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Things to do in Beverly Hills

From window shopping on Rodeo Drive to ordering a cupcake from an ATM, these are the best things to do in Beverly Hills

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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You probably already know Beverly Hills for its memorable zip code, swanky hotels and one of the most famous stretches of shops in the country: Rodeo Drive. But there are far more things to do in Beverly Hills than high-end shopping—though trust us, there’s plenty of that. From a visit to a mansion’s botanical gardens to ordering a cupcake from a vending machine, here are the best things to in Beverly Hills for your next visit.

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The 11 best things to do in Beverly Hills

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Beverly Hills

The grass is literally greener on the other side of geopolitical fence. Take a drive along Santa Monica Boulevard and cross into Beverly Hills and you’re immediately greeted with a tree-lined street and this city-wide park. Beverly Gardens stretches 1.9 miles, from the stately Doheney Fountain to the illuminated Electric Fountain, with a narrow strip of lawn in between. The park hosts the Beverly Hills Art Show during third weekend in May and October, but its real claim to fame is the famous Beverly Hills Sign, a water encompassed photo op between Canon Drive and Beverly Drive.

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  • Beverly Hills

Many people dream of being Julia Roberts shopping on Rodeo Drive, but few can afford to buy from the array of high-end designers seen in the film Pretty Woman. Window-shopping, then, is the order of the day. Along Two Rodeo—the $200-million faux cobbled walkway—browsing tourists mingle with serious spenders. A hop away is Anderson Court, which is the only shopping mall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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  • Hotels
  • Spa hotels
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

Speaking of Pretty Woman, this ornate Four Seasons-operated gem is famous for its role in the 1990 film. The hotel recalls 19th-century French splendor while recent additions add 21st-century sophistication. The Beverly Wilshire even offers a shopping and date night “Pretty Woman for a Day” package—sans the prostitution part, of course. If you’re looking for upscale eats, it’s also home to Cut and the BLVD.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Beverly Hills

This 55-room Tudor estate is a good way to get a glimpse into the lives of L.A.’s historical one percent. Though the interior is only open for events and tours, the exterior gardens are open free of charge with a reservation. Take a stroll through alleys of poplars and cypress trees, a fountain and reflecting pool, and a terraced pool area, along with a public educational guide.

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  • Hotels
  • Spa hotels
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

The famous pink stucco façade, the manicured grounds and the sumptuous rooms of the Beverly Hills Hotel look as fresh and fanciful as they did on opening day more than a century ago. It oozes exclusivity: Every screen legend from Valentino to Arnie has slept in this fabled hideaway or held court in its still-popular Polo Lounge—which should be your primary destination if you can’t swing a stay here.

  • Attractions
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Beverly Hills

Otherwise known as “the Witch’s House,” this 1921 home looks like a haunted fairytale cottage with gnarled trees and a creaky fence. It was originally built as a storybook studio office in Culver City and moved to its present home in Beverly Hills in 1934. Ever since, it’s served as a private residence; though you can’t go inside, you’re welcome to join the curious onlookers who pass by each day (especially on Halloween).

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Beverly Hills
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Department store magnates Virginia and Harry Robinson built this Beverly Hills estate in 1911, and upon their passing it entered into the county’s hands as a public park. Because of the six-and-a-half-acre estate’s quiet residential location, it’s only accessible via docent-led tours, which you’ll need to book in advance. Once inside, you’ll find finely manicured gardens and a just as impeccably assembled mansion. In keeping with its storied history of lavish Hollywood parties, the estate hosts a swanky garden party at the beginning of each summer.

  • Art
  • Galleries
  • Beverly Hills

Founded in Los Angeles at the dawn of the ’80s, Gagosian Gallery introduced California (and the world) to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Longo, and David Salle, among other modern masters, and in turn became an art world institution. Since then, its Beverly Hills space continues to host exhibitions from museum-headlining artists.

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  • Restaurants
  • Ice cream parlors
  • Beverly Hills
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These cupcake-dispensing machines are all over town now, but we’ll always have a soft spot for the Beverly Hills original. We think Sprinkles might just bake the best cupcakes in L.A.—simple ingredients, time-tested recipes and a fun rotating weekly schedule of flavors all add to the flagship bakery’s unique charm. But what happens when you want a fluffy, sugary fix at 2am? The cupcake ATM, of course! This 24-hour vending machine stays continually stocked with the bakery’s best treats, making it possible to indulge your sweet tooth around the clock.

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