On the Los Angeles skyline, there is so much to enjoy. Everything from the Pacific Ocean to urban skyscrapers and Hollywood Hills all have their own kind of romantic feel to them. It makes sense that almost anyone with a nice rooftop has turned it into a romantic spot to look, drink, eat and even swim. If you’re looking for a romantic spot to enjoy a view, where should you go? Here are our nine favourite romantic rooftop views in Los Angeles.
1. Best for Skyline Lovers: ONYX
Address: 1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica 90401
If a rooftop view is all about the urban skyline for you and your lover, then the ONYX at Hotel Shangri-La has a great view for you. This rooftop spot works great for groups too, with an Art Deco couch that easily fits fifteen. You don’t have to be guests at the hotel to enjoy the rooftop. With fairy lights strung along the roof and an outdoor heater, you can enjoy the romance of this spot well into the night. The resident DJ can join you until midnight on Saturdays.
2. Best for Dates with Architects: The NoMad
Address: 649 S Olive St& 7th St
Anyone who loves design will be pleased you took them to the NoMad’s rooftop swimming pool in downtown Los Angeles. First, you can regale them with the marvelous design of the hotel itself. Once you get to the rooftop, you can see the Italianate inspiration for the space, as well as a breathtaking view of the nearby buildings. As guests of the hotel, you can swim. If you’re not staying, you can still order drinks and food.
3. Best for Getting Fresh with Foodies: Cabra
Address: 1060 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015
Not only can you look at downtown Los Angeles from this rooftop, but you can also peek inside the kitchen, an exciting glimpse for those who love fresh Peruvian-inspired foods. Bring your date here to impress them with unusual plays on Tuna Tiradito, Lomo Saltado and other interesting dishes, many topped with passion fruit flowers. If you’re trying to romance a foodie, odds are they will find something to love at this colorful and inspiring restaurant.
4. Best for Elegant Evenings: Merios
Address: 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
This restaurant by Wolfgang Puck is the culinary version of “dress to impress.” Bringing your date here will “wow” them from the moment they walk in, both with a long and luxurious look at West Hollywood and soft intimate seating with palms, elegant chandeliers, and a draped fabric ceiling. With this lush atmosphere, you can order delicious meals that include Japanese, Southeast Asian and French flavors. Your date will appreciate this fully covered rooftop restaurant.
5. Best for Beach House Bonding: Elephante
Address: 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Open wooden rafters, nearby palms, and a great view of the ocean and sandy white beach houses, this restaurant is perfect for capturing the beach-side lounge feeling for you and your date. It is an intimate setting and, if you can catch a sunset there, warm and bright. As for taste, you and your date can enjoy South Mediterranean cuisine, with a special emphasis on coastal southern Italy, the perfect kind of foods to enjoy when looking out on a beach.
6. Best for a Classy Beach Date: Mastro’s Ocean Club
Address: 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Contact: (310) 454-4357
Do you love the idea of taking your sweetheart to the beach to eat but don’t like the idea of getting sand all over you or fighting off birds, or sitting in a crowd? The Malibu location of Mastro’s has an amazing and up-close view of the beach from their well-covered rooftop. You’ll be looking at the intense blue through glass, which is great for those who love the idea of an ocean view but feel like the reality of the beach can take away some of the romance.
7. Best for Downtown Dips: Freehand Los Angeles
Address:416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
If you and your sweetheart love to splash, then the Freehand pool in Los Angeles is a great spot to scope out. The view is dense and urban without feeling overwhelming or claustrophobic. The large pool is refreshing and flanked by sun umbrellas, cozy seating, and lush greenery. Also nearby is the Broken Shaker, a boho-chic cocktail bar and lounge. If you end up wanting more private space, the hotel below offers private and communal rooms.
8. Best for Starry Night Caps: The Roof at Edition
Address: 9040 West Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, California 90069
You can swim, drink, and dine on this exclusive rooftop. We especially love it at nighttime, when you can see the starry lit-up city beyond the rooftop. You’ll also enjoy its mature trees, comfortable shaded lounge spots and small, intimate tables for two all along the edge of the roof (safely behind the railing.) Those who are into the wellness scene will also find some of the favorites here, like fresh-pressed juices, Kombuchas and more. It’s the perfect spot to end your night, even if you have to get up early tomorrow.
9. Best for New Connections: LP Rooftop Bar
Address: 603 N LA Cienega Blvd West Hollywood 90069
A little nervous bringing someone new out to the rooftop scene in Los Angeles? This ultra-popular bar spot is a crowd-pleaser that will help you and your new interest connect easily. Instead of feeling like it is above the city, this all-outdoors and giant rooftop bar feels like it is in the center of everything. With an energetic vibe, thick greenery, and a view of the Hollywood Hills that extends up into the sky, the LP Rooftop Bar is the perfect place to feel new connections grow. It is one of the largest rooftops in Los Angeles and certainly one you need to check out if you’re interested in romantic rooftops in the city.