He Said ... Steve Martin's Guide to Beverly Hills and Its Environs

Lodging
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel, very expensive, (310) 276-2251
  • Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, very expensive, (310) 273-2222
  • The Peninsula Beverly Hills, very expensive, (310) 551-2888
  • The Regent Beverly Wilshire, very expensive, (310) 275-5200

Dining
  • Chaya Brasserie, italian/french/japanese, expensive, (310) 859-8833
  • The Farm of Beverly Hills, classic american, moderate, (310) 273-5578
  • The Grill on the Alley, steak house, expensive, (310) 276-0615
  • The Ivy, american, very expensive, (310) 274-8303
  • Spago Beverly Hills, california cuisine, ­expensive, (310) 385-0880
  • Urth Caffé, moderate, (310) 659-0628

Shopping
  • Prada, (310) 278-8661
  • Rite Aid, (310) 273-3561
We Said... AW's Guide to Beverly Hills and Its Environs

Lodging
  • Beverly Terrace Hotel, moderate, (310) 274-8141, From the guest rooms to the hotel restaurant, this charming 44-room retreat revolves around a lush courtyard and swimming pool. its location, just steps away from practically everything, is equally attractive.
  • Hotel Del Flores, inexpensive, (310) 274-5115. for the price of what celebs like steve martin might spend on lunch, you can get a room with or without a shared bath at this old-fashioned inn near UCLA.

Dining
  • Brighton Coffee Shop, inexpensive, (310) 276-7732, This cozy neighborhood spot, which opened in 1930, is reportedly the oldest coffee shop in town. which means they've had plenty of time to perfect classic items like meat loaf and egg-salad sandwiches.
  • Emenohana, expensive, (310) 860-9236. if you've been to japan, you probably recognize this well-­respected restaurant chain, but the location on n. canon is its first u.s. outpost. an while the menu is japanese, it focuses on kaiseki, small bites (sort of like tapas) that precede the traditional tea ceremony.

Nightlife
  • Mosaic Lounge, (310) 278-0303, They say the best things in life are free. a perfect example of that is the gratis jazz jams presented each wednesday night at this dreamy room inside 90210's newest luxe hotel, the mosaic.

Shopping

  • Decret, (310) 859-6655, A must for every gadgetphile, even if you're "just looking," is this upscale electronics store, whose inventory includes items like the ferrari laptop (which goes for a cool $2,500) or montblanc's 75th anniversary limited edition gold squeleton pen (a mere $65,000!).

  • Fred Segal, (323) 655-3734, Normally, we’re more likely to whip out a camera than a credit card at this trendy boutique just outside beverly hills, but come september, we shop like stars at the store’s annual two-week bargain bonanza, when everything is half off.

Tours
  • Segwow, (310) 358-5900, Segwow offers a dozen informative tours of the area on those crazy two-wheeled segway contraptions. our favorite one is of manhattan beach by moonlight.

  • Trolley Tour, (310) 285-2438, On this 40-minute guided excursion, you’ll not only check out celebrities’ homes but a handful of other landmarks that helped put beverly hills on the map.