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7 Breathtaking Places In LA To Take First Dates: The Hidden Gems

Last year, Los Angeles ranked in the top five cities in the United States for singles. It's not hard to see why.

LA offers tranquil beaches, stunning sunsets, and plenty of nightlife to keep you entertained well past the first date.

If you're a single in the City of Angels and you really want to impress on one of your first dates, then here are seven breathtaking places to take your new match.

Try Different Cuisines at Smorgasburg

While it's not technically a date restaurant, Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in the entire country.

Take your date here on a sunny Sunday afternoon to enjoy a wide variety of culinary delights. It's best to try small samples at each stall in order to save enough room in your stomach for all of the different dishes and desserts there are available.

This is not only a great way to enjoy Los Angeles culture, but it's a perfect way to ensure that your date will like the food no matter what their tastes are.

As an added plus, the setup means that you won't have to worry about whether or not you should tip. That takes a lot of added pressure and potential awkwardness out of a first date.

Because it's not a traditional restaurant setting, it provides you with more opportunities to get up, walk around, and engage in more enthralling conversation.

Experience Sunset at Griffith Observatory

After you're done exploring one of Los Angeles' many open-air markets, you can head to the Griffith Observatory just north of Los Feliz Blvd.

This art deco landmark dates back to 1935 and is famous, in part, for being home to the famous scene in James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause.

However, you'll also find stunning views of the LA cityscape, a planetarium, and public telescopes here. This makes it a great place for couples who love science or who want the perfect Instagram photo op.

Admission to the observatory and all of the exhibits they have available is free, making it a cost-effective first date idea as well!

Enjoy a Museum Visit to the Getty Center

Similar to the Griffith Observatory, the Getty Center offers stunning views and artistic sights to see. This is the perfect date ideal for those wanting to stay closer to the west side of Los Angeles, as it's located just off Sunset Blvd. next to UCLA.

Here you can expect to treat your date to modern design, open spaces, and breathtaking views that stretch all the way across Los Angeles County.

This is the perfect date idea for art lovers or for those who think they might need a little more help to stimulate the conversation.

Tickets to enter the Getty Center are free, but you'll need to book a timed-entry ticket before you visit. Parking is $10 after 6 pm, so be sure to get there before if you plan on watching the sunset over the stunning rose garden.

Hike the Malibu Creek State Park

Couples who sweat together stay together. It's true! Numerous studies show that exercising with a potential mate can increase your attractiveness.

Why? Well, you're sweating and releasing signs of physical arousal (even if it's not sexual). Lucky for you, working out in Los Angeles is easy when you've got so many hiking trails at your disposal to choose from.

Head to the Malibu Creek State Park for a perfect first date hike.

There are numerous hiking trails for all different activity levels. If you want to add an extra romantic touch to your date, pack a picnic and prepare to snap some cute photos!

Play Arcade Games at the Santa Monica Pier

Plenty of LA first dates have been had at the Santa Monica Pier. With its bright lights, ferris wheel, and the famous Bubba Gump restaurant, it's not hard to see what makes it such a great option for a first date.

However, what's really great about the Santa Monica pier is the Playland Arcade. What's more fun than getting a little competitive on your first date?

With over 200 games and attractions to choose from, Playland Arcade provides you with hours of fun to indulge in with your date.

Better yet, on the weekends it's open until 2 am, making it a great way to wind down after dinner and drinks. Take a breather after playing some pinball and head outside to listen to the waves crash down under the pier.

Get Pizza on the Venice Beach Boardwalk

A little south of Santa Monica is where you'll find the Venice Boardwalk, famous for its clean beaches, eccentric inhabitants, and quirky style.

You'll find some really good date restaurants on the Venice Boardwalk, or you can simply dip into a pizza shop and enjoy a slice together. Head to Big Daddy's if you're looking for great Venice pizza.

Larry's is a gastropub with some good food options, but you can find tasty sandwiches at Zelda's or great Mexican food at Surfside.

After the sun goes down, take a stroll along the Venice Canals before heading over to Abbot Kinney to window shop or enjoy a drink.

Watch a Movie Under the Hollywood Stars

Instead of looking for date restaurants, why don't you just enjoy the great outdoors and perfect Los Angeles weather by watching a movie under the stars?

LA is famous for its many outdoor cinemas and rooftop cinema clubs. The Rooftop Cinema Club is perhaps the most popular and well-known. However, the Hollywood Cemetery offers amazing themed movie nights, too.

Most allow you to bring your own picnic food, which means you can customize the dining options to suit your tastes. However, others feature amazing food truck options you'll definitely want to check out.

Outdoor movies in LA tend to run from springtime until about October.

Learn How to Relax Before First Dates

First dates can be unnerving, but they don't have to be! Learn how to relax before your first date by planning ahead what you're going to do.

Pick a great idea from this list and go into the date with confidence that it's going to go great. Confidence will carry you a long way when it comes to impressing your date.

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