This article will help you find out what to expect and what you can do along Rodeo Dr.
It is here that the rich & famous do their shopping, and where tourists window-shop while trying to spot movie stars on the fabled street and people-watch. Both of these are less damaging to the pocketbook than its intended activity: shopping. While the shops are expensive, don't be afraid to browse. Most shop owners are used to sightseers walking the area with little intent to purchase anything.
That said, some stores require appointments for entry and are generally off-limits to tourists. Driving or walking will take you past designer clothing shops by Armani, Gucci, and Coco Chanel; jewelers Cartier, Tiffany, and Harry Winston; and exclusive couturiers where you need an appointment just to get in the door.
Rodeo Drive is home to the single most expensive clothing store in the world. On a typical visit, Bijan'sBijan's average customer spends $100,000 on men's fashions, which range from a $50 pair of socks to $15,000 suits.
The most handsome - and ostentatious - part of Rodeo Drive is Two Rodeo (and the portion that most resembles what tourists expect to find here) is the newest addition to the famed boulevard. If you listen closely to a scene in the movie "Pretty Woman," you will hear a line that says: "Via Rodeo is the first new street built in Beverly Hills in 75 years."
Two Rodeo attempts to re-create a romantic version of an old European avenue. This gleaming new addition resembles a movie set or perhaps a Disneyland pastiche like New Orleans Square.
A popular spot where most tourists pose for pictures of Rodeo Drive that they will take home to show their friends.
You'll find high-end department stores just around the corner from Rodeo Drive on Wilshire. On the streets parallel to Rodeo, you'll find the same kind of shops in upscale shopping areas everywhere. They'reThey're a good place to make a purchase and tell your friends at home: "I bought it in Beverly Hills."
Aside from shopping, there are plenty of other things to do in Beverly Hills.
Travelers with a passion for cars enjoy looking for expensive vehicles parked along Rodeo Drive'sDrive's curb or driving up and down the famous 2-mile-long street.
If you want to see stars, Beverly Hills is the place to be. The Rodeo Drive legend is much bigger than the street itself. The most likely place to see a celebrity is at one of the swanky hotels or many of the bars and restaurants the A-list frequents.
The city with the world's most famous zip code is home to many Hollywood stars.
The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel at Rodeo Drive and Wilshire is where characters Vivian and Edward — played by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere — found love in the 1991 film, Pretty Woman. The hotel's Lobby Bar looks out into Rodeo Drive and serves wine by the glass. They also host an afternoon tea that some say is best outside London.
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is the culinary king of Tinseltown, and has catered to the Academy Awards'Awards' official after-party for more than 20 years. You can enjoy his fine cuisine with a side of celeb spotting at his upscale steakhouse Cut in Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Fun fact: Pretty Woman was filmed at this hotel!
The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel and its Belvedere Restaurant is a popular lunch spot for the stars. During the Academy Awards, this is the place where the A-list chooses to stay.
If you are a fan of the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, then make a reservation at Villa Blanca, a chic eatery owned by one of the housewives, Lisa Vanderpump. Apart from the housewives who are regulars diners, stars such as Dakota Fanning, David Hasselhoff, Eva Longoria and Patrick Dempsey can be spotted here.
Located inside the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel, The Polo Lounge has long been admired as one of the most popular restaurants to see and be seen. Enjoy an exquisite meal or a cocktail at the art deco eatery while spotting celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum, and Chris Rock.
Combining classic European design with vintage Hollywood glamour, Montage Beverly Hills is the perfect place to stay. Not only is the luxury hotel located in the heart of Beverly Hills, but it has a rooftop pool. Celebs, including Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, and Jennifer Gardner have either stayed or attended functions here.
Start your day at iconic Nate' Nate' n Al Delicatessen, where megastar Doris Day used to stop in every morning in her bathrobe for her brekkie. This old-fashioned restaurant is still a favourite to many celebrities including TV host Larry King and funnyman Mike Myers.
Stop and explore the famous Beverly Hills Farmers Market You'llYou'll be able to treat yourself to the freshest produce and delicious gourmet samples, all while being on the lookout for stars such as Chris Hemsworth, Ben Affleck and Gwen Stefani – just to name a few.
How many steakhouses does Beverly Hills need? Apparently, a lot. That didn't stop the famed Palm Restaurant moved on the same street as Wolfgang'sWolfgang's and Mastro'sMastro's Steakhouse (where Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes dropped $10,000 for a private dinner before their marriage). Nearby are Morton's Steakhouse, Ruth'sRuth's Chris Steakhouse, Cut (Wolfgang Puck'sPuck's steakhouse), and the Grill on the Alley. That'sThat's a tremendous amount of steak power for one little town.
Sprinkles Cupcake ATM — At night, driving by Little Santa Monica, you can see cupcake addicts lined up at the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. Yes, that's right, a machine dispenses the beloved Sprinkles cupcakes.
(Oh yes... by now, it should go without saying that Rodeo Drive is pronounced "Ro-day-o" not"Ro-dee-o.")