Top Celeb Hangouts
In the home of Hollywood – where starlets and fat cats rub shoulders with yogis and surf dudes – your odds of spotting a celeb are shorter than Tom Cruise himself. And with the annual A-list-mobbed gourmet fundraiser LA Loves Alex's Lemonade kicking off on 9 September, we thought it only fitting to round up some of Tinseltown's most sought-after, star-studded tables.
Where: The Ivy
What: The Honeypot
Packed to the rafters with showpony ensembles and pouty profiles, tracking down celebs at The Ivy is like digging for sand on Venice Beach. For the quintessential ‘Hollywood’ experience, secure a spot on its famous patio, order a waistline-friendly salad, and wave to the scrum of paparazzi jostling out front.
What: The Scenester
With it’s New York outpost already an established hotspot, it’s no wonder this stylish brunch box has quickly garnered a loyal following of models, musicians and movie moguls in LA. This light-dappled, sprawling WeHo rooftop aerie is a real showstopper, upstaged only by the sight of a seafood-sampling Stallone and co.
Where: Beauty & Essex
What: The Breakthrough
In a city obsessed with fleeting beauty, celebrities flock to ritzy new openings like moths to a flame. This glamour pad – a prodigy of big name-favoured TAO group – is still enjoying her moment in the limelight since opening last year, with antiquey decor, all-Americana eats and characterful clientele to boot.
Best For: The Comeback
A long-standing locale in LA’s monied Beverly Hills, this Italian stallion was once the poster child for Hollywood excess. But today, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship is the picture of cool, contempo elegance with a mod menu to match. Even waist-conscious waifs have the odd weak moment for his carboload wood-fired pizzas...
What: The Belvedere Terrace
Best For: The Class Act
No, it’s not your usual pap-trap, but style icons looking for a spot of serenity settle in at The Peninsula’s chic Belvedere Terrace. This swoonsome alfresco patio is perfect for a discreet tête-à-tête with its plush monochrome decor, outdoor fireplace and verdant accents. Come on a balmy summer evening to kick back and sample chef David Codney’s menu of locally sourced produce and surf-fresh seafood.
What: Il Ristorante Giorgio Baldi
Best For: The Big Guns
On any given night, the likes of Beyonce, Beckham or Brosnan can be found snuggled up in this modest mahogany and white table-cloth trattoria. Heartwarming Italian plates and service, paired with an impressive spoil of varietals, mean this family-run establishment has been doing a roaring trade for over twenty-five years.
The Ivy / 113 N Robertson Blvd / +1 310 274 8303 / b’fast, lunch & dinner daily / theivyrestaurants.com
Catch / 8715 Melrose Ave / +1 323 347 6060 / brunch Sat-Sun, dinner daily / catchrestaurants.com
Beauty & Essex / 1615 Cahuenga Blvd / +1 323 676 8880 / dinner daily / beautyandessex.com
Spago / 176 N Canon Dr / +1 310 385 0880 / lunch Tue-Sat, dinner daily / wolfgangpuck.com
The Belvedere / The Peninsula / 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd / +1 310 975 2736 / b’fast, lunch & dinner daily / peninsula.com
Il Ristorante Giorgio Baldi / 114 W Channel Rd / +1 310 573 1660 / dinner Tue-Sun / giorgio-baldi.com