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Los Angeles, home to the stars, sunshine and palm trees, is awash with picture-perfect spots and relaxing places to help you escape the hustle and bustle of the city. And we also mustn’t forget that the iconic romantic comedy Pretty Woman was filmed across LA (including the incredible Rodeo Drive), making this a fantastic place to travel to at least once in your life.

Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

Whether you decide to visit the seaside and dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at Manhattan Beach, ride funfairs like kids in Santa Monica or just rest your feet in various parks, there are plenty of places where you can relax and just enjoy the sunshine.

Beverly Canon Gardens – A Piece of the South of France near Rodeo Drive

Right up there with all of these things to do (and very conveniently located near to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills) is Beverly Canon Gardens. Here, you will feel like you’ve instantly been transported to somewhere like the south of France.

Beverly Canon Gardens, Los Angeles

The buildings surrounding the garden (although mostly bars, cafes and restaurants) are absolutely stunning to look at. Sand coloured buildings, intricate archways, idyllic shrubbery and a large water fountain all adorn this area. And when you combine this with sunshine and blue skies, you will definitely feel like you can just close your eyes and chase your worries away.

As this garden caters to those who want to put their feet up after a hard morning’s shopping in designer boutiques, or to those who want to grab a quick bite to eat on their working lunch; there are plenty of small tables and chairs for you to choose from. If you’re a sunshine hogger, you can perch yourself in the sunniest of spots near to the water fountain. Or if your skin prefers the cool, then there are also plenty of chairs under the shade of the orange trees.

Beverly Canon Gardens, Los Angeles

Sweet Beverly – A French Inspired Bistro

Whilst you’re here, I’d highly recommend scouting out Sweet Beverly, which is a French-inspired bistro serving coffee and crêpes. They also sell their own homemade lemonade, which is refreshingly delicious on warm summer days! And the prices aren’t too bad either (given you’re just inches away from Rodeo Drive); with a couple of drinks setting you back about $7.

Sweet Beverly, Los Angeles

A Final Word

I love city breaks! Although LA is further out than your usual city break (especially if you’re living on the East Coast or in Europe), I think it makes for a great location for a layover or long weekend on your way to somewhere like Hawaii. Right up there with it as well is San Francisco – another charming North American city and also perfect for a layover stop. We actually spent 2 weeks exploring West Coast USA! Even in cities, you can still escape the hustle and bustle and find your own little piece of travel magic – in our case, finding a piece of the south of France right next to Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles!

What do you think? Is this the place to come to during your shopping breaks? Let me know what you think in the comments below…

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A piece of the South of France near Rodeo Drive

16 thoughts on “A Piece Of The South Of France Near Rodeo Drive

  1. Jenny says:

    Wow! SO gorgeous! Would love to eat at that bistro. Yum!

    1. It really was beautiful there Jenny!! I’m glad you agree 😉

  2. Mel & Suan says:

    And you have the blue skies to complement the setting too!

    1. Yep, California really is a dream when it comes to blue skies. Unless you’re in foggy San Francisco!! 😀

  3. I love the movie pretty woman! It would be a dream to visit Rodeo Drive and the garden looks spectacular!

    1. Me too!! I’m in the middle of writing a post about all the LA spots you must visit if you’re a Pretty Woman fan – I hope you’ll check it out once it’s up! I loved walking down this avenue… although no shopping for me, boo!

  4. dearashblog1 says:

    This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    Much love,
    Ashley from Dear Ash

    1. Thanks Ashley!! I’m so pleased you liked it 🙂

  5. Emmi Scott says:

    This is gorgeous! I’ve never been to Rodeo Drive, but it is definitely on my list now!

    1. Oh, I hope you get to see it some day Emmi! It really is quite a beautiful place!

  6. Lana_SHON says:

    Very beautiful and chic!

    1. Oooh, I’m glad you agree Lana! 😀

  7. Zephyr says:

    Beautiful photos! Wish I could visit LA. Got thirtsy by your drinks. Lol

    1. Thank you so much, so pleased you like them! This little courtyard was so unexpected and a highlight of my day in Beverly Hills! 🙂

  8. C-Ludik says:

    The cobbled streets of Rodeo Drive are lined with designer shops and full of luxury cars 🙂 . The buildings surrounding the garden are really nice to look at. Of course they are although mostly bars, cafes and restaurants… where prices are a bit to expensive…

    1. You’re right that it can be very expensive in Rodeo Drive. Aside from these lemonades, we were merely window shopping. But it was really cool to look at (and wish for) the kinds of lifestyles some people do have in LA… another world entirely!

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