Things to See in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills History
Rodeo Drive, opulent mansions, and movie stars galore: this is the real thing, and visiting Beverly Hills will hit you with more “I can’t believe it!” moments than almost anywhere else. Whether it’s the flashy cars zooming down Wilshire Boulevard, the glitzy people walking down the street, or the outrageous price tags at Saks or Barneys, in Beverly Hills, everything pops – including your own eyes.
Rodeo Drive is the undisputed hub of this most fashionable of Los Angeles enclaves, so going for a walk and (window) shopping here is a must. Appearances and reputation aside, shopkeepers and employees here are not the snooty aristocrats they’ve been made out to be. Feel free to browse to your heart’s content. Be aware, however, that some shops are open by appointment only.
Second to shopping here is star-spotting. While recent years have seen some stars move out to more remote locales, this is still the place to see a celebrity. Although just being here will help your chances, you can also buy a star map and go for a drive past some of your favorite celebrities’ digs. For the best example of luxury living, head to the 55-room English Tudor-style Greystone Mansion, the city’s largest.
Set right between Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Hills mansions is Beverly Gardens Park, a perfect respite from the city’s glossy, almost blinding veneer. Take some time for a stroll here if you need a rest.
Speaking of rest, it’s a no-brainer that Beverly Hills offers some of the finest accommodation in Los Angeles if, of course, you can afford it. Make reservations at the landmark, expansive Beverly Wilshire or head to boutique Maison 140, if only for drinks among the glitterati at its ultra-hip bar.