How to feel like a star in La La Land

October 16, 2021

photo credits: @flamingo_estate

@sunset_tower: A first stop at the Sunset Tower Hotel is a must. Grab a bite or have a drink surrounded by the walls of one of California's historic landmarks and one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the Los Angeles area. You'll feel thrown back in time, among the ghosts of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, enjoying the golden age of the most glorious days in Hollywood.

@flamingo_estate: This place is not open to visitors, alas, but it's worth knowing about it because it has now gained the reputation of chicest farm stand in the City of Angels. Hidden by a lush orchard and dense gardens high atop the hills of LA, the flamingo-pink estate sells nourishing botanicals and fresh local products coming straight out of the estate's orchard and garden. You can't leave the city without having scored a rosemary-scented candle or bottle of Rosé from their website..

@chateaumarmont: Another location for Hollywood glamour, the historic Chateau Marmont carries the most insane and scandalous celebrity-tales and has indeed seen it all. Splurge in a stay at the Chateau among A-listers. If you are a creative soul, there's plenty of inspiration to gain for your next novel, movie, painting, or song. You'll be repaid with the experience.

@cecconisrestaurants: A staple restaurant with locations all over the world, Cecconi's in West Hollywood is always a great choice and a modern day classic for an Italian meal with Venetian-style "cicchetti," word for "small snacks." Elegant and chic.

@mrchow: The high-end Chinese restaurant giant Mr. Chow has to be in everyone's list just for the chicken satay sticks and the famous Beijing Peking duck dish. Dine among artworks by Andy Warhol and fashion, music, art, and film celebrities in the most legendary fusion cuisine eatery of all time.

@thefriendbar: Definitely more on the laid-back side, The Friend Bar is still one of those hip places where you want to get yourself caught in. Colorful and playful, the cocktail bar boasts a cotton candy exterior and art, disco balls and a pinball machine in the interior for all the cool kids of Silver Lake.

@bevhillshotel: Last but not least, The Beverly Hills Hotel is another institution that has been the spot for Hollywood's brightest stars for over a century. From when you first pass the iconic signage to the moment you step onto the landmark red carpet and enter the grand lobby, you’ll immediately feel like a movie star. Have lunch at the famous Polo Lounge or chill at The Cabana Cafe by the pool on a Sunday afternoon for brunch.