The Beverly Hills & Culver City Guide
Geographically speaking, Beverly Hills and Culver City are stacked on top of each other, but aesthetics-wise, they couldn’t be more different. Beverly Hills is home to iconic stretches like Rodeo Drive, not to mention a handful of storied hotels and world-class spas. Meanwhile, Culver City is a neighborhood on the rise with a burgeoning restaurant scene and enough indie coffee shops to make an east-sider jealous.
Coffee Commissary3417 Motor Ave., Culver City
With four L.A. locations, you can count on this reliable coffee shop to be nearby no matter where you are. It's a very popular spot for work and study, which means they're used to having laptops—they also play a work-friendly soundtrack. Some locations have larger food menus than others, so make sure to check the website if you're hoping to stick around for lunch. In the coffee department, Coffee Commissary brings in a different guest roaster every few weeks, which mixes things up a bit. There are also locations in Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Burbank.
Coolhaus8588 Washington Blvd., Culver City | 310.838.5559
Coolhaus makes handmade ice cream sandwiches in crazy (and crazy-good) combinations: Flavors like Stout & Pretzel, Richard Meyer Lemon, and Cuban Cigar are wedged between Chocolate Brownie with Maldon Sea Salt, Potato Chip, or Butterscotch Cookies. To make it even weirder (in a great way) they're served in edible, calorie-free wrappers. Oh, and there are options for vegans. They have locations in Culver City and Pasadena, along with four trucks, though you can always find their treats at Whole Foods and Farmshop.
Jackson Market4065 Jackson Ave., Culver City | 310.425.8426
Housed on a residential street in Culver City, Jackson Market has a grocery section (lots of gourmet candy, drinks, and snacks) in addition to a lengthy lunch menu. While the Jamaican Jerk sandwich had a nice kick to it and the Rueben has the perfect brisket-to-sauerkraut ratio (best enjoyed right away as the dressing makes the bread soggy), the classic Italian sub is a definite fan favorite, particularly when you take the build-your-own option and opt for a turkey-and-pesto sandwich.
Fat Sal’s972 Gayley Ave., Westwood | 855.682.4373
Because of its proximity to UCLA, this East Coast-style sandwich shack caters predominantly to the college crowd, and it shows. Everything is unapologetically glutinous, and stuffed with fries, mozzarella sticks, or onion rings; for tri-state area transplants, the sausage and pepper hero is an authentic taste of home. There's also something called the Big Fat Fatty (chicken fingers, marinara sauce, fries, mozzarella sticks, burger patties, bacon…) on the menu—if you finish it in 40 minutes, the fatty is free and you get a sandwich named after you. Many have tried but none have succeeded. There's a second location in Hollywood.
Simplethings10874 Kinross Ave., Westwood Village | 310.824.2000
From their yummy fried chicken sandwich to the delicious salted caramel 'cutie' pies, this is the place to indulge. There's soda floats, beer, and wine to boot. (Simplethings also has locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Burbank.)
Beverly Hills Juice8382 Beverly Blvd. | 323.655.8300
There's hardly a place to stand in this tiny gem, let alone sit, but the juices here are simply amazing. Cold-pressed daily and kept in the store's walk-in fridge, the juices are served in glass pint bottles, so you don't have to wait for each one to be made. Shots of wheatgrass and E3Live (blue-green algae) are also available. It's not cheap, but it's a healthy indulgence. Cash only.
Bouchon Bakery235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills | 310.271.9910
If you’re in Beverly Hills and hoping to experience some of Thomas Keller’s magic but don’t have the time or the budget for a full meal at the Bouchon restaurant on N. Canon Dr., the bakery there isn’t a bad choice, as you can get all the baked goods for which he’s famous (it’s perfect for breakfast on the go). There are also outposts in New York (Columbus Circle and Rockefeller Plaza) and Vegas (The Venetian). Don’t leave without a big box of the famous macarons.
Clementine9346 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills | 310.461.0600
Clementine is a go-to for light, fresh breakfasts, salads, and a solid heat-at-home selection—but their build-your-own grilled cheese is actually one of their best offerings. For the last 15 years, grilled cheese month (April), has been marked by a grilled cheese-specific menu centered on a specific theme, like “Curds Against Humanity” and “Melt the Vote.” Execution? Buttery, goo-ey, salty, and browned to perfection. The first outpost is located in Century City.
Fountain Coffee Room9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills | 310.276.2251
This place serves classic American breakfast fare, an informal lunch, and early dinners, but we usually come to this old-fashioned soda fountain for the floats, malts, and shakes. Grab a bar stool amidst signature banana leaf wallpaper and be transported to a simpler time.
Kreation Juicery9465 Charleville Blvd., Beverly Hills | 310.247.8110
The people behind Kreation Café, a certified green eatery specializing in dishes made from local farmers market produce, have applied the same philosophy to their juice bar. Juices are made with 100% organic fruits and veggies purchased within the same zip code. The result is deliciously fresh juice for whatever you're craving or need (detox, energy, etc.). They also have "juicemobiles" for those who can't make it to one of their brick and mortar locations (Venice, Marina del Rey, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and the Valley), and cold-pressed juices and cleanses you can order online.