LA LA Land… you’re bound to run into a celebrity at some point unless you’re really unlucky. But if you really want to make sure, these are the best places to shop, wine and dine.
10. The Grove, Los Angeles.
The Grove is a one-stop outdoor shopping centre where you might spot the Beckhams, Rihanna, Britney Spears or Jack Nicholson at Nordstrom, Top Shop or Banana Republic.
9. Malibu Country Mart
The Malibu Country Mart is popular shopping strip where you may spot Jamie Lee Curtis, Eddie Van Halen and Minnie Driver pick up toys, cosmetics or designer jeans.
8. Brentwood Wholefoods, Brentwood.
When celebs have children, they tend to move to Brentwood or Malibu. When Naomi Watts visited the Brentwood Wholefood store after having her first baby the entire street was shut down by paparazzi. Harrison Ford has also been seen here with his kids in the kiddie play area and it’s a regular haunt for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
7. Urth Caffé, Melrose Place, West Hollywood.
Feast on organic veggie omelettes, egg-white and spinach breakfast paninis at the uber-cool Urthe Caffé along with stars including Hayden Panettiere, Selma Blair, Ashley Tisdale and Anthony Keidis.
6. Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beverley Hills.
There are several Mastro’s restaurants dotted around the U.S. but it’s their Beverley Hills restaurant that attracts the most attention. At this rather up-market steak house and you’re likely to bump into David Beckham, Jessica Simpson, Hillary Duff, Kritin Cavallari, Eddie Murphy and Brad Pitt – all regulars.
5. The Ivy, Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles.
The Ivy is a well established hang-out for producers, actors, writers and the like. In this very pretty setting you’re likely to see anyone from Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian to Luke Wilson and George Clooney.
4. Polo Lounge, Beverley Hills Hotel.
Part of the thrill of dining at the “pink hotel” is not knowing who you might be sitting next to. Recently it’s played host to Keith and Nicole, Leonardo de Caprio and Sandra Bullock.
And each meal at The Polo Lounge attracts its own distinct crowd – at breakfast you’re likely to rub shoulders with Hollywood’s studio heads negotiating multi-million dollar deals as they fuel up on frittatas.
3. Tower Bar, Sunset Tower Hotel, West Hollywood.
Johnny Depp prefers a window in the north west corner, Jennifer Aniston likes Table 24 and Table 20 is reserved for Sean Penn.
The maître d’hôtel at The Tower Bar is a man call Dimitri Dmitrov, and he knows everyone who’s anyone in LA. No one gets a table without his nod and no one breaks the civilized tone of the restaurant by taking out an iPhone and taking a photo.
More like an old fashioned club than a restaurant, at Tower Bar, each person of note has his own table, and if you are Ms. Huston or Ms. Aniston or Bill Murray, you also have your own white linen napkin embroidered with your name.
2. Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood.
Chateau Marmont is a hotel so dense with celebrity sightings it should probably have its own column in Who Weekly.
It’s been a muse to writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hunter S. Thompson and Tim Burton and it’s also witnessed its fair share of celebrity misbehaviour from the likes of John Belushi, Jim Morrison and Lindsay Lohan.
This month alone the Marmont has played host to P. Diddy, Naomi Watts, Katy Perry, Ryan Gosling and Reese Witherspoon.
1. £10 (Ten Pound) at Montage Hotel, Beverley Hills.
Notable celebs spotted at the Montage include Oprah, Maria Carey and Maria Shriver – who holed up here after she left her philandering husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
More recently Brangelina caused a stir by shutting down the whole restaurant so they could dine undisturbed to discuss wedding plans.
£10 is known for its extensive whiskey list which, the website boasts, includes “the world’s most precious whisky, the Macallan Single Malt.” The menu here includes such delicacies as aged bison tartare and mini lobster rolls, which I’m guessing cost more than £10.
If you’d like a more exclusive behind the scenes tour of La La Land, new operator LA Experience provide an all-inclusive “Insider’s Tour” of Los Angeles, packed with shopping and glamour.
On tour you’re able to book exclusive appointments with stylists from iconic stores of Rodeo Drive and the likes of Stylehaus, BCBG Max Azria and Macy’s as well as private stylist appointments at the Grove and the Beverley Centre, all while staying at the Montage Beverly Hills and dining at celebrity hotspots like The Ivy and Tower Bar.