Starstruck in LA 5 reasons to visit
Paparazzi, glitterati and glamour, that is Los Angeles for you—home to the stars, some of the greatest drink and dine spots, night clubs, shopping avenues and of course HOLLYWOOD
1. Celebrity Home Spotting
Ashton Kutcher doesn’t live there and Johnny Depp has moved to France but you can spot the American Flag waving in Tom Cruise’s front yard (That is honestly all you can spot and there are no spaceships) or the paparazzi, hidden behind tinted glasses near Halle Berry’s house. What used to be once Frank Sinatra’s humble abode is now only barren ground and people have started stealing bricks from Elvis’s house’s boundary wall —this besides some walls, corners and mostly steel gates of celebrity homes is what you get here.
2. Window shop at Rodeo Drive
Shop till you drop, else simply enjoy the view. From Ralph Lauran to DKNY, Coco Chanel to Michael Kor this avenue is full of high end shopping options. You can either burn your credit card or soak in the sight and head on to the more affordable shopping spaces. Go there on a Sunday and there are chances that you might bump into a celebrity, as this is after all where the stars shop.
3. Universal Studios
Do you know how many people and techniques go into making The Smurfs dance? Take a trip through the Universal Studios and you shall. Attend the special effects show, see film sets, witness the water show and check out the rides.
4. Enjoy a drink at the Sunset Strip
This area is like a painting at the bottom of the sea during the day, quiet yet beautiful and at night it turns into an animated billboard! This is where you can party with the stars, maybe in a place owned by them. Johnny Depp once owned the Viper Room. Whiskey A GoGo is where the Doors got their start. Rainbow Bar and Grill is where many great songs were written back in the days when it was called Villa Nova. It is also where Marylin Monroe went on her first date with baseball star Joe DiMaggio.
5. Bunk in Style
Well, you cannot sleep with the stars but you sure can sleep in a bed owned by them or used by them—well, almost. Leonardo and Cameron Diaz’s joint venture The Standard Hotel, on the Sunset Boulevard is one such option. Another one is the famous Hotel California, which is also in the vicinity or you can go for the Beverly Wishire Hotel in Beverly Hills where Pretty Woman was shot.
PS: The Chinese Theatre- Home of the Oscars, is a must visit! Specially a walk down the avenue of stars. Find your favorite celeb scribble and get clicked!