The Ultimate Guide to Being a Celebrity in LA
Updated: Nov 16, 2022
"When in Rome do as the Romans do," they say. Well, It's only appropriate to live like the stars do when in Los Angeles. This article is chock-full of the must-see hot spots, attractions, and hidden gems sure to give you that celebrity feeling. From dining at the most scenic restaurants in Central LA to the trendy locations frequented by LA's finest on the Westside, here's your guide to all the things to do in Los Angeles County that will make you feel like a celebrity.
Central LA | South Bay | Westside | San Fernando Valley
Central Los Angeles
Lounge by the Pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Hollywood Roosevelt is equally as legendary. Nearly 100 years old, this hotel has been a home away from home to many Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. It's maintained its great name and is still a celebrity hot spot. Lounging at the pool in LA today is a great way to enjoy the hotel's luxuries, views, and possibly some familiar faces.
Hike the Famous Runyon Canyon
2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Runyon Canyon is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles and for good reason. You will feel on top of the world from its peaks where you can enjoy the most scenic views of Hollywood. You may even recognize some hikers along its most frequented paths.
Get Celebrity Nails at Modern Pamper Salon
4850 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91601
The Modern Pamper Salon is a celebrity hot spot for manicures. Made popular by the Kardashian-Jenner clan, this location is not your average nail shop. The clientele speaks to its promise and the options for custom nail designs are truly limitless.
Take a Selfie at Kusama's Infinity Room
221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
A trip to The Broad is always a rewarding adventure but the Infinity room exhibit created by Yayo Kusama is sure to give you that special feeling. For a limited time Kusama's "Infinity Mirrored Room" has come to The Broad. These exhibits are an immersive experience and will leave you feeling inspired. 60 seconds is all you get in the infinity room so get your selfie camera ready. You'll feel a little bit more famous after you post that selfie on Instagram.
Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Boulevard, Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame is a 15-block strip of sidewalks dedicated to celebrities and industry game changers. From the names you grew up hearing about to the new stars you're just getting into, there's a familiar name for everyone. Take a picture with the star of your favorite celeb or "make" a star of your own with the customizable stars along the strip. Your name can literally be written among the stars.
Catch a View of Celebs at Catch LA
8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Catch LA is a West Hollywood hot spot for a reason. A perfect date location, the decor is romantic on the inside, and on the balcony, there is a lush garden of flowers. Catch LA is the place you go for the food but stay for everything else. Many celebrities frequent this restaurant daily for the amazing sushi and stellar views.
Take a Stroll at The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Grove is the destination for all of your shopping, dining, and entertainment needs. The fountain at its center is an Instagram favorite. It is a perfect location to eat a meal, with many options available, after you complete a full day of shopping.
Get Celebrity-Style Headshots at Hernan Photography
Almost everyone in LA needs professional headshots. If you want celebrity-style photography then check out Hernan Photography. Hernan Rodriguez has captured many of Hollywood's elite and worldwide icons. Now's your turn to get in front of those famous flashing lights.
Watch a Film Premiere at TCL Theaters
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
TCL Chinese Theater (formally known as Grauman's Chinese Theater) has been the home of Hollywood's biggest premieres for almost a century. There's no question this place is legendary. Watching a premiere at TCL is a surefire way to feel like a celebrity.
Workout like the Stars at Barry's Bootcamp
11677 San Vicente Boulevard Suite 105, 107 & 108 Los Angeles, CA 90049
Celebrities and passionate fitness folks alike work out under the guidance of some of the best trainers in the country (if not the world). Barry's is also known for its in-house "fuel bar" serving quality shakes to support your workout. There's no question why it's so popular, Barry's is a luxury gym experience. However, don't expect them to go easy on you, be prepared to sweat.
Sit Front Row at the Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
The Hollywood Bowl is a truly legendary location. For a century this amphitheater has echoed the voices of brilliant entertainers like The Beatles and Billie Holiday. It's also been home to many Broadway shows. Sitting front row at the bowl is being in front of the stars themselves and there's likely to be a few stars in the seats nearby.
Get Inspired at the Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood sign is a must-see for anyone seeking that celebrity feeling. This century-old American landmark has been in countless movies and shows and has come to represent the city in, quite literally, a larger-than-life way. Though the sign itself is closed to the public, there are several vantage points that get close. Griffith Observatory has a great view of the sign but for the prime photo-op then take the trail to the best view of the towering letters.
Grocery Shop at Erewhon Market
7660 Beverly Blvd A, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Erewhon Market is a luxury supermarket frequented by celebrities and influencers looking for the healthiest options. Erewhon prides itself on being able to cater to alternative diets with organically and locally sourced ingredients. It's certainly worth a visit to see what the hype is about. Shopping among its star clientele is sure to make you feel just as VIP.
Watch World-Renown Magicians at The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Magic Castle is an exclusive club for magicians and lovers of the magic arts. The secret club and its shows are only open to members and their guests so this is definitely an exclusive experience. There is a strict dress code of the club, whose standards are just as high for the club's performers. Many world-renowned magicians have performed here including Dai Vernon. Many non-magical performers have graced the stage as well including the iconic Steve Martin. No photos allowed.
Visit The Academy of Motion Pictures Museum
6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Academy of Motion Pictures Museum is a magical experience. This museum is the hub of movie history and you'll find sets, costumes, history, and more from your favorite films. You can come face to face with cinematic relics you grew up watching. The sets in the museum are also popular photo-ops that are sure to make you feel like a star.
Rejuvenate with an IV Drip at Pause Studio
13353 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
IV drips are all the rage. From celebrities to influencers this rejuvenation treatment infuses vitamins and minerals via IV and the result is more glowing skin and a healthier body. The results can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Getting an IV drip is a sure way to feel like a celebrity inside and out.
Watch a Film in the Rooftop Cinema Club
13353 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Watching a film via rooftop is an unforgettable experience, especially with the amazing views of Los Angeles below. The Rooftop Cinema club airs new films to hit theaters but is popular for airing classic and beloved movies like Clueless (1995). The venue is frequented by lovers of film in and out of the industry and the location is sure to provide you with a more intimate feeling towards the movies you already love or have yet to see. It's a great place to visualize your future self on the big screen.
Drive a Luxury Car
19800 S Main St, Carson, CA 90745
Few things can make you feel as VIP as driving a luxury car. At The Porsche Experience Center, you can drive a luxury car and test your limits around its 53-acre course. Each section has its own challenges. These vehicles are luxury for a reason, they may be beautiful but they go really, really fast.
Go Yachting in Long Beach
3366 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Long beach is popular for many reasons. The biggest of these has to be the view of the coast. Now imagine it from a yacht. Nothing says celebrity vacation like a yacht trip. That combined with the beautiful scenes around Long Beach makes for an unforgettable experience. Gather a group of friends and enjoy a luxury experience only Long Beach can provide.
Become an Actor at Breakthrough Acting
Do you want to be on the big screen or be someone's next binged show? Well, it's time to train with a modern acting method that focuses only on high-quality results. Breakthrough Acting offers monthly scene study classes, 1-day bootcamps, and weekend workshops. They also have great connections to talent management and agencies. The classes have limited seating so make sure to book early.
Wine Taste in Malibu
23130 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA 91307
The Malibu Wines and Beer Garden has to be one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a drink in Los Angeles. There are scenic views and tasty food to complement your drink of choice. The service will leave you feeling special.
Go to a Malibu Car Meet
24250 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 9026=
Luxury cars and quality coffee? Sounds like celebrity living to me. Cars and Coffee is a car meet that happens every other Sunday in Malibu. Luxury car owners from far and wide attend to talk about cars and gaze at the gems that enter the lot. Don't be surprised to see a familiar face or two. This is one of the many unique things to do in Malibu.
Eat Sushi Like a Celeb at Nobu
903 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
You don't have to be a native to know about Nobu. This world-renowned Japanese restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Malibu. It has been referenced countless times in film, television, music, and more... and for good reason. The food is beloved for its unique take on Japanese cuisine and for its fine dining experience. The Los Angeles location is frequented by celebrities. Is there a better way to enjoy your miso soup than in the company of stars?
Get a New Do at a Celebrity Salon
901 Westbourne Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Everyone wants to look like a celebrity. Located in West Hollywood, Nine Zero One is a hair salon frequented by many celebrities. Take the opportunity to get a new cut or color (or both) by some of the industry's trusted hands. You'll feel and look more famous.
Grab a Latte at Aharon Coffee
9467 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Aharon Coffee is the coffee shop of the stars. Aharon's transparent approach to coffee and the quality of his ingredients is what attracts so many to his shop. The quality alone is definitely worth the trip.
Dance Like The Stars at Bootsy Bellows
9229 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Bootsy Bellows is a vaudeville, burlesque-inspired nightclub in West Hollywood. It is frequented by many big names. That combined with its decor is sure to have you feeling famous. Some of the best events in LA happen here, making it not just a great spot to see actors and actresses but the top DJs in the world.
Brunch at the Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The polo lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel is a luxurious dining experience. The decor inside and the architecture on the patio are years old and have been hosts to many big names. Brunch is the perfect time of day to enjoy the views and the food all at once. There is a dress code so look sharp.
Reminisce Movie Scenes at Point Dume Beach
Cliffside Dr &, Birdview Ave, Malibu, CA 90265
Point Dume State Beach is not only a celeb hot spot but he beach's cliffs, coves, and clear waters are famous of some of cinema's great movies. It is truly a beach experience that you don't want to miss.
Laugh at Famed Comedians in The Comedy Store
8433 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
The Comedy Store is the most famous comedy club in the world. On any given night a huge headliner might drop in and surprise the audience to perform new material. Tickets sell out quickly so make sure to plan ahead.
Go Shopping Along Melrose Avenue
Melrose Avenue is a popular shopping and dining destination. Melrose is the perfect place for an adventure. There is a range of restaurants, cafes, niche shops, and boutiques to explore. The range of experiences that one could have in this one location makes you feel like a star.
Spend a Night at Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Chateau Marmont is a esteemed hotel located on Sunset boulevard. Nearly a century old, this hotel has been home to countless big names over the years. Its classic architecture still attracts many movie stars and is now frequented by popular influencers as well.
San Fernando Valley
Immerse Yourself in Movie Sets at Universal Studios
00 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Universal Studios is known for a long list of historic movie sets, some that remain to this day. From the set of The Truman Show to Jurassic Park, there is so much to experience. Visiting these sets is a great way to experience beloved films in a new way.
Ride the Warner Brothers Studio Tour
3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Warner Brothers Studio offers several tours of their sets, sound stages, and famous museum. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce at a cinematic level. The entire experience will leave you feeling connected to the industry in whole new way. Don't forget to stop by the Gilmore Girl's gazebo.
Dine at the Renowned Casa Vega
13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Casa Vega is a historic and beloved restaurant. It was featured in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" and has been a staple ever since. Employees at Casa Vega have been dedicated to the restaurant for more than 40 years. What an honor it is to be served by people who served these legends.
Fly Above LA on a Helicopter Tour
10750 Sherman Way, Burbank, CA 91505
Want to feel on top of the world? A helicopter tour of LA is a surefire way to feel close to it. Experiencing this legendary city from above gives you a whole new, exclusive look at what makes LA so special.
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