What to Do in Beverly Hills?
Were those 10 inch heels? From our bistro table, we watched a parade of stilettos and Ferraris zoom by. Forget Paris and NYC Fashion Runways! These front row seats at the LUXE Rodeo Drive Hotel’s sidewalk cafe offer the best people watching to the most famous outdoor catwalk in the world. Here is a list of the top things to do in Beverly Hills!
Beverly Hills is a central location to venture out and explore the Los Angeles area from Hollywood, Santa Monica, to Disneyland & Universal Studios and the VIP Studio Tour at Warner Brothers! There’s so much to do in Los Angeles, it’s hard to know where to start.
We stayed in the heart of L.A., at the LUXE Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills, and found 7 favorite things to do! Next trip we will try out 50 more things to do for FREE – provided by the Beverly Hills Tourism Office – see below.
Top 7 Things to Do + 50 Free Things to Do
Start on world-famous Rodeo Drive and visit renowned shops like Prada, Hermes, Gucci, Fende, Ferragamo, and more. You’ll find high-end fashion boutiques and designer stores on every block.
People & Star Watch:
What list of Beverly Hills would be complete without being on the the lookout for stars! Sometimes the best entertainment is people watching, especially in Beverly Hills. You might even have a celebrity sighting! Keep a lookout for paparazzi arriving just before the star makes their appearance. If you want to take a Starline Tour, you can find out where celebrities have lived since 1935. Or check out TimeOut Los Angeles guide to see where the stars live, eat and play.
Avenues of Art & Design:
Looking for art and design? You’ll find plenty of shops, cafes, art galleries, design boutiques along Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard, and La Cienega Boulevard. The Pacific Design Center is open to the public. Stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has a is located on the west corner of the PDC, open Tuesday – Sunday.
Beautiful Beverly Hills Estates:
Driving down palm lined streets and see elegant, one-of-a-kind properties in nearby neighborhoods is a must as you visit Beverly Hills.
Check the dates for farmer’s markets, where you meet farmers and produce vendors from the area, and sample fresh fruits, baked goods, and can find a variety of crafts.
Our concierge at our LUXE Rodeo Hotel pointed out, “just minutes from the hotel sits L.A.’s historic “Museum Row.” Situated on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile, you’ll find the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Peterson Automotive Museum, The George C. Page Museum of La Brea discoveries and the La Brea Tar Pits. Adjacent to Museum Row is the famed Third Street Farmers’ Market featuring “The Grove,” its newest outdoor mall with specialty shops and entertainment. And if you have time, visit The Getty Center. The stunning Richard Meier-designed facility houses major collections from around the world and boasts a stunning view of the city and coastline. Park below and take their shuttle up to this expansive assortment of aesthetic goods, considered one of the foremost attractions in Beverly Hills.”
Visit nearby neighborhoods
Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, Downtown L.A. Some ideas on what to do in each of these neighborhoods, see below.
- Santa Monica and visit the Pier, ride the Ferris Wheel, walk the 3rd Street Promenade or Montana Ave where you’ll find boutiques and galleries, or Ocean Avenue where you can have the best view of the sunset. Don’t miss the Beach Boardwalk where you can stroll, cycle, or rollerblade on the beach.
- Downtown LA: Be sure to visit the 1st street in L.A. – Olvera Street, where you can hear mariachis singing while eating taquitos and delicious Mexican food. Lots of crafts stalls along this historic street. Shop at the Garment District for clothes bargains. Watch a game at Dodger’s Stadium, or see a show at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or the new Walt Disney Concert Hall.
- Hollywood: See the 2,500 brass stars on the Walk of Fame or The Hollywood Wax Museum, Mann’s Chinese Theater, the Ripley’s Museum. Hike up to the iconic Hollywood sign and visit Griffith Park where you’ll find 50+ miles of trails and 150 native plant species. The Griffith Park Observatory is open to the public for stargazing too!
PLUS 50 FREE Things to Do!
Beverly Hills isn’t just for the “rich and famous”. We found a list from the Tourism Office of 50 free things to do in this city for everyone and every budget.
Where to dine?
There are several places to dine in Beverly Hills and here are a few of our favorites from this trip:
1. On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge:
We highly recommend this laid-back bistro. You can dine indoors or alfresco and watch the activity on Rodeo Drive. Our group had breakfast on the sidewalk of Rodeo Drive and loved the French Toast with fresh wild berries and the eggs benedict.
2. Spago Beverly Hills
This is another favorite that had to make it into our Top things to do in Beverly Hills List!
We will continue to add to this list on our next trip, so check back for more recommendations.
We are grateful to the LUXE Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills and staff that hosted us during our stay. Until next time Beverly Hills!