The Best Places to Experience "La La Land" in Los Angeles

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.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dancing in Griffith Park in "La La Land" | Photo: Lionsgate

Griffith Park

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.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling outside the Griffith Observatory in La La Land | Photo: Lionsgate

Griffith Observatory

One of LA’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.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone at Angels Flight in "La La Land" | Photo: Lionsgate

Angels Flight

During a montage, Sebastian and Mia ride the landmark Angels Flight, located off Hill Street across from Grand Central Market in Downtown LA. Though the Bunker Hill funicular was closed at the time, the filmmakers got permission to use Angels Flight for a day. Angels Flight is one of many literary landmarks in LA name-checked by famous authors.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone at the Grand Central Market in "La La Land" | Photo: Lionsgate

Grand Central Market

Opened in 1917, the historic Grand Central Market houses a vibrant collection of classic and modern food vendors serving cuisines from around the world. In a montage, Sebastian and Mia stop by Sarita's Pupuseria at GCM.

Scene from La La Land at The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach

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The Lighthouse Cafe

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.

"City of Stars" scene from La La Land at the Hermosa Beach Pier

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Hermosa Beach Pier

Extending over the Pacific Ocean, the Hermosa Beach 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."

Ryan Gosling at The Smoke House in "La La Land" | Photo: Lionsgate

The Smoke House

Thanks to its proximity to Warner Bros., the Smoke House 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. Recreate your favorite dining scenes with our guide to famous movie and TV restaurants in LA.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone stroll the Colorado Street Bridge in "La La Land" | Photo: Lionsgate

Colorado Street Bridge

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 historic bridge has impressed travelers and locals from the day it opened, and is a romantic landmark in modern Los Angeles.

Watts Towers

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Watts Towers

Seen in a romantic montage, 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 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 hosts annual events such as the Day of the Drum Festival and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. NOTE: Watts Towers is currently inaccessible due to ongoing renovations. The Arts Center is open to the public during construction.