There’s nothing like a little brush with fame to top off your day, whether it’s a casual celebrity sighting or attending an exclusive A-list event, Santa Monica is an off-duty playground of famous faces and places! Just a stone’s throw from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the coastal city draws a year-round celebrity crowd making it a hotspot to wine, dine and play alongside the rich and famous. From Christian Bale to Rihanna, and the Kardashians, here are some of the top celeb hangouts that will have you seeing stars (literally!) – so, don’t forget your camera and a pen and try to play it cool!

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The Ivy at The Shore

1535 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

Boasting flower-adorned interiors, a casual-luxe vibe, and a fresh take on American-Italian fusion, as well as some strategically-placed hedge screening to keep out the pesky paparazzi, the Ivy at The Shore is a dining hotspot and a popular celebrity hangout. Grab a spot at the bar, order yourself a Fresh Pine Coconut Martini and keep your eyes peeled for famous faces. And whilst you might not have a celebrity budget to splash, the chance to rub shoulders with the Who’s Who of Hollywood is priceless!

Hot 8 Yoga

1422 2nd St, Santa Monica

Whether you’re a yoga aficionado or just a beginner, throwing on the stretchy pants and getting your bend on at Hot 8 Yoga dramatically increases your odds of getting a sneak peek at a famous face. With yoga classes to suit all fitness levels and abilities, anyone can go along, it’s as simple as grabbing a matt and a water bottle and getting sweaty! And with some of Hollywood’s hottest A-listers regularly attending classes, it’s safe to say that getting sweaty has never been more in fashion. Whilst you might not walk out with Jennifer Aniston’s 6-pack, the chance to possibly work out with her is the ultimate #namaslay moment.

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Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Markets

Arizona Avenue, between 4th & Ocean, Santa Monica

An essential experience whilst in Santa Monica, the weekly Farmers Markets are a hive of activity, and regularly attract high-profile chefs, celebrities and locals alike. Held every Wednesday and Saturday, the self-titled “Organic Market” boasts the city’s largest haul of certified organic fruit and vegetables, as well as an impressive range of sweets, pastries and specialty products. Based on the plethora of celebs that have been spotted perusing the stalls, it definitely has the celeb-status tick of approval!

Capo

1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

When it comes to celeb-worthy Italian grub, it’s safe to say that Capo is the go-to if you’re looking to feast like the rich and famous and rub shoulders with some of your favourite socialites and glamazons. With a regular star-studded guest list, Capo’s isn’t just frequented for its delicious authentic dishes and extensive wine list, but also for the discretion the eatery offers. So whilst you’re free to ogle at your own accord, we would suggest playing it cool!

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The Bungalow at Fairmont Miramar Hotel

101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

While the Fairmont Miramar Hotel has long been a playground for Tinseltown’s A-listers, The Bungalow is the true show stopper! Boasting a causal Baja-vibe and stylish bohemian-luxe decor, the chic bar is a staple in Santa Monica’s nightlife scene, and serves bespoke cocktails and offers a curated menu of light bites. Pull up a spot on the open-air terrace and enjoy the stunning lush gardens, panoramic ocean views, and the odd celebrity sighting!