Beverly Hills

With its glitzy and glamorous reputation, Beverly Hills is a good place for people watching if that's your thing. I did find it a little too sterile and while walking the streets of Rodeo and Beverly Drives, I struggled to come up with words that would describe the character of Beverly Hills. The streets were wide and very well maintained which made it wonderful for strolling, though with the very few palm trees scattered along the streets, it lacked personality. Nevertheless, it's still a great area to spend an afternoon sipping latte at Urth Caffe. Even if you don't intend to buy anything from Rodeo Drive, it makes a pretty fun couple of hours just to look at the different facades of the luxury goods boutiques. For those who think that shopping in Beverly Hills is all high-end, Beverly Drive which is just a street over from Rodeo Drive has approachable everyday stores. The Beverly Canon Gardens designed Italian-style offers a wonderful reprieve in the park. Or if you feel like indulging in a cupcake at the popular Sprinkles Cupcake on Santa Monica Boulevard, they have recently installed a cupcake ATM machine just outside the store where you can satisfy your cravings 24 hours a day.

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