Planning a trip to LA? West Hollywood (WeHo), an exclusive pocket of the city with a village vibe has all you need to holiday like a celeb and, best of all, it’s totally walkable.
Best…A-list beauty treatments
Forget boring botox, movie stars keep themselves looking good by trying all the latest weird and wonderful treatments, like Vitamin B12 injections in your bum and Cryofacials (using liquid nitrogen to eliminate lines) at Facile Skin, a discreet all-white beauty boutique on North Robertson Boulevard.
Stars are also getting their sweat on at Shape House, a new infrared treatment which sees you wrapped up like a fajita, heated to 70˚C and left to sweat out toxins for 50 minutes in a dark room while sipping alkaline water and watching TV (there’s an armhole in the wrap so you can reach the remote, the Kardashians are fans).
And don’t miss Tantris Yoga, recently set up by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on Sunset Boulevard, where you can drop-in for a hot yoga class with a funky soundtrack and end up in a downward dog next to Lady Gaga, Usher or Jessica Alba.
Best… celeb restaurants
The hottest spot in WeHo right now is Gracias Madre, a Mexican vegan joint on Melrose Avenue.
Oprah and Jessica Chastain are fans of the delicious, ultra-healthy dishes and sun-filled outside courtyard; go for brunch and try the fried plantains, cashew cream, black beans and sauteed greens.
Another top place to hang for drinks and dinner is EP & LP on North La Cienega Boulevard. Sip a frozen Fresh Spritz of Bel Air cocktail (Aperol, rosé, watermelon) on the fairy light-lit LP rooftop then head downstairs for Asian street food in EP (the scallop and mussel curry with turmeric and coconut is heaven); Matt Damon celebrated his birthday there.
Want some late night action? You’re a stroll away from Rainbow Bar (where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio first dated) and infamous rock club the Viper Room, once owned by Johnny Depp, both on Sunset Strip.
WeHo’s most legendary hotel is Chateau Marmont, but with rooms starting at £400 and fully booked around Oscar time, it’s better to stay at the gorgeous The Jeremy (soon to be transformed into the 1 West Hollywood hotel) just down the road on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevards.
Super chic yet relaxed, with books and comfy chairs in the cavernous reception and a lobby cafe selling healthy Californian bites, you can hang with the beautiful people on white loungers by the pool with spectacular LA and Hollywood Hills views; bedrooms are luxe and modern with a nod to 50s glam.
Rachel Zoe’s been spotted at the swanky rooftop bar and it’s close to the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held (from £207pn, jeremyhotel.com). Oh, and you might want to check out West Hollywood EDITION on West Sunset Boulevard which is due to open its doors this summer and will be a guaranteed celeb magnet, just like its sister hotel in London…
The Original Farmers’ Market on West 3rd Street has been running for more than 80 years and has more than 100 stalls and stores which ‘slebs like Drew Barrymore just love Instagramming; buy pancakes at Du-Pars and ice-cream from Bennetts.
Hit up Book Soup on Sunset Bird to browse floor-to-ceiling tomes on film, photography and art alongside stars like Elton John (see the website for celebrity signings too). Check out The Row in Melrose Place for the Olsen twin’s latest designs (Selena Gomez and Emma Stone are fans) and stop off at RH West Hollywood, the Gallery to covet amazing LA-style furniture and to hang out on the stunning rooftop park with the likes of January Jones and Jaime King.
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Hiking in Runyon Canyon Park
Just above West Hollywood in the hills are a series of trails in a rugged 130-acre park. Enter on North Fuller Avenue and take a three-mile loop known as the best star-spotting place in town; you’ll probably pass Justin Bieber, Natalie Portman, Amanda Seyfried or Cameron Diaz on the way and don’t forget to snap the famous Hollywood sign.
Ditching the car
WeHo’s one of the few places in LA that’s totally walkable. With all the celeb-filled restaurants, bars, shops and hotels packed into just 1.9 square miles, take your trainers because there’s no need to hire a car here (plus Uber’s really cheap if you fancy heading down to Santa Monica beach, 30 minutes away).