LAX Area for Couples
Collected by Frederick Simeon
Landing in LA, there are a few directions to head straight away to experience some of the best that the city has to offer. From the South Bay to the Westside to Culver City and even Inglewood, there are spots to hit without having to drive into the heart of Hollywood.
1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
There’s a certain expectation that comes with a South Bay restaurant. It’s usually casual, certainly, since the area is so close to the Pacific, while the food is commonly thought to be light and simple. This expectation isn’t met behind the glass...
6805 S Vista Del Mar Ln, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Blame it on family dinners, Thanksgiving feasts, or simple curiosity, but there’s always an intimacy in sharing plates of food. Whether you’re passing a full dish to a neighbor or scooping from one close to your own, the motions make a meal feel...
119 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Overlooking the ocean in Playa del Rey, Playa Provisions is a new restaurant that’s so inviting it instantly feels like a familiar getaway. How? Three day-to-night spaces, each with its own menu, make up the property – meaning that you can spend a...
6661 Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
If you're picking someone up at LAX, go a bit early and head to the Flight Path Museum along the south runways of LAX on the Imperial Highway. This hidden spot is a treasure for aviation enthusiasts with exhibits that include fascinating photos of...
Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Before L.A. became a concrete network of high-speed freeways, gondoliers used to glide through a series of manmade canals that were built in 1905 to recreate Venice, Italy in Southern California. The remaining two miles of waterways are a peaceful...
6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
The Baldwin Hills Overlook affords some of the most unusual views in Los Angeles. From 511 feet high, not only can you see the entire L.A. basin with the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Mountains, and Pacific Ocean, but you get the...
12601 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Beneath the path of planes taking off from LAX is an oceanfront runway for beginner hang gliders to get some air of their own. Sign up for a full (seven flights for $140) or half lesson (four flights for $85) with Windsports, which has been...
6009 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
Culver City’s industrial façade is a hard shell to a neighborhood that beats with a creative pulse. Over 35 galleries line the intersection of La Cienega and Washington Boulevards just under the 10 freeway. Unlikely neighbors of auto repair shops,...
395 Santa Monica Place #300, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
A shopping mall is probably the last place you’d look for a quality brunch, but Sonoma Wine Garden in the Santa Monica Place mall may be the best boozy brunch in Los Angeles. With ocean views and cozy cushioned seating, you are transported from...
3100 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292, USA
I have no doubt there are countless delicious brunch places in Southern California, but 26 Beach was absolutely sinful. The mimosas were smooth and plentiful, the bacon perfectly crisp, and the black forest ham Monte Cristo was this sandwich...
225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
2820 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
Two things make Areal stand out: location, and serious attention to the drinks. Comfortable indoor-outdoor seating, an inventive list of cocktails (the rum punch is a must), and an eclectic crowd make this one of the more desirable places to...
671 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Coffee is the third most sprayed agricultural crop after tobacco and cotton, so buying organic fair-trade beans was of extreme importance to Groundwork Coffee founder Richard Karno when he first started roasting in the current Rose Avenue...
1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Firefly is a whimsical one-stop-shop for a variety of eclectic gifts, decorations, and accessories; a cuter, yet more mature Urban Outfitters, if you will. They carry boutique brands for a hodgepodge of items including soaps, candles, jewelry,...
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