Who has not heard the name of this exclusive Neighborhood? It is the hangout of many famous people, a shopping district for those with expensive taste and the filming location of many TV shows and movies we have been watching for years, but beyond all that Beverly Hills is quite a nice destination to visit, and actually it is easier to get there that what one may expect.
It is located just minutes away from Los Angeles International airport, we decided to stop by and pay tribute to the famous neighborhood on our way to explore California’s wine country. We rented a car and drove the short distance.
I have to admit that the arrival is not that glamorous, maybe thats based on personal expectations, or the hype that surrounds Beverly Hills, but I was little disappointed with some of the areas that are around it. There are a lot of similarities between this exclusive enclave of the rich and famous and Monaco the super wealthy mini kingdom in Europe. The difference is that to arrive to Monaco one drives along the Cote d’azur in France where one of the most beautiful sceneries prepare one for the arrival, but to arrive to Beverly Hills I drove through very standard and even not very nice neighborhoods. Once I arrived there the transformation was radical, streets are super clean, cars very expensive and everything looks chic.
We were surprised that there is free parking almost all around the city, at least one or two hours is free and then it is not a lot of money, maybe two USD per hour. There are indeed many good restaurants all around but we choose to go simple and ate at Whole Foods, this is an upscale grocery store focusing in organic and farm to table products overall.
We explored Rodeo Drive with all the super expensive boutiques and no offenses New York but I think Rodeo Drive is nicer than Fifth Avenue. It is impressive to see so many people coming out with huge bags from stores such as Hermes or Loro Piana, it is easy almost to think that there is one of a kind sale going on, but no, everything is super expensive there, what happens is that shoppers here have good taste and deep pockets.
The best way to continue exploring Beverly Hills is just to walk around, to see the beautiful modern apartments, luxurious hotels such as the Peninsula, the Four Seasons and the Beverly Hilton. Even churches and parks are very stylish here and of course it is easy to be amazed by the kind of cars one sees being driven around.
We really enjoyed our afternoon in Beverly Hills, I think it is a neighborhood that lives up to the expectation, and yes it has somehow that feeling of glamour and exclusivity that one can perceive in Monaco. So, in your next visit to Los Angeles don’t forget to include Beverly Hills in your plans and see how the real rich live in this part of the world.