You can pack a lot into a long weekend in Los Angeles. Whether you like city slickness or making footprints in the sand, high-energy nightlife or relaxing peace and quiet — there’s something for every type of couple in the City of Angels. Of course, you don’t want to muck up a romantic weekend by spending half of it in traffic. Stick to these three areas to squeeze every available minute of romance out of your trip.
If it’s hearty meal portions in a casual spot that you’re after, head to The Original Pantry — open since 1924 — for classic breakfast foods like steak and eggs. It’s open 24/7 so you can head out with a happy stomach, no matter what time you start your day.
To get an idea of just how spread out the Los Angeles area is, scope out the city from the Oue Skyspace Observation Deck in the U.S. Bank Tower Building. It’s the tallest open-air observation deck in California, with 360-degree views from almost 1,000 feet up. You won’t believe the view! If the two of you are a thrill-seeking couple, work up the courage to zoom down the 45-foot, all-glass Skyslide attached to the building near the top.
Work up an appetite eyeballing the cool modern artwork at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) before heading over to Poppy + Rose for a lunch of hearty American comfort food. Both breakfast and lunch are served all day here.
Treat yourselves to a romantic Italian dinner at Maccheroni Republic, where the pasta is made fresh daily, and the prices are as yummy as the food. After dinner, check out one of the bands or guest DJs at the Regent Theater.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Take a day outside the city to enjoy some fresh air, beautiful beaches, and stunning nature. You can stay overnight in anything from a budget hotel to a full resort with a spa. Love to meet new people? Go with the AirBnB option and stay with locals.
Power up with breakfast at the Yellow Vase, a bright bakery, café, and flower shop with outdoor seating, awesome views, and a great omelet menu.
Spend the afternoon exploring the tide pools, trails, and awesome views of Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Across Palos Verdes Drive from the park, don’t miss Wayfarers Chapel. The glass ceilings and walls seem to blend in with the forest, and the gardens and fountains attract brides and grooms by the dozens.
The Rancho Palos Verdes sunsets just might make you swoon — good thing you’re together, right? — and Point Vicente Lighthouse is a perfect spot to see for yourself. Afterward, take the short drive over to San Pedro to catch some live music at Alvas Showroom, a cozy venue where you can hear everything from jazz to classic ’70s rock.
West Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Westwood
Kick off the day in West Hollywood at Breakfast by Salt’s Cure. The wildly popular oatmeal griddle cakes sell like, well…hotcakes! They come in yummy flavors like Chocolate Chip — a pancake must, to be sure — and Pink Lady Apple with spiced brown sugar.
Motor over to Westwood and soak up the free flower power at two gardens on the UCLA Campus. The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden has more than 3,000 different kinds of plants from around the world and turtles and koi ponds to boot. Take a stroll through the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, with more than 70 sculptures to see across five gorgeous green acres.
For lunch, nearly 100 eateries in Westwood Village serve up quick bites like pizza, burgers, tacos, and meatballs that won’t bust your budget. When you’re done, prowl the area for everything from jewelry (hint, hint) to sports gear.
If it’s a Sunday afternoon and you’re curious about some of the pricey digs on the market in neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, check out real estate open houses to see them up close. Just look for the listings that advertise “quiet celebrity street” or “celebrity provenance” for a chance to peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. There’s nothing quite like dreaming about you and your sweetheart turning one of the crazy mega-mansions into a home.
What’s more romantic than holding hands in a dark theater? Westwood’s historic Geffen Playhouse is where you can enjoy each other’s company while seeing cutting-edge and classic plays starring big-name talent. Bonus: The Spanish Colonial look is super romantic.
Head back to West Hollywood for a romantic dinner at Italian soccer player Allesandro Del Piero’s N. 10th restaurant. Sink back into your cushy leather seats and choose from tasty main courses like pasta, pizza, hanger steak, and grilled veal chops. Top it all off with tempting desserts like tiramisu and eclairs.
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