They don’t call it La La Land for nothing. From charming beachside canals to whimsical restaurant patios and iconic landmarks, Los Angeles is filled with romantic spots for wooing that special someone—or just enjoying a quiet day to yourself. In the spirit of St. Valentine’s Day, here’s a look at a few of our favorite romantic destinations in the City of Angels.
Griffith Observatory: Whether your sweetheart is an astronomy buff or James Dean obsessive, this iconic L.A. landmark (prominently featured in Rebel Without a Cause and, more recently, La La Land) is utterly enchanting at night, boasting one of the most spectacular views in the city (bring quarters for the telescopes!) and a vibe that just feels quintessentially L.A.
The Venice Canals: Built near the turn of the century by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in the likeness of his favorite Italian city, this charming stretch of historic waterfront bungalows and bridges appears as if plucked from a fairytale. The canals’ crooning gondoliers have long-since retired, but its quiet pathways are the perfect place for an evening stroll after dinner at one of the neighborhood’s equally romantic restaurants, such as Gjelina or Tasting Kitchen. Start your walk near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, and follow the “Venice Canals Walkway” sign.
The Getty Villa: We often associate romance with nightfall, but The Getty’s smaller museum devoted to classical works from Greece and Rome is the perfect place for a day date. From stunning architecture and perfectly manicured gardens to sweeping views of Malibu, there’s plenty to feel warm and fuzzy about. After the museum, take a drive up Pacific Coast Highway and treat your sweetheart to a seafood feast at local favorite Neptune’s Net, or pack a picnic and while away the day on the beach.
Cliff’s Edge: From twinkling lights and lush tree canopies to stellar craft cocktails and elegant, locally-sourced cuisine, this hidden Silver Lake gem has romance written all over it. A neighborhood staple since 2004, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating to suit your whims, but when in Rome… er… Los Angeles, who wouldn’t want to dine al fresco?
Horseback Riding in Topanga Canyon: Any day that starts with a drive down Pacific Coast Highway is a good day in our book. Treat the Valentine who has everything to a sunset horseback ride through the sun-soaked canyons of Topanga, where you can bask in the golden hour light and remind yourself of why you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.