Regardless of whether La La Land took home an Oscar for Best Picture or not, the movie had us looking at Los Angeles through an even more rose-colored lens than before. The musical inspired by the city of L.A. is shot everywhere from famous parks to recognizable movie lots. So in honor of the modern day musical we will highlight some of the movie’s most memorable locations so you can make a pit stop the next time you’re in La La Land.
Griffith Park and Observatory
Los Feliz is where you will find the Griffith Park. The 4,000-acre park has been a popular tourist attraction way before La La Land hit the theaters. Many come to hike the expansive list of trails. You can even start from the bottom of the park and make your way up to the Observatory. Somewhere along Mt Hollywood Drive is where Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s playful banter breaks out into song and dance. It’s also the scene even those who haven’t gone to see the movie recognize from every promotional billboard for the movie.
For those of you who have seen the movie, Griffith Observatory is where Mia and Sebastian end their first date after she ditches her stuffy, corporate boyfriend and obviously, goes for starving artist Sebastian. The pair have another noteworthy dance scene, but this time around telescopes and a little less gravity. The planetarium was inspired by the movie “Rebel Without a Cause.”
Although, Lipton’s is a fictional restaurant, Smokehouse is not and is the location where Mia discovers Sebastian’s talent for the piano. Located near the Warner Bros. Lot has been a large reason for Hollywood A-listers to come for a bite to eat since 1949. In the film, the exterior of Lipton’s is the You Are the Star mural, which features Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and others, which is on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood.
The scene where Sebs is singing “City of Stars” down the pier and starts dancing with 60-year-old lady married woman in front of her husband (total Gosling move) is shot in the South Bay on the Hermosa Pier. Just down the pier you will find plenty of pubs, bars, and restaurants.
Grand Central Market
Another popular date spot is Grand Central Market downtown. Mia and Sebastian eat at Sarita’s, but the food options are endless. From oysters and fine wine to authentic Thai cuisine, there’s something even for the pickiest eater. If you’re one to Instagram your food, a fan favorite is the breakfast sandwich spot Eggslut.
Ask any aspiring actor/actress what they do to supplement their income and many will say barista and so was true for Mia. In between auditions, she was brewing coffee and handing out gluten-free pastries to people at the coffee shop on the Warner Bros. Lot. If you’re a true tourist at heart, you’ll most likely have this studio tour on your list of activities while visiting. However, despite what the movie may have said the actual lot this was shot on was Hollywood Center Studios (womp womp), but both are great to visit.