Billed as the “Gateway to Rodeo Drive,” this European-style, open-air walkway juxtaposes Old World charm with modern luxury. Thanks to a steep $200-million renovation, visitors can walk along a picturesque faux cobblestone path lined with high-end retailers like Versace, Tiffany & Co., Porsche Design and Jimmy Choo, as well as restaurants like all-day bistro 208 Rodeo. Stretching from the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive to Dayton Way, this movie set-like shopping destination is a great introduction to the zip code’s famed retail haven. Even if you’re not intending to shop ’till you drop, it’s worth taking a stroll for some prime photo opportunities—the most popular being by the fountain and grand steps.
Exploring one of L.A.’s most exclusive zip codes? Nestled between Wilshire Boulevard and Little Santa Monica Boulevard, the high-end shops lining the famed three-block stretch of Rodeo Drive read like a who’s who of the fashion world. There’s Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Chanel—and almost any other global luxury brand you can think of. Whether you’re looking to embark on a Julia Roberts-style shopping spree (more power to you), gawk at the window displays (and steep price tags) or walk off a meal from one of Beverly Hills’ best restaurants, Rodeo Drive stores have something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a good starting point, head to the famous shopping stretch’s intersection with Wilshire Boulevard, smack dab in front of the landmark Beverly Wilshire Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) and one of the best hotels in Beverly Hills. To help navigate your way through more than 100 stores of luxury retail, we’ve mapped out a few standout pit stops along the way.
Time Out tip: If you’re visiting L.A. on Father’s Day, don’t miss the annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, a free and open-to-the-public car show that showcases luxury new models and classic cars—all parked along Rodeo Drive. It’s a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Plus, those in town around the holidays can see the street aglow with a $1-million Baccarat chandelier installation.