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Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.

Spadena House

Also known as the “Witch’s House,” this dilapidated-looking cottage just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive was built in 1921 as a backdrop for silent films. Today, regular Beverly Hills residents live in the home and choose to retain its haunted look with a roof that appears as if it’s about to cave in (it’s not), rotting shutters (they were dyed to look that way), and a rickety picket fence. 

Nozawa Bar

It doesn’t get more exclusive than this 20-seat hidden private dining room located within Sugarfish. Priced at $150 a head and available through reservation only, the 20-course intimate sushi-bar experience features a menu that is devised each morning based on what fish is most fresh at the LA fish markets. 

Nic’s VODBOX

Nic’s is already popular for its two-dozen signature martinis and moody lounge feel, but its most unique asset might just be the VODBOX, a walk-in exhibition freezer designed for tasting flights of vodkas from all over the world. Displayed on white leather shelving, hundreds of bottles range from the fashionable and exclusive to the odd and obscure. 

Saban Theatre 

Beverly Hill’s most popular theater is an art deco movie palace designed in 1930 as one of 20th Century Fox film corporation’s premier theaters. Despite several renovations, the interior remains mostly intact with its columned two-story rotunda lobby, spacious orchestra and balcony level seating, and its iconic silver, gold, and black proscenium.

Ice Cream Lab

Made-to-order ice cream never existed until this high-tech parlor pioneered the art of using liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze the all-natural ingredients into ice cream (no need for artificial color or preservatives). Popular flavors include Banilla, a combination of fresh diced bananas and Nilla wafers, and a caramel- and salt-laden number called Salt Lick Crunch.

 

The Weekender

How to spend 36 hours in Beverly Hills with Mosaic Hotel as your base camp.

 

Friday

4 p.m. | Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
For $5, get your bearings on the 90210 with this daily 40-minute tour that departs from the northwest corner of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way. Sights include the Golden Triangle area of downtown and notable celebrity homes perched on manicured hillsides.
 
5:30 | Dinner at Crustacean
The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into this Euro-Vietnamese fusion restaurant: the koi pond aquarium that lives beneath the plexiglass floor. The next thing? Maybe a Hollywood celebrity, who, thanks to an exclusive clandestine passageway, relishes the restaurant’s privacy. But if you’re still not impressed, just try An’s Famous Roasted Crab, made in a secret kitchen accessible only to chefs with more than 10 years of employment.

Saturday

9 a.m. | Hike Runyon Canyon Park
About 20 minutes northeast of Beverly Hills, this 160-acre park perched on the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains features a handful of wide dirt fire roads that ascend to the park’s highest point (1,300 feet). For the quickest route, take the two-and-a-half-mile Runyon Canyon Trail, a loop with a 700-foot elevation gain and great views over Hollywood. 

12 p.m. | Stroll Virginia Robinson Gardens
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, this six-and-a-half-acre historic early-twentieth-century estate feels like a tropical oasis in the middle of the city. Surrounding gardens include luxurious tropical forests with 60-foot towering king palms, bananas, fragrant gingers, and more than 500 blooming roses.
 
3 p.m. | Window Shopping on Rodeo Drive
It wouldn’t be a visit to Beverly Hills without ogling the big-ticket fashion statements on Rodeo Drive. The three blocks of luxury shopping are home to the world’s most prestigious brands, like Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel, and come packaged in a polished setting of old world cobblestones, romantic archways, bubbling fountains, and wrought-iron street lamps. 

7 p.m. | Dinner at Mastro Steakhouse
Expect Fred Flintstone–size cuts of velvety Wagyu, Kansas City–style strip steak and bone-in rib-eye at this snazzy chophouse. The first floor evokes a plush supper-club setting, the second floor contains a craft-cocktail-focused oasis of a bar, and the third floor features a deejay-manned sushi bar.

9 p.m. | Sprinkles Cupcake ATM
Save room for dessert, and head to this 24-hour cupcake dispensing machine on the corner on Santa Monica Boulevard and Bedford Drive. A touch-screen lets you select your flavor and dispenses a made-that-day cupcake fresh from the ATM. Their most ordered flavor: red velvet.

Sunday

11 a.m. | Beverly Hills Farmers Market
Open every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., this Civic Center Drive market features a wide selection of produce from more than 60 local farmers and vendors. Artisanal packaged foods, flowers, and even a petting zoo make this the ultimate morning destination.

The Adventurist

When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do. 

Photo Courtesy of Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons on Venice Beach | Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons

You won’t meet a surfer with a better track record than owner and instructor Nick Fowler, who was taught by surfing champion Fred Hemmings when he was just 6 years old. The 90-minute lessons teach basic surf techniques and include surfboards and wetsuit in its price ($85 per person for group lesson; $160 for a private). 

Guided Horseback Tours | Sunset Ranch Hollywood

The ranch’s one- or two-hour guided horseback tours travel through the hills of the 5,000-acre Griffith Park, where you’ll see the famous Hollywood sign and 360-degree views of LA, the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, and to the Pacific. 

Photo of Courtesy of Pacific Blue Air

Flight Lessons | Pacific Blue Air

These aren’t just tours but actual hands-on flight lessons with a certified-FAA flight instructor, where once in the air, you can take ahold of the controls to fly the state-of-the-art Revo Evolution aircraft. Lessons range from 30- to 90-minute increments and provide amazing views of Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Palisades, Venice Boardwalk, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, and even Catalina Island. 

Flavor of…

The best food artisans, farms, and local markets.

 

Photo Courtesy of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills 

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills 

This tiny shop with a world-class cheese selection is the purveyor of choice for many LA restaurants as it features hundreds of hard-to-find cheeses from all regions of France, Italy, Spain, and more. The best part: They let you sample as many as needed until you find just the right one to take home with you.

 

Photo Courtesy of Edelweiss Chocolates

Edelweiss Chocolates

Handcrafted, extraordinary chocolates have been the specialty of this Beverly Hills mainstay since 1942. Their discriminating clientele includes some of the most recognized names in the world, from presidents to princes to producers. In fact, Lucille Ball used to get her sweet fix here, and it’s said that her sneak peek behind the backdoor to the candy conveyer belt inspired her iconic I Love Lucy assembly line episode.

 

Automatic Caviar Boutiques

When you think of vending machines, you likely think of Cheetos and Diet Coke. But Beverly Hills Caviar wants you to think a bit more upscale. As of 2013, they’ve installed vending machines – aka “Automated Caviar Boutiques” – in LA’s Topanga Westfield Mall, Century City Mall, and Burbank Town Center. Expect 24 varieties of caviar and a price point that ranges from $30 an ounce to a whopping $500 per ounce.

 

’Lette Macarons

Beverly Hill’s most adorable boutique bakeshop sells handmade brightly colored macarons in its equally brightly colored shop. Everyday classic flavors include Earl Grey tea, rose and salted caramel, as well as seasonal specialties, like pumpkin and gingerbread.

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