Just because you’re not in Hollywood doesn’t mean you can’t bump elbows with your favorite stars. Here are some of our favorite spots to see celebrities in Santa Monica.
Ivy at the Shore
Chef Richard Irving’s “Ivy Restaurants” have been popular with celebrities and foodies since his Holywood location opened in 1980. The Santa Monica offshoot features an eclectic mix of French and Caribbean decor, complemented by oodles of bouquets of bright, fresh flowers. Celebs like Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon are known to be fans. Ivy at the Shore: 1535 Ocean Ave.; 310-393-3113
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Celebrities–they’re just like us! Tori Spelling and Owen Wilson have been spotted combing through fresh produce—fighting for the finest avocados and apples—at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Head to the Main Street location on a Wednesday or a Sunday for your best shot at a star sighting. Santa Monica Farmer’s Market: 2640 Main St.; 310-458-8712
Chinois on Main
This notable Main Street eatery owned by Wolfgang Puck blends Chinese tradition, French cooking techniques, and California-fresh ingredients. Stars like Denzel Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow are known to enjoy the excellent crab cakes, Chinese chicken salad, and spring rolls. Chinois on Main: 2709 Main St.; 310-392-9025
Name a more iconic duo than Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie–we’ll wait. If your teenage dream was to join them on The Simple Life, you might want to drop by Urth Caffe for a coffee and a scone when you’re in town. It’s one of the best places to catch some of your favorite celebs and socialites. Urth Caffe: 2327 Main St.; 310-314-7040
Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins, and Zoe Saldana are all known to frequent this cozy neighborhood Italian restaurant. Make a reservation, and enjoy the house made potato gnocchi alongside a glass of fine wine–the restaurant carries over 600 varieties from both Italy and California. Locanda Portofino: 1110 Montana Ave.; 310-394-2070
Celeb-spotting and more
Looking for more activities besides spotting celebrities in Santa Monica? Check out the Ambrose blog for the latest recommendations on what to experience in our corner of the world, from the best cafés in town to what to see on the Third Avenue Promenade.