Admit it—you pretend to hate TMZ, but you secretly watch it to see where the stars hang out (and where they’re behaving badly). While it may be easier to spot a celebrity at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum than out and about on a Friday night, the venues below have been known to attract quite a few recognizable faces.
22706 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
This spectacular Japanese restaurant with an ocean view is frequented by celebrities who live nearby. Enjoy fresh sushi or spring for authentic wagyu beef while you eye the crowd. Sightings here include Gary Marshall, Matthew McConaughey, Mel Gibson, and Cindy Crawford.
8350 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Joan’s has catered many wrap parties and A-list events, and her gourmet marketplace and café offers fresh, delicious cuisine, including an extensive cheese selection, sandwiches, salads and pastries. Courtney Cox has been spotted here, along with Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Silverman and Alexander Skarsgård.
189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
This high-end outdoor shopping center is also home to several restaurants, a movie theater, a train, and a dancing fountain, so it’s worth a visit any day and will keep you both entertained. The European ambiance is quite lovely, and has attracted stars like Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Seacrest, and Angelina Jolie.
3431 Fryman Road
Studio City, CA 91604
Get in a good butt-buster workout, a date, and a celebrity sighting all in one! Head out for an early morning hike at Wilacre Park and you may just run into one of the plethora of stars that live in the Studio City area, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano, and Annette Benning, who have all been caught getting their cardio on here.
3400 W. Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505
Be a tourist in your own city by taking the VIP studio tour. You never know who you’re going to see or run into on the lot. Plus actors from shows like “Mike and Molly,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Big Bang Theory” and more are often seen walking, biking, or golf-carting around the sound stages.
8171 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Every bit as posh as it sounds, this luxury hotel is home to a bar where the elite like to take their drinks. The libations are creative, the bar menu full of culinary delights from bacon-wrapped bourbon apples to cured salmon and potato pancake, and the setting is perfect for such celeb sightings of David Beckham, Pauly Shore, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Pattinson.
1037 Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Sunday mornings from 8 am till 1 pm, watch out for paparazzi at this quaint farmer’s market in the Pacific Palisades. Grab some fresh produce sourced by local farmers and make your date dinner later, or sit down at a café alongside the vendors. Either way, you may spot a celeb or two, such as Jennifer Garner or Steven Spielberg.
6250 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Living Room Lounge at this classy hotel is where it’s at. DJs spin, cocktails are mixed, and A-listers pop in late for a drink and a jaunt down the red spiral staircase. Perhaps you’ll run into Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, or Andrew Garfield.
8440 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
One of the greatest places to grab a drink and take in the view of Los Angeles under the stars, Skybar is known for legendary pool parties with DJs spinning and celebs popping in, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Richie, and Adam Levine.
Santa Monica: (310) 393-3113
Los Angeles: (310) 776-7070
If you’re planning on heading to The Ivy, be prepared for a hefty bill. Its steep prices are one of the reasons the clientele tend toward the rich and famous. Indulge in items like the fresh Santa Barbara crab omelette, spicy fresh corn chowder, and rack of lamb. While drooling over your dish, keep your eyes peeled for the likes of Ben Affleck, Demi Moore, Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson—among numerous other others.
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