Home to many film and recording studios, Los Angeles attracts plenty of celebrities, who either live in the city of visit its many attractions. Certain locations are more popular among celebrities than others, but there are many sites in Los Angeles where the rich and famous can be encountered eating, socializing or shopping.
Los Angeles offers many diverse restaurants, some of which attract a famous crowd on a regular basis. One of these is the Ivy (no website; 113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-274-8303), which features an open patio. The sidewalk on the opposite side of the street is often crowded with camera-wielding paparazzi hoping to get a shot of a celebrity. According to Seeing Stars, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck visited in 2003, and in 1995 a scene from the movie "Get Shorty" starring Danny DeVito and John Travolta was filmed at the Ivy. Beso (besohollywood.com; 6350 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 323-467-7991) is a Latin restaurant and another celebrity hot spot. Victoria Namkung from USA Today cited Beso as one of "L.A.'s New Star-Studded Dining Spots" in 2008, and noted that this restaurant is a favorite of Sheryl Crow, Courtney Cox, Paula Abdul, James Denton, Ryan Seacrest, and Jessica Simpson. Eva Longoria of the show "Desperate Housewives" owns Beso. According to Club Planet Nightlife Directory, Beso has also hosted famous individuals such as Lauren Conrad or Eva Mendes.
Celebrities in Los Angeles often incorporate a visit to one of city's most fashionable nightclubs during an evening out on the town. The Ecco Nightclub (eccohollywood.com; 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, 323 464 2065) has hosted celebrities such as Jeremy Piven, Paris Hilton and Jamie Foxx, as reported by Club Planet Nightlife Directory. The Ecco offers lots of space and décor centered on dark colors, as well as a high quality sound system. Celebrity events held at Ecco include a record label launch party held by the members of the Black Eyed Peas. Good Charlotte chose Ecco for a record release party for their album "Greatest Hits Remix" and Joel Madden, Nicole Richie and Benji Madden attended the party. Similarly Maxim hosted a cover party at Ecco, which was attended by Audrina Patridge and Steve Shaw. The Kress Rooftop (thekress.net; 6608 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-785-5000) is another Los Angeles club frequented by celebrities such as Rihanna and Chris Brown, who attended a pre-Video Music Awards party at The Kress. E Online reports that Adrion Grenier also held a party at the Kress, hosting guests such as Kevin Connelly, Jaime Pressly, Lauren Conrad and Lauren Bothworth. This five-floor nightclub offers modern décor and V.I.P. rooms utilized by those who can afford the bottles of alcohol at the Kress Rooftop, some of which are priced at four digits.
For the rich and famous who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, plenty of bars and lounges exist in the city of angels that attract an A-list crowd. The Apple Lounge (applerestaurantlounge.com; 665 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 358-9191) features black leather furniture and red lighting. It provides celebrities with the option of taking a private booth or occupying a more public role on the dance floor. Club Planet Nightlife Directory reports that the Apple Lounge features a live DJ and an A-List crowd almost nightly. This crowd has included rap artist artist Xzibit who hosted a New Years Eve party at the Apple in 2009. The Villa Lounge (villalounge.com/; 8623 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, (310) 289-8623) is another location frequented by the rich and famous, as reported by Los Angeles' City's Best. Guests include sports celebrity Ron Artest and his entourage, as well as Lindsay Lohan and her mother, though according to Club Planet the venue is also known for rejecting guests with inappropriate attire or behavior. The Villa Lounge features gold and velvet furniture, tapestries on the walls, a bar with fresh juices instead of syrups, a live DJ and dance cages.
When celebrities in Los Angeles need to enhance their wardrobe, decorate an apartment, or purchase a gift, they often head to some of LA's hottest celebrity shopping areas. The Fred Segal boutique (fredsegal.com/v2/FredSegal.html; 8100 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, 323-655-9500) in the Melrose shopping district is reported by Discover Los Angeles to have hosted Matt Damon, George Clooney, Salma Hayek, and Megan Fox. Celebrity Gossip reports that Kristin Cavallari of the tv series "Laguna Beach" shopped at Fred Segal on April 21st of 2011. The store is decorated with living vines and invokes a rock n' roll vibe. The Fred Segal boutique features a restaurant with a patio. The Beverly Hills shopping center is another celebrity hot spot according to Discover Los Angeles and the boutiques located along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills have served customers such as Kristin Chenoweth, Lisa Rinna and Hayden Panettiere. According to Grid Skipper, shoppers in the Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus department store include Madonna, Tom Hanks and Jaclyn Smith. Roseanne Barr, Winona Ryder and Courtney Thorne-Smith have frequented the Barney Greegrass Deli and Barney's Department Store in the Beverly Hills shopping center.
- Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Dine
- Club Planet Nightlife Directory: The Top Los Angeles Celebrity Hotspots
- City's Best: Best Celebrity Hotspots
- Discover Los Angeles: Celebrity Shopping in Los Angeles
- I Travel I Shop: Where the Celebrities Shop - LA
- USA Today; "L.A.'s New Star-Studded Dining Spots"; Victoria Namkung; April 2008
- "The Fan Survival Guide: 50 Ways to Meet Your Favorite Celebrity"; Dani Sweet; 2000
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