Cast of Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies in Monterey

Big Little Lies

Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies.
Photo courtesy: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/courtesy of HBO

Step into the scene at these local sites featured in the HBO series Big Little Lies.

By Blane Bachelor

The wind-swept beaches, rugged coastline, and moody landscapes of the Monterey Peninsula have as much of a starring role in the hit HBO series Big Little Lies as the A-list cast, which includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.

This Italian favorite in Fisherman's Wharf is a popular spot for fans to grab a cuppa and served as the inspiration for the Blue Blues coffeeshop, where the ladies gathered throughout the first season.

Big Little Lies - Paluca Trattoria

Paluca Trattoria
Photo courtesy: Casey Cameron

Jane (Woodley) dives into a new job at this popular attraction in the second season, and falls for another aquarium employee.

Big Little Lies - Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Photo courtesy: Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Pacific Grove park and the beach served as the backdrop for several scenes in the first season — from minor dust-ups to major drama — and returned in the second season as the location of the ladies' coffee klatch: the Blissful Drip Cafe, built on location by the production and donated to the town when filming wrapped.