I had lunch at Al’s Pancake World and got coffee from Luke’s Diner.
Fans traveling to Connecticut to visit the home of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore aren’t able to shop at Doose’s Market or grab coffee at Luke’s Diner IRL. That’s because Stars Hollow is a fictional town created for Gilmore Girls. However, you can visit where Gilmore Girls was filmed at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California anytime. Right now may be the best time for fans, because for a limited time, Stars Hollow has been recreated on the backlot for fans to see. I visited the Gilmore Girls set for its holiday pop-up, and the immersive experience will make you feel like you’re actually spending the day in Stars Hollow.
Talk about a dream come true. Just for the holidays, the Warner Bros. Studios has incorporated a Holidays Made Here section of their tour that allows you to walk around Stars Hollow. It’s not just empty sets on a backlot that only eagle-eyed fans will be able to recognize, either. The entire Stars Hollow set has been made over so it looks just like it did in Gilmore Girls. That means you can grab Luke’s Diner coffee and browse antiques outside of Kim’s Antiques. You can also shop from Doose’s Market and pick up some essentials from Stars Hollow Books.
Diehard fans will be excited to see the Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow set even has Al’s Pancake World you can eat lunch at. Considering the restaurant known for its international cuisine is never seen on the show, this makes the Gilmore Girls tour at the Warner Bros. Studio a one-of-a-kind experience for fans. The Holidays Made Here experience is part of the regular studio tour that is happening now through Jan. 1, 2023, and tickets are just $69. Along with spotting Gilmore Girls easter eggs around every corner, here is everything you can do in Stars Hollow this season.
At each one of the stores in Stars Hollow, you can pick up a free button to show whether you’re Team Jess, Team Dean, or Team Logan. I, of course, picked up a Team Jess button to wear proudly around. I also asked most of the staff which buttons were winning, and Jess seemed to be the most popular followed by Logan. Unfortunately, the Dean buttons were not very popular and were overwhelmingly chosen by some Supernatural fans who like Jared Padalecki.
You can really live like a Gilmore — aka eat all day — in Stars Hollow. They have tons of lunch options and snack carts throughout the Gilmore Girls set. I stopped to grab some Luke’s Diner coffee and Lorelai’s favorite Pop-Tarts. They also had Twinkies, apple fritters, and Emily Gilmore’s famous apple tart from her annual Christmas party.
While you won’t be able to enjoy Sookie’s zucchini soup, you can take a break and eat your snacks in front of the Dragonfly Inn. They have tables out front where you can relax, or you can pose for some Insta pics on the porch in front of the sign.
It wouldn’t be a visit to Stars Hollow without browsing Kim’s Antiques for a bit. You can’t go inside the shop, but there are items out on the lawn like in the show. There’s also the sign out front for you to snap a pic with.
For the first time ever, you can actually go inside Al’s Pancake World. This week, the menu features pizza, chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, and egg rolls. You know, everything you would expect from a restaurant that has different international cuisine on the menu.
For fans of the reboot, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the Warner Bros. Studio backlot also has nods to that as well. You can find the secret bar that is featured in the Netflix series right next to the Stars Hollow Gazette, which Rory takes over in the reboot.
You can recreate scenes from Gilmore Girls by walking along the shops in Stars Hollow. You can also stop in either the Stars Hollow Boutique or Stars Hollow Books to buy things like a Chilton uniform or Luke’s Diner mug. They even had a recreation of Lorelai’s pink coat from the OG series and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life that you could add to your closet.
While you’re shopping in Stars Hollow, you have to stop by the Doose’s Market setup. Outside you’ll find fake produce that you can pose with as if you’re actually shopping for groceries. They even have Doose’s Market tote bags you can use for an Insta photo in front of the store. Unfortunately, you can’t go in to see aisle three, where Rory and Dean share their first kiss.
If you’re someone like me who rewatches the entire series at least once a year, you’ll be able to spot all the easter eggs in Stars Hollow. The big store next to Luke’s Diner has a ton of posters on the walls that will make super fans LOL, like Rory’s Ice Cream Queen poster and a map of Stars Hollow divided by Luke and Lorelai’s sections.
Aside from the gazebo, the most iconic location in Stars Hollow is Luke’s Diner. It’s a must to take a picture with while you’re visiting the Gilmore Girls set. However, you might want to order a cup of coffee before with a Luke’s Diner sleeve so you can be holding Luke’s Diner coffee while standing under the Luke’s Diner sign. It just adds to the authenticity.
Fans didn’t get to see Rory attend Stars Hollow High School for very long on the show, but it’s where she met Dean and also where Lane Kim touched Rich Bloomenfeld's hair. Stop by the steps of Stars Hollow High during your visit to the Gilmore Girls set. You may also recognize the filming location as Rosewood High School from Pretty Little Liars as well.
At the center of Stars Hollow, you’ll find the iconic gazebo where Lorelai and Luke finally said “I do” and Rory revealed to her mom that she is pregnant. You can pose for pictures on the gazebo and right next to it is the snowman contest from Season 2 that features Rory and Lorelai’s Bjork snowman. You’ll definitely want to get a picture with the infamous snowman along with the Stars Hollow sign as well.
Since this is an extra experience added onto the regular Warner Bros. Studio Tour, you’ll get to see filming locations for other shows you know and love too. For the holidays, you can visit the Friends fountain and take a picture on the iconic orange couch. There’s also Phoebe Buffay’s taxi cab right outside Stars Hollow and inside the Friends Central Perk Café, you’ll get to see the Holiday Armadillo costume.
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