Eight Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Beverly Hills
With a village-like atmosphere and abundant parks and gardens, Beverly Hills is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Discover eight ways to make the most of summer weather in beautiful Beverly Hills!
1. Admire the view from The Rooftop by JG
Enjoy a cocktail with striking 360-degree views of the glamorous city of Beverly Hills at this rooftop garden bar. The rooftop sits atop the 12-story Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and is the largest rooftop of its kind in Beverly Hills. Sip one of their ever-changing hand-crafted cocktails or nibble on some of their light and bright small plates, curated with a Latin and South Asian flair. This is the perfect location to see, be seen and admire those iconic LA sunsets.
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2. Spend “golden hour” walking the Golden Triangle
Clocking in at under six square miles, Beverly Hills is extremely compact and walkable. The “Golden Triangle” is the area bordered by Santa Monica Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard and North Rexford Drive, where stores, restaurants and hotels are concentrated and easily accessed on foot. There’s no better time to walk and explore than in the hours leading up to sunset – often referred to as “golden hour,” – when the sun casts a honeyed hue over the city.
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3. Roam the five distinct gardens at Virginia Robinson Gardens
Built in 1911, this beautiful estate was once the residence of retail giants Virginia and Harry Robinson (of the Robinson department stores) and now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and open by appointment to the public. Guided tours explore five gardens including the Tropical Palm Garden with a grove of Australian King Palms, the bucolic Rose Garden and the tranquil Italian Terrace Garden featuring camellias, gardenias and azaleas.
4. Order an iced vanilla latte at Alfred Coffee
Hot days call for cool drinks and thanks to Alfred Coffee, you can order a cold beverage to enjoy as you explore the city on foot. Try their "World Famous" iced Vanilla Latte made with real vanilla beans or enjoy a tasty matcha latte, blended with the milk of your choice.
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5. Eat on Il Pastaio’s wrap-around patio on Little Restaurant Row
Bustling day and night, Il Pastaio is one of the most popular restaurants on the stretch of North Canon Drive called Little Restaurant Row. (La Cienega Boulevard, just about one and a half miles to the east bears the non-qualifier name.) You can’t go wrong with any of their perfectly executed Italian fare, but many are partial to their Risotto Nero which gets its inky black hue from squid ink flown in twice a week from the waters off Italy or France.
6. Explore the grounds of Greystone Mansion: The Doheny Estate
Built in 1928 for the son of a prominent oil baron, the majestic Greystone Mansion today is surrounded by 18.5 pastoral acres of lush, city-owned parkland. This registered historic landmark has been used as a shooting location for many films, including The Big Lebowsky, 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.
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7. Find your favorite fashion star on Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style
Introduced in 2003, the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style honors legends in the worlds of fashion and entertainment. Similar to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, recipients of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style are presented with a bronzed plaque that features a personal quote and their signature, which is then embedded into the sidewalks along the street. Missoni, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani and Iman are amongst the past honorees. Stroll the famed street to find the plaques of your favorite fashion designer and other icons of the industry including costume designers, photographers and supermodels.
8. Experience large-scale art in Beverly Gardens Park
Beverly Gardens Park, a two-mile-long linear park that runs along Santa Monica Blvd., is home to a walking and jogging path, the historical Electric Fountain, rose and cactus gardens and many pieces of public art. Simply follow the park pathways to discover them all, but don’t miss the park’s most photographed piece: Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 10-foot-tall, psychedelic tulips titled “Hymn of Life.”
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Updated: March 24, 2020.