When a couple with a growing family buys a house on the Westside of Los Angeles, it normally wouldn't make headlines. But when that couple is Beyoncé and Jay-Z, it captures the world's attention. In 2017, the superstars ended months of speculation and bought an $88-million, 30,000 square-foot mansion in the ritzy Bel-Air neighborhood. Longtime residents of Los Angeles, Bey (a native of Houston) and Jay (born in Brooklyn) moved into an ultra modern compound with six buildings totalling 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, four outdoor swimming pools, and a full-sized basketball court.
But the world-famous couple aren't recluses. They're frequently spotted around L.A., often with their adorable kids, daughter Blue Ivy and their twins, Rumi and Sir. Even if you never buy a mega-mansion, you can still eat and dress like Beyoncé. Here are some of the Queen's favorite places in Los Angeles.
Beauty & Essex
The third location of Beauty & Essex occupies 10,000 square feet of space at the Dream Hollywood hotel (6417 Selma Ave, Hollywood 90028). The menu features Chef Chris Santos’ globally inspired dishes, such as Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs, and Tomato Tartare. The indoor-outdoor restaurant features a ground floor courtyard and a patio on the second level. In April 2017, Beauty & Essex hosted a private dinner for Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Victor Cruz, DJ Khaled, Kevin Hart, Jerrod Carmichael and Kelly Rowland.
Fenyes Mansion: "Formation"
In 2021, Rolling Stone named Beyoncé's "Formation" the greatest music video of all time, noting that director Melina Matsoukas drew inspiration from Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, and Toni Morrison "in a striking commentary on significant moments in black American history." Though "Formation" is set in New Orleans, according to Curbed the video was filmed in Los Angeles and interspersed with footage from the 2012 documentary short film That B.E.A.T..
The landmark Fenyes Mansion (164-198 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena 91103) was dressed to look like a Southern Gothic plantation - production designer Ethan Tobman and his crew added storm shutters, Spanish moss, ivy, and wisteria to the exterior; and decorated the interior with period rugs and furniture.
Located along what was once known as "Millionaire's Row," the Fenyes Mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September 1985 and is the home of the Pasadena Museum of History. In-person tours are currently on hiatus, but you can take a virtual tour at the PMH website.
In March 2017, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy and Jay's mom, Gloria Carter dined at Gjelina, one of their favorite restaurants in L.A. (1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice 90291) Like any visiting dignitary, the Queen arrived in one of three Escalantes, accompanied by security guards.
A hotspot for celeb sightings ever since it opened in 2008, Gjelina is always packed with Venice locals - especially at brunch - who tuck into favorites like lemon buckwheat ricotta pancakes, anchovy and burrata toasts, Santa Barbara ridgeback prawns, and the ever-popular mushroom pizza with fontina, truffle tremor goat cheese and thyme.
After a modernization and grand reopening in 2017 helmed by nightclub manager Tommy Karas and the late Nipsey Hussle, World On Wheels closed once again in June 2021 - the future of the beloved Mid-City roller rink is uncertain. Beyoncé, Jay-Z and a group of their friends went skating at WOW on a Friday night in August 2017. According to US magazine, Bey was casually dressed in ripped jeans and a black shirt. An onlooker said Beyoncé was a "great skater" and she even did a couple of splits!
Though WOW is closed, there are plenty of places in LA to get your skate on, like Moonlight Rollerway (5110 San Fernando Rd, Glendale 91204) - a local favorite since 1956. From family-friendly open skates, to pop-ups and classes, venues across the city are ready to host skaters of all ages and skill levels. Read on for our guide to roller skating in LA, and be sure to stop by the featured shops so you'll look great showing off your moves in your custom skates.
Acclaimed chef Evan Funke opened his newest restaurant, Mother Wolf (1545 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles 90028) in Hollywood's red-hot Vinyl District at the beginning of 2022 and celebs have been packing it ever since.
Located in the historic Citizen News building adjacent to the Thompson Hollywood, Mother Wolf is Funke's homage to Rome and its mythical founders, Romulus and Remus, and the she-wolf, Lupa Capitolina. To start, the carciofi alla giudia (fried artichokes) is a must. Signature dishes include the classic cacio e pepe, Roman-style thin crust pizzas, and housemade gelatti and sorbetti.
Rose Bowl Stadium
One of L.A.'s great championship venues, the world-famous Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena has hosted five Super Bowls, gold medal matches for two Summer Olympics, two FIFA World Cup Finals, superstar concerts and the annual Rose Bowl Game for which it’s named. Sports Illustrated has named Rose Bowl Stadium the number one venue in college sports and one of the Top 20 Venues of the 20th Century.
The Carters most recently performed at Rose Bowl Stadium when they brought their OTR II Stadium Tour to Pasadena for a two-night stand in September 2018. Jam-packed with hits, the two hour-plus setlist was interspersed with videos of the superstar couple filming each other in numerous settings.
Beyoncé previously performed in L.A. at the Rose Bowl during the Formation World Tour in May 2016. The concert included songs from her album Lemonade and she sang "The Beautiful Ones" as a tribute to Prince, who had died the previous month.
In August 2017, Bey and Jay had a date night without the kids at one of their favorite sushi spots, Sushi Park (8539 Sunset Blvd #20, West Hollywood 90069). Located on the second floor of a strip mall off the famed Sunset Strip, Sushi Park takes its sushi seriously, as posted in a sign: “NO TAKE OUT! No Salad! No Teriyaki, Tempura! No Trendy Sushi! No California Roll! No Spicy Tuna Roll! We serve only Traditional Sushi!" The omakase experience, which spans 17 courses and more than 30 different cuts of high-end sushi, costs about $200 per person. It's a small price to pay if you're dining next to music royalty.
UTA Artist Space
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are well-known art aficionados - they own a world-class collection of art and took over the Louvre in the stunning music video for APESH*T (266 million views and counting).
In February 2019, the Carters attended the opening of UTA Artist Space & Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean present DREAMWEAVERS, a group exhibition curated by Nicola Vassell that featured artwork by African American artists like Barack Obama’s portraitist, Kehinde Wiley; Carrie Mae Weems and Kerry James Marshall. As reported by Yahoo! Lifestyle, Beyoncé wore "an outfit that complemented the premise of the show: an Ankara suit and hat. She paired them with a tiny, boxy purse and a pair of sandals. Outside of viewing the art, she and Jay also spent time talking to some of the other guests, including Pharrell Williams and his wife, Helen Lasichanh."
Since opening in 2016, UTA Artist Space (405 Foothill Rd, Beverly Hills, California 90210) has presented notable exhibitions by artists including Ai Weiwei, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Derrick Adams, Petra Cortright, The Haas Brothers, and Larry Clark.
Dressing a global superstar like Beyoncé can instantly catapult a fashion designer to fame. That was certainly the case with Walter Mendez, who was raised in Manhattan Beach and owns a boutique at Robertson Plaza in WeHo (120 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles 90048). "To have a red-carpet brand in the nucleus of all red carpets is essential to me," Mendez told The Hollywood Reporter.
Beyoncé wore Mendez's stunning emerald green gown to Jay-Z's third annual Tidal X charity concert in October 2017. It was the Queen's first red carpet appearance since she gave birth to her twins, and by amazing coincidence it was also Mendez's birthday. The Walter Collection is open by appointment only Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm.