Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills sparkles as the epitome of glamour and excitement, a place where dreams come true. But how can you break through the mystique and make this city your own? We asked Jeanne Mills, Chef Concierge at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), to share recommendations for the best attractions within this exclusive Los Angeles enclave and beyond. Below, she reveals what to do in Beverly Hills, including which restaurants and boutiques are best for celebrity sightings, and which activities are best suited for culture, adventure and family fun.
Dining in Beverly Hills
For a casual-cool spot with a local crowd and creative kitchen, taste Picca’s innovative Peruvian tapas with a Japanese flair and impressive cocktail menu. The best pizza in town can be found at Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Pizzeria Mozza, where lucky patrons can sit at the pizza bar and watch the masters work their magic.
At the Hotel, indulge in al fresco dining on a sidewalk patio overlooking fashionable Rodeo Drive at THE Blvd. Or experience the talents of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the Michelin-starred steakhouse CUT; the artful interior is reflected in its à la carte menu, with dishes like Japanese Wagyu beef and slow simmered seafood as the main attractions.
Rich arts and culture offerings are as ubiquitous in Beverly Hills as sunshine and palm trees; there is no shortage of opportunities to stoke creative spirits. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is home to more than 100,000 works of Islamic and Japanese art and pieces from prominent Latin American and Southern California artists.
Continue the international education and walk around the corner to Ray’s and Stark Bar for fresh Mediterranean food and cocktails. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is the only museum in LA devoted exclusively to contemporary art and features paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film and installations created from 1940 to present day.
Further afield, Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum boasts one of the finest private collections of European, American and Asian art in the world. On the outskirts of Malibu and modelled after a first-century Roman country house, The Getty Villa offers an impressive array of Greek, Roman and Etruscan artefacts dating from 6500 B.C. to 400 A.D. At The Getty Center, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, you’ll find Vincent van Gogh’s Irises painting, as well as 28 modern outdoor sculptures.
If you’re in the mood for music, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts—a beautiful performance space created from the historic 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office—offers outstanding theatre, music and dance performances. In LA, visit the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall to hear some of the most sophisticated acoustics in the world and visit the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
To learn what to do in Beverly Hills with kids, enlist the help of the Concierge at the Hotel to arrange VIP tours for the family (private transportation can be arranged for each outing) of some of the destination’s top attractions. Private transportation can be arranged for each attraction, including LEGOLAND California Resort, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
If possible, dedicate one afternoon to a back-lot tour of Universal Studios or Warner Bros. Studios so kids can get a glimpse of how their favourite television shows and movies are made. Movie buffs should also make a stop at the Weidman Gallery on Melrose Ave to browse authentic vintage movie posters and photographs.
Trapeze school on the Santa Monica Pier, horseback riding in the Santa Monica Mountains and private surf lessons are great outdoor options for venturesome families. For children 10 years and older, the Hotel can arrange a helicopter ride to Catalina Islands, where travellers can zip line over wildlife and canyons on an eco tour.
Shopping in Beverly Hills
If fashion is your fancy, right outside the Hotel front door is Rodeo Drive, where shoppers can peruse the designer boutiques that line the three blocks: Tom Ford, Valentino, Hermès and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name a few. Get the full Hollywood experience and work with the Concierge to rent a Lamborghini or a Ferrari to cruise this trendy strip of real estate in the highest style.
The Hotel can also arrange a day of fashion and beauty with a professional stylist, who will customize a shopping itinerary based on your wants and needs and book time with celebrity hair and makeup artists to complete your new look.
Jump-start the stay at the Hotel bi-level gym, where you can enjoy a private yoga session or work out with a certified trainer. The Spa at Beverly Wilshire is the only spa in the United States that offers the exclusive Natura Bissé Diamond Life Infusion Facial treatment. The facial, which uses diamond-cut quartz to polish the skin and rebalance natural internal energy, is said to make skin glow and diminished fine lines and wrinkles with immediate rejuvenating effects.
Supperclub LA offers a full dinner menu of international fare with wild nightly entertainment, house DJs and a generous dance floor. Beacher’s Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel—part lounge and part rowdy cabaret—is a frequent gathering place for A-listers who come to sip Champagne and enjoy off-the-wall entertainment and music (think flying Oompa-Loompas).
The Emerson Theatre is another high-energy spot outfitted as a sultry Prohibition-era burlesque joint; expect vintage-style lighting, a sunken dance floor, plush booths and several raised stages for risqué burlesque dancers. The Library Bar looks more like a posh study than a bar, styled with big leather sofas, a pool table, and, of course, bookcases. Outside, find an alluring courtyard with comfy seating, glowing fire pits and flickering lights.
A perfect day
Start with an early-morning hike in Runyon Canyon, a 160-acre (65-hectare) park in the middle of LA. After, stop for pancakes and eggs at The Griddle Café (order the Banananana stack) before heading back for a quick dip in the Hotel pool. Sign up for an Elite Adventure tour to view the world-famous Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, the spectacular homes of celebrities in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and the breathtaking Southern California beaches and coastline.
You can ask your guide to drop you in the Robertson Boulevard District, where you can have lunch with celebrities at The Ivy—as long as you don’t mind the paparazzi. After the meal, take a stroll up and down Robertson Boulevard to experience some of the most progressive and trendy shopping in LA. Don’t forget to peek inside Kitson and grab a cupcake at Georgetown Cupcake.
After relaxing and freshening up back at the Hotel, head over to Spago Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant and the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond award and two Michelin Stars. Don’t hesitate to ask the sommelier for personal advice, as Spago has earned Wine Spectator’s prestigious Grand Award. End the day in style with a nightcap in the Hotel’s THE Blvd.