Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and the Westside Neighborhood Snapshot
- Shop on Rodeo: Even if it's window-shopping, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience to watch the parade of diamonds, couture gowns, and Ferraris being fetishized.
- Wander the Grove and feast at the Farmers Market : Visit for a shopping respite or to take in and appreciate the Farmers Market’s 75-year-old history and atmosphere.
- Drive down Sunset Boulevard to the Ocean: The quintessential Los Angeles experience, it's best to start at La Cienega headed west on Sunset, which will take you through the Sunset Strip. Now may be a good time to test-drive that convertible.
- Experience the '60s, '70s, and '80s all over again:To truly experience the L.A. music scene of decades past, wander into the venues where everyone from the Doors to Guns N' Roses used to pay: the Troubadour, the Whisky A Go Go, and the Rainbow Bar and Grill.
Milk Bar LA. This place is so popular that lines often spill out the door and onto the sidewalk. Suffer through them for the crack pie and cereal-milk soft serve. 7150 Melrose Ave.
Nate 'n' Al. A longtime refuge from California's lean cuisine, Nate 'n' Al serves up steaming pastrami, matzo ball soup, and potato latkes. 414 N. Beverly Dr.
Urth Caffé Melrose. Join the beautiful people at this ultratrendy cafe and refuel on organic coffee and tea with a range of health-conscious sandwiches, salads, and juices. 8565 Melrose Ave.
All main west–east roads will get you toward Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Santa Monica Boulevard is the easiest. It starts in Santa Monica, heads into Beverly Hills, and then diverts northeast and wanders into West Hollywood, before heading due east again. But traffic can be a nightmare, as it can be for L.A.'s main artery, Wilshire Boulevard, which also hits Beverly Hills. Try Pico or Olympic Boulevard, which both run roughly parallel a bit farther south.
In Beverly Hills, you can park your car in one of several municipal lots (often free for the first hour or two), and spend as long as you like strolling along Rodeo Drive. For street parking, bring quarters for the meter, or pay with a credit card. Parking on residential streets is often by permit only.
Planning Your Time
Let's be honest–-you're here to shop and do lunch. And this can easily take a whole day. Start out wandering the various shops along Rodeo Drive, before heading out to The Grove and the adjacent Farmers Market, where you can sit down for lunch or grab a quick bite. After, wander Melrose Avenue, which is also full of shopping and eating. In the evening, hit up West Hollywood for trendy eats and drinks.
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