Where to spot a celebrity in North Jersey

New Jersey is often beloved by celebrities, many of whom call the Garden State home. There are plenty of destinations in North Jersey that are celebrity hotspots, perfect for spotting a Jonas brother, Real Housewife or athlete. Check out our list of where to spot a celebrity in North Jersey below.


Many celebrities live in this small town of less than 2,000 inhabitants. It’s about 15 miles north of Manhattan, so it’s very convenient for Alps natives to travel to the big city for appearances, dinners, and other events. Residents include rappers Lil Kim, Ja Rule, Rev Run, musician Stevie Wonder, and comedians Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan.


Neighboring Alpine, Cresskill is another small town in the New York metropolitan area. Mary J. Blige, the award-winning singer and actress, bought a house in Cresskill for $2 million in 2001 that she still owns to this day. NBA legend Patrick Ewing also owns a house — er, a mansion — in Cresskill that he rents out for $25,000 a day.

American Dream Mall | 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford

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New Jersey’s newest tourist attraction, this literal mega-mall, draws plenty of celebrities, who make scheduled appearances or stop in to admire the scenery. The Ferris wheel is a favorite with visitors, but the ice rink and upscale shops also draw a celebrity crowd. In fact, Teresa Giudice was just taking a ride on the Ferris wheel.

The Brownstone | 351 W Broadway, Paterson

This place is owned and operated by The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Caroline and Albert Manzo, so it attracts many of their famous friends. Of course, the Manzos themselves can also be spotted touring their catering and event organization business. Fairytale landscapes, great food and famous guests – the perfect place to spend a night.

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Clary Anderson Arena | 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair

Ariana Grande laced her skates in this arena in 2018 to celebrate the release of Thank you, next. It still hosts a celebrity game every year, as well as private parties, free skates and hockey tournaments.

Craig D’s | 228 Washington Avenue, Small Ferry

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Due to its location just two miles from Teterboro Airport, many celebrities pass by Craig D’s to grab a slice before heading to the private terminal. It also serves great pies, so pizza-loving stars frequent the restaurant to satisfy their cravings.

Envy By Melissa Gorga | 7 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

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After a successful six-year stint at its Montclair location, Real Housewife of New Jersey Melissa Gorga closed the Montclair store and opened her second boutique in Ridgewood. The second outpost is still brand new, having opened only a few months ago. Her castmates and friends flock to the store to buy clothes and accessories.

Garden State Square | paramus

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Kevin Jonas is a frequent customer of this high-end mall which has 300 stores. It has been open since 1957 and is one of the most profitable malls in the United States. several episodes of The Sopranos were filmed here, although the show called it Paramus Mall.

The Short Hills Mall | 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills

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The full Jonas Brothers trio caused a stir when they visited this upscale mall in 2011. Designer brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Cartier serve as bait for some of the area’s biggest stars, who frequent the upscale center.

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MetLife Stadium | 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford

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Of course, the easiest way to see a celebrity is to attend a concert or football game at MetLife, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. Naturally, celebrities soak up the culture like we do, and other athletes, especially the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders, have been known to watch football games. Dr. Oz was even spotted at the arena recently.

Rails Steakhouse | 10 Whitehall Road, Towaco

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This new upscale restaurant in Morris County is a celebrity hotspot. Nick Jonas and Nick Cannon were spotted enjoying the menu, and the space also serves as a frequent backdrop for The Real Housewives of New Jersey events.

Sugar Tree Coffee | 358 Passaic Avenue, Nutley

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Bursting with Instagram opportunities, the Sugar Tree Cafe is decorated with luxurious flowers that literally hang from the ceiling. Teresa Giudice and Fetty Wap were photographed there recently. The café has also attracted the likes of DJ Envy and boxer Edgar Berlanga.

Teterboro International Airport | 111 Industrial Avenue, Teterboro

Privacy is what attracts celebrities to Teterboro, who often opt for the smaller airport due to its limited access. Private planes also operate from Teterboro, making it a frequent stop for high profile athletes and celebrities.

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