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Beverly Hills

Thanks to its many starring roles and abundant star-studded estates, Beverly Hills ranks among Los Angeles’ most famous neighborhood. The area now incorporated as the City of Beverly Hills served as ranch and farmland — in between severe droughts — for much of the late 19th century. In 1900, Burton E. Green, an oilman and real estate speculator, purchased for land to drill for oil, but instead struck water — an even more important commodity in Southern California.Burton enlisted landscape architect Wilbur D. Cook to design the newly formed city’s master plan, and Green and his wife dubbed the enclave Beverly Hills after their fondness for Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.

Cook’s original city plan,featuring tree-lined streets separatinglarge lots to the north and smaller lots to the south with a business district in between, largely still stands today. The city’s wildly irregular borders stretch from the Los Angeles Country Club to the east to Doheny, Robertson and San Vicente to the west, and from Whitworth Drive to the south into Benedict Canyon, Coldwater Canyon and Trousdale Estates to the north. Intersected by both Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, and featuring world-famous Rodeo Drive, there’s no shortage of magnificent luxury shopping, dining and nightlife in Beverly Hills. And while sprawling estates garner headlines, there’s are also more modest single-family homes and apartment houses, plus luxury condominium buildings, located throughout the city.

The Polo Lounge:
Perhaps the most iconic destination in the entire 90210, a trip to the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge is practically mandatory. Wind your way past signature banana-leaf wallpaper to find the delightful green-striped lounge and outdoor patio overflowing with bougainvillea. Suitable for everything from brunch and dinner to afternoon tea and cocktails, you can’t go wrong with their magnificent burgers. Or, treat yourself to caviar and champagne. It is Beverly Hills, after all.

Beverly Gardens Park:
While the most luxurious outdoor spaces in Beverly Hills might be hidden behind grand mansions and private gates, a visit to Beverly Gardens Park provide a luxe backdrop for outdoor workouts and dog walking with photo ops galore. Stretching nearly 2 miles along Santa Monica Boulevard, from Doheny to Wilshire, you’ll find iconic Beverly Hills signage, fountains and gardens, plus amazing people watching.

Wallys:
If you know wine, you know Wally’s — a Los Angeles mainstay for wine, spirits and gifts for 50 years. Their Beverly Hills location also features a fantastic restaurant filled with lively communal tables. Open breakfast through late night, the restaurant is equally well-suited for power lunches and relaxed brunches, and you won’t want to miss the Wagubeef burgersand lobster salad.

Il Pastaio:
Arguably the best Italian food in all of Beverly Hills, this bustling ristorante is often filled with celebrities and industry dealmakers. Once you enjoy a single bite oftheir mouthwatering selections, you’ll want to make a standing weekly reservation for a table outside.Our favorites include the fantastic Ossobuco and the Risotto Nero, filled with calamari, shrimp and scallops in a squid ink sauce.

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills:
This friendly neighborhood shop is a must-visit destination for cheese lovers and party planners alike. They offer an amazing selection of wines, olives, spreads, and of course, cheeses, from around the world, and the amiable staff is happy to recommend just the right thing for your next cocktail party or gift basket. Don’t miss their monthly wine and cheese pairing events.

The Montage Hotel:
There’s certainly no shortage of fine hotels in Beverly Hills, but we keep coming back to The Montage for its effortless style and sophisticated ambiance. Named the No. 1 hotel in Los Angeles by Condé Nast Traveler readers, this luxe resort houses multiple world-class restaurants and bars, gorgeous rooms, a stunning pool and an extravagant spa. Perfect for your out-of-town guests, a business meeting or a romantic staycation.