Where The Stars ShopMarch 5, 2012
Rodeo Drive is known as the place where the stars shop. Only a few blocks long, this famous shopping district is located between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Even though it covers only a small area, this exclusive real estate is chock full of chic boutiques and shops that carry high-end clothing, jewelry, shoes and other fashion accessories. The likes of Cartier, Christian Dior, Armani, Prada, Hermes, and Versace are all found on this tree- lined drive. One of the most exclusive shops is Bijan. It sells men’s clothing and has been dubbed “the most expensive store in the world.” It’s not unusual at for a patron to drop $100,000 in an afternoon shopping spree at Bijan.
Many of the storefronts on Rodeo Drive might be unpretentious, but the interiors of these shops are always quite lavish. They feature elegant customer waiting areas and commodious dressing rooms. Shop attendants are helpful and never far away. Refreshments such as champagne and finger sandwiches are often served to waiting clients.
The newest part of Rodeo Drive is referred to as “Two Rodeo.” While the older part of Rodeo Drive looks quite modest from the outside, this part of “The Drive” is quite sumptuous. Two Rodeo has a definite European flair and is replete with fountains, cobblestone sidewalks, balconies, and black wrought-iron street lamps. Valentino, Cartier, Tiffany and Company, and Jose Eber can be found in Two Rodeo.
In addition to designer-label shops, Rodeo Drive is host to several exclusive hotels, restaurants and salons. One prominent hotel, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, was made famous by the 1991 film, “Pretty Woman.” The many restaurants are gourmet level and are great places to spot the rich and famous patrons who dine there frequently. Some of the more popular exclusive restaurants are Spago Beverly Hills, Mastro’s, Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen, and La Dolce Vita.
Shopping, dining and even spending the night on Rodeo Drive is a never-to-be- forgotten experience. All it takes is plenty of cash or plastic to make dreams come true!