By Harper Wayne, Party Earth writer.
Los Angeles is known for many things -- celebrities, sunny weather, and the fact that it's a notoriously difficult city to date in, to name a few. With the variety of things to do in Los Angeles, it's surprising that it has a reputation for being one of the toughest cities for singles. From oceanfront restaurants to posh rooftop bars, LA offers plenty of romantic spots for any occasion, be it a first date or an anniversary dinner.
Tired of the same monotonous dinner and a movie routine? Check out Abbot Kinney 1st Fridays on the Westside. On the first Friday of every month, select merchants along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice keep their doors open for extended shopping hours. Bring a date and go window-shopping, grab a bite at one of the food trucks, and jam out to the live music at one of the nearby bars.
If you're looking for date ideas in downtown LA, look no further than Perch. There are few things more romantic than a scenic city view, and this rooftop restaurant and bar offers that and more. Providing one of the best views of the LA skyline, live acoustic music, and a wide selection of French food, Perch is the perfect spot to get dressed up and impress a first date. The menu may be a bit pricey, but the sophisticated European atmosphere and delicious food more than make up for the larger price tag.
One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is the close proximity to the ocean. For a romantic oceanfront date spot, try Nobu, one of the finest sushi restaurants in Malibu - and arguably the entire LA area. Be ready for your wallet to take a hit; the menu is very expensive, but well worth it. Expect sushi rolls that look like works of art, a picturesque ocean view, and a few celebrity sightings at this opulent Japanese restaurant. This spot will make any night feel like a special occasion.
On a budget, but still want to impress your date? No problem. There are plenty of free things to do in Hollywood that would please even the pickiest of Angelenos. Try taking your date to Griffith Park for a daytime picnic or a hike. Feeling romantic? Head over at night for spellbinding views of the city from the observatory. If you're dating an out-of-towner, they'll love Griffith Park's clear view of the iconic Hollywood sign.
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