Beverly Hills is one of the best known (and expensive) neighbourhoods on Earth. Featured in countless movies, TV shows and books, this is a must-see hotspot when visiting Los Angeles. Even though it’s extremely famous, Beverly Hills is a small area of just 5.7 square miles, but there is still much to see and do. Below are seven recommendations.
BEVERLY HILLS SIGN
If you go to Beverly Hills without taking a picture in front of the sign, you’ve really missed a trick. This is the perfect way to start your day in the world’s most famous zip code. The sign is inside Beverly Gardens Park between North Canon Drive and North Beverly Drive. After you’ve seen the sign, take a short stroll through the park’s 11-block pedestrian trail, which spans from Wilshire Boulevard to North Doheny Drive and all the way to Santa Monica Boulevard. You’ll see extravagant art sculptures, a beautiful cactus garden and many water features. It’s a very peaceful walk, and a good way to get away from all the chaos of the city.
A short walk from Beverly Gardens Park is the famous Rodeo Drive. It’s the main shopping district in Beverly Hills, filled with every high-end fashion store you can think of. From Prada to Louis Vuitton to Gucci, this is the perfect place to window shop (or treat yourself if you have some money to blow). You don’t have to be a shopaholic to enjoy what Rodeo Drive has to offer. If you’re lucky, you might spot a celebrity, model or designer walking through the district. You can people watch, look at the fancy cars driving down the street and even head over to Beverly Wilshire where Pretty Woman was filmed. After that, go and check out the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and snap a photo or two.
This is the only place on earth where you can get a fresh, gourmet cupcake out of an ATM machine! No matter what time of day you visit, you can always count on there being a fresh batch of delicious baked goods waiting to be eaten. The ATM machine is located just outside Sprinkles Bakery. The employees stock up the machine throughout the day, up until they leave, to make sure that even those with a late-night cupcake craving can get their fix. The word on the street is that the red velvet cupcake is the best.
Tagine is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that will make you feel as though you just walked right into the heart of Marrakesh. With plush pillows, exotic lamps, candles and colourful tapestries, it provides a really cozy, relaxing and intimate atmosphere. The best part about Tagine is, of course, the food. Chef Ben Benameur does an amazing job of sticking to the true Moroccan culture. He blends together tradition with the trendy scene of Beverly Hills in a way that will leave your taste buds wanting more. If you’re not sure if you like Moroccan food, go for the tasting menu and try a bit of everything. You definitely won’t be disappointed.
BEVERLY HILLS FARMERS MARKET
What better way to experience a new place than to indulge in the local food? The Beverly Hills Farmers Market is a weekly market with over 60 vendors. Open for business on Sundays between 9 am and 1 pm, you can always expect some amazing live music, and even a petting zoo. There are frequently special events taking place, such as the Picklefest, Pie Bake and even cooking classes for kids. Buy yourself some flowers or a delicious smoothie to start you Sunday morning off right before brunching your heart out.
The Greystone Mansion was built by Edward L. Doheny Jr. and his wife Lucy in 1927. The mansion has 55 rooms and is worth over $1.2 million dollars. It has its own bowling alley, movie theatre, games room and living quarters suited for 15 servants. Edward Doheny was tragically murdered inside the mansion after living there for just 5 short months. His wife sold the estate in 1955, after which it was used for events and films until the city of Beverly Hills bought it in 1965. Now, the mansion is open to the public daily and guests are free to walk around this beautiful property. You can even get married there! How cool is that?
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Citizen is a local spot for classic LA cuisine. After a long day of running around 90210, end your day here and sit by the fire pits while enjoying tiki inspired iconic drinks from the 1960s. You’ll feel like a true Beverly Hills resident at this swanky spot. Plus, the food is absolutely to die for. Although it’s a bit pricey, it’s definitely worth every penny. Citizen serves up brunch food, lunch and dinner menus.
Whether you come to Beverly Hills to shop, eat, stay, people watch or just pass through quickly, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a vibrant part of Los Angeles that is always bustling with tourists, residents and celebrities. Just make sure you don’t forget your walking shoes!