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Essentials
When the outside world pictures Los Angeles, it often defaults to well-lit images of Beverly Hills: palm trees, 23 broad avenues, nice cars, snappy rich folk. Shopping Rodeo Drive is high-stakes fun, but locals avoid it. To store the best BH memories, visit during the holidays, when the decorations above Wilshire Boulevard beam their glitzy charm. And there's one mental-health practitioner per 100 residents! If you're just visiting, enjoy the town's only freebie: two hours gratis in a public parking lot.

Sundries/Entertainment
Rodeo Drive is a theme park, complete with sky-high price tags, throngs of tourists, and annoying parking. Rodeo is surprisingly not always a reliable place to gawk at the beau monde--you're better off trying a restaurant like Bouchon. To get closer to earth, try Beverly Drive south of Wilshire--get lunch at See more.

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This Neighborhood Featured in...
The New Yorker's Guide to Los Angeles

By Rin-rin Yu
What's a native New Yorker without his bagel and a shmear, long, dejected strolls, Trotskyitic Van Dyke, rumpled copy of the New York Times and incoherent ramblings? He may come to the City of Angels and become a supple, lissome blonde but the old, Eastern gloominess remains. Thankfully, Rin-rin Yu has located some pizza and bagel shops.

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Posted By:  Noah Albert
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Random Metal Yard Animals
There they are, almost a whole zoo built entirely out of metal. The giraffe must be 15 feet high and the lions are certainly full size. Perhaps we will never know why someone has chosen to decorate their lawn in such a distinctive way. Maybe it makes more sense if you live in Beverly Hills, like these folks do. Be polite about your gawking though, this is a private yard we are talking about!



Posted By:  Kevan Peterson
Photo:  Gillian Wee

Will Rogers Memorial Park
Ah, the people of Beverly Hills have it good. Located across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel is Will Rogers Memorial Park, not to be confused with the Will Rogers State Historic Park located six miles away. There are more squirrels than children running around the green grass and playing near the crystal clear water, where a single duck and a few fish swim. The fountain in the center of the park is not quite loud enough to drown out the traffic driving up and down Sunset Boulevard, but if you are looking for a somewhat quiet and peaceful park to spend some time in without the fear of being mugged by one of those non-Beverly Hills dirty folk, than this is the place to be.



Posted By:  Kevan Peterson
Photo:  Gillian Wee

Luckyfish
Just the mere sight of sushi and sashimi moving slowly around a rotating belt is comforting. Trying to decipher what each item is can become its own fun game. At Lucky Fish the color-coded boxes make you want to cross reference everything that comes your way against a picture menu to determine what the item is, and then the color coded pricing to see if it is worth your money (Hint: The fried shrimp at two for six dollars is not worth your money). This place makes Sudoku look like a walk in the park. That being said, if you pick your dishes wisely you can get a good amount of food for your money. Best on the menu: Chicken Karagi, Potato Croquette, Eel and Avocado roll Worst on the menu: Whatever those pink and green wrapped thingies are.



Posted By:  Kevan Peterson
Photo:  Gillian Wee

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
You can't go half a block in Los Angeles without seeing something that deals with movies or television, so most people might not take the time out of their busy schedules to trek down to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to see what's on display there. But the exhibit is worth the time and the drive, even with today’s inflated gas prices. Two exhibits inhabit the space right now. The bottom level focuses on animation with a somewhat over-weighted presence by Disney. On the fourth floor the actual sets from Get Smart, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Iron Man, among others, are laid out across the level with great detail. The highlight of the show is the actual Iron Man suit. That alone is worth the drive. Show runs through August 24th, 2008.



Posted By:  adam c. marshall
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Coupa Cafe
Beverly Hills is currently running a Shop & Play campaign--and the CW is bringing Brenda & Brandon back to the airwaves. So against my better judgment, I've been cuing the Weezer BH soundtrack and scouring the shops south of Santa Monica after paying my debt to society in Century City. Coupa Cafe is, to me, a great example of the tolerable (read: affordable) BH 1-2-3: presentation, quality and confusion. Coupa mixes a trendy and comfortable storefront with a quality sit-down feel, and they back it all up with one hell of a coffee. Their cup of Venezuelan joe is presented like some BH bling at a price that kicks Starbucks in the beans. Unfortunately, they also possess the lynchpin of California cuisine: confusion. Apparently the sunshine state isn't about specificity. I guess it'd be expecting too little for Coupa to offer an intriguing Venezuelan menu to match their coffee. So in addition to arepas and pabellon, they're going kitchen sink on us: panini, pasta dishes, pizza, crepes run-of-the-mill salads, bonbons and a complete & standard breakfast menu. That drives me bat-shit, but in the end it doesn't matter--this place is all about the coffee.



Posted By:  adam c. marshall
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Paper Source
"If I had wet dreams, I’d have them about Paper Source," a female friend told me in describing the appeal of this paper store paradise. Well, I'd call it a paper store. My fiancee calls it a candy store. Basically it supplies the fix to anyone who has a ribbon drawer, a stationary fetish, or a constantly rabid desire to send out the perfect thank you cards or invitations. Apparently this is the be-all end-all for anyone planning a wedding--and anyone who geeks out on putting in the creative elbow grease and gaining the benefits of complete aesthetic control. Paper Source has workshops on making your own wedding invitations and wedding albums, on learning calligraphy; they even have courses on wedding planning itself. This "paper store" is all about building one's wedding from the ground up. Or so I learned as my fiancee explained to me that Paper Source solved all our Save the Date problems. So whether your drug of choice is rubber stamps, pens, crafts, wrapping paper or your wedding, Paper Source is your Elysian Fields. So step up, strap in, and trade in you paper for... well, prettier paper.



Posted By:  adam c. marshall
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Jack n' Jills
It seems to be axiomatic of my generation that the best way to gauge a breakfast place is by getting thoroughly smashed, then staggering over to sample said place’s wares while hungover. Well, sit down and take a deep breath, because I’m about to propose something ass-backwards crazy: Why don’t you go out to breakfast sober, and enjoy the food. I know. It’s fucked up. But when a co-worker told me that Jack n’ Jills was his new favorite place to detox, I decided to check it out in the bright sober light of day. And, wow, is this a good spot to up your glucose levels. Malted Belgian waffles, cakes, blueberry pancakes, muffins, granola, chocolate and pecans—this place took me to a Saturday morning cartoon reverie of sugary Breakfasts Past. Which explains why the place is so family friendly. In addition, they give you mini blueberry muffins as a side, and tootsie roll pops with your check. And if you’re into eggs, you can get them with some downright savory cheese grits. Now that I think of it, those tasty cheese grits could be the thing unifying us all—sober and hungover alike.



Posted By:  Noah Albert
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For an hour of posh and grandeur, this public park is the place to be. The Greystone Mansion itself, the largest house in Beverly Hills at 46,000 square feet and featured in a multitude of movies, is closed. But who cares—the grounds and the view are free, super deluxe, and open to the public. There are pools, hedges, fountains, stone walkways, ponds, more hedges, and even a cascading glass-pebble stream on the 18.5 acre site. The mansion was built at great expense in 1928 by the Doheny family. Then six months after Ned Doheny and his wife moved into the grand residence, Ned was killed by his chauffeur and assistant Hugh Plunkett in a murder/suicide. There are unresolved questions about the crime, if only because the Doheny family had enough wealth and influence to spin the story. Lucy Doheny lived there until 1955; the property was acquired by the city of Beverly Hills in 1964. And now the grounds make a grand place to stroll and imagine what it's like to live in the neighborhood.



Posted By:  adam c. marshall
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Sprinkles Cupcakes
Every day on my drive home from work, I’m treated to the sight of the line outside of Sprinkles in Beverly Hills. “a.c.,” you’re saying, “cupcakes are in. That’s old news. Even the writers of How I Met Your Mother have covered that tired territory.” And you’re right. But what’s shocking is that they’re still in. I thought this would be an idle fad. Like the raw food diet, Atkins, and Paris Hilton. But, no. This, apparently, is akin to big sunglasses, Starbucks, and Angelina Jolie. They just won’t go away. Maybe it’s because they’re so damn aesthetically pleasing for frigging cupcakes. Maybe Angelenos are so starved for actual sugar that Sprinkles is the new dealer in town. But people love them. So, if it’s not there already, add it to your cultural lexicon. 30 is the new 21. Pink is the new grey. And cupcakes are forever. I’m going to go out on a limb now and say that muffins will be the new cupcakes. But, for now, cupcakes are still it.



Posted By:  Rin-rin Yu
Photo:  Rin-rin Yu

Conversation is the key ingredient to this popular West Hollywood brunch and lunch bistro, hence the café’s name. La Conversation occupies a quiet strip of Doheny right around the corner from the West Hollywood bar scene on Santa Monica. You’ll find your fair share of Hollywood name-droppers eating egg white omelettes while holding their pooches in their laps. Adorned with red and white toile prints, china and various Eiffel Towers, the café is just tres mignon. Outside seating is available and popular, so get there early on Sunday mornings to snag a table. The meal starts off with a little basket of free mini-muffins and mini-croissants. All breakfast platters are made with low-oil, come decorated colorfully and healthy-looking with fresh fruits. Lunch, too, makes you feel light and ready to kick off your afternoon, but no meal is complete without one of their decadent pastries.



Posted By:  adam c. marshall
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The Shave isn’t a salon. It’s a barbershop. And they’re pretty serious about it. That sunk in as I was swept past their men-only velvet rope, handed a bourbon, and ushered into a deep leather seat. I was told this is a men’s club, a barbershop modeled after those of London. It’s a luxury lifestyle store where a guy can slip back into Rat Pack digs for the classic seven towel shave; he can get his pate evaluated for its optimum shave by a young women—the guy sipping bourbon with me called them “barbers’ caddies”—and relax, socialize, and clean up before work, his wedding day, or a little hey-hey. As I sat smitten amid the smell of leather, lather, and bourbon, a part of me still wondered if this was the real deal. As I did, a man still in his barber’s cape sauntered over to the guy across from me and asked if he was from Detroit. “I used to live in Southfield.” The still-caped man laughed as if he had just been following a curious long shot. “Southfield? Get out of here. Really? Where in Southfield?”



Posted By:  Ellen Flaherty
Photo:  Adam Pash

Outdoor eating is made cozy at this approachable Northern Indian restaurant in West Hollywood. Be sure to get the Tandoori chicken if you want some rotisserie chicken with a twist. The wait staff was welcoming as I entered the outdoor/indoor eatery packed with heaters. The orange interior walls glowed under the dim overhead lights, and the tables were stocked with those ubiquitous colored/textured glass candles that are found in both hoity toity restaurants and neighborhood haunts. Be sure to check out the chicken tikka masala—the menu touts it as Dolly Parton’s favorite. And who doesn’t love Dolly? That recommendation is enough for me.



Posted By:  Edoardo Ballerini
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Avalon Hotel of Beverly Hills
Like a lot of Los Angeles hotels, the Avalon has a poolside bar. But unlike a lot of LA hotels, this mid-century-styled hangout isn’t mobbed every night. Location may have something to do with it. It’s not in Hollywood, so you don’t have to wear your sunglasses at night. But if you’re in the area and need a place for a coffee or a drink, or just an oasis to catch your breath, Avalon is it. The aqua-blue motif is soothing, the staff is friendly, and nobody is going to hassle you to gulp and leave. Valet parking is available, but you can usually find something on the side street.



Posted By:  Edoardo Ballerini
Photo:  Edoardo Ballerini

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
When they’re not busy handing out Oscars, The Academy is open to the public with galleries, exhibitions, and screenings. Want to see Buster Keaton on the big screen with a live orchestra? Or award-winning animated shorts dating back to 1933? Or how about seeing some Hirschfeld prints of Hollywood greats? It’s all at the Academy. Shows are always changing, so get on the mail-ing list. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am until 5 pm and weekend from 12 pm until 6 pm. And you thought the best of Hollywood was behind a series of velvet ropes…



Posted By:  Ari Ratner
Photo:  Courtesy of Il Cono Gelateria

I cannot say enough good things about Il Cono Gelateria in Beverly Hills; it is simply divine. If you’ve been to Italy, you know the value of authentic gelato—it’s creamy, light, full of flavor, and just plain ad-dictive. If you haven’t tried Il Cono gelato, get ready for something incredible. Each day, Il Cono’s chef prepares 40 flavors of Gelato fresh. There are more than 240 flavors that make their way through the rotation. The ice-cream is all-natural and made with high-qual-ity ingredients like imported Italian pistachios or hazelnuts. My per-sonal favorite is the coconut. For the health conscious, a number of the gelatos are sugar-free and fat-free. Il cono also serves a special frozen yogurt called Baby Yogurt—an all-natural low-calorie and low-fat delight that tastes something like plain yogurt, but much, much better. Ask for a sample. Il Cono is open daily from 11 am and also serves coffee, tea, fresh juice, milkshakes, and biscotti. Try this place once, and I swear you will forget Cold Stone’s even existed.



Posted By:  Ari Ratner
Photo:  Courtesy of BHLI

If you’re looking to learn a new another language, or improve upon one you have already been studying, this is the place. Beverly Hills Language Institute offers more than 25 languages to choose from, from the omni-present (in LA) Spanish to more exotic options like Thai, Danish, or Tagalog. The courses are comprehensive, engaging, and, best of all, reasonably priced. An eight-week course in Span-ish, French, Italian, or ESL that meets once a week for an hour and a half is priced at $225. Any other language classes that run for a similar time are $275. Books are extra, but generally cost around $30. All in all, when you consider what you’re getting, it’s a great deal. All courses are taught by native speakers, with univer-sity degrees or teaching credentials. And there are no more than 10 students per class. And this is Beverly Hills, so you never know who you will be sitting next to: actors, doctors, lawyers, professors, stu-dents, anyone. Kathy Bates, Mira Sorvino, and Vidaal Sasson were all students. It’s the ultimate place to make connections while learn-ing. Classes run year-round in eight-week terms, and range from complete beginner to advanced. They also offer private lessons.




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