Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Rodeo Drive and, more specifically, 2 Rodeo likes to have their Ambassador there to greet you. He will tell you that Beverly Hills does, indeed, have its own "Spanish Steps."
This world renown shopping venue boasts the top designer shops and is a great place for strolling in the early evening, daytime or after hours window shopping.
This is one of Rodeo Drive's many exceptional shopping experiences. The Spanish Steps ascend from Wilshire to Via Rodeo, a cobbled pedestrian street lined with eateries, shops and boutiques, including Tiffany & Co., Badgley Mischka, Iceberg, Porsche Design, Gianni Versace and much more.
When in Beverly Hills, you definitely have to walk along the Via Rodeo which is an elegantly designed complex patterned after classic European architecture.
It is on the corner of Rodeo and Wilshire Boulevard, and you can't miss the nice cobblestone streets dotted with wrought-iron lamps, arches, fountains and balconies of stone and marble. You can either just walk around or dare to go into one of the shops (remember Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman"? lol) ...usually, the affordable things the average person can buy would be the chocolate stores which might have some $5 choco pieces that you can nibble on while walking Via Rodeo...
Take a picture and say, “I’ve been to Rodeo Drive!” as this has been the setting of many 'tourist-photos" hehehe….
If you have seen the movie “Pretty Woman”, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere then you might recall the scene where Julia enters a store in Rodeo drive and gets a discriminatory look from the salesgirl…
Well, actually, the salesclerks we’ve seen have been very nice and accommodating in Rodeo Drive. So, don’t really be scared going into the very nice shops where celebrities shop as well. But the prices can be a bit SHOCKING!
Rodeo Drive is a three-block district which is known for its high couture fashion and posh salons, but some say that the area actually stretches more north and more south – expanding the three-block exclusive perimeter. The road runs north from Wilshire Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard, and into a classy residential area.
Wikipedia lists some of the famous retailers and see if you want to see any of them : Giorgio Armani, Bang & Olufsen, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Bijan, Brioni, BVLGARI, Buccellati, Burberry, Brooks Brothers, Cartier, Chanel, CHANEL fine jewelry, Christian Dior, Coach, David Orgell, David Yurman, DeBeers, Dior Homme, Dolce & Gabbana, Domenico Vacca, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, Etro, Fendi, Frette, Gucci, Gucci jewelry, Gianfranco Ferré, Harry Winston, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Judith Ripka, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Lana Marks, La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Max Azria, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stuart Weitzman, Tiffany & Co., Tod's, Valentino, Van Cleef & Arpels, Versace, Westime and Yves Saint-Laurent.
It was in n 1906 when Burton E. Green and other investors purchased the property with plans for a mixed-use subdivision. Their company was named the Rodeo Land and Water Company and the development's main street Rodeo Drive. Then, in the 1970’s the classy neighborhood and shopping distrcit were further developed and became very popular. Also note the historic Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel which is so exclusively built on Wilshire Boulevard at the south end terminus of the shopping district of Rodeo Drive.
Not just for the stars, Rodeo Drive is for to enjoy as well…
Beverly Hills is known all over the world as one of the most famous shopping places with world-renowned fashion houses to one-of-a-kind local boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Dior and Cartier, Versace, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany, Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.
We started at the section called Two Rodeo where everyone is usually drawn too and its where the tour buses drop everyone off at and pick up. It looks like a little village of luxury shops and has a little outdoor cafe outside at the end.
OK - so most of us probably won't be able to afford any of the merchandise offered; Heck! Many of us won't be able to even afford the merchandise at 75 % off; NEVERTHELESS - it's fun to just stroll around Rodeo drive on a sunny afternoon. You'll find all the famous stores you could ever dream up, ranging from Gucci to Cartier, Armani to Tiffany... At times you might even spot a celebrity or two.
Rodeo drive is amazingly beautiful; colorfully decorated during the christmas season - all festively lit up, and actually having chandeliers as street-lights.
On the Wilshire Blvd. side, Rodeo drive splits up and there is a little side-street that leads (pedestrians only) up a hill, and down some stairs out onto Wilshire Blvd. At the bottom of the stairs you'll find a fountain, which makes for a great photo-op. During the holiday season, passerbys should find a huge christmas tree atop the stairs.
When you get here, make sure to walk down the Rodeo Drive and check out all the sights. You just never know what you may find or there might be a store that catches your fancy. I think some folks stay within the Two Rodeo and not wonder down the road.
We didn't walk into any of the shops till a young gal wanted me to try some face cream. Wow, it was expensive for the package and I politely declined. As it turns out, my friend let the young sales lady that she bought the same package at a store in Las Vegas for half the price. The young gal tried to give me a huge discount, but it was still too expensive. Give her kudos for trying though.
Walk (for free!) down the famed Rodeo Drive (between Wilshire and Santa Monica) and see the most luxurious shops in the world; from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Gucci, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. On the Northwest corner of Rodeo and Wilshire is "2 Rodeo" a quiet, re-attempt at a European street featuring cobblestones, a bubbling fountain, and charming balconies. A beautiful afternoon and comfy shoes are all you need
If you can't afford to shop in the grand B.H. shops, at least step in and admire the lovely interior of the many boutiques. On and around Rodeo especially are some exquisite places with spetacular architectural features.
The Rodeo Drive is the main attraction of Posh Beverly Hills Suburb of Los Angeles as it stands out in sheer elegance and opulence. Athough rodeo drive has millions of visitors every year yearning to gawk and walk along this posh strip in Beverly Hills, only a handful actually buy stuff at the many luxe and opulent shops lining this wide boulevard. The street host many of the fashion world's hot list of fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, Burberry, and Coach to name a few and besides the regular luxe items they sell, rich dudes can also buy personalize items from the stores that costs 6 to 7 dollar figures.
Rodeo Drive is the ritzy shopping district in Beverly Hills. I was there during the Christmas season, is was very busy and was nicely decorated, though I didn't do much shopping. Much like Bal Harbour in Miami, there are no sales here- I guess most don't even look at the prices- they can afford to pay whatever! There were some very innovative shops here, I went into the Roberto Cavalli and a few others, but my favorite one was the Prada sub-floor display.
Want to shop like a real star ?
Well this is the right place to do it.
Lot of expensive shops (Armani, Valentino, etc...)
And even if you don't want to shop, i suggest to take a walk at Rodeo Drive, maybe just to have a look around...
You must have seen the Rodeo Drive and all the small and cute stores that are mostly not very cheap but it is very interesting to have a look at the shops of the world's most famous celebrities !
It is a feeling you cant describe, when you are standing on one side of the Rodeo Drive. Even photos can't be so real to imagine what kind of impression will last at you, if you were there.
A super expensive shopping complex. Stores there from Gucchi, Tiffany's, Ralph Louran. Even if you can't afford to buy anthing there it is worth it for the free Valet public parking.
It's a glossy collection of designer boutiques,including Gucci, Armani, Chanel, Hermes, Cartier, well you name it!
Via Rodeo, is a part of Rodeo Drive.
Here you can have a brunch or sit confortably with your wine in hand watching people passing by.