Studio City and Toluca Lake

Studio City and Toluca Lake


A day spent exploring the neighborhoods of Studio City, Toluca Lake and their nearby environs will give you a chance to hobnob with the locals, maybe spot a celebrity or two and experience a little of the Valley nightlife. Start your day with breakfast at Vivian’s Millennium Café (10968 Ventura Blvd, Studio City), a small local joint owned by the Remini family (actress Leah Remini is well-known for her role on the hit TV show, King of Queens). The café offers up great breakfast food, is a favorite of locals and some celebrities and has a back patio where you can bring your dog.

After breakfast, head on over to nearby Warner Brothers’ Studio for their VIP Studio Tour (http://www2.warnerbros.com/vipstudiotour/). Advance purchase of your tickets is recommended but you can buy them onsite on a first-come, first-serve basis. The tour will take you on 12-person carts through the active back-lots of the studio to see the art of movie-making in action. The tour also begins with a special video presentation and ends with a chance to explore film and television throughout history at the Warner Brothers’ Museum. When you’ve had your fill of the film and TV world, pop over to the nearby Bob’s Big Boy on Riverside Drive (www.bobs.net) for a late lunch. Built in 1949, it’s the oldest remaining Big Boy restaurant in the country and serves up classic burgers and good old fashioned shakes. Keep with tradition and go for the original Big Boy combo and top it off with a frosty, thick malt.

Spend the afternoon browsing the shops along the main drag in Studio City. The stretch of Ventura Blvd. between Laurel Canyon and Whitsett offers up chain favorites like The Gap and Banana Republic nestled right along with unique clothing and shoe boutiques like Dari, and you park and walk to them all. If you need a little relaxation time, pop into any of the many nail salons along the way for a manicure and pedicure, or one of the local Thai massage places to stretch out the kinks. They all accept walk-ins so there’s no need to plan ahead. Finish the day off with a little taste of Valley nightlife. Head over to either Laurel Tavern, Next Door or Firefly. All offer up great food and drinks and are often frequented by the celebrities who live in the area. You’ll need a reservation for dinner at Firefly, but it’s well worth it to sit in the outdoor dining room around the fireplace and then retire to the library-themed bar for after dinner drinks and socializing.




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