Top 10 "Don't Miss" Things to Do in Beverly Hills
Whether you have a day off during a business trip or conference, are passing through Beverly Hills as part of a larger California adventure or simply have a free day to fill on your Beverly Hills vacation, deciding between the many local sites, tastes, activities and attractions can be a challenge. After all: there’s something new to discover each time you make a trip to the world’s most famous zip code, and you could spend an entire day just people watching and celebrity spotting alone!
With careful planning and a well-mapped itinerary, however, you can fit an impressive amount into even the shortest of trips. Plan to hit these don’t-miss spots during one perfect day in Beverly Hills, to sample the very best the city has to offer—and get some inspiration for your return getaway.
1. Beverly Hills Sign & Lily Pond
Your trip to Beverly Hills isn’t complete without a snap in front of the Beverly Hills sign, located in Beverly Gardens Park, between North Canon Drive and North Beverly Drive. Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in the city, this 40-foot sign will set a perfect postcard background for your selfie or group shot—just tag it with #LoveBevHills to join fellow Instagrammers celebrating your trip! After documenting the stop, keep strolling down Beverly Gardens Park’s eleven-block pedestrian trail to take in your next must-see attraction.
2. Hymn of Life: Tulips
Taking in all of the art in Beverly Hills warrants an itinerary all on its own, but you can catch a glimpse of what the city has to offer on your stroll of Beverly Gardens Park. Located just one block west of the Beverly Hills sign is Hymn of Life: Tulips by Yayoi Kusama. The piece depicts three large tulips and reflects Kusama’s whimsical style of using dots as a recurring motif in her work. Installed in 2007, this larger-than-life, colorful sculpture is one of more than 60 pieces of public art that can be found throughout the city.
3. Rodeo Drive
From Hymn of Life, it’s just a quick walk down Rodeo Drive to the main shopping district in Beverly Hills. Prada, Cartier, Chanel, Gucci and the newly opened—and incredibly designed—Louis Vuitton flagship are just a few of the fashion houses in the walkable shopping district, which is anchored by the pedestrian-only Two Rodeo Drive. Make sure to check out some of the newest offerings on the famed shopping street, like the renovated Ralph Lauren flagship or Emporio Armani’s sleek new space.
You don’t even have to be a shopper to enjoy all that Rodeo Drive has to offer: end your Rodeo experience at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, which was the iconic setting of Pretty Woman.
4. The Grill on the Alley
After a morning of walking, it’s time for lunch at quintessential Beverly Hills eatery The Grill on the Alley. Enjoy classic American fare—like sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads—or make a reservation for dinner to enjoy a wide selection of steaks and chops. This is also a great spot for celebrity spotting, as it often claims a spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of "Hollywood’s Top 25 Power Lunch Spots" in Los Angeles.
5. Greystone Mansion & Gardens: The Doheny Estate
Historic estates pepper the residential areas of Beverly Hills, including Greystone Mansion & Gardens—a sprawling Tudor Revival on an estate built by the Doheny family. If you are a cinephile, you may recognize this registered historic landmark as a shooting location for films including The Bodyguard, The Social Network and Spider-Man. Wander the manicured gardens and courtyard that surround the mansion, making sure to catch a glance of the impressive fountain and pool.
6. Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media makes watching television a truly cultural experience. This non-profit museum has over 160,000 programs spanning almost 100 years in its permanent collection, making it the foremost public archive of television and radio programming in the United States. Search the archives for one of your favorite episodes (they’re bound to have it!), or discover something new to you. The center has both individual consoles and family consoles that fit up to four people for you to watch or listen to your program.
7. Sprinkles ATM
Indulge your sweet tooth 24/7 at the world’s first cupcake ATM, located just outside the famed Sprinkles bakery. Like a yummier version of its cash counterpart, this high-tech touchscreen machine grabs your favorite cupcake and dispenses it in seconds. No matter what time you visit, you can count on the cupcake ATM to have the signature red velvet cupcake in stock, along with a rotating selection of daily offerings—all restocked throughout the day and before the last employee leaves at night.
8. The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills may be tiny, but its selection and aromas are mighty. Touted as the “Mecca for cheese aficionados,” the shop has a selection of more than 500 different types of cheeses selected by longtime owner Norbert Wabnig. To a Cheese Store newbie, the selection can be overwhelming, but the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to help.
9. Tomoko Spa
Whether you’re treating yourself to a mani/pedi, a soothing massage, or a rejuvenating body therapy, Beverly Hills has world-class spas that offer the very best in pampering services. New to the scene is Tomoko Spa, which takes a healing approach to massage. From the moment you slide into the spa’s slippers and Zen out in the pre-treatment relaxation area with tea through your last taste of post-massage mochi ice cream, the experience is pure relaxation—and pure bliss.
End your perfect Beverly Hills day with a drink at £10 (Ten Pound) Bar. Tucked away on the second floor of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel, the speakeasy-themed haunt offers craft cocktails, fine wine and a secluded outdoor terrace that overlooks Beverly Canon Gardens. As the only official US outpost of The Macallan, £10 has an immense selection of the single malt Scotch whisky—poured over an ice sphere of water imported from the Scottish Highlands (as it should be). Make a reservation for your luxurious nightcap as this intimate bar has limited space.
Updated: February 27, 2017