The City of Angels once again gets a star turn courtesy of LA LA LAND. The characters Mia and Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, sashay around town in love with each other and Los Angeles. Read on for how to make your own magic during a movie-like visit.
Dive Into La La Land
“Los Angeles is a city that reveals itself bit by bit, like an onion, if you take time to explore it.”
- Damien Chazelle, Writer/Director
Spanning more than 4,300 acres, Griffith Park is the 11th-largest municipally owned park in the U.S. After a Hollywood Hills party, Sebastian and Mia discover a spectacular view of the San Fernando Valley, where they perform the showstopper “A Lovely Night.” The sequence was filmed in one take at "Cathy's Corner" off Mt. Hollywood Drive.
The Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach has showcased jazz since May 1949, featuring legendary jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Art Blakey and Cannonball Adderley. Today the club books music from jazz to reggae and rock. Read on for the best jazz clubs and weekly music nights in Los Angeles.
Extending over the Pacific Ocean, the Hermosa Pier is a popular destination for fishing and gorgeous sunsets. After they visit The Lighthouse Cafe, Sebastian strolls the pier and sings "City of Stars."
The Colorado Street Bridge was proclaimed the highest concrete bridge in the world upon completion in 1913. With its majestic arches rising 150 feet into the sky, this now historic bridge has impressed travelers and locals from the day it opened, and is a romantic landmark in the modern Los Angeles area. Recreate Mia and Sebastian’s bridge interlude or discover other area architectural high points here.
One of L.A.’s greatest cultural attractions, the Griffith Observatory has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, perhaps most famously in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. As an homage, Sebastian and Mia visit the Observatory, where an unforgettable scene takes place in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
During a montage, Sebastian and Mia ride the landmark Angels Flight, located off Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Though the Bunker Hill funicular has been closed since 2013, the filmmakers got permission to use Angels Flight for a day.
Grand Central Market
The montage also features the Grand Central Market, located across from Angels Flight. Opened in 1917, the landmark market houses a multicultural collection of classic and modern food vendors. In the montage, Sebastian and Mia stop by Sarita's Pupuseria.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has created a limited addition to their tour. Now through March 6, guests can find themselves in a scene from the film as they step onto the carefully reconstructed set of Café Sur Le Lot, the coffee shop seen in the movie.
The world-famous Watts Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato (aka "Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. Rodia, a Watts resident, built the towers by himself, using only hand tools and window washer's equipment. The monumental sculpture was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990, and has become point of pride for the community, hosting events such as the annual Day of the Drum Festival and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival.
Thanks to its proximity to Warner Bros., the SmokeHouse Restaurant has been a favorite hangout for the entertainment industry since it was established in 1946. The legendary steakhouse stands in for the supper club where Sebastian plays holiday tunes.