The Guide to Celebrity Shopping in Los Angeles

Take a walk on the glamorous side at these shopping districts

Westfield Century City | Photo: Westfield Century City, Facebook
Westfield Century City | Photo: Westfield Century City, Facebook

They live among us—those people we see on the silver screen and on our home screens—winning awards or landing in the gossip pages and TMZ. Some shop at the same grocery stores, malls and boutiques, eat in the same restaurants, and even get their prescriptions filled at CVS—just like us. But they also spend time shopping at stores that may just be above our paychecks. So in tribute to the more glamorous side of things—here are some shopping districts where you may see some of them— the celebrities. And sometimes, they stop for frozen yogurt—just like us.

Westfield Century City

Westfield Century City

With its $800 million dollar makeover, Westfield Century City is the shopping destination to watch. While the center is currently open with limited shops, dining, and the AMC 15, the renovation is expected to be complete in summer 2017. The result will be a glamorous shopping mecca spanning 1.3 million square feet, including 200 shops, a new three-story Nordstrom, a completely renovated three-story Bloomingdale's, a new two-story Macy’s, a new state-of-the-art Equinox fitness club and spa—and the West Coast’s first Eataly, an expansion of the giant food marketplace from New York. Celebrity designer Kelly Wearstler (who has her own store on Melrose) is creating a new environment with mid-century modern design, open space, shaded trellises and canopies of trees. Celebrities are sure to flock to new stores like Bonobos, Current Elliott, Equipment, Joie, Maje, Sandro, and Zadig & Voltaire, as well as Oprah’s favorite Compartes Chocolates and Sugarfina, coveted by Jessica Alba and Sharon Osbourne. And then of course, there’s California Pizza Kitchen’s partnership with Casamigos Tequila—owned by George Clooney and Rande Gerber, so there’s a little bit of ‘celebrity’ in your cocktail.

Water fountain at The Grove
Photo: The Grove

The Grove

Located adjacent to The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, The Grove evokes a little walking village that is both historic and modern. It is practically an everyday occurrence to see celebrities stroll the street. Nordstrom is a big draw here, as is Dylan’s Candy Bar, a celebrity favorite. Justin Bieber took his little sister shopping at American Girl; Niall Horan from One Direction was spotted at Crate and Barrel; Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich picked up some casual clothes at J Crew; Selma Blair bought Nikes; Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor take breaks from their schedules with shopping and lunch; Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have been seen strolling the grounds and hopping on a trolley with their young son.

Polkadots & Moonbeams

West Third Street & Beverly Center

A perfect shopping day would combine The Grove and West Third Street —six blocks lined with an eclectic assortment of upscale independent boutiques, artisan stores, and restaurants. Polkadots & Moonbeams has been a fixture for 35 years with side by side vintage and modern stores. A favorite of many celebs, including Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore, Polkadots & Moonbeams has been featured in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules. Satine is also a favorite of Nicole Richie. Celebrity gift-givers often find just the right thing at Stone Age and Free Hand. Continue west and you'll arrive at the mammoth Beverly Center with Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and a collection of high-end fashion and retail stores where the famous are sure to wander.

Cafe Gratitude
Cafe Gratitude | Photo: Cafe Gratitude

Larchmont Village

There’s a low-key vibe to this small town street adjacent to Windsor Square and Hancock Park. Part of the celebrity attraction is that many live in the area, but the street is also around the corner from Paramount Studios and a good place to take a break from filming. Café Gratitude is the “it” spot for plant-based eating and counts Mandy Moore, Jonathan Jackson, Megan Fox, Diane Argon, Ariana Grande, and Emma Roberts among its customers. Trina Turk and Mr. Turk just moved from its West Third Street location - Mindy Kaling, Taylor Swift, Viola Davis, and Lisa Rinna are among its fans. Christina Ricci, Emma Roberts and Lucy Hale have been known to pick up products from the Larchmont Beauty Center. And Go Get 'Em Tiger is known as one of the best stops for coffee and a pastry - Joe Jonas seems to like it. Dress like a celebrity with finds from Ampersand, a consignment/resale store that could carry one of your favorite celeb’s gently worn Prada, Christian Louboutin or Chanel.

The Ivy Patio
The Ivy Patio

Robertson Boulevard

Located adjacent to Beverly Hills, the Robertson Boulevard shopping district in West Hollywood is well-known for celebrity sightings and the paparazzi that stake out The Ivy during daytime hours. Stores like Alicia + Olivia, All Saints, Les Habitudes, Chanel, Intermix, and Vince are all ones to watch. Paul Rudd, Serena Williams, Sharon Stone, Kathy Griffin, Ben Stiller, Paris Hilton, Lauren Conrad, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Alba—and of course, the Kardashian/Jenner clan have strolled these few blocks.

Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

"The Golden Triangle" - Beverly Hills

The world-famous shopping district in Beverly Hills known locally as “The Golden Triangle” attracts a mix of tourists, Angelenos, and of course celebrities. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were recently seen shopping with daughter, Luna at Louis Vuitton. Sofia Vergara picked up shoes at Saks Fifth Avenue. Barneys New York is a favorite of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, as well as Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa when they are in town. Dakota Johnson has been seen looking through the racks at Ralph Lauren. Emily Blunt and Michael Buble shop Harry Harris Shoes for their tyke. Jill Roberts’ boutique attracts Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Jordana Brewster, and Lena Heady. And for a quick snack while shopping, Go Greek Yogurteria is often a ‘go-to’ for Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Whitney Port, Ellen Pompeo, Harry Styles, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

Westfield Fashion Square
Westfield Fashion Square

Westfield Fashion Square

Anchored by Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and the always busy Apple Store, this two-story center is a mecca for celebs who can be found eating in the food court and armed with shopping bags. Among them: Katey Sagal, Erik McCormack, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Annette Benning, Derek Hough, and Ray Romano. Most recently, Ellen DeGeneres filmed a hilarious segment for her show with Britney Spears roaming through the mall stopping at Sephora, Bloomingdales, Ben and Jerry’s, and Pottery Barn.

Westfield Topanga
Photo courtesy of Westfield Topanga

Westfield Topanga

These adjacent shopping centers on Topanga Boulevard in Canoga Park on the border of Woodland Hills have two different vibes - but between the two, you can find everything on your shopping list. Westfield Topanga is an indoor mall anchored by Nordstrom and Neiman-Marcus, while The Village is a newer, modern open-air retail center with whimsical outdoor play equipment, fire pits, casual seating, and unique shops like Jonathan Adler, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, and J.D. Luxe. Dining options include EMC Seafood & Raw Bar and its ever-popular $1 oyster happy hour. Both malls are frequented by celebs living in nearly Calabasas and Hidden Hills, such as the Kardashian/Jenner clan and Britney Spears who favor Go Greek, the second outpost of the original in Beverly Hills. Celebs such as Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, Drake, Tori Spelling, Howie Mandel, and Justin Bieber, have made the shopping centers quick go-to spots.

Sy Devore Studio City
Sy Devore | Photo: @sydevore, Instagram

Studio City

The Sunday Studio City Farmers Market is a big draw with the likes of Julie Bowen, Ludo Lefebrve, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, Gwen Stefani, J.K. Simmons, and Dave Grohl—most often with kids in tow. Justin Hartley recently purchased an engagement ring at Matthew's Jewelers designed by Michael B. on Ventura Boulevard for his now wife, Chrishell Strause. Sasha Farber proposed to Emma Slater during “Dancing With The Stars” with a custom design from Matthew’s. And just down the street, Hilary Duff picks up pup treats at Maxwell Dog. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel favor shopping at Whole Foods, while Angelina Jolie has been seen shopping at Gelson's with - and without - Brad Pitt. For a one-stop-shop for men’s fashion, Sy Devore famously dressed the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.,), Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, and President John F. Kennedy. Modern stars are also customers, including George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, and Andy Garcia.

Malibu Country Mart | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Malibu Country Mart | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa


The main shopping attractions in this beachside community are the Malibu Country Mart and the adjacent Malibu Lumber Yard. Hot tip for celeb sightings: hang around stores like John Varvatos, Madison, Oliver Peoples, Planet Blue, Ron Herman, Paige Denim, James Perse, Alice + Olivia, or take a class at Five Point Yoga. Eat at Tra Di Noi, Mr. Chow, Malibu Kitchen, Taverna Tony, Howdy’s, or the Cindy Crawford-Rande Gerber owned, Café Habana, and you’re sure to see a celebrity. It’s a favorite stomping ground of Miranda Kerr, Jason Statham, Tori Spelling, Simon Cowell, Pink, Justin Bieber, LeAnn Rimes, the Osbournes, Adam Sandler, the Beckhams, Suzanne Somers, Jane Seymour, Pierce Brosnan, Reese Witherspoon, Ray Liotta—and that’s just a start.

Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica Place and More

This sleek open-air mall is located at the western end of the Metro Expo Line, just a few blocks from the beach, and is anchored by Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Barneys, and a 14-screen Arclight Theater. There is a mix of boutiques, but Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, All Saints, The Kooples, Hugo Boss, and DVF are among those that claim the star power and are the places most likely to spot a celeb. Take it to the rooftop dining deck to The Curious Palate or Sonoma Wine Garden to see if anyone famous is taking a shopping break—or take a walk to the newly redone Michael’s Restaurant where Gwyneth Paltrow is known to hold court.

Drive to Montana Avenue where Michael Keaton has been seen strolling through shops. Located south of Santa Monica, Abbot Kinney in Venice is also a hot spot, particularly Gjelina and nearby shops where Leonardo DiCaprio, Lana Del Rey, Jessica Alba, and Zoe Saldana have been seen perusing wares.