How to Guarantee a Celebrity Sighting in LA

Los Angeles is the land of stars, and if you plan your itinerary right, you might spot one.

Sure, you might bump into a celebrity while shopping at a HomeGoods store in Burbank or a Whole Foods in Silverlake, but your chances increase if you visit some of the hotspots below.

TCL Chinese Theater

Movie premieres are a surefire way to spot one of your favorite stars. “Since 1927, the TCL Chinese Theater has been home to the most prominent film premieres and red carpet special events. This is where Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars come to see their movies!” Time your visit around a premiere and watch some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities walk the red carpet.


The restaurant serves American and vegan dishes and has been a celebrity favorite since it opened in 2011. Big names like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Paris Hilton, George Clooney and former President Bill Clinton have dined there. According to Celeb Map, Madonna ate the vegan spaghetti bolognese and mushroom truffle pizza.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Adam Sandler, RuPaul and Zac Efron are just a few of the guests Jimmy Kimmel has had on his show. You can see it in person by signing up for free tickets here. Pro tip: Look good because you may be spotted on TV and sometimes audience participation is required.

Nobu Malibu

The beachfront Japanese restaurant is a hotspot for influencers and celebrities alike. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are among the famous faces you can see here.

the grove

The outdoor shopping plaza and famous farmer’s market are popular with celebrities. Stars like Zachary Levi and Audrina Patridge of “The Hills” use the venue’s Barnes & Noble for book signings. Pretty Little Liars grad Shay Mitchell stopped by recently to check out her pop-up shop at the Beis Motel.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

For over a century, this hotel has been a Tinsel town staple for Hollywood stars and world leaders alike. Former President Obama has stayed here a number of times. The late Elizabeth Taylor reportedly spent six of her eight honeymoons here. Visit the hotel’s famous Polo Lounge and maybe spot Nicole Kidman or Nicolas Cage.

TMZ tour

If you’d like someone else to take the reins of your celebrity sightseeing journey, look no further than TMZ. The celebrity gossip unit has its own tour bus that takes tourists around Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood and Hollywood. People have spotted big names like Rihanna, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Legend and Dave Chapelle along the route.

tower bar

Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom and Jennifer Aniston have all been spotted at this restaurant in West Hollywood’s Sunset Tower Hotel. The site hosted the elite Vanity Fair’s Oscar party for five years.

Dolby Theater

The home of the Oscars, select fans can snag tickets to see some of Hollywood’s biggest names walk the red carpet before the awards ceremony from the nearby grandstands. The theater also hosts various musicals, plays, comedy shows and concerts throughout the year.

the ivy

The West Hollywood restaurant is an A-list original. If you grab a bite at the rose-filled restaurant, you might see Elton John, Victoria Beckham, John Travolta or Paris Hilton!

Runyon Canyon Park

If you’re a multitasker and looking for some fresh air while spotting celebs, you might be in luck at Runyon Canyon Park. LaLa Anthony, rapper The Game, Karlie Kloss and Ellie Goulding are among the celebs who have hiked here.

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