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Where celebs hang out in L.A.

Budget Travel's insider's guide to star spotting.
Britney Spears smiles on set filming a video, in this June 8, 2004 photo, in the Queens borough of New York
Britney Spears has been spotted at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Sunset PlazaJennifer Graylock / AP
/ Source: Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel

The stars are just like us. They can be found in the most ordinary places, doing perfectly ordinary things—as paparazzi photos prove. Here’s where you can spot them.

Book Soup: You might bump up against Alec Baldwin, David Bowie, or maybe even Madonna (try the spirituality aisle). 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood, 310/659-3110.

Bristol Farms: An upscale market that gets a lot of celebrity traffic: Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, the Aniston-Pitts. 9039 Beverly Blvd., W. Hollywood, 310/248-2804; 7880 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323/874-6301.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf: The one at Sunset Plaza has seen the likes of Brittany Murphy and Britney Spears. 8591 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood, 310/659-1890. Another hotspot is the Starbucks in Malibu, where Barbra Streisand and James Brolin and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been known to show up. 30765 Pacific Coast Hwy., 310/589-4908.

Fred Segal: Stylish stars (Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow) love the high-fashion retail complex. Nurse a $3 latte at the café. 8118 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood, 323/655-3734.

Joan’s on Third: Do lunch for not much more than $10—just like Naomi Watts, Kirsten Dunst, and Jake Gyllenhaal. 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323/655-2285.

Laurel Canyon Dog Park: Naturally landscaped park teeming with celebrity wildlife—Orlando Bloom, for one, has been known to walk his dog there. Mulholland Dr., just west of Laurel Canyon Blvd., L.A. At nearby Runyon Canyon Dog Park, you might find William H. Macy taking his pooch for a little fresh air or Cameron Diaz jogging on the trails. Top of N. Fuller Dr. or at Mulholland Dr. and Runyon Canyon Rd., L.A.

Lulu’s Blue Plate: The place named a sandwich after Ozzy Osbourne ($7), but nothing after Reese Witherspoon. 1640 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310/479-6007.

Newsroom Café: Recent lunch guests were treated to the sight of Colin Farrell’s ex dumping a glass of water on him. It could’ve been worse: There’s a juice bar. 120 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hollywood, 310/652-4444, smoothie $5.

Poquito Más: For the price of a taco ($2.25), you can hang out on a stool and see if Gary Oldman, Jason Lee, or Ben Affleck makes an appearance. 3701 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, 818/760-8226.

Rose Bowl swap meet: Well, Diane Keaton has to do her shopping somewhere. Second Sunday of the month. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, 626/577-3100.

Virgin Megastore: Cameron Diaz, Madonna, and the cast of Will & Grace shop here. 8000 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323/650-8666.

Yoga Works: Look for David Duchovny, Drew Barrymore, or Garry Shandling perfecting a different kind of pose. 1426 Montana Ave., 2nd fl., Santa Monica, 310/393-5150, classes $15.