef Wolfgang Puck himself.
12 Huntington Library, San Marino – Books, Paintings & Stars
The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens are one of the most enjoyable attractions in LA frequented by celebrities. The art, library, and outdoor spaces are magical. You need to plan your day if you want to visit the art, library holdings, and outdoor spaces equally. The place is the bequest of Henry E Huntington, a railroad magnate of the late 1800’s.
The place is big, which will make your quest for celebrity spotting a bit difficult. But don’t give up! You need to walk through the outdoor gardens where stars are most likely to be found. Ron Howard, Gwen Stefani, and Vanessa Hudgens often visit this place.
11 Malibu Country Mart, Malibu – For Celebs & Pocket-Friendly Shopping
Malibu Country Mart is an outdoor shopping and dining center in Malibu. This is a place where people have lunch, bask under the sun, and stroll at the beach. Since a lot of celebs live in Malibu, they often visit this place. You can do pocket-friendly shopping at this place.
Adjacent to the Malibu Country Mart, you will find the Malibu Lumber Yard where you can also dine and shop in a more sophisticated way. Justin Bieber, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale, Simon Cowell, Pamela Anderson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and the Jenners and Kardashians are the frequent visitors. You can also spot these celebrities dining at Café Habana.
10 Pacific Palisades Recreation Center – Celebs With Families
Pacific Palisades Recreation Center is located close to the beach and mountains in LA. The place is fit for exercise and relaxation, and establishing a connection with nature. Who wouldn't want to experience this treasure trove? Celebs living in their beach houses often visit the Recreation Center.
The Pacific Palisades Recreation Center has many play areas, such as playgrounds for kids, baseball fields, and basketball and tennis courts. You can spot celebs with their children having family time. Adam Sandler, Taylor Hawkins, Harrison Ford, and Sugar Ray Leonard are a few of the celebs who are often seen in this place.
9 Runyon Canyon, Hollywood – A Trail Of Celebs
At the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, there is a 160-acre park called Runyon Canyon, which has some of the region’s best hiking trails. The most popular trail in LA is always crowded with people and their pets due to its friendly off-leash dog policies. The park is also a destination for hiking and celebrity spotting.
The park offers incredible views of the city, which attracts scores of celebrities from the film and other industries. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron, Ashley Tisdale, Matthew Morrison, and Hayden Panettiere flock to this park to admire the nature and stretch their bodies.
8 Staples Center, Downtown – Stars In A Stadium
Celebrities have a rich taste in sports, both watching and playing. What better than catching them in a sports stadium? A downtown sports shrine, the Staples Center houses basketball and hockey teams, but also hosts musical concerts, including names like Kanye West and U2.
David Beckham, Adam Levine, Denzel Washington, Anthony Kiedis, Jack Nicholson and Billy Crystal visit the Staples Center to watch the sporting and musical events. The second half of the game is the best time to spot the celebrities as they move up to the VIP room to watch the show.
7 Farmers’ Markets, Westside & Eastside Of LA – A Grocery Date
This may sound stereotypical, but celebs take care of their health, beauty and skin more than anything else in the world. Many practice healthy eating and motivate their fans to do the same. In order to stay fit, stars frequent LA’s farmers’ markets for natural and organic foods. LA houses many farmers’ markets on the Westside and Eastside.
You are certain to spot a celebrity at any of those farmers’ market in LA. Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Naomi Watts, Pete Wentz, Fergie, Hilary Duff, Gwen Stefani and Chris Hemsworth are a few of the stars who visit the markets, especially on Sundays. But they may be in hoodies, hats and sunglasses.
6 Café Gratitude Larchmont, Larchmont Village – Bundle Of Joy
Café Gratitude is a positive restaurant with cheerful staff who ask, “what are you grateful for today?” while taking the order. The ambience of the place will melt your heart and rejuvenate your soul before you tend to your tummy.
Café Gratitude Larchmont serves dishes of gratitude to celebrities as well. Zoe Saldana, Anne Hathaway, Joe Jonas, Ariana Grande, Mandy Moore, Rashida Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal and Emily Blunt visit this restaurant for some fabulous food. The place is teeming with an A-list crowd at almost every branch. From delicious food to softly lit ambience, pleasant staff to shimmering stars, you will rejoice everything this café has to offer.
5 Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks – The Heart Wants What It Wants
Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks is serving people with delectable foods, such as sizzling fajitas, queso fundido, lobster, pizza and combination plates, since 1956. The restaurant has a bar and two dining rooms, and is open till midnight.
Ryan Seacrest, Chris Evans, Selena Gomez and Kate Hudson are some of the A-listers who love visiting this place. As the night gets older, the restaurant becomes super dark and you can hardly see people around. So, it is a bit hard to look at celebs in the bar though they are present next to you; but keep going till you find what your heart wants.
4 Fig & Olive, La Cienega – The Heartthrob Of Millions
As in the name, Fig & Olive in LA serves healthy food in olive oil. The vibrant, modern atmosphere of this place lifts up the spirits. Sprawling over 8,000 square-feet in West Hollywood, the restaurant has a two-storey dining area, bar and cocktail lounge. Celebs come to this place to have intimate dinners.
Victoria Beckham, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Ryan Gosling, and Leonardo DiCaprio are often spotted at this place. The paparazzi get their camera on to get special pictures of the celebs. Dine on the flavorful and healthy menu of Fig & Olive while spotting your favorite star at the venue.
3 Gjelina, Venice Of America – Eating With Stars
Gjelina is a restaurant in Abbot Kinney area that serves seasonal fusion cuisine. The place is always filled with people. The food in Gjelina is delicious and is served with seasonal vegetables and pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven. Celebs often visit this place for brunch. During the early hours of weekends, you can see some of the A-listers of Hollywood.
Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Simpson, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde and Reese Witherspoon go to visit this place. Lay back in the comfort of your restaurant seats and perhaps you'll get a glimpse of a star having their family time during their day offs.
2 Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi, Pacific Palisades – The Love For Italian Food
This place boasts the record of hosting elite celebrities, including Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks. Situated on the edge of a highway, the restaurant attracts people with its authentic meals and over-the-top ambience.
The restaurant dishes out fresh pastas with corn and traditional sauces. Rihanna, Emily Blunt, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, John Krasinski, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg dine at this restaurant. Celebrity pairs including Tom and Rita, Goldie and Kurt, Beckham and Posh Spice list this place as their top romantic dates.
1 Katana, West Hollywood – For Tapas
Katana is a restaurant in West Hollywood. The restaurant serves traditional dishes from Japan such as Robata, a type of tapas, sushi rolls, and other special culinary treats. After dining al fresco, you can lounge on the patio at the Sunset Strip where you can relish the view of the setting sun.
The front patio is a favorite spot for rappers, NBA athletes, and pop stars. Drake, Matt Kemp, Britney Spears, Hayden Panettiere, Eva Longoria, LeBron James, Dr Dre and Rachel McAdams often visit Katana.