LA’s Top Celebrity 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. Here are 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.

Where: Catch
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.

What: Spago
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 original version of this article was written by LUXE for PenCities.

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Liv Berry

Liv left behind the lanes, arcades, and wide-open plains of Melbourne for the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, joining the team at LUXE after a stint at Swire Hotels. 

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