Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am a planner. At this point, it's an inside joke amongst my friends/family that whenever we make plans, they can immediately expect a calendar invite from me. #nerdalert
Since some of you may not be planners, I wanted to share my favorite date ideas around LA for you to bring a casual fling (yes, I did mean to rhyme), a hubby or wifey, a dating prospect or even a platonic pal for a friend-date.
- Hike Griffith Park to the Griffith Observatory. Then grab burritos at Yuca's. The Observatory has been featured in MANY movies such as La La Land and Rebel Without a Cause. There's some great photo opps to be had, so don't forget to snap a selfie ;-). The hike is not very hard, but I recommend wearing workout gear as you may be sweaty in jean. Post-hike, Yuca's is basically a food cart. Even though it's extremely casual, it is still one of the best burritos I've had EVER. LA and beyond.
- Outdoor Movie Nights in the Spring and Summer. This activity is an LA-must. In the past two years that I've lived in LA, more and more organizations have been popping up offering movie nights all summer long. I've seen films through Cinespia (Hollywood Cemetery) and Melrose Rooftop Theatre (E.P. & L.P.) and had a great time at both! Check out this handy article from TimeOut LA that features monthly listings all over LA.
- Wine Tasting at Barnsdall Art Park. My boyfriend and I went on a double date here and really enjoyed ourselves. The park has a great view of the city and the tasting starts at 5:30pm, so you get to enjoy the magical sunset hour while sipping on some vino. There's also music and food trucks. What isn't to love? Tickets range from $35-50pp.
- Go see a Comedy Show. LA is the best city in the world to see comedy. And most shows are relatively inexpensive. There are so many clubs to pick from all over town, but a few of my favorites are: The Comedy Store, Largo at the Coronet and Hollywood Improv.
- Get your skate on at Moonlight Rollerway. I came here with a couple of girl friends over the summer and we had such a fun time! People got really into the retro-ness of the activity and were dressed up in disco-inspired outfits. Will definitely be going here for a date night activity soon! Plus, it's only about ~$15 for entry and rental skates per person.
- Cooking classes at The Gourmandise School. My boyfriend got us tickets to a couple's sushi-making class for my birthday last year and it was one of the most fun nights we've had in LA. (Although our worlds were shaken when we learned that there is sugar in sushi rice!) The classes can be a bit pricey ranging from around $60-150 per person, depending on the type of class...but, if you think of it as an activity AND a meal, the price seems a bit more reasonable.
- Couples Massage at Tomoko Spa. It has been years since we went to Tomoko for a couple's massage, mostly because it is VERY expensive and we're both in graduate school. However, if you have some money (*cough* $350+ *cough*) to spend, I highly recommend the Zenshin Couple Massage. There's really no way to fully describe the experience other than to say that you leave feeling like a million bucks...maybe because you spent close to that ;-)
- Go see a show at the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown LA. I'm a Jersey gal/Manhattanite, so I miss having such easy access to Broadway and professional theater. However, I've seen a bunch of shows that have toured at the Ahmanson and have enjoyed them all. My one recommendation is that the Music Center Garage is always super crowded, so make sure to arrive early!
As I continue to explore, I will be posting some more date experiences. Enjoy & let me know how your dates go :)