I guess no tourist itinerary is complete without visiting the very popular cities of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. For me, these are the places I would go just once for the experience and leave it at that. There’s little I can say that hasn’t been said about these places already, but they are definitely a must go for the first time LA visitor.
Rodeo Drive – if you’re on a budget, don’t plan to do much shopping here. Brand names galore, there’s a mix of tourists and shoppers (more tourists than shoppers, I seemed to notice). It’s nice to walk along and see the extravagance, but I prefer the streets around Rodeo, as they are quieter with cute boutiques and restaurants littered around.
Beverly Hills Hotel – a favourite of celebrities and influencers, the pink walls are cute for a quick stop by for a photo op. It’s a little out of the way from the busier shopping areas, so not a major must-do.
Hollywood Boulevard – always, always packed full of people, it’s a challenge just to maneuver yourself around the crowds. Parking close to it could run you more than $30 dollars for a full day. I wouldn’t recommend staying more than a few hours, as the main strip doesn’t have too much to linger on other than the Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and souvenir shops. Beware as a few of the costumed folks can get aggressive when they purposely jump into your photo and then ask for a tip.
Grub – 10/10 would go again for brunch. First off, the servers were so incredibly accommodating to our large-ish group, especially when they were getting rather busy at the time we arrived. Second of all, the food was great. Everything we ordered was excellent, especially the sangria.
Sprinkles Cupcake ATM – the social media-famous cupcake ATM is on S Santa Monica Blvd, a few blocks away from Rodeo Dr. and you’ll probably see a small huddle of folks getting photos or trying to figure out how it works. Now, I didn’t try it out so I can’t say how good these cupcakes are, but it exists and people still stop for photos.