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 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 simply 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. Endless V
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 Endless V, 2012 by Jaume Plensa. Beverly Hills is home to many incredible works of art available for the enjoyment of the public.
Click here for a comprehensive interactive map of public art and galleries in Beverly Hills.
3. Rodeo Drive
From Endless V, it is 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. Rooftop Drinks
There is nothing “more LA” than sipping cocktails and watching the dreamy California sunset at one of the city’s hottest rooftops. With its central location, Beverly Hills offers a myriad of rooftops, offering stunning views of Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills. Here are some of the best rooftops in Beverly Hills where you’ll want to be seen all year long.
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.
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 has a selection and aromas that are mighty. Touted as the “Mecca for cheese aficionados,” the shop, one of the first bona fide cheese shops in the country, has a selection of more than 500 different types of cheeses selected by the founder 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 Japanese Spa
Whether you’re treating yourself to a mani/pedi, a soothing massage, or full body rejuvenation, Beverly Hills has world-class spas that offer the very best in pampering services. Tomoko Spa brings a healing approach to their services, offering treatments 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. The Witch's House
The Witch's House, also known as the Spadena House, is an enchanting private home in the heart of Beverly Hills that appears to be plucked straight out of a fairytale. The house was built in 1921 for a silent film movie studio, Willat Studios in Culver City, to serve as its offices and dressing rooms. When the studio closed, the Spadena family moved the home to its current location in Beverly Hills, where it has been since 1934.
Photo by @markcocanougher via Instagram
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Revised August 1, 2023