Beverly Center

Beverly Center
The Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles, CA. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

8500 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 854-0070
www.beverlycenter.com
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Parking: Paid self-parking is available for a nominal fee; Valet parking is also available. There is NO free parking with validation. Handicapped parking is available in self parking at regular self park rates and in Valet at handicap parking rates. There are self-parking entrances on La Cienega, Beverly Blvd and San Vicente.

Valet parking is available on La Cienega or Beverly Blvd.

Built in 1982 and remodeled in 2007, Beverly Center is one of LA's most popular shopping destinations for high end fashion and people watching. Beverly Center is located in the City of Los Angeles adjacent to Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. It's bounded by Beverly Boulevard, La Cienega, West 3rd Street and San Vicente Boulevard. Unlike many Los Angeles malls and shopping centers, Beverly Center is fully enclosed, so it's a popular escape from summer heat waves or the occasional winter rains.

Aside from the narrow corner of Beverly Boulevard and San Vicente, with Macy's above the Capital Grille Restaurant, the architecture of  the Beverly center is eminently unappealing, or as one of my friends put it "downright ugly." Along La Cienega it is dominated by the giant parking structure on the first five levels, with three stories worth of Bloomingdales and other shops way up on top, while most of the San Vicente frontage is a concrete wall.

It's what's inside that draws the rich and famous from neighboring Holmby Hills, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, as well as fashion-frenzied teens to the famous Beverly Center. 100 top designer and other fashion boutiques are arranged on three floors from level 6 to 8. The public areas have a mid-century aesthetic with sleek lounge areas and cool retro light fixtures.

Shops at Beverly Center

Bloomingdales and Macy's are the anchor stores. Big name designers include Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo. More recent additions include H&M, XXI Forever and Giuseppe Zanotti, Halston Heritage, Maje, Sandro, UNIQLO and Z Zegna. Check the website above for the current directory of shops.

Dining at Beverly Center

Choices for dining at Beverly Center are limited but include a range of price points from California Pizza Kitchen and Chipotle Mexican Grill to Italian bites at Obika Mozzarella Bar, upscale Asian fusion at P.F. Changs and dry-aged steaks and seafood at the Capital Grille.

Guest Services at Beverly Center

Guest Services is located in Center Court on Level 6. You can check packages, get gift wrapping, find a shopping translator for multiple languages or get help making a hotel reservation, among other concierge-type services.

Holidays and Events at the Beverly Center

Being in a heavily Jewish and Iranian neighborhood, the Beverly Center's Christmas décor throughout the mall is minimal and includes equal space to Hanukkah, but they have an enchanting walk-in snow globe that gets re-themed every year (subject to change).

It's home to Santa and a variety of other photo-op characters. They also periodically host exhibits related to coming movies or theatre productions and other special events.

Beverly Center Trivia:

Beverly Center is at the center of the Studio Zone, A 30 mile radius from this point determines whether a film or TV shoot is local or distant (requiring hotel accommodation for actors.)

The Beverly Center property includes an active oil drilling enclosure of the Salt Lake Oil Field on the San Vicente Boulevard side, which is why there is a an area with no street frontage there.

The Beverly Center has been featured in movies including Chopping Mall (1985), Scenes from a Mall (1991), Volcano (1997)

For crime scene followers and ghost hunters, Atlanta-based rap artist Dolla was fatally shot in the La Cienega Valet area at the Beverly Center,  May 18, 2009.

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