Rev up the Maybach and head out for a power breakfast at Toast, a late-night Baccaratini at the Blvd, or a celeb-studded soiree at Koi. In Style zeroes in on where Hollywood's top dogs eat, drink, and schmooze in Los Angeles.
(FORTUNE Magazine) - In L.A., where you go is just as important as what you drive--and who goes where is as carefully plotted as The Da Vinci Code: Stars such as Heath Ledger, Natalie Portman, and Scarlett Johansson dig the Chateau Marmont (no surprise), while studio brass can be spotted breakfasting at the Belvedere, where you can often catch them popping open a bottle of Bollinger to celebrate a deal.
Come on, ditch your Zagat and follow our maps to the see-and-be-seen sites and a few secret (until now) locations the So-Cal crowd likes to call their own.
Mover and shakers
These high-profile honchos love the good life--and know precisely where to find it.
The Belvedere at the Peninsula
Beverly Hills, 9882 Little Santa Monica Blvd., 310-551-2888
Who Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, and other CAA agents
Dish Egg-white frittata
Buzz On hand for regulars: the daily Hollywood trades and bottles of bubbly to toast deals.
The Grill on the Alley
9560 Dayton Way, 310-276-0615
Who Producers Bernie Brillstein and Brian Grazer
Dish Kobe beef burger, without the bun (this is Hollywood)
Buzz The 14 high-back booths that line the walls are considered L.A.'s most coveted lunchtime real estate--every day of the week.
246 N. Canon Drive, 310-888-8782
Who Bill Clinton, Kate Capshaw, and Steven Spielberg
Dish Bone-in filet mignon or porterhouse steak, macaroni and gorgonzola cheese
Buzz Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis and his Crash team held a private pre-Oscar dinner here before winning Best Picture.
The Blvd at the Regent Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd., 310-275-5200
Who Jay-Z and Kirk Kerkorian
Drink The $185 Baccaratini is served in a Baccarat glass that patrons can keep.
Buzz Skip the sidewalk seats (with Rodeo Drive views); real players prefer back tables for privacy.
5 Et Cetera
It's the go-to shopping strip (Saks, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus) for agents, lawyers, and studio heads who like their Zegna suits and Valextra briefcases.
6 Wally's Wine
2107 Westwood Blvd., 310-475-0606
Sommelier Christian Navarro makes himself available to clients 24/7.
Hollywood's finest may crave privacy, but here are some hot spots worthy of their presence.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
8789 Sunset Blvd., 310-659-1890
Who Jim Carrey and Jodie Foster are fans of the chain.
Drink The original ice-blended mocha--nonfat, decaf, sugar-free (and no whipped cream)
Buzz A Coffee Bean truck travels to movie and TV sets to serve actors.
Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd., 310-276-2251
Who Tom Hanks, Annette Bening, and Warren Beatty
Dish McCarthy chopped salad
Buzz Elton John held his 55th-birthday bash here with Liz Taylor, Sharon Stone, and Richard Gere.
730 N. La CIenega Blvd., 310-659-9449
Who George Clooney and Sean Combs
Dish Crispy rice topped with spicy tuna
Buzz John Travolta and Kelly Preston dined here after this year's Oscars ceremony. Also Weekends are when the real power players show up.
Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons
300 S. Doheny Drive, 310-273-2222
Who Morgan Freeman and Charlize Theron
Drink Pomegranate mojito
Buzz On Oscar eve '05, Jamie Foxx played songs from Ray at the piano.
Who Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon
Buzz Stars like to shop for cool items at Fred Segal and tailored suits at Paul Smith. Aviator shades are a draw at Marc Jacobs on Melrose Place.
Make the scene? No, they create it. These young talents seek out the coolest hangouts in Los Angeles for fun.
Toast Bakery Cafe
8221 W. 3rd St., 323-655-5018
Who Eva Longoria and Tobey Maguire
Dish Eggs Florentine (egg whites optional)
Buzz Cool patrons wait three deep for the sidewalk tables (dogs welcome); celebrities seek seclusion indoors.
6266112 Sunset Blvd., 323-467-0660
Who Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix
Dish Marinated skirt steak with mashed potatoes; try a mint-chocolate-chip ice-cream sandwich.
Buzz Stay awhile: It's a late-night hangout--till 2 A.M.
8221 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-656-1010
Who Scarlett Johansson and Heath Ledger
Buzz It's still the city's hippest hotel/party venue; Natalie Portman and Adrian Grenier partied at a pre-Globes fete here.
Who Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, and Justin Timberlake
Buzz Young Hollywood loves the flowy tops at Ghost, skinny Hudson jeans at Kitson, M Missoni pieces at Curve, cashmere at Chan Luu, and Theory blazers at Lisa Kline Men.
5 Et cetera
Weekends in Vegas
Who Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Usher, and Wilmer Valderrama
Buzz Tao for the road: L.A. hipsters trip to Sin City for all-nighters at Tao, the Venetian's 42,000-square-foot Asian bistro and nightclub (3355 Las Vegas Blvd., 702-388-8338).
From the May 29, 2006 issue