The famed town of Beverly Hills is arguably synonymous with Los Angeles. From opulent mansions to the glamour associated with Hollywood, Beverly Hills embodies the essence of LA's fanciful lifestyle. There is a lot to enjoy here, enough to justify a day visit, if not more. You may start by exploring the heart of Beverly Hills; the fabulous Rodeo Drive and the adjacent streets, all lined with some of the best world-class boutiques from coast to coast. Visit a few art galleries, such as the Gagosian and William A. Karges, located in the same area. Grab a bite to eat at one of the more casual cafes and bakeries, or splurge at the legendary Spago. Dozens of top-notch spas are at your fingertips. A mid-afternoon stroll through the lush Beverly Hills Park provides a nice change of pace and a natural respite in between your urban explorations. West Melrose and Robertson shopping districts await insatiable shoppers looking to explore further.
It isn't exaggerating to say that Rodeo Drive contains some of the most expensive real estate on the planet. Remember Julia Roberts' shopping spree in Pretty Woman? Rodeo Drive is where she went. The place boasts of a great mixture of clothing, restaurants, unique shops and celebrity spotting. Be warned, however, some of the stores are so exclusive, shopping is by appointment only.
With harder-to-find upscale boutiques as well as the usual mall fare, the Beverly Center is one of the more popular shopping destinations in the city of Los Angeles. The structure itself is certainly unique for a mall, with two floors of shops and a third of food court and cinemas atop five-levels of parking, filling an entire city block. Among the more unique stores found here are Belgravia Collection, Betsey Johnson, Cabochon Fine Jewelry, Alexio, Club Monaco, Politix, Vertex, The Icing and Shauna Stein.
The Fashion District sprawls over 90 blocks of downtown Los Angeles, and is just the place to be if you are looking for bargains or wholesale material. This section of the city is absolutely crammed with stores selling designer clothing, shoes, accessories, textiles and even flowers at unbeatable rates. Other bric-a-brac on display includes toys, lingerie, CDs, prom gowns and kids wear. Over 1,000 such retailers show off their wares at a flea market, which always dons a festive appearance. Weekends are particularly busy, with great discounts of up to 30 percent. Hours of operation and credit cards may vary by store.
If you want to see everything that L.A. shopping is known for, there is no better place than Melrose Avenue Shopping District, especially on a Sunday afternoon. You can find expensive showrooms between La Cienega and Crescent Heights ( Fred Segal, Miù Miù). If you are not a brand fanatic, you can hit one of the reasonably priced boutiques. You really haven't "done L.A." until you have been here.
The Grove is a LA institute in itself. Bustling with high end branded shopping stores, numerous popular restaurants, a movie theater with 14 screens and some of the best events in the city, Grove is on everyone's itinerary. Their events calendar features some glamorous soirees, which are attended by the who's who of the city. Shop for top brands, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic and lots more. There are also shops that specialize in children's wear. Once you're done with shopping, grab a quick bite at one of the cafes or check out the latest flick. The Grove has something for everyone.
This toy shop sells a huge selection of toys and dolls for kids. Educational toys abound for those parents who want their little ones to do more than just have fun. There are a lot of cuddly stuffed animals to make any child (or adult) melt and fall in love right on the spot. Popular items like Blue's Clues merchandise are also available. You will also find many unusual and hard-to-find products as well as musical instruments. Please call ahead for hours.
This Canadian company has exclusive stores all over the United States and specializes in yoga wear and trendy exercise clothes. The women's collection has trendy tanks, jackets, vests, shorts, skirts and pants. The menswear includes sporty shorts and vests. Take your pick from the versatile yoga mats, bags, water bottles and gym bags from their accessories section. The aim of this label is to promote a healthy and active fun filled life, so it arranges for fitness classes as well.
Going to a wedding or a baby shower and don't know what to get the happy couple? GEARYS offers more than the tried-and-true jewelry option. Wander past silver baby cutlery and dainty ceramic crockery, cute rattles, endearing photo frames and toys. Dinnerware and bar accessories for formal and casual meals balance out the extensive range of engagement rings and other jewelry, while a bulk load of showpieces, clocks and other collectibles vie for attention from the store's shelves. Stop in for a couple of moments and you might just wind up spending a few hours deciding how best to spend your money!
This shoe repair shop has a near-cult status among Beverly Hills residents and Hollywood moguls and stars. Owner Jacques of Progressive Shoes can fix any shoe no matter what its ailment. You can have your heel stitched or replaced no matter what the style. Jacques is also a master of dye jobs. You can take any shoe to him and have it dyed to any color under the rainbow in order to match your dress. Stars rush here before the Academy Awards when they cannot find shoes to match their gowns and tuxedos!
Ralph Lauren is the king of style, and walking into his store you know you will find high-quality clothing and accessories for men and women under the Polo label. For men there is a full line of sports and active wear. And for women there is sportswear, business wear, accessories and jewelry. In this posh store, you will also find an upstairs section with a huge selection of home accessories. Whether you go just to browse or to buy something for your body or home, your experience here will be a good one.