Spot celebrities and tour movie studios in the entertainment capital of the world. Shop, dine and relax in a Los Angeles hotel with an insider view of Hollywood.

    Formerly (and famously) known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, tourists flock to see the hand and footprints of favourite celebrities in this Hollywood theatre’s courtyard. But not everyone realises the ornate pagoda is also Tinseltown’s favourite cinema for movie premieres.

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    Location: 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA


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    Archives at the Paley Center for Media

    • History

    The hardest part is deciding which of the 75,000 TV shows and commercials you’ll choose to watch. Don a pair of headphones in your very own air-conditioned viewing booth to experience a tiny bit of television history. 

    Location: 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA


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    • Group

    Reserve advance tickets online for an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of a working film and TV studio. You and 11 other people will be guided through echoing sound stages and dusty Western sets. You may even get to handle a prop or 2 from the latest Hollywood blockbuster. 

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    Location: 3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91522, USA


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    Grab a map at the front entrance and go on a hunt for the final resting places of your favourite stars from the silver screen. Come early on select summer nights to watch a film flicker against the mausoleum walls. 

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    Location: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA


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    Dining with the stars at the Ivy

    Book a table in advance for a late lunch to rub elbows with celebrities meeting their agents at this celebrated Hollywood spot. Ignore the snobby wait staff and paparazzi while savouring the overpriced pastas.

    Location: 113 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA


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    Watch the live taping of TV shows at CBS Television City

    • Budget

    Arrive early to get free tickets for a live taping of American Idol or The Price is Right game show. Even if you can’t get tickets, grab lunch and perhaps a celebrity sighting or 2 at the Farmers’ Market next door.

    Location: 7800 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90036, USA


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    Shop like a Los Angeles insider at Fred Segal

    The nondescript, ivy-covered building belies the trend-setting fashions inside. Although some of the biggest names and their stylists shop here, even unknowns get treated like royalty by the down-to-earth sales staff. 

    Location: 8100 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA


    Drinks at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

    Relax with a cocktail by David Hockney’s underwater mural in this Los Angeles hotel’s swimming pool or opt for a more intimate setting at Teddy’s bar inside. One too many drinks and you too may see the ghost of Errol Flynn. 

    Location: 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA


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    The best part of Universal Studios theme park is the backstage tram tour. Watch out for the animatronic shark from Jaws, which splashes you with real water from the artificial lake. 

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    Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA


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