All settled in after the long move to Beverly Hills? Good. Had the chance to plan out all the important points – even better! Having covered all the necessary bases now would be the perfect time to kick back and relax. Now, at some point you are going to get hungry, if not already. Moving can be so tiresome so you might not be in the mood to cook, and staying home and ordering in would simply be such a waste, seeing as that you just got here, and there is no time like the present to go out and explore some hot spots to grab a bite, maybe have a drink or two., and then take a relaxing stroll to breathe in the atmosphere.
Now, whenever any one of us goes to a new place as a tourist, friend or new resident that just moved into town, we tend to see and experience as much as we can, which can turn out a bit pricey if we do not have a proper guide. Well, it is our goal that the following article will prove to be your affordable safety net when exploring the everyday highlights of Beverly Hills.
A ride for Beverly Hills novices
The best way to start off your Tour de Beverly Hills after moving in would be taking a ride on the Trolley. For a fee of $5, you get to go on a 40-minute ride, getting the chance to take in the scenery of the town, as well as map out your plans. Mind you, this old-school trolley will make you look like a typical tourist, but so what? Having just moved here, you kind of are at this point.
After a relaxing trolley tour, coffee and breakfast are a must
One of the well-known monuments in Beverly Hills would be the Brighton Coffee Shop, an old-school NYC style place, where locals have been taking their daily dose of a cup of Joes since early 1930. Mind you, in regards to breakfast it is mediocre; however it’s the concept that counts– giving you a true home-welcoming vibe as a new-comer. Taking that first sip of hot black coffee in one of the few places which admits being over 50 in Beverly Hills – no Starbucks can replace that feeling.
If you are looking for some breakfast to go with the coffee, or at this point, even some brunch, our advice would be visiting Nate N’ Al’s Delicatessen – another relic in downtown Beverly Hills which will make you feel at home. Of course, you are able to find better cuisine in other places, but it’s the ambient in combination with the food and to-the-point service that counts, which is exactly what one can always expect at this old-school Jewish deli. And to top it all off, even though it is located inside the so-called Golden Triangle of downtown Beverly Hills, the prices are more than affordable.
Take a walk on the Tudor side
Now that you’ve gotten your fill of caffeine and calories, the time is perfect for a relaxing stroll. And what better place than Greystone Mansion – what was initially a Tudor Revival mansion later ended up being purchased by the city of Beverly Hills, which then overturned it into a public park. The outdoor area of this English Gardens landscape estate, as well as manicured lawns and courtyard area are all free for the public, whereas the mansion is rarely open for the public, and usually for special occasions only. While taking in the scenery of this lovely estate, you might notice something familiar, like you were there before. Well, other than being a public park, the estate is commonly rented by the film-making industry – the descending staircase being the jewel of this estate crown.
Sweetening the stroll with a lovely dessert in the form of a cupcake
Now, who doesn’t enjoy a good cupcake to get that slightly elevated sugar-rush to offer a pick-me-up, I know I do. And what better place to indulge into this oh so sweet sin than the famous Sprinkles? Let me tell you right away – do not let the long lines of waiting cupcake enthusiasts discourage you; I can assure you that it is worth it. At $3.50 a cupcake, and a daily rotation of 12 to 15 flavors, the offer is more than pleasing. And the variety of tastes – starting from the most basic ones such as chocolate and vanilla, spreading out to the exotic ones, such as the chai latte or ginger lemon…all in all, you can’t go wrong to try it out…on a daily basis. And it does not hurt to mention that there are even cupcakes for pets, for those of us who tend to move to new places with animal friends.
Sugar can work up such a thirst, so why not indulge in a drink
Now that we’ve covered eating, touring, strolling, all that is left is an interesting place for having a drink. The answer might very well be Nic’s Vodbox lounge – especially if you are a fan of vodka. Along with inventive martinis and good happy-hour deals, the concept itself is quite unique – customers are seated for tasting in walk-in freezers, and provided with faux fur coats and hats for warmth before being led inside. This provides you with the purest vodka-tasting method, and makes for a temporary getaway from the California sun. Plus, you just moved to the Hills, and I do believe that deserves a memorable toast.
Now, what we mentioned here would be just one of many examples on how one ideal day could be spent for Beverly Hills new-comers. This is just a subtle way of inviting you to take the first step into the exploration of Beverly Hills, and all the opportunities that it offers. So breathe in the sights, taste the offers and never forget – everything is possible here.