I live in Beverly Hills. One word not usually associated with this area is “budget.” Don’t let that scare you, because there is still a way to do the posh city of Beverly Hills affordably and get the most out of your visit.
EAT: Beverly Drive is a good place to start for cheap eats, with lots of decently priced restaurants such as California Pita and Mulberry Street Pizza. If you don’t mind chain restaurants you also have Chin Chin, Koo Koo Roo, Islands, Chipotle and California Pizza Kitchen to choose from.
For lunch, a good place to grab a quick bite is Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop. Rated by Los Angeles Magazine one of the best sandwich shops in LA, they serve up specialty sandwiches such as “The Bobbie” (homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo on fresh-baked sub roll) and the “Ca pastrami” (served hot with Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing) starting at just $7.
For fresh, healthy Mexican food, further up Beverly Drive is Sharky’s Woodfire Mexican Grill. This small eatery offers fresh, organic and natural ingredients. Voted “Best Mexican” by the Daily News in 2010, popular dishes include signature burritos, naked chicken tostada salad and tempura battered fish tacos.
Beverly Hills is home to designer cupcake shops Sprinkles and Crumbs on Santa Monica Blvd. Cupcake enthusiasts have a bit of a rivalry going between the two sweet eateries, with die hard Sprinkles fans vouching for the cute, petite Red Velvet Cupcakes and Crumbs fans swearing the gigantic Oreo, Fluffernutter and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup flavors.
PLAY: Spend the day exploring off-the-beaten-path Beverly Hills art galleries, city parks and museums, as the area is rich in history and culture (no, really). The Paley Center for Media collects and preserves radio and television shows, while the Museum of Television and Radio has daily screenings and radio presentations. The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation is little known to the public and is a private home that houses an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Visitors flock to the beautiful grounds of Greystone Mansion, the former Doheny Estate that is known a historic landmark and backdrop for several movies and events.
SLEEP: In the heart of Beverly Hills steps from Rodeo Drive, is The Crescent Beverly Hills (pictured above). This elegant and modern Dodd Mitchell designed boutique hotel is for those who crave quiet in the city center. Standard room rates typically start at $175 per night for the minimalistic rooms. All rooms feature complimentary WiFi, flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, mini-bar, plush bathrobes and complimentary breakfast. Outfitted with Italian linens on a designer bed and concrete modern bathrooms, these accommodations offer the full Beverly Hills experience at a budget price.
BeverlyHillsGal Kimberly Fisher grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and now calls the Hills of Beverly home. When she is not galavanting around the world in search of new adventures and the perfect french fries, you can find her online at Jetsetera.net.