Baja Beverly Hills

Shop, star-watch in the friendly alternative to Rodeo Drive
Matthew Jaffe

No longer the plain sister to the Golden Triangle's glamour queen, the neighborhood south of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills has blossomed as a retail and dining center.

With its children's stores and smattering of American colonial-style architecture, South Beverly Drive has retained a neighborhood atmosphere that is more approachable than what you find along Rodeo Drive. Still, snippets of overheard conversation ― a reference to Nicole's return from Australia or to a photo shoot of Charlize's dogs ― reveal that Baja Beverly Hills is going uptown.

Andrew Weiss Gallery.
What:
With an extensive collection of 20th-century masters from Calder to Picasso, it's one of Beverly Hills' top galleries. WHEN: 11-5 Tue-Sat, by appointment Sun-Mon. WHERE: 179 S. Beverly Dr.; www.andrewweiss.com or 310/246-9333.

Auntie Barbara's.
What:
An appealing kids' store, with high-end clothing and lots of vintage furnishing and toy replicas. WHEN: 10-6 Mon-Sat. WHERE: 238 S. Beverly Dr.; 310/285-0873.

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