For the 89th Oscar ceremony that took place on February 26, 2017, a crowd of movie stars walked the traditional red carpet of the Dolby Theatre. If Hollywood is in your blood, improvise a few steps on Sunset Boulevard like Gene Kelly in Singin' In the Rain (1952), hide behind sunglasses like The Big Lebowski, play it scandalous like Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential (1997), uncover the mysteries of Mulholland Drive (2001), or dance like John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction (1994). Films to see over and over again, they were all shot on location in the city. You can also choose to follow our alternative walkways, sort of tailor-made Walk of Fame that we devised just for you.
Day 1. Set up home in Santa Monica
Located in residential Santa Monica, the regulars of this new address are also the ones that gather at the famous Château Marmont.
There are notable differences between the two establishments: its preppy style and discreet notoriety are very pleasing indeed. Relax in this ancient Spanish style house, comfortably sitting in a large leather sofa. The fireplace made of stone, the ancient furniture and Victorian portraits may remind you of a genuine family house, only one in which you may stumble in a filmmaker that came to look for ideas. Located halfway between the Montana shops and Ocean Avenue restaurants, this is the place regulars only whisper about!
1001 Third Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Cosy diner at the Doheny Room
Behind the glass walls, you'll find a large room on two levels, designed by architecture icon David Rockwell. It is in this lounge bar that serves late into the night (the kitchen closes at 12:30 a.m.) that all of chic and trendy We-Ho (for West Hollywood) gathers to enjoy an intimate atmosphere. The latest hot spot in town, it counts many celebrities as regulars, such as Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. Against a backdrop of indie and R'n'B music, this anti-club may be the perfect place to toast with your favourite actor.
9077 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
+1 424 777 0266
Day 2. Back to you in the studio!
Since 1910, Hollywood is the promised land of cinema. Today, 9 out of 10 people working in the industry live there.
Be the sheriff of your own western movie
You should not come to Los Angeles and pass by movie studios without a stop. There's an abundance of choices, with the Warner Brothers studios in Burbank for all Harry Potter fans, Sony Pictures (former MGM) studios in Culver City to visit the sets of Spider-Man or Men in Black, Universal studios and their theme park, or the Paramount ones in the heart of Hollywood. If you feel like playing a part, head over to the Paramount Ranch, open since 1927. Nested in the Agoura Hills, some thirty miles west of Los Angeles, this shooting location used for many mythical western films is an invitation to wear cow-boy boots and hat and step off the beaten track. Take a stroll in a natural cinema set that includes a real town. A unique experience!
2903 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
+1 805 370 2301
Go to the pictures at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Previews of American blockbuster movies often take place in this mythical theatre since 1927. Like so many historical places, it is often crowded. So, just like the Walk of Fame, where many tourists gather, you'll take only five minutes to proudly lay your hands close to Johnny Depp, John Wayne or Marilyn Monroe's... The real goal here is to enter the building, renovated in 2013, and go to a screening in an IMAX theatre. Forget about everything and enjoy Cinema in all its glory.
TCL Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
+1 323 461 3331
Day 3. Seaside getaway in Malibu
Northwest of Santa Monica, Malibu is the favourite beach among celebrities, showcasing some of the most expensive seafront houses in Los Angeles.
Jog on Carbon Beach
On top of city maps, which are necessary to get around town in that L.A. ocean of streets, you may be surprised to be offered maps to the stars, which pinpoint the addresses of various celebrities living up Beverly Hills, in case you'd like to come uninvited. For a more chic and less showy business, put on your nicest running shoes and shorts for a fitness trail of a few miles over the sandy Malibu beach. Carbon beach is the hottest right now, the one where celebrities, whose houses run alongside the waterfront, take care of their perfect figures under the Californian sun. This sportive getaway will show you another aspect of Los Angeles, with a return to nature that celebrities are crazy about.
Little Beach House, jet set hot spot
Close to the Nobu restaurant on the beautiful Carbon beach, Little Beach House (opened by the owners of Soho House and its incredible rooftop) does not let just anyone in, as members are hand-picked. The cultural and trendy Los Angeles population loves to go there and watch the ocean horizon while sipping on a freshly squeezed juice. Note that entrance to this lovely stripped down beach house is very exclusive.
Little Beach House Malibu
22716 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
+1 310 456 2400
Day 4. Like so many celebrities, opt for a vegan way of life
Many restaurants offer vegan and/or organic menus. This has become a true way of life, to the point that some of those places are now celebrities' canteens.
Pamela Anderson and Georgia May Jagger just love the place. Here, everything is vegan, meaning that you'll find no meat products at all (no eggs, no milk, and no cheese)… It is so good that even T-bone steak lovers leave happy and satisfied. Nothing less!
8284 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
+1 323 782 9245
For some incredibly delicious organic fresh juice. One of the forerunners of that trend, its example has been followed by numerous chains of juice bars. Close to the CBS headquarters and east of Farmer's Market and vintage shops, it is a connoisseur's address.
7660 Beverly Blvd A
Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 937 0777