In the years I resided around Southern California, I learned quite a bit about relationships, love and romance. Los Angeles is one of the most exciting, diverse places in the world, and that means there's a whole lot of opportunities for adventures in the City of Angels, whether it's with a longtime partner or somebody new.
Searching for great places to hang out together? Look no further — we've got you covered with these romantic, fun ideas.
1. The Last Bookstore
435 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA
Love writing, photography and open mics? Check out The Last Bookstore downtown in order to see lots of local talent as well as shop for records and (of course) books. Wander around the store separately for ten minutes, find a book or record you think the other will absolutely love and get it, then share your gifts afterward — trust me, they're better than flowers and will last a whole lot longer.
2. Amusement Parks
Think that going on rides and eating Dippin' Dots is just for the kids? Wrong! Southern California has a huge number of amazing parks, from Knott's Berry Farm to Disney and Universal Studios to Six Flags, you and your date can check out a range of themes so you can be silly together all day long. Plus, you can snap some seriously romantic shots in front of iconic spots like the Magic Kingdom's Castle.
3. A Club Called Rhonda
If you like music, dancing, fashion and an overall spectacular atmosphere, you want to check out this party. It's incredibly unique in that it feels simultaneously sexy, fun and even romantic whether you come with a group of people or just one special someone whom you're comfortable getting (really) close to.
4. Gold Room
1558 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Upon first glance, the Gold Room doesn't seem all that romantic: it’s a long, small bar with a semi-outdoor side area where patrons can hang out and smoke with a roof over top. However, it's surprisingly intimate atmosphere is frequented by fun people, including lots of couples, looking for a good deal — the $4 shot and beer special, namely — as well as a good time. Plus, they'll often offer you a taco in addition to the drinks, making it the perfect cheap, fun date for a couple who wants to explore more spots in the city.
5. Los Angeles County Museum Of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you two enjoy exciting, exclusive art pieces, installations and exhibitions, head over to LACMA to check out some incredible work. Given all the fascinating things to look at, conversation will flow naturally throughout your day there together.
6. Franklin Canyon Park
West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90210
If you and your partner enjoy nature, this is the perfect spot for you. In addition to getting some (much-needed, if you're living in LA) fresh air, you two can have long talks, take gorgeous photos and have serene, relaxing date.
2020 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Ever wondered what it would be like to dine in the dark? This famously special restaurant takes all the distractions and visual stimulations away so, rather than who’s texting you or how many times your work emails have lit up your phone, you can simply focus on the tastes, scents, textures and sounds of your eating experience with the person you like most by your side.
8. Crystal Cove
8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Crystal Cove is the most beautiful beach in Southern California in my opinion (which is admittedly biased, as I have had more than a few magical dates there). Its 3.2 mile stretch of beach is incredibly lovely in that way that only a mostly-untouched, undeveloped place can be. Everything about the experience is romantic: driving there, walking down to the beach, listening to the waves crash on the rocks, slipping your toes in the water together, sharing a kiss as the sun goes down. To me, it epitomizes why living in Southern California is the best — and why dating there is the most enchanting.
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