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How to be a Barbie girl in an LA world

With Barbie-fever showing no signs of abating, let your passion for all things pink extend to the ultimate Los Angeles itinerary

It’s topped box offices around the country, and seen queues of people posing for ‘that shot’ inside the famous Barbie Dreamhouse box within their local cinema. The film has made a ginormous $1 billion globally, making Greta Gerwig the highest-grossing female director of all time in the US.

Have the sun-soaked scenes from the film got you pondering a trip to the City of Angels? With much of the film being filmed on the streets and sets of LA, here are the best (and pinkest) corners of the city for a Barbie-themed experience.


Hang by the beach in Malibu: Enjoy a little zen, sea, and sun in Malibu, LA’s most famous, exclusive, and laid-back beach town, perfect for any Barbie Girl.

Roller Blade alongside the beach in Vencie, where Barbie and Ken (aka Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling) were filmed for the upcoming movie.

Shop ‘til you drop on Abbot Kinney: A mile-long stretch of shops, restaurants and galleries with options ranging from retro looks to the latest in fashion – will you style yourself as workout, beachside or air hostess Barbie? The options on Abbot Kinney are endless, just like Barbie’s outfits!

Hike to The Hollywood Sign: Both Barbie and The Hollywood Sign have a lot to celebrate in 2023! This year marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic Hollywood Sign, and Bikes and Hikes offers engaging tours for Barbie and Ken to catch amazing views of the sign and learn historical fun facts.

Visit the World of Barbie: This summer, discover, explore, and revel in the iconic lifestyle and many careers of Barbie through a wide selection of interactive activities at the World of Barbie pop up in Santa Monica.

Barbie World

Brunch at The Ivy: Infused with pink accents, The Ivy on Robertson is a Los Angeles icon, known as a place to see and be seen. It’s the perfect spot for any Barbie girl to grab a bite in style.

Get a Barbie blow-out at Cie Salon: Barbie and Ken aren’t complete without their signature polished, bleach blonde hairstyles. Visitors can get the Barbie look at Cie Salon at the Malibu Country Mart, known for perfecting the classic “Californian Blonde.”

Abbot Kinney

Soak up the Sun at Hotel June: Just a few miles from the heart of Venice Beach, Hotel June West L.A. is a nod to the free-thinking spirit of California featuring inviting design of mid-century pinks and terrazzo. In true Barbie fashion, Hotel June welcomes guests to bring their furry friends along to enjoy the sunny paradise together.

Enjoy a hotdog at Pink’s: A true Hollywood legend, Pinks Hot Dogs has a selection of hot dogs to enjoy, set against the back drop of bright pink walls.

Grab a rooftop rosé at Perch: With sweeping view of Los Angeles, Perch provides the perfect, scenic spot for any Barbie looking for a sunset happy hour downtown.

Take a picture by the Pink Wall: Every Barbie Girl needs a photo opp in front of Melrose’s iconic, Instagrammable Pink Wall.