Beverly Hills is such a great base camp for exploring the surrounding cities, and it was such a beautiful, relaxed place to spend a day during our time in Los Angeles. The city itself is like an island surrounded by Los Angeles and West Hollywood, and drew us in with its reputation for being one of the world’s most luxurious shopping destinations. When we passed the “Beverly Hills” street signs, we could see a difference between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles which we’d just come from. The buildings became more ornate, the cars on the streets were significantly more luxurious (we’re talking custom Maseratis, Aston Martins, Bugatti with suicide doors and solid gold rims, Maybachs, Lamborghini and beyond, which is a dream for people who love exotic cars like I do!), and the landscaping much more luscious.
Our driver dropped us off outside of the city limits and we walked in so that I could photograph everything and share it with all of you here, without having to ask him to stop every five meters. Beverly Hills was gorgeous, and I was so happy to finally visit! Our first stop was the Ralph Lauren Flagship store, where a sales associate happily greeted us and complimented our head to toe Ralph Lauren looks, and decided I “simply must try on this blouse”, so before I know it, I was swept into a dressing room with a few gorgeous looks to try on. It was so much fun to play dress up, and although they don’t allow picture taking in the store, I came home with a few of the things I tried on, so keep an eye on my YouTube channel for a haul video in the coming weeks. This store was also awesome because it’s the first and currently only Ralph Lauren store that has a custom handbag design studio, that utilizes RFID chips inside the bag design components to help customers create their dream handbag. If you’re in the area, this is worth a trip over by itself.
Next we headed to Yves Saint Laurent, and walked around the store. While we were there, I’m 99% certain I saw Emma Roberts upstairs in their private shopping area, and I was informed by a sales associate that that area was for appointments only. We visited a few other luxury stores like Chanel and Christian Louboutin, and were welcomed warmly at each location, even places where we didn’t buy anything, so I can’t say enough good things about shopping in this area.
Where to Shop in Beverly Hills
Even if you don’t plan to shop in the area, the architecture, site seeing, and posh surroundings are reason enough to, at the very least, spend a dreamy afternoon here in Beverly Hills.
Where to Stay
Beverly Hills Hotel
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Montage Beverly Hills
What to Eat
Beverly Hills Sprinkles ATM Cupcake Machine
The Palm Beverly Hills
The Polo Lounge
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Cabana Rooftop Pop-Up at Montage Beverly Hills
All of Beverly Hills is very unique, in the sense that it’s an oasis of luxury and a hub for high-end commerce and lifestyle, and yet there are a few pieces that stand out even further in their extravagance.
Beverly Hills City Hall
Beverly Hills Farmers Market (Sundays only)
Montage Beverly Hills
Two Rodeo Drive
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Day Trips from Beverly Hills
Sincerely Beverly Hills right in the middle of a bunch of great Southern California Places, there are tons of great Day Trips from the city, making it the perfect place to call home during your visit to SoCal.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Where to Park
I really don’t recommend driving yourself to Beverly Hills for several reasons. Unless you have excellent car insurance, I would strongly caution against driving through Beverly Hills on the off chance that (God forbid) you got in a car accident with, or even damage in the narrow streets, one of the aforementioned multi-million dollar vehicles. I also wouldn’t want to try to find parking after about 5pm, because there really isn’t any other than street parking or expensive valet parking. If you’re driving yourself, park in West Hollywood which is a 15 minute walk away, where parking is only about $1.50 per hour. Besides, if you’re driving you’ll miss out on most of the awesome stuff this small, 5.71² mile town.
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