Beverly Hills is an expensive place to visit, but it’s not without a village-like charm. The famous 90210 zip code, replete with Ferraris and celebrity spotting, is more approachable than you may think. But one has to know where to go in order to take advantage of what the Hills have to offer. Having frequented most (if not all!) of the Los Angeles places of interest, these are my personal recommendations for places worth visiting in the 90210.
Urth Caffe • 267 South Beverly Drive • urthcaffe.com
When family or friends are visiting from out town, Urth Cafe in Beverly Hills is always on the “to do” list. The brunch plates are hearty, and the service fast. What really stands out as a crowd pleaser is the variety of homemade desserts that people find so irresistible: Banana Cream Pie, Matcha tiramisù, Coconut royale. The wide-ranging menu is perfect for family-style ordering, too. A dining experience that suits everyone.
Wallys • 447 North Canon Drive • wallywine.com
A visually striking bistro with an ambitious menu. At the bar, white marble counter-height tables are framed on both sides by mounted wine racks stretching up to the ceiling, and the image of all those bottles (approximately 9,000) is an impressive sight. The drinks are consistent and well made with attentive bartenders. Positive energy fills the air, which makes the experience one you will remember.
Momed • 233 South Beverly Drive • atmomed.com
This airy Mediterranean restaurant is perfect for an early dinner. The deli case displays bowls of colorful Turkish muhammara (a roasted red pepper dip) and creamy hummus. There is outdoor seating if you’d like to do some people watching as the foot traffic on South Beverly Drive passes by. This little gem is a great value with a daily happy hour (2:30-5:30 p.m.) that has $5 mezze plates, served with a basket of steaming-warm pita. Great tasting food that is easy on the wallet.
4Wallis Annenberg Center
Wallis Annenberg Center • 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. • thewallis.org
Formerly a 1930s post office, this space has been transformed into a performing arts center. Boasting a 500 seat main stage and a 150 seat theater for smaller productions, the Annenberg Center has become a community hub for the art of live theatre. The productions are high caliber and entertaining.
5Virginia Robinson Gardens BEST POOL SIDE FOOD
Virginia Robinson Gardens • 1008 Elden Way • robinsongardens.org • by appointment only
Virginia Robinson Gardens is a six-acre estate built in 1911 with an Australian King Palm forest, rose garden, and a Beaux-Arts mansion. Its now deceased owner, socialite Virginia Dryden Robinson, was known for her extravagant tastes and her high-profile guests such as Fred Astaire, who used to play tennis in the backyard.