One of the most instantly recognizable areas in California, and maybe the whole United States, Beverly Hills is a community filled with palm tree–lined streets, grand Californian estates, and some of the best shopping, hotels, and dining in the world. While Beverly Hills has a storied history in old-Hollywood glamour, with many of the film industry’s biggest stars residing here for decades, this city truly functions as a small town for those who call it home. From restaurant hideaways to under-the-radar cultural offerings, here’s your guide to what it’s like to live here and the spots you must experience whether you are permanently relocating or just visiting this California paradise.
When you think Beverly Hills, all things luxury come to mind — from shopping to dining and everything in between — but many people don’t realize the number of green spaces and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors that this community offers. For those who live here, daily routines inevitably include time outside, often for a walk or jog through Beverly Gardens Park, a greenway that runs along the northern edge of Santa Monica Boulevard. Yes, you’ll pass the well-known Beverly Hills sign and tourists that come with it, but you’ll also see the Lily Pond, the sculptures that line the path, and the sheer amount of space to take in the area’s beauty, palm trees and all.
Twice a year, in May and October, Beverly Gardens Park hosts artSHOW, where over 200 local and international artists exhibit their work for residents and visitors to enjoy. Being able to engage with painters, sculptors, jewelers, and artisans is a truly unique experience you must attend in Beverly Hills!
North of The Flats area of Beverly Hills, you’ll find the entry points to Benedict and Coldwater canyons, roads that take you through the residential neighborhoods nestled in the scenic Santa Monica Mountains. Just past Sunset Boulevard you’ll find a local iconic favorite, The Beverly Hills Hotel, lovingly known as the Pink Palace. With its banana-leaf wallpaper, Polo Lounge, old-California-style bungalows, and poolside cabanas, the hotel has long been a favorite for locals to escape the bustle of the city right at home.
To experience another historic Beverly Hills hotel, head to the Beverly Wilshire for afternoon tea. A landmark of history and glamour, the Beverly Wilshire was built nearly 100 years ago and features stunning décor, gorgeously appointed rooms, and top-notch dining if you’re craving a vacation without going far.
For a true Beverly Hills dining experience, you can’t miss Mastro’s for a steak or Spago for a Wolfgang Puck sighting. But if you’re looking for a more intimate spot, try Si Laa for Thai food in a romantic, upscale atmosphere. Or try Citizen for a more laid-back Beverly Hills vibe with an excellent happy hour and outdoor seating by the firepits.
One of the best things about living in Southern California is the easy access to fresh fruit and vegetables, and that includes in Beverly Hills. Browse the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; with fresh produce, artisanal packaged food, cut flowers, and live music, this market is a must for locals looking to shop for the week ahead.
While Rodeo Drive offers all the big-name, high-end stores, North Beverly Drive and South Beverly Drive are where locals go to hit unique boutiques and cozy cafés along the way. Alfred Coffee and Urth Caffe are favorites, while IRO, COS, and Intermix sell styles in line with current fashion trends.