Hollywood & Highland is a massive shopping and dining hub in Hollywood. The complex gets its name from its location on the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue. Positioned right next to the world-famous Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre, the mall is an excellent place for first-time visitors to start their Hollywood adventure. 

    The multilevel complex contains over 60 shops, superb restaurants, and the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars. For retail lovers, the mall is a shopping-spree dream come true. You could spend hours window-shopping, trying on clothing or buying gifts for special ones. But remember that it's a popular tourist destination. So don't expect to find unique boutiques or to mingle with locals.

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    What are the highlights of Hollywood & Highland?

    While Hollywood & Highland is essentially a shopping mall, there are fun entertainment attractions you can enjoy, too. On the north side of the mall is the state-of-the-art Dolby Theatre. Besides the annual Academy Awards, the theatre hosts touring Broadway shows, film premieres, and live music performances. Get an insider's peek of the glamorous venue on a guided tour. You'll visit a VIP room, see the Oscar statuette, and admire images from previous ceremonies. Tours are available daily, starting every 30 minutes between 10.30 am and 4 pm. 

    Underneath the mall, you'll find Lucky Strike Live. With modern lighting and sounds, gastropub food and weekly live music, the bowling alley attracts a trendy crowd. And it's not only the big-name retailers and swanky venues that draw visitors. The design of Hollywood & Highland centres around the Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills, so you'll have plenty of moments to take photos or selfies of the icon. Find out how big (or small) your favourite actor's footprints and handprints are at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Buy a movie ticket or join a guided tour of the iconic pagoda-style complex. 

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    Where to shop and what to eat at Hollywood & Highland?

    Shopping and dining are what Hollywood & Highland does best. Retailers there include Sephora, Victoria's Secret, MAC, Sketchers, Hello Kitty, among others. Souvenir hunters will want to visit Dodgers Clubhouse, the official store of the LA Dodgers baseball team. Japan House Los Angeles’ 2-level outpost offers lots of stylish Japanese goodies. On the 2nd floor, browse ceramics, teas, and knives. There is also a gallery with rotating art exhibits. 

    With 25 restaurants inside the mall, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to eating. Dave & Busters is a fun sports bar serving American food and happy hour cocktails. The massive HDTVs playing sports and arcade games keep parents and children entertained for hours. On the 5th floor is Inn Ann serving exceptional sushi, sashimi and kaiseki-style dining. Other options include Hard Rock CafeTrastevere Ristorante Italiano, and Cabo Wabo Cantina

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    Good to know about Hollywood & Highland

    Getting around Los Angeles takes time and money. So when you visit Hollywood & Highland, it's a good idea to check out other attractions nearby. Opposite the mall is the Hollywood Museum. The 4-floor museum houses an extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia. Fancy seeing Elvis' bathrobe or Rocky's boxing gloves? They're on display here, along with thousands of other costumes, props, scripts, and photographs. 

    The Guinness Book of World Records Museum, the Hollywood Wax Museum, and the historic Capitol Records Building are within the Hollywood District. If you plan your visit well, you can catch a show at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles' iconic entertainment venue. You can dance the night away at one of many nightclubs dotted around Hollywood. 

    The easiest way to reach Hollywood & Highland is taking Metro Rail Red Line, Metro Rapid 780 and Metro Local lines 212, 217, 222, 237, and 656. If you’re driving, there is a large parking lot underneath the shopping mall. The parking entrances are on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive.

    Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles

    Location: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard 170, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm

    Jacqui de Klerk | Contributing Writer

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