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Step outside Sixty Beverly Hills and take advantage of the famous zip code—you’re a 90210 resident for now, after all. Stroll down Rodeo Drive and window shop at designer boutiques or splash out at the likes Celine, Salvatore Ferragamo and Christian Dior. For a change of scenery, meander through Beverly Gardens Park, home to the 12-meter ‘Beverly Hills’ sign and rose and cactus gardens perfect for an afternoon stroll. If you happen to be here during the third weekend of May or October, be sure to check out the Beverly Hills Art Show in the park running four blocks from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive.
If that hot SoCal weather gets to be too much, visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for an afternoon. Home to one of California’s more impressive art collections LACMA is located just two miles from the hotel. You can observe over 120,000 pieces of art including work from Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso (+1 323 857 6000). With a permanent collection devoted to Hollywood vehicles and the Streetscape, an exhibit containing 30 detailed dioramas chronicling the evolution of Los Angeles, where the Peterson Automotive Museum and its 150 classic rides displayed across three floors are worth a visit (+1 323 930 2277).
When the sun goes down, catch a show at the art deco El Rey Theatre on the Miracle Mile, a 1936 monument that now hosts local bands nightly (+1 323 936 6400).
Rub elbows with the stars at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Unwind outside in a beautiful garden terrace and sip champagne with breakfast or brunch. Or stop in for afternoon tea after a day shopping on Rodeo Drive (+1 310 887 2777). Meander over to the Farm of Beverly Hills, a casual, farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot less than a mile from the hotel. Request a table on the outdoor patio and fill up on a hearty breakfast of Farmer’s Benedict or nosh on a classic burger for lunch (+1 310 273 5578).
For a romantic evening, book one of the 25 nightly spots at celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s latest restaurant, Maude, whose nine-course dinners each feature one seasonal ingredient that changes monthly (+1 310 859 3418). Hobnob with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the elegant patio at Lisa Vanderpump’s Villa Blanca and dine on a menu that fuses Mediterranean and Asian cuisine (+1 310 289 2824).
Mari Vanna in West Hollywood will satisfy your need for a home-cooked meal, that might be better than Mum’s. Served amid charming and rustic décor that will make you want to linger for hours, the menu features traditional Russian dishes like beef stroganoff and braised veal with homemade noodles (+1 323 655 1977).
Acclaimed chef José Andrés’ restaurant, The Bazaar, at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills offers a take on traditional and modern tapas that will sate even the most voracious appetite (+1 310 246 5555). Be sure to book in advance to secure a table.
In a city where cars are practically mandatory, Beverly Hills is a perfect home base for a night out on the town, thanks to a number of nightlife options within walking distance of the hotel.
At lively Pour Vous, try your luck with a Moulin Rouge or a Puff-Puff Pastis cocktail, or take a gamble on the Dealer’s Choice, where the bartender will concoct something delicious based on your spirit of choice (+1 323 871 8699). If you’d rather sip your cocktails somewhere more low-key, try the Honor Bar at the South Beverly Grill. Its casual atmosphere blends an aesthetic of red brick walls and reclaimed wood beams with tasty small plates (+1 310 550 0292).
Listen to the smooth sounds of one of two live jazz shows per evening while you drink and dine at HOME, a jazz supper club located in the heart of Beverly Hills (+1 310 271 4663).
Sample craft beers at local-favourite the Surly Goat in West Hollywood, a chilled-out haunt that gets you out of the typical Beverly Hills scene (+1 323 650 4628). Something more swank that eliminates the crowds? Ten Pound at the Montage Beverly Hills may be difficult to find, but a whisky lover will search long and hard for this intimate and refined upstairs bar that specialises in Macallan Single Malt. Even whisky novices will appreciate the views of Beverly Canon Gardens (+1 310 906 7218).
Momed on South Beverly Drive offers fresh and modern Mediterranean cuisine. Its all-encompassing restaurant/deli/marketplace makes it the perfect place for a relaxed dine-in lunch or a quick stop en route to a picnic (+1 310 270 4444).