From malls to Costco: 7 best places in NJ to spot a celebrity

(L-R) Teresa Giudice, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Bruce Springsteen Neilson Barnard/Getty Images, Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows, Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images

While many believe they have to venture out to Hollywood to spot a celebrity, they often forget just how many Hollywood stars visit New Jersey for a little relaxation and excitement! Not only is Jersey home to some of the biggest names in the industry, but it also serves as a destination hotspot for a lot of the ones without any Jersey roots.

From Costco to Wawa, from our favorite malls to restaurants both fancy and fast, here is OMJ’s guide of the top places you might just encounter a celebrity. So keep your eyes peeled and you cameras ready, because this list will definitely surprise you!

Shopping malls

Garden State Plaza (Paramus)
Rapper Fetty Wap was spotted here on countless occasions. In Robin Hood-like fashion, the 25-year-old Paterson native was seen throwing almost $3K over the balcony inside the mall last November.

King Zoo ????

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Jersey girls also can’t get enough of this two-story upscale mall! Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Kathy Wakile, Siggy FlickerDolores Catania, Dina Manzo and Kim DePaola  love to shop till they drop here. You might even run into a few more reality stars, including  Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel and Jersey Shore fist pumpers Snooki and JWOWW.

Willowbrook Mall (Wayne)
While the other ladies of RHONJ are busy in Paramus, you’re bound to run into frequent shoppers Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga.

Milania having fun with her friends

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Rockaway Townsquare Mall Target (Rockaway)
Kevin and Danielle Jonas are expecting baby number two, so of course they’d stop by Target for some great deals on clothes and products.

Jersey Gardens Mall (Elizabeth)
Jersey Shore alum Angelina Pivarnick stopped by on Saturday to escape the heat wave with some Italian ice.

Much need Rita on this hot day. I love being off and enjoying life 🙂 ????????????????????

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Rails Steakhouse (Towaco)
We all know Rails is a favorite amongst all the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but did you know Nick Cannon, retired NFL star Tiki Barber and comedian Tracy Morgan have all dined here. “Champagne Problems” singer Nick Jonas and brother Kevin Jonas, who now builds houses nearby, have also grabbed a bite to eat at this establishment.

Custom cake by Chef Desiree for Melissa's birthday on Saturday at Rails. #pastrylife #railssteakhouse #melissagorga #envy

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Burger King (Denville)
Celebrities are just like us, we all have our weaknesses. Kevin and Danielle Jonas just happen to love their fast food.

Wingstop (Elizabeth)
Rapper Rick Ross, who happens to own 25 Wingstops and acts as a spokesperson, made an appearance at this location to sign autographs and took pictures.

Shout out to our partner @richforever for taking you 'backstage' and sharing the fan love.

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Samba (Montclair)
RHONJ‘s Siggy Flicker and Jacqueline Laurita love eating their Brazilian cuisine.

Make sure to watch "The Housewives of NJ on bravo season7 episode4 Samba Montclair it's on

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Ringside (Jersey City)
Fabolous loves this burger joint, which also happens to be a lounge at night!

@myfabolouslife at the White Mana #whitemana #jerseycity

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Houston’s (Hackensack)
An eclectic mix of celebrities love to stuff their faces at this American dining establishment, including NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and comedian Chris Rock.

Jerk Shack Grill (Englewood)
When DJ Envy‘s wife Gia Casey was craving some food late at night after just having a baby, they opened the kitchen for her, no questions asked.

DTS (Down The Shore)

Makeup phenom Bobbi Brown vacations in Bay Head.

Anne Hathaway and Tina Fey are big fans of Cape May.

Howard Stern likes to relax on Long Beach Island.

Jon Stewart and Bon Jovi love to kick up their feet and relax in Red Bank.

Who knows, you might even get surprised to see Taylor Swift crash another wedding like she did in Brant Beach, or catch Christina Aguilera attending another wedding like she did in Beach Haven.

Third wheel ????

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Planet Fitness (Middletown)
When he’s not out touring the world, you might catch local rocker Bruce Springsteen pumping iron at this gym.

Florham Park Fitness (Florham Park)
This place has become like a second home to fit mama Snooki. She loves to stay in shape and promote healthy lifestyle changes.

I love teaching my son about fitness and the healthy lifestyle mommy lives now for him and Giovanna ❤️ #fitmom

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Wawa (Old Bridge)
Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez loves to grab snacks from here! Her adorable little brother Marcus revealed he plans on celebrating his sister’s Olympic victories when she gets back to the United States at one of Old Bridge’s three Wawas. The winner of a gold and silver medal holds a special space for this place in her heart.

Proverbs 31:25 "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future." It's amazing how time flies. I have seen this girl work tirelessly for the last 10+ years almost everyday. Now I get to say that my little sister is representing the United States of America at the Rio Olympic Games. Watching you get announced to the team was the proudest moment as a big brother for me and one of the best moments of my life. It's crazy to think that all of your hard work has paid off but I knew from the beginning that it would. I am so unbelievably proud of you and can't wait to see what you do at Rio. You truly deserve it. Love you so much sis. To God be the Glory ❤️????????. Now time to show them what you got!

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Costco (Wayne)
RHONJ‘s Joe Gorga enjoys buying things in bulk for his big family. Not only is he a married man with three children, he also has four nieces and a bunch of cousin. He also loves to grab coffee at the Quickcheck on Valley Road in Clifton.

Food Town (Cedar Grove)
Controversial talk show host Wendy Williams loves to shop for grocery deals here. You might also spot her in Asbury Park on the special street named after her.


Atlantic City (Any major nightclub)
It’s filled with exciting nightlife, from their casinos to their nightclubs. Each week, you’ll typically find a celebrities making special appearances or partying in one of their establishments. Coco Austin and Ice T, French Montana, Scott Disick, DJ Pauly D, Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice, Triotnal and Alesso are all frequent visitors at the AC clubs!

If you missed last night's #EpicSaturday .. @djpaulyd will be back at the #poolafterdark on Saturday, September 24th!! ????????

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My partner in crime last night????❤️ @joeygorga #hatsbackwards

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Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark)
The list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the most popular airports in the country. If you really want to spot a plethora of celebrities, this is the ultimate place to be. Literally everyone from Farrah Fawcett to President Barack Obama have walked through these halls.