Downtown Los Angeles is one of L.A.'s most exciting neighborhoods, with new hotels and restaurants opening throughout the year, as well as a variety of cultural attractions and special events. From spectacular sunsets to hidden gems, read on for five romantic places to discover in Downtown L.A.
California’s tallest open-air observation deck, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles has welcomed visitors from around the world since its grand opening in the summer of 2016. Sitting 1,000 feet above Downtown L.A. near the top of the U.S. Bank Tower, the observation deck offers spectacular 360-degree views of Los Angeles, as well as the world’s first Skyslide (a 45-foot glass slide that shoots you from the 70th to 69th floor) for the more adventurous. It doesn't get more romantic than a sunset selfie in the sky.
After you've captured that memorable moment, head upstairs to 71Above, the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. One of L.A.'s hottest dining destinations, 71Above features elevated modern American cuisine by Chef Vartan Abgaryan, and boasts panoramic views whether you're sipping a craft cocktail at the bar or dining at a table.
633 W. 5th St., Los Angeles 90071
Located in the former Commercial Exchange building at 8th and Olive, The Freehand debuted to widespread acclaim for its high end hotel/hostel mashup and Boho Chic design. The hotel's stunning rooftop pool deck, the award-winning Broken Shaker is a perfect place to spend an afternoon together soaking in the sun and sipping craft cocktails. And because nothing says "romance" like sharing a meal, you book a reservation at the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Exchange. As you feed each other bites of the mezze-style plates, the Israeli-influenced cuisine inspires you to plan your next trip together.
416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles 90014
For a cultural date, there's nothing like spending an evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Whether it's a classical performance by the acclaimed LA Phil or one of the numerous special events that take place throughout the year, a concert at WDCH is an unforgettable experience. Before the show, take a romantic stroll through the Blue Ribbon Garden, hidden above Grand Avenue beneath the hall’s gleaming exterior and filled with lush landscaping that blooms throughout the year.
A stroll through the Arts District can spark a variety of conversations and romantic moods with everything from street art to specialty shops. Fuel up for your urban safari at the tiny, espresso-centric Blacktop Coffee. Next door, browse the goods at Alchemy Works, a hybrid lifestyle store / art gallery. Speaking of art, a must-see is the sprawling Hauser & Wirth gallery.
The massive One Santa Fe complex is a destination in itself with something for everyone: A Shop Called Quest is a mecca for comic book nerds; Hennessey + Ingalls is an acclaimed visual arts bookstore; HUE is well-known for its high-end fashion; and Westbound is a romantic, travel-inspired lounge. You might also spot "Kiss" by local artist WRDSMTH. Be sure to heed the artwork's message: “Kiss the one you love every chance you get.”
Produced each summer by the Los Angeles Conservancy, Last Remaining Seats is a popular series of classic movie screenings and live entertainment. Last Remaining Seats takes place in Downtown L.A.'s extraordinary historic theatres, such as The Theatre at Ace Hotel, The Orpheum, The Palace, and The Million Dollar Theatre.