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Where Can You Spot Celebrities in California?

Celebrities can be spotted around the world, but California is the best place to find your favorite stars. After all, that is the one place where many of them work and live. While celebrity sightings are often a matter of luck, there are places where you can better your odds of running into someone famous.
Here are 12 places where a person can spot celebrities in California:

1    Chateau Marmont in Hollywood

This luxurious hotel looks very much like a castle, so it is no wonder that many celebrities love to stay there. While celebrities can be spotted entering and exiting the elegant lobby, some of the best sightings are near the palm tree lined patio during lunchtime.
Chateau Marmont In Hollywood
2    TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

This movie theater has been hosting films since 1927 and if a person is lucky enough to be near there when a movie is premiering, they can get caught up in all the hubbub. Celebrities will gather in the courtyard while the paparazzi’s camera lights flash incessantly. This courtyard is where more than two hundred celebrities have already left their hand and footprints in the cement and people can see them all.
TCL Chinese Theatre In Hollywood
3    Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood

No one ever knows when a celebrity will be wandering along this famous stretch of sidewalk, but visitors can find out who is being given a star in advance. A little advance planning will mean a lot of celebrity sightings when the big day arrives.
Hollywood Walk Of Fame In Hollywood
4    Madame Tussauds Hollywood in Hollywood

Okay, most of the time, the celebrities here will not be real, but on occasion a real celebrity will walk through the doors. It is still a great way to get up close and personal to more than one hundred of the most famous celebs of all time without having to worry about getting in trouble. And they will never say no to a photograph.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood In Hollywood
5    Studio Tour in Hollywood

The most famous studio tour takes place at Universal Studios Hollywood and includes tours of multiple famous movie sets. Many of the major studios including Sony, Paramount, and Warner Brothers offer their own studio tours. Go behind the scenes to visit famous film sets, learn how shows are made, and more. It is unusual to spot a celebrity here, but no one ever knows when one may be nearby working on a new project, so it is possible.
Studio Tour In Hollywood
6    Malibu Country Mart and Malibu Lumber Yard in Malibu

Both of these locations offer shops, dining, and entertainment that appeals to locals, celebrities, and tourists. A big draw is the wearable art that is popular amongst many of the celebrities, so it is the prime location for a sighting or two if a person has enough patience to hang around.
Malibu Country Mart And Malibu Lumber Yard In Malibu
7    Malibu Farm in Malibu

This organic café is down the road from the above two shops and its delicious cuisine is craved by many celebrities. Featuring a farm to table menu, Malibu Farm is a hotspot for breakfast and lunch. It is also located right on the pier, so at least a person has a magnificent view even if they don’t spot someone famous.
Malibu Farms In Malibu
8    The Academy Awards in Hollywood

People have been known to arrive days before the beginning of this event to snag the perfect spot to see all their favorite stars walk along the red carpet. That might seem like a long time, but the results could include hundreds of pictures and face time with some of the most famous people in the world. And there’s no beating the glamour of this iconic event.
The Academy Awards In Hollywood
9    The Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

This is similar to the Academy Awards, but in this case, many of the celebrities will be musicians who are either performing or hoping for that famous Grammy award. With the growing celebrity crossover, you are likely to see celebrities from all different entertainment areas. People are allowed to stand anywhere outside of the ropes as they watch their favorite musicians walk inside.
The Grammy Awards In Los Angeles
10    Studio Audiences

A studio audience is one of the best places to spot a celebrity, because they have to be there to tape the show! The tickets to these are free and it is a great way to see a preview of some favorite or upcoming shows. Be aware that many times these tickets are snapped up well in advance, so plan accordingly.
Studio Audiences
11    Visit a Filming Location

There is a lot of standing around and waiting on a film set, but that time can pay off big when the stars of the film finally arrive. However, it is nice to watch the filming process and gain some insight as to how everything comes together at the end. There are plenty of television and feature films shot on location in the LA area. You can checkout scheduled filming locations online.
Visit A Filming Location
12    Paley Live

The Paley Center holds events every spring that feature the producers and cast members of popular television shows. Purchasing a ticket to this event allows a person to sit in the audience to not only listen, but ask questions as well. Tickets are offered to members first, but you might be able to score admission if you plan ahead.
Paley Live
There are many other areas where celebrities can be spotted at any time of the day or night, simply because no one knows where they might pop up next. Celebrities may post where they want people to think that they will be going to, but then go somewhere completely different, just to avoid the paparazzi. It is always a guessing game with celebrities and sometimes it is just the matter of being in the right place at the right time.


  1. Yassine
    September 16, 2017 - 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the informations, it’s good to know where to spot celebrities, however the only few places that it’s sure you can expect to see them (Not necessarily meet them) are the Academy Award, Grammy Award, Studio audience, and studio Tour.

    It’s normal that celebrities would try to not go to the places where everybody would normally go just ti avoid Paparazzi, and look for privacy, this is why in my opinion a lot of it rely on having a friend who either could work for them, or friend of…

  2. Justin Bernstein
    September 18, 2017 - 9:53 am

    An absolute epic article. I’ll visit these places to find my favourite celebrities. I’m stuck at one point. Can you tell me where I can find Gemma Arterton? I love the movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of time. Please help me. Thanks in advance!

  3. Max
    September 20, 2017 - 9:52 am

    So many people say they spot celebrities in California but I have been there 3 times in the last 2 years and have not seen a single one! I am going to make sure I reference this guide when I go in November. I want to try and actually see one, maybe even meet one. It shouldn’t be too difficult! haha


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