Surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains, Beverly Hills is Los Angeles’ pocket of stylish shopping, award-winning restaurants and homes of the world’s most famous celebrities.

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Beverly Hills sparkles as the epitome of glamour and excitement, a place where dreams come true. But how can you break through the mystique and make this city your own? We asked Jeanne Mills, Chef Concierge at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), to share recommendations for the best attractions within this exclusive Los Angeles enclave and beyond. Below, she reveals what to do in Beverly Hills, including which restaurants and boutiques are best for celebrity sightings, and which activities are best suited for culture, adventure and family fun.

Dining in Beverly Hills

For a casual-cool spot, head to Beverly Hills offshoot of Thomas Keller's famed Yountville restaurant Bouchon, offering the “bistro experience at its best" via beautifully plated French fare, a deep wine list poured in intimate yet airy surroundings. Don't miss the special fried chicken dinners offered twice a month. The best pasta in the city can be found at Il Pastaio, a bustling Italian restaurant in downtown Beverly Hills.

At the Hotel, indulge in al fresco dining on a sidewalk patio overlooking fashionable Rodeo Drive at THE Blvd. Or experience the talents of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the Michelin-starred steakhouse CUT; the artful interior is reflected in its à la carte menu, with dishes like Japanese Wagyu beef and slow simmered seafood as the main attractions.

You’ll find a plethora of international-inspired dishes on the menu at Wolfgang Puck’s world-renowned CUT restaurant, conveniently located at the Hotel.

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The Arts

Rich arts and culture offerings are as ubiquitous in Beverly Hills as sunshine and palm trees; there is no shortage of opportunities to stoke creative spirits. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is home to more than 100,000 works of Islamic and Japanese art and pieces from prominent Latin American and Southern California artists.

Boston’s Chris Burden is the artist behind the LACMA Urban Light Installment, which displays 202 restored cast-iron antique street lamps.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is the only museum in LA devoted exclusively to contemporary art and features paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film and installations created from 1940 to present day. 

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and offers free general admission. The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, USD 140 million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad’s comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.

Further afield, Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum boasts one of the finest private collections of European, American and Asian art in the world. On the outskirts of Malibu and modelled after a first-century Roman country house, The Getty Villa offers an impressive array of Greek, Roman and Etruscan artefacts dating from 6500 B.C. to 400 A.D. At The Getty Center, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, you’ll find Vincent van Gogh’s Irises painting, as well as 28 modern outdoor sculptures.

If you’re in the mood for music, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts—a beautiful performance space created from the historic 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office—offers outstanding theatre, music and dance performances. In LA, visit the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall to hear some of the most sophisticated acoustics in the world and visit the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

The Concierge can arrange for private docent led tours of these museums as well as the hundreds of art galleries throughout LA.

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Family fun

To learn what to do in Beverly Hills with kids, enlist the help of the Concierge at the Hotel to arrange VIP tours for the family (private transportation can be arranged for each outing) of some of the destination’s top attractions. Private transportation can be arranged for each attraction, including LEGOLAND California Resort, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

If possible, dedicate one afternoon to a back-lot tour of Universal Studios or Warner Bros. Studios so kids can get a glimpse of how their favourite television shows and movies are made. Movie buffs should also make a stop at the Weidman Gallery on Melrose Ave to browse authentic vintage movie posters and photographs.

Trapeze school on the Santa Monica Pier, horseback riding in the Santa Monica Mountains and private surf lessons are great outdoor options for venturesome families. For children 10 years and older, the Hotel can arrange a helicopter ride to Catalina Islands, where travellers can zip line over wildlife and canyons on an eco tour.

Shopping in Beverly Hills

If fashion is your fancy, right outside the Hotel front door is Rodeo Drive, where shoppers can peruse the designer boutiques that line the three blocks: Tom Ford, Valentino, Hermès and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name a few. Get the full Hollywood experience and work with the Concierge to rent a Lamborghini or a Ferrari to cruise this trendy strip of real estate in the highest style.

The Hotel can also arrange a day of fashion and beauty with a professional stylist, who will customize a shopping itinerary based on your wants and needs and book time with celebrity hair and makeup artists to complete your new look.

Wonderful wellness

The perfect way to unwind, the Natura Bissé Diamond Life Infusion Facial treatment provides immediate anti-aging, re-energising and strengthening effects to the skin.

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Jump-start your stay at the Hotel bi-level gym, where you can enjoy a private yoga session or work out with a certified personal trainer. Recently awarded the prestigious and highly coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, The Spa at Beverly Wilshire is an oasis of beauty and serenity in the heart of Beverly Hills, delivering a sensory journey that calms and revitalizes the mind, body and spirit. Spa experiences are entirely customizable with options ranging from a stress relieving massage with warm basalt stones and handmade Birchwood sticks to a signature anti-ageing treatment using microcurrents and light therapy. 

The Spa at Beverly Wilshire uses exclusive products and therapies from Elemis, an award winning, London-based line, the eco-conscious skincare line Évolué as well as Natura Bisse, the brand behind the Beverly Wilshire Diamond Collection treatments.

After dark

Whether you are looking for a cozy ultra-lounge, an intimate rooftop setting or a nightclub to dance the night away, the Concierge can assist with VIP entry and bottle table service at the hottest after hours spots in all of LA.

A perfect day

Cool off after a day of shopping, sightseeing and dining at the Hotel pool, where private cabana packages are available year round.

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Start with an early-morning hike in Runyon Canyon, a 160-acre (65-hectare) park in the middle of LA. After, stop for pancakes and eggs at The Griddle Café (order the Banananana stack) before heading back for a quick dip in the Hotel pool. Sign up for a private guided tour to view the world-famous Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, the spectacular homes of celebrities in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and the breathtaking Southern California beaches and coastline.

You can ask your guide to drop you in the Robertson Boulevard District, where you can have lunch with celebrities at The Ivy – as long as you don’t mind the paparazzi. After lunch, just a short drive away is Melrose Ave where you can enjoy some of the most progressive and trendy shopping in LA including Alexander McQueen, Dash and Fred Segal. Don't forget to make a stop at Sweet Lady Jane for a heavenly pasty, cake or pie – the best place in LA for dessert!  

After relaxing and freshening up back at the Hotel, head over to Spago Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant and the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond award and two Michelin Stars. Don’t hesitate to ask the sommelier for personal advice, as Spago has earned Wine Spectator’s prestigious Grand Award. End the day in style with a nightcap in the Hotel’s THE Blvd.

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