Visiting Beverly Hills
"Life in Beverly Hills is a game, and I make the rules." The wise words of Lisa Vanderpump, star of reality TV’s 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' She might make the rules, but luckily we’ve got enough tips to get you in the game if you fancy a taste of the Beverly Hills lifestyle when you’re visiting Los Angeles.
Where is Beverly Hills?
Possibly the most famous postcode in the world, Beverly Hills 90210 is most likely high on your to-do list if you’re coming to Los Angeles, and luckily it's easy to get to. Beverly Hills is a city neighbouring West Hollywood. If you’re staying around that area, it's best to get a taxi there. You can also get a bus from Hollywood down Santa Monica/Vine that will take about 40 minutes.
Shopping in Beverly Hills
The most famous 2-mile street in the world, Rodeo Drive isn’t just a place to shop – or window shop – until you drop, it’s a place to see and be seen. Film fans might recall Julia Roberts being thrown out of a fancy boutique in 'Pretty Woman' but it would be a big mistake – huge – if you let that scare you away from taking in the poshest-of-the-posh shops in the centre of what is known as Beverly Hills' Golden Triangle.
Beverly Hills farmers market
If you actually want to come away with something that wouldn't require you to mortgage your home, take a trip to the farmers' market. Fresh food with a side of famous faces, free entertainment and plenty of pop ups, the vibe is cool and calm here.
Take a tour
The free Beverly Hills trolley tour is a great way of getting around and making sure you don't miss out on a thing!
Take a trip down the famous Mulholland Drive
Not just a baffling David Lynch film, Mulholland Drive is an actual road. With some of the best real estate to gawk at, as well as incredible views, if you've got a car you should consider a drive.
Greystone Mansion and Gardens
At the time of its completion, it was thought to be the most expensive home ever built in California – and you can stroll these grounds for free now. The story behind this spectacular mansion is almost as awe-inspiring as the lavish architecture and décor. Visit this monument of Beverly Hills history, rich in mystery, money and murder.
Get 'the' selfie
If the price tags and people watching is enough to tyre you out, visit Beverly Gardens Park. Spanning just under 2 miles, running from Wilshire Boulevard to North Doheny Drive, the park features numerous art sculptures, a variety of gardens including the Cactus Garden and Rose Garden, the Wilshire Electric Fountain, the Doheny Fountain, a decomposed granite jogging and walking path. But the real reason to visit here is to get a photo – no, 'the' photo – under the famous Beverly Hills sign which has appeared in the opening credits of shows like Beverly Hills 90210 (and its remake) and the Real Housewives.
Peek behind the curtain
Beverly Hills is home to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, set inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. This Oscar statue surrounded theatre hosts movie premieres and other special events, most widely known for hosting the annual Academy Awards. You can visit this theatre and buy a ticket to their public exhibitions and events, getting a glimpse at the movie industry from where it all happens.
Where to eat in Beverly Hills
Nate 'n Al Deli
Nate 'n Al is an all-time favourite for locals and tourists alike, revered for its more casual vibe and hearty servings. An eclectic crowd – think the rich and famous after a discreet comfort-food binge and the young and hungover combined - also makes this a prime spot to settle in a booth and take a breather.
Establishing a solid reputation for Beverly Hills' finest Italian food for over 25 years, Il Pastaio is a great place for an indulgent feast. And because of its reputation, it attracts quite the A list crowd. Don't be surprised if you see a fair few famous faces - and paparazzi waiting outside.
The Farm of Beverly Hills
American comfort food and reasonable prices make this a much more bank-balance friendly dining spot for tourists. Settle in with a lamb burger or a homemade chilli as you watch the Beverly Hills locals go about their days. The Farm has appeared in a few reality shows as the setting of a catch up or power lunch between Housewives, real estate moguls and more, so you might even get some entertainment included with your lunch.