Celebrity Spotting Hot Spots in LA
Seeing Stars: Best L.A. Hot Spots for Celebrity Sightings
It doesn’t get more Hollywood than the iconic Chateau Marmont. This luxury hotel perches on the hillside above Sunset Boulevard and has long been a bastion for the most famous celebrities to lodge, dine, and take refuge from the hustle and bustle. You don’t have to reserve a room to enter this exclusive world; the restaurant is open to the public and actors can frequently be seen “taking a meeting” on the garden patio over lunch. Pull up a chair, order a salad, and casually glance around the other tables. There’s a good chance you’ll recognize a face or two—but don’t even think about snapping a photo of them. The Chateau has (and enforces) a strict no-camera policy.
Another Hollywood mainstay, the hotel on Hollywood Boulevard oozes old Hollywood glamour and you can almost hear the walls talking about all of the famous people that have stayed there. The hotel has several bars and restaurants–including a poolside bar—where celebrities come down from their suites to meet for drinks and dinner. Order a drink at the bar in the lobby, sit back, and see who walks by.
The Grove at Farmers Market
Don’t let the name fool you: The Grove is more ‘outdoor mall’ than ‘market’, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a farmer there. You’re much more likely to run into a celebrity shopping at one of the many upscale retail stores, or eating lunch al fresco. The Grove also hosts family-friendly activities – particularly around holidays – that stars bring their kids to. You might spot a familiar face or two at the adjacent Farmers Market, as well. The Grove is located where the historical farmers market once was, and a small part of it still remains. Stars are often seen strolling the market, buying flowers, and looking oh-so-down-to-earth.
Studio City Farmers Market
The Studio City Farmers Market is actually a real farmers market. Located in close proximity to the homes of many stars, celebrities are often spotted here on Sunday mornings—so much so that the paparazzi are usually camped out nearby. With a petting zoo and pony rides for kids, plus dozens of vendors with fresh fruits and veggies, health-conscious stars and their families frequently make this market part of their weekend routine. Best of all, you can do your own shopping and enjoy the sunshine while scanning the crowd for famous faces. The market is open every Sunday, all year round.
Los Angeles International Airport
There’s a reason TMZ is often staked out at the airport: they know the odds are in their favor to spot a celebrity arriving or departing. Look for a herd of paparazzi with their cameras and you’ll likely be sighting the celebrity they’re waiting for. If you get tired of waiting, take a break and check out the Airport Arts Exhibition Program at LAX with works on display in several terminals. And if hanging out at the airport all day doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, you can get there a little early the day you fly and hope to get lucky.
The Best Murals in Los Angeles
10 Places to Find the Best Murals in Los Angeles
If you’re looking for creative inspiration, you need look no further than the streets of Los Angeles. Thousands of murals adorn the outer walls of buildings from the beach to the East Side, and they’re as much a part of the landscape as the Pacific Ocean and Hollywood Hills. The artwork both reflects and colors life in Los Angeles and is a great source of pride for the city. Los Angeles is a cultural melting pot and its murals are as diverse as the people who live here.
In a city filled with artists and centered around show business, it should come as no surprise that the whole city itself has become an art show. Local artists create work influenced by their surroundings, and visiting artists travel from all over the world to leave their mark here, too. The result is an eclectic mix of styles and cultural influences; life-like portraits, narrative tableaus, geometric patterns, bright washes of color, and inspirational messages all coexist on L.A.’s buildings, bridges and walls.
While it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the ever-changing roster of murals from thousands to a handful, here’s a round-up of some of the most popular, beautiful, and downright weird works of art you’ll find around the city. Chances are if you make your way to any one of these works, you’ll find yourself around the corner from many more.
Taking up the whole side of a two-story building, the Bloom Wall impresses with its magnitude. The burst of color was painted by artist HUEMAN; it’s not hard to see why she’s been sought after by brands like Nike and NYX Cosmetics
Where to find it: 298 Rose St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
COLETTE MILLER’S ANGEL WINGS
Artist Colette Miller created the Global Angel Wings Project in 2012 “to remind humanity that we are the angels of this Earth”. These human-sized are designed to be interactive – people can pose for photos in front of the wings and become part of the art. The Global Angel Wings Project has truly gone global, with wings on almost every continent but they started right here in the city of angels.
Where to find it: One set of wings can be found at 8401 W 3rd St, Los Angeles 90048, another at 453 Colyton Street, and there are more throughout the city. Search for more locations by using #globalangelwings on Instagram.
Venice Beach has long been known as an enclave for artists, and even with recent changes to the neighborhood, art remains a prominent feature. The crown jewel of Westside murals is Abbott Kinney Boulevard, a mile-long stretch of retail, restaurants, murals, murals and more murals. “Bleeding Hearts” aka #LOVEWALL by James Goldcrown (@jgoldcrown) is one of the most popular places to visit–and photograph– on Abbott Kinney.
Where to find it: Greenleaf, 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, 90291
Jim Morrison Mural
“Morning Shot” is the 35-foot-tall mural of Doors front man, Jim Morrison, created by artist Rip Cronk in 1991 and revamped in 2012. From the side wall of an apartment building, Morrison towers over the Venice Beach boardwalk; a fitting place for this larger-than-life figure as The Doors met and started the band in Venice in 1965.
Where to find it: 1811 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Arguably the most psychedelic mural in town, “Technicolor Ooze” is the work of artist Jen Stark. She’s since brought her Technicolor magic to collaborations with Miley Cyrus and Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.
Where to find it: 8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
WEST HOLLYWOOD LIBRARY
West Hollywood is a community known for its vibrancy and freedom of expression, and its public library is no exception. The parking structure of the West Hollywood Library is home to three of the most recognizable murals in the city: “Peace Elephant” by Shepard Fairey, “An exercise in spontaneity” by Kenny Scharf, and a striking blue and white abstract design by L.A. artist RETNA.
Where to find it: 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069
4th STREET / ARTS DISTRICT
The L.A. Arts District truly lives up to its name with more than 100 murals covering the walls and sides of buildings in the neighborhood. One of the most striking works can be found at the intersection of 4th Street and Merrick. The collaboration between Christina Angelina (@starfightera) and Fanakapan. (@fanakapan) will give you allll the feels.
Where to find it: Arts District, Downtown L.A. @ 4th Street and Merrick, LA 90012
THE POPE OF BROADWAY
Some murals have a lifespan of only a year or two (or less) before they’re painted over and replaced. Some, on the other hand, have become semi-permanent fixtures in the city. “The Pope of Broadway” is one such classic. Originally created in 1985 by muralist Eloy Torrez, who also worked with the city to restore it in 2017, the 70-foot mural depicts Mexican-born actor Anthony Quinn, celebrating two of L.A.’s biggest cultural influences: the film industry and the Latino community.
Where to find it: The Victor Clothing Company Building, 242 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90012
Jules Muck, the “Queen of Venice Beach,” is among the most well-known street art and mural painters around. Her works can be seen all over Venice; on its walls, garage doors, vans and even discarded appliances. Perhaps her most famous work is “Freedumb”— a green-tinged mural depicting five legends of the stage and screen who died before their time.
A DAY IN LA TOURS MURAL
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the “Day in L.A.” mural. The mural was painted in 2017 by artist Dim Morisov at the A Day in L.A. headquarters in Santa Monica. “If Los Angeles was an amusement park, this map would show you where all the rides are,” Morisov says. He somehow managed to fit all of Los Angeles on the side wall of A Day in LA’s HQ so you can take a tour of the entire city and its key points of interest without ever taking the tour! Plan to spend some time looking up-close to discover all of the Easter eggs and hidden pop-culture references; you might even find Waldo (as in “Where’s Waldo?”) hiding in the City of Angels.
Where to find it: 410 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401