Take a trip to the top 10 'La La Land' Los Angeles filming locations


Can't make it to the Oscars this year? You can still be a part of the action with a visit to the top ten filming locations of breakout hit La La Land, which has a record-tying 14 nominations, including best acting nods for the stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.


Griffith Observatory

Night View of Los Angeles. Griffith Observatory
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Already an L.A. landmark, visits to Griffith Observatory are sure to skyrocket after the film's out of this world fantasy sequence, which had the stars dancing among the actual stars. Visitors to the Observatory can peek through telescopes, explore exhibits, watch a show in the planetarium, and enjoy expansive views of Los Angeles. Admission to the building, grounds, and parking is always free.
  • Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 Noon - 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Observatory Closed on Mondays

What's to eat around here?

Linger for brunch at Messhall Kitchen, just off the hill from the Observatory on Los Feliz Boulevard.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles CA 90027
213-473-0800

Messhall Kitchen
4500 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027
323-660-6377


Hermosa Pier

Sunset in Manhattan Beach, California
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No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a trip to the beach to stand on the pier, gaze out at the waves and sing to yourself. Sebastian sings "City of Stars" on Hermosa Pier, a great spot for jogging, bicycle riding, and watching surfers catch waves. Or just stand on the pier and sing to yourself, which is certainly not strange. Not strange at all.

What's to eat around here?

Grab a sandwich at Mickey's Italian Delicatessen and Liquor Store, known for their subs and build-your-own pizzas, and eat it on the beach.

Hermosa Pier
Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Mickey's Italian Delicatessen and Liquor Store
101 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach CA 90254
310-376-2330


Grand Central Market

Premiere Of 'City Of Gold' - Arrivals
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A blink and you'll miss it scene, Sebastian and Mia visit Grand Central Market on one of their early dates. Though the market has been a landmark for nearly a hundred years, it's become a go-to dining destination as L.A. revitalizes its downtown area. Wander through the more than 30 vendors on site and then grab a stool at the restaurant of your choice. With options as varied as vegetarian ramen to fresh pressed juice, artisanal sausages and egg sandwiches, you can't go wrong.

What's to eat around here?

Um, eat something at the Market. We just told you that.

Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-624-2378


Watts Towers of Simon Rodia

Part of Watts Towers, a collection of structures and art in the low-income Watts section of Los Ange
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Another first date locale for Mia and Sebastian, Watts Towers, which artist Simon Rodia's Nuestra Pueblo sculptures have come to be known, are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures located in the Watts community south of Los Angeles proper. The sculptures can be viewed from outside, but to get up close and personal you'll need to take a tour. Those are available Thursday through Sunday and cost $7 per person.

What's to eat around here?

Check in at LocoL, Kogi guru Roy Choi's newest venture, a healthy fast-food option with a fantastic social conscience.

Watts Towers and Arts Center
1765 E 107th Street
Los Angeles CA 90002

LocoL
1950 E 103rd St.
Los Angeles CA 90002


Mt. Hollywood Drive

LOS ANGELES, CA. A family climbing the Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail to overlook the downtown view of LLA Times via Getty Images

After leaving a Hollywood party, Mia and Sebastian search for her Prius, that most L.A. of all cars, and come across a stunning view of the San Fernando Valley from Mt. Hollywood Drive. Here they share a toe tapping dance and take in the view. You can too. Well, maybe not the tap-dancing. The overlook is a location locals call "Cathy's Corner." To reach it, park on Observatory Drive where it meets the Vermont Canyon Road Tunnel and then hike up Mt. Hollywood Drive for about two miles, bearing left until you reach the crest. "Cathy's Corner" will be in a clearing to your left.

What's to eat around here?

Take a shot of tequila and listen to some live music at Cody's Viva Cantina.

Mt Hollywood Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Cody's Viva Cantina
900 Riverside Dr.
Burbank CA 91506
818-845-2425



Museum of Neon Art

Sabatino Stefanile, left, and Victoria Priganano look at 'Aerosedan', left, and 'Rocket Car' at the
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The Museum of Neon Art doesn't appear in the film, but bright, L.A.-centric neon lights are a hallmark of the set design and add to the candy-colored atmosphere. The Museum of Neon Art, which is dedicated to the preservation of neon, electric and kinetic art, is the perfect spot to get your neon on and also learn more about this historic signage.

What's to eat around here?

Check out some more neon and grab some grub at an In-N-Out Burger, another L.A. institution

Museum of Neon Art
216 S. Brand Blvd.
Glendale CA 91204
818-696-2149

In-N-Out
119 S Brand Blvd.
Glendale CA 91204
800-786-1000


The Smoke House

Chef in hotel or restaurant kitchen cooking only hands.
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Sebastian reluctantly plays Christmas tunes at Liptons, which is actually the decidedly retro Smoke House restaurant. Customers have been filling the red leather booths at Smoke House since 1946, dining on classics like wedge salads and porterhouse steaks. Don't forget to order the garlic bread.

What's to eat around here?

Seriously?

Smoke House
4420 Lakeside Dr.
Burbank CA 91505
818-845-3731


Colorado Street Bridge

Pasadena California Colorado Blvd Bridge
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Mia and Sebastian wander over this historic bridge early in their courtship. The bridge was once the highest concrete bridge in the world and, after repairs in 1981, has been restored to its original glory. The bridge spans the Arroyo Seco as part of Colorado Blvd. just south of the Ventura Freeway and between North San Rafael Ave. and North Orange Grove Blvd.

What's to eat around here?

Grab a burger and a slice of pie at Pie 'n Burger, a charmingly retro Pasadena joint.

Colorado Street Bridge
532 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena CA 91105

Pie 'n Burger
913 E California Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91106
626-795-1123


Angels Flight Railway

The Angels Flight Railway reopens after nine years. A few Angels enthusiasts are the first to ride
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From 1901 to 1969, Angels Flight served as a railway to carry passengers up steep Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. Mia and Sebastian ride the railcar during their summer romance. It's permanently closed to the public, but that might change in the future. A number of groups are actively trying to restore the funicular to service.

What's to eat around here?

Try a creamy gelato at Gelateria Uli, just down the street.

Angels Flight Railway
351 Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-626-1901

Gelateria Uli
541 S Spring St #104
Los Angeles CA 90013
213-900-4717


The Lighthouse Café


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Finally, what would a La La Land crawl be without paying homage to jazz? Head back down to Hermosa Beach to visit The Lighthouse Café, where L.A. locals have been enjoying jazz since the 1950s.

What's to eat around here?

Come on. What is it with you people?

The Lighthouse Café
30 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach CA 90254
310-376-9833

Elise Carter-Hyde came of age in London and now ages gracefully in Los Angeles. This is why Like Crazy is her favorite film. You should watch it too.