Los Angeles! It’s the City of Angels, land of celebrity, and also really, really expensive to live like an A-lister. Here’s the inside scoop on how to play, get pampered and dine like the stars, all without the superstar-sized paycheck. Whether you’re a LA local or just visiting, grab your biggest sunglasses and make sure to have plenty of photo space in your camera as you hit up these celebrity hot spots.
A-LIST DINING & DRINKING: Celebrities love to party, day or night, so why not raise a glass where Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Fergie and Cameron Diaz have toasted with cocktails at the Fairmont Miramar ($30, reg. $144) in Santa Monica or half off brunch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel ($45). Or, if an indulgent chef’s tasting dinner is more your speed, head to The Peninsula Beverly Hills ($99 dinner for two), where Oscar nominees stayed this past awards season.
BLISSFUL PAMPERING: Look your best and have a blissful glow just like Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey by indulging in a world-class facial from Bliss Spa ($99, reg. $200) located at the W Hotel in Westwood.
FAMOUS SELFIES: Pose for selfies along a VIP tour at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre ($27, reg. $39), which still hosts movie premieres, like this year’s "Need for Speed" and "Veronica Mars." Or, check out how you look next to Lady Gaga at Madame Tussauds ($37 for two tickets, reg. $85). Exclusive access on a Universal Studios ($93 two-day pass) tour also means plenty of opportunities for some pro selfies.
HOT BODIES: Paddleboarding works for Cindy Crawford and Pierce Brosnan, so head to Hana Paddle Boards ($45, reg. $90) in Malibu to enjoy the sun and seabreeze while toning your arms and abs.
FAMILY OUTING: Newport Beach is where Gwen Stefani can be seen playing with her kiddies in the sand. Instead of shelling out for a pricey amusement park, walk along the waterfront like the locals do or check out Balboa Fun Zone ($22, reg. $45). Even if your brood isn’t as large as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, you can still act like a megastar family by taking your kiddies to LEGOLAND California ($99 five-day resort hopper pass per person).
GETAWAY: Take an A-list trip without buying a plane ticket by heading off to Palm Springs, about a two-hour drive away. When Katy Perry, Lea Michele and Joe Jonas are hanging around pool parties at the Viceroy Palm Springs ($50, reg. $100), you can bet it’s the place to be and be seen.