The 24-Hour Guide to Romantic Los Angeles

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With so much to see and do in Los Angeles, you might think it’s impossible to do it all in a day. Not to worry - you and your loved one can easily enjoy a wide range of experiences thanks to the city’s wealth of culture and diversity. Read on for our 24-hour guide to romantic Los Angeles.


Check in to your room at The Line Hotel, one of the hottest hotels in Los Angeles. You’ll enjoy modern accommodations just steps away from Koreatown, which is home to some of the best food, entertainment and nightlife in L.A. On-site dining options include Roy Choi’s Korean-style restaurant POT, his greenhouse restaurant Commissary, or you can have his food delivered straight to your room. Peruse the Poketo store for great accessories, clothing and other wares. And hidden in the back of the hotel is the 80s themed karaoke bar, Break Room 86.

Go Get Em Tiger | Photo by Sheima Hassanlou

9 a.m. - Go Get 'Em Tiger

If you don’t head to The Commissary for breakfast, start off your morning in Larchmont Village at Go Get ‘Em Tiger, where they serve stellar coffee and breakfast. Enjoy it all within the canary yellow, naturally-lit setting of the wood-ensconced shop before taking a stroll through Larchmont Village. If you’re visiting on a Sunday morning, browse the farmer’s market across the street for some locally grown produce and more.

View from Inspiration Point at Runyon Canyon Park | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

10 a.m. - Griffith Park Trails

Now that you're fueled up, head north and hike one of the many Griffith Park trails, where you'll enjoy panoramic city views or a close-up of the iconic Hollywood Sign. Loop the three-mile Runyon Canyon trail or take a short hike to Bronson Canyon, where you'll find the famous Bat Cave from the classic Batman TV series. During this romantic interlude, you’ll both enjoy this little morning escape from the city while being perched above it.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium at the Griffith Observatory
Samuel Oschin Planetarium | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Noon: Griffith Observatory

After your hike, visit the landmark Griffith Observatory, one of L.A.’s most popular cultural attractions. Though there is a small fee for shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, admission to Griffith Observatory is free, so you can explore the sights, whether it’s the spectacular displays inside or the James Dean bust outside, which commemorates Rebel Without a Cause filming at the Observatory.

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Lunch: Alcove Cafe & Big Bar

The Alcove/Big Bar Now that you’ve explored the stars, return to earth and head down the hill to The Alcove Cafe, a Los Feliz favorite that offers American fare on a picturesque patio lined with trellises, foliage and a lively atmosphere. The cocktails from the adjacent Big Bar are delicious, so you can wash down your lunch in good fashion.

2 p.m. - Echo Park Lake

After lunch, head to Echo Park Lake, where you can rent a paddleboat, canoe or gondola for a modest fee and length of time. You can also take a leisurely stroll around the lake for maximum appreciation of the gorgeous L.A. weather and city views.

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3 p.m. - LACMA

For art lovers, it doesn’t get any better than an afternoon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest art museum in the western United States. With a collection that includes more than 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, it’s easy to get lost in exhibits that encompass the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art.

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Dinner - Le Comptoir

For an intimate dinner that will change the way you think about fine dining, book a table at Le Comptoir, the counter-only, 10-person restaurant in Koreatown by Gary Menes. The imaginative six-course menu changes daily, depending on what’s in season, so you can rest assured that your dining experience is one-of-a-kind.

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Dinner Option - Taylor's Steakhouse

If you’d like a more old school vibe with dark lighting and plush red booths, look no further than Taylor’s, a classic American steakhouse in Koreatown. Open since 1953, Taylor’s does your steak to perfection without the extravagance of modern day pricing, so this place is perfect for achieving that vintage feel with your date in every way.

The Wiltern

Nightlife - The Wiltern

After dinner, check out a performance at The Wiltern, the stunning, historic Art Deco venue named for its location at the intersection of Wilshire and Western. Check the calendar for the diverse selection of well-known bands and up-and-coming musical acts that play there nightly.

The Normandie Club

Nightlife - The Normandie Club

Enjoy a nightcap just steps away from your hotel at The Normandie Club, known for cocktails that are creatively updated versions of your favorite classics. The dimly-lit bar’s ambiance is beautifully understated, with private seated booths and plenty of dark bar seats to choose from.