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There’s no place quite like Los Angeles, with its seemingly endless sun-kissed days and balmy nights, palm tree-lined streets, beaches and canyons. Not to mention this city of eternal youth, beauty and paparazzi is also home to a spectacular dining and shopping scene. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, located conveniently on Wilshire and South Santa Monica Boulevard, gives guests a taste of living like Hollywood royalty. Visit celebrated landmarks and icons, or discover hidden gems and local haunts with our staff recommendations.

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PenCities by LUXE City Guides

Developed exclusively for The Peninsula Hotels by stylish travel publisher LUXE City Guides, PenCities is a unique, luxury lifestyle journal spanning all nine Peninsula cities, featuring the finest in dining, entertainment, shopping, design, nightlife, spa and wellness. Updated weekly, PenCities presents a tightly edited selection of opinionated and informed recommendations, covering the latest openings, classic favourites, special events, seasonal celebrations and smart things to do. Welcome!

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Staff FAVOURITES

 

  • by Offer Nissenbaum | Managing Director

    Who knew that less than five miles away from The Peninsula is one of the best spots to hike in Southern California! On the weekends, my family and I often take Rascal, our Chocolate Lab, to Franklin Canyon Park, a short drive up into the hills. Once you’re out of the city and in the 605-acre park, you find yourself in the midst of grassy fields and chaparral-covered hills studded with oak trees. There’s even a three-acre lake where ducks swim.

    This untouched setting was once the summer retreat of oil baron Edward Doheny, who grazed his cattle here. During the 1970s, some Beverly Hills conservationists stopped a plan to develop it for houses and the National Park Service turned into a park. Lucky for us! The Park has more than five miles of great hiking trails and dogs are allowed as long as they’re on a leash. On some of the trails, when you make it up to a mountain ridge, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the whole Los Angeles basin. After we come down from our hike, my family shares a picnic lunch under the oak trees, happy to be in this little stretch of wilderness that is hidden away from the city.

  • by David Codney | Executive Chef

    On Sunday mornings, I like to take my three year-old twins to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, a weekly institution in this city. Vendors from all over Southern California set up booths on the street behind the Beverly Hills Library, and it’s fun to walk up and down and see what’s fresh and seasonal. The kids love the free samples! The market sells everything from organic fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood and bakery items, freshly laid eggs, to gorgeous orchids and garden plants at amazingly low prices.

    There is always plenty to eat too – homemade sausages, Mexican and Middle Eastern food, and fresh-popped popcorn that manages to be both sweet and salty. I always give the kids a little time in the petting zoo – they like the miniature pot-bellied pig – then we head over to the library. Usually they have a Farmers Market story time and if we miss it, I sit down on the floor and read books to the twins. The perfect end to a beautiful morning!

  • by James Little | Chief Concierge

    Located in the heart of Hollywood, Hollywood Museum houses a collection of memorabilia from the history of American motion pictures and television. It is housed in the historic Max Factor Building on Highland Ave, designed by American architect Simeon Charles Lee. Hollywood Museum's collection contains over 10,000 items, including costumes, props, photographs, scripts and other artifacts. Among the exhibits are the original four makeup rooms used by pioneering Hollywood makeup artist Max Factor, one each for redheads, blondes, brownettes and brunettes.

  • by Katie Morena | Director of Spa

    Take a relaxing, scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway (also known as PCH) to Paradise Cove in Malibu, a gorgeous private beach full of little adjoining beaches. It's such a stunning stretch of coastline; it's even been the setting for a few beach scenes in popular films! The entrance fee is completely worth it for the clean facilities, lifeguards and private pier. For lunch or dinner, try Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, a cute restaurant in the sand where you can sit and eat or order takeout for a picnic on the beach. I highly recommend the Seafood Tower and an order of their 'World Famous' Fish Tacos!

    Another must-stop for coastal calmness is Lake Shrine Self-Realization Temple, just nearby in the Pacific Palisades. Resting on a scenic hilltop with excellent views, Lake Shrine is open to everyone and offers a quiet oasis for meditation and prayer. Beautiful gardens and lakes on-property allow you to really relax as you take in swans in a serene setting and admire the magnificent architecture.

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