Our LA correspondent Simone Vollmer reveals the latest hot spots around Hollywood.
In the summer everything is about higher, faster, further - and above all: cooler.
At the "Summer X Games", the unofficial world championship of fun sports (3.-6.8., Www.expn.com), more than 300 skateboarders, wakeboarders and BMX riders are chasing breakneck courses. The soundtrack to deliver cult bands like Dead Kennedy or Bif Naked.
Eva Longoria and Co. can not be wrong: their new sacred hall is called "Harmony" (198 South Beverly Drive, www.harmonyla.com). Here they browse for hours for outfits from Jak & Rae or Voom. At "Kitson" (115 South Robertson Blvd, www.shopkitson.com), Heidi Klum and the Hilton Sisters not only buy clothes, they also find their last-minute gifts here. The German Susanne Zenker has created with "Horn" (140 South Robertson Blvd, www.hornfashion.com) an oasis for exclusive brands like Chloé, but also bargains. Star spotting included: Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore and Brittany Murphy are regular customers there.
Even Hollywood takes a break - preferably in the "Ivy" (113 North Robertson Blvd). Our tip: At noon, Sharon Stone or X-Man star Hugh Jackman sit at the next table rather than at dinner. Those who prefer to listen to the sound of the snack can visit the "Waterfront Café" (205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice). Favorite drink: German beer.
Those who want to fall straight into bed after the party should check in at "The Standard" (8300 Sunset Blvd, www.standardhotel.com, double room from 120 Euro). Cool pool parties! The "W Hotel in Westwood" is the number one address. Relax, wonderful spa: double room from 240 euros. Santa Monica offers with the "Sea Shore Motel" a cheap, pretty motel near the beach (double room from 95 Euro).
Probably the most exclusive club is the "Xenii" - every Saturday in a new, top secret location: from the movie studio to the villa in Malibu. Women pay 200 euros monthly membership fee, men at least 500. That may even be too expensive Hollywood stars. They can be found in the "Lax" - probably the only club in the Paris Hilton can not go in because she has blasphemed Nicole Ritchie's ex, DJ AM. Bad luck that hangs up there ...