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, you can fit an impressive amount into even the shortest of trips. Plan to visit 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, installed in 2007, depicts three large tulips and reflects Kusama’s whimsical style of using dots as a recurring motif in her work. Beverly Hills is home to many incredible works of art available for the enjoyment of the public.
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 Louis Vuitton flagship store are just a few of the fashion houses in the easily walkable area, which is anchored by the pedestrian-only Two Rodeo Drive.
You don’t even have to be a shopper to enjoy all that Rodeo Drive has to offer: complete your Rodeo experience at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, which was the iconic setting of Pretty Woman.
4. Spago L’exterieur
After a morning of walking, it’s time not just for lunch, but to experience Spago L’exterieur – the 6,500-square-foot transparent tent – more like an outdoor garden, an extension of one of the most iconic and popular restaurants in the city. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills on Canon Drive, enjoy Chef Wolfgang Puck’s innovative market-driven menus and exceptional level of service for which the restaurant is best known.
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 through the manicured gardens and courtyard surrounding the mansion, and catch a glimpse of the impressive fountain and pool.
6. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a dynamic cultural treasure and community resource where local, national and international artists share their work with ever-expanding audiences. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, The Wallis is distinguished by its eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its location in the entertainment capital of the world. The Wallis has produced and presented more than 275 dance, theater, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs since its doors opened in October 2013.
Designed by acclaimed architect Zoltan E. Pali, the restored building features the original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places), which serves as the theater's dramatic welcoming lobby, and includes the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater; the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater and an inviting open-air plaza for family, community and other performances.
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.
8. The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills may be small, 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 full body rejuvanation, Beverly Hills has world-class spas that offer the very best in pampering services. Tomoko Spa brings a healing approach to their services, offering treaments that replenish the body and soul . 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.
10. Wally's Beverly Hills
End your perfect Beverly Hills day with a drink at Wally’s Beverly Hills, an elegant yet casual restaurant encompassing a cheese shop and a wine and spirits retail store. Wally’s Beverly Hills is designed to be a one-stop shop for everything delicious – including cheese, specialty meats, caviar and artisanal chocolates. With their peerless selection of rare spirits, extraordinary gourmet fare, and a list of over 100 wines by-the-glass to explore, a trip to Wally’s is a journey to the world’s finest vineyards.
Still looking for ideas? Explore and discover all that Beverly Hills has to offer here.
Revised April 15, 2021