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.
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.