The home of the rich and famous, LA is the ultimate place to celebrity spot and try and live like the famous do. The home to all the restaurants and cafes that gossip magazines regularly ‘spot celebrities’ as well as where many, many TV shows and movies are filmed, there really isn’t more talent or fame in one single place anywhere else in the world! Here are some of my top ideas on how to spend your time in Hollywood and Los Angeles.

See what live shows are on

There are always events, shows and concerts going on in LA. Since it’s the home to many, many singers, actors and superstars, there are more events here than anywhere else! We were lucky enough to be in LA while the MTV Video Music Awards were on last year, and managed to score tickets last minute on Ticketek. We had such a good night celebrity spotting and watching performances from Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce. Definitely see what’s going on in LA around the time you’re there, even if it’s last minute like us, you might still be able to get tickets.

Be an audience member 

LA is home of TV shows. It’s where most major studios are located and filmed. Many of these shows, including talk shows, sitcoms and late night shows will also have a live audience. We were lucky enough to grab some tickets to a taping of 2 Broke Girls. It was a fantastic night to watch the show come to life right in front of us! For many shows you can grab free tickets to a taping at Tickets come out 30 days before the date the show is set to record, and the site is updated at 8:30am Monday to Friday Los Angeles time. For many shows, tickets sell out within hours or even minutes in the case of The Big Bang Theory, so make sure check dates and times of release so you don’t miss out. Unfortunately, no phones or cameras are allowed in tapings, so we couldn’t take any pictures.

Visit The Grove & The Original Farmers Market

For one of the nicest outdoor shopping experiences you can imagine head down to The Grove. Famous for celebrity spotting, as well as often holding book signings and celebrity meet-ups, there is always something going on at The Grove! Shop up a storm before heading to The Original Farmers Market just across the street, to experience more food options than you could ever imagine! Offering fresh produce as well as food options from all around the world, there is something for everyone here! Check out a full list of current vendors here.

The Grove 
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, California 

The Original Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California

Celebrity spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is iconic. A feature of any visit to Hollywood and a significant award for anyone in the entertainment industry. Having a star on the Walk of Fame really cements your status in Hollywood. With more than 2500 stars embedded along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard, it can take forever to find who you’re looking for! The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry and include a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters and places. When we were in LA it was only a few days after the tragic passing of Robin Williams, and his star had become a small memorial for the famous comedy actor. If you’re visiting Hollywood, definitely take a walk down at least part of the Walk of Fame and see who you can spot. If you’re interested, read about the history of the Hollywood Walk of Fame here.

See the iconic handprints and footprints at TCL Chinese Theatre

TCL Chinese Theatre, still commonly referred to as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a world famous site in Hollywood. Home to the historic Hollywood forecourt, featuring the handprints and footprints of iconic celebrities, major movie premieres and events. Many major Hollywood movie premieres still happen at this iconic theatre, and there are often celebrity events held here. See if you can find your favourite celebrities hand or foot prints while you’re here, and if you have the time definitely try and catch a movie at this historical theatre.

TCL Chinese Theatre 
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California

Watch a silent movie

Based on the historic site of the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District the Cinefamily is a nonprofit organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films; with a mission to reinvigorate the movie-going experience by fostering a spirit of community and a sense of discovery. They screen about 14 shows a week, many which include special guests, live music, dance parties, potlucks and other social events.

611 N Fairfax Ave, 
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started Explore Shaw to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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