It can almost be guaranteed that when in Beverly Hills, you’ll spot a movie or TV star. The area is known for celebrity sightings, whether they’re popping into a high-end boutique or getting in a workout at the popular SoulCycle studio before they begin their workday.
And the neighborhood itself is a star in its own right: From “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Clueless” in the 1990s to current reality shows based in the city, Beverly Hills has been well represented on the silver screen. The crown jewel of the neighborhood, however, will always be Rodeo Drive, beckoning visitors from all over to shop the myriad luxury retailers.
Beverly Hills’ long-standing reputation as a must-visit destination in Los Angeles is undying, as other areas beyond Rodeo are tempting visitors with new storefronts and eateries. “Canon Drive has evolved in the past year as a vibrant dining destination with several new openings, including … The Palm, Wally’s Vinoteca, Shiki Beverly Hills and Le Mervetty,” explains Joyce Louie, chef concierge at Montage Beverly Hills.
Whether you come for the shopping or the fine dining, you’re sure to have an experience that’s second to none in Beverly Hills.
1. “Active travelers are tired of hotel gyms and running paths. Try one of the innovative barre classes at PHYSIQUE 57 BEVERLY HILLS, incorporating cardio, strength training, stretching and recovery to rapidly transform your body.” (320 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-271-0570; physique57.com) —James Little, chef concierge at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
2. “My favorite go-to restaurant in Beverly Hills is MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE. A well-established destination, Mastro’s delivers with consistency on every level. Not only do they have amazing steak (a given), but the seafood selection is enormous. Delicious cocktails, side dishes and even a choice from live music on their second floor to the disc jockey spinning tunes at their penthouse level, Mastro’s is an ultimate evening destination. Be sure to leave room for one of their fantastic desserts. My personal choice is the butter cake.” (246 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-888-8782; mastrosrestaurants.com) —Sarah Dandashy, concierge at The London West Hollywood
3. “SPAGHETTINI AND THE DAVE KOZ LOUNGE … has a calendar with modern jazz combined with great food and a state-of-the-art lounge. It’s not too loud for conversations. … Cecil Kepner and Stephanie Cisneros are the managers and are very involved in … offering personalized service; they even bring out a little pedestal table for your purse.” (184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-424-4600; spaghettinibh.com) —Christine Grimm, chef concierge at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
4. “Explore the major department stores and beautiful storefronts along Wilshire Boulevard, including BARNEYS NEW YORK, NEIMAN MARCUS and ST. JOHN.” (Barneys: 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-276-4400; barneys.com) (Neiman Marcus: 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-550-5900; neimanmarcus.com) (St. John: 9536 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-858-1116; discoverstjohn.com) —Joyce Louie, chef concierge at Montage Beverly Hills
5. “Check out BODYLINE PILATES FITNESS by Maria Leone. Our VIP [guests] love this Pilates studio for private and semiprivate sessions.” (9171 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. A, Beverly Hills; 310-274-2716; bodylinela.com) —Christine Grimm, chef concierge at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
6. “[I] recommend SCOOP NYC, as it offers a range of luxury designer brands that are with the current fashion trends.” (265 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-362-6100; scoopnyc.com) —Kristina Martindale, chef concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
7. “Although it’s nothing unique to Los Angeles, SOULCYCLE, which was born and bred in New York City, has made its way to Los Angeles, and Angelenos are along for the ride. It’s trendy, it’s hip … and, if you’re looking for a workout outside of your normal routine, it’s a must.” (9465 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-675-7685; soul-cycle.com) —Lori Trimble, chef concierge at SLS Beverly Hills
8. “CUT BEVERLY HILLS is awesome. It’s a steakhouse inside the landmark Beverly Wilshire hotel. It’s a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and it’s amazing. The steaks are superb, and the service is the tops. The servers take guests through the menu and describe each meal. It’s a very upscale steakhouse.” (9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-276-8500; wolfgangpuck.com) —Kelvin Jarrett, chef concierge at Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
9. “For those seeking something different than the usual shopping spree in Beverly Hills, THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA is a must. The only museum in downtown Beverly Hills, The Paley Center focuses on the history of media and society while housing an extensive collection of TV and radio programs. So step inside and view an episode of your favorite childhood show—the more obscure, the better.” (465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-786-1000; paleycenter.org) —Sarah Dandashy, concierge at The London West Hollywood
10. “Lets face it, nothing screams Beverly Hills like RODEO DRIVE. Whether you’re lunching at 208 Rodeo overlooking the re-creation of the Spanish steps or shopping until you drop with all the major luxury brands, there is no denying the power of the most recognizable and iconic street address in the world.” —James Little, chef concierge at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Written by Kirsti Correa