For Thompson Beverly Hills the “In Los Angeles, Everything is 20 Minutes Away” rule simply does not apply. Located on legendary Wilshire Boulevard, Thompson Beverly Hills lays at the heart of everything the 90210 has to offer. From contemporary macrobiotic cuisine carnivores can’t help but love to contemporary art at the West Coast’s only Gagosian Gallery outpost, the Thompson Beverly Hills is so close to these must-see establishments that do we dare say – walk?
M Café - 9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA
Vegetarians eat your hearts out. M Café’s innovative contemporary macrobiotic cuisine guarantees your stomach will be filled, yes, filled, with the freshest seasonal foods breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Carolina-Style BBQ Seitan Sandwich, Wild Salmon & Asparagus Wrap, Sweet Potato Fries with chili, sea salt, and lime – M Café serves up globally influenced fair utilizing the macrobiotic basis of cooking without any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry, not just for your plant-eating friend.
M truly puts the mmmmm in yummy with its own patisserie featuring homemade macrobiotic breakfast pastries, cakes, and specialty desserts (we die for the tiramisu), without the guilt of course. Stop by after a hard workout for a thirst quenching M Crafted juice, like the Green Day with fresh kale, parsley, cucumber and celery, before hitting our rooftop pool. Actually, scratch the workout. Why gym when you can M Café?
Nadine Krakov Collection – 191 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Can’t find a place to park your Bentley on Rodeo? Paparazzi irking you on Robertson? Where is a Hollywood starlet to go? Don’t fret – you soon will be channeling your inner old Hollywood siren with a walk over to the Nadine Krakov Collection on South Beverly Drive. Known as the destination for fine antique and estate jewelry, this Beverly Hills institution has been providing one-of-a-kind pieces to the who’s who of Hollywood for over a decade. As a family owned and operated establishment, the friendly and helpful staff are expert purveyors of rare jewelry from the 17th century to the present. Whether you are hunting for an antique Victorian locket for a loved one or are in the market to treat yourself to a vintage gold and diamond pin by Cartier, you are guaranteed to find something to make your stay in Beverly Hills a memory to last a lifetime. And don’t worry; there is something for your Humphrey Bogart too. The Nadine Krakov Collection specializes in fine art, antique furniture, and classic watches as well, making it a one-stop-shop for anyone in need of a Beverly Hills’ glitz and glamour fix. Just don’t expect us to be surprised when people mistake you for Lauren Becall when you wear those vintage pearl earrings you bought back at the hotel. We told you so.
Gagosian Gallery – 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Itching for a culture fix? You’re in luck. Located only a few blocks away from Thompson Beverly Hills, the Gagosian Gallery is at the epicenter of contemporary and modern art on the West Coast. As the birthplace of Larry Gagosian’s gallery empire, Los Angeles played host to contemporary greats like Eric Fischl, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and David Salle during the mid-eighties. Now in Beverly Hills, the gallery has featured a new wave of artists including Edward Ruscha, Nan Goldin, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons and Richard Prince since its inception in 1995. Art lover or not, the sleek and airy bi-level gallery designed by Richard Meier is a beautiful piece of contemporary art itself and with free admission there really is no reason not to check it out. So we say skip the star tour and dip your beak into some culture over at the Gagosian! Check their website for information on current exhibitions.
Ferrarini Deli- 9622 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills
With a Starbucks on every corner and a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in between, its safe to say finding good authentic Italian espresso in Beverly Hills is like finding a needle in a haystack. If that’s the case, by golly call us Rumpelstiltskin because we’ve found it! Even if that isn’t the way the story goes, one sip of a latte from Ferrarini Deli on Brighton Way will make you forget all about that. Opened in September 2012, the deli and café is the first dining establishment opened by the Ferrarini Family (you might know their cured meats, cheeses, and pastas). Aside from their espresso menu making any caffeine feign perk up with delight, Ferrarini’s deli sandwiches like the Reggio Emila, featuring their famed charcuterie and cheeses, hearty salads, and delectable pastries are as good or even better than the ones your mama used to make.