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 things to see and do within this exclusive Los Angeles enclave and beyond—such as which restaurants and boutiques are best for celebrity sightings, and which attractions are best suited for culture, adventure and family fun.
For a casual-cool spot with a local crowd and creative kitchen, Picca—featuring innovative Peruvian tapas with a Japanese flair and one of the most impressive cocktail menus in the city—is the place to be. Hands down, the best pizza in town can be found at Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Pizzeria Mozza, where lucky patrons can grab a spot at the pizza bar and watch the masters work their magic. At the Hotel, choose between al fresco dining on a sidewalk patio overlooking fashionable Rodeo Drive at THE Blvd, or indulging in the talents of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the Michelin-starred steakhouse CUT. This restaurant’s artful interior is reflected in its a la carte menu, where dishes like Japanese Wagyu beef and slow simmered seafood are the main attractions.
Rich arts and culture offerings are as ubiquitous in this destination as sunshine and palm trees, so you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to stoke your creative spirit during your stay. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is home to more than 100,000 works from leading Latin American artists, prominent Southern California artists, and collections of Islamic and Japanese art. Continue your international education by walking 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, so come here for 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. And at the The Getty Center, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, find Vincent van Gogh’s Irises painting, as well as 28 modern outdoor sculptures.
If it’s music you’re in the mood for, the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall offers some of the most sophisticated acoustics in the world and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Back in Beverly Hills, the new 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.
If you’re travelling with kids, let the Concierge at the Hotel arrange VIP tours for the family (private transportation can be arranged for each outing) of some of the destination’s top attractions: LEGOLAND California Resort, Six Flags, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. If you can, 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 you can zip line over wildlife and canyons on an eco tour.
If fashion is your fancy, the three blocks of Rodeo Drive right outside the Hotel’s front door are lined with designer boutiques: Tom Ford, Valentino, Hermès and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name only a few. Get the full Hollywood experience by working with the Concierge to rent a Lamborghini or a Ferrari so that you can cruise this stylish strip of real estate in the highest style. If you like, 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 your stay at the Hotel’s bi-level gym, where you can enjoy a private yoga session or arrange to work out with a certified trainer. Reward yourself for a job well done at the Spa at Beverly Wilshire—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 magnets to remove impurities and rebalance natural internal energy, is said to have immediate rejuvenating effects by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and making skin glow.
Supperclub LA offers a full dinner menu of international fare with wild nightly entertainment, house DJs and a generous dance floor. For a more chill vibe, slip away to the nearby Writer’s Room, an Old Hollywood–inspired lounge perfect for sipping cocktails handcrafted by some of LA’s top mixologists. Beacher’s Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel—part lounge and part rowdy cabaret—is a frequent gathering place for A-listers who come here 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 the 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 your favourite celebrities in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and the breathtaking Southern California beaches and coastline. Have your guide 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 your 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.