Going on a date can feel unnatural, especially the first time. Here are some easy ways to spend 60 to 180 minutes with a stranger and get the conversation flowing. – Kim Kuhteubl
Frozen yogurt definitely trumps coffee as SoCal’s first date of choice. Picking your favorite flavors at the self-serve dispensers is an easy conversation starter and also a check on your date’s manners. Does he/she offer you a cup? For more FroYo suggestions, check out our list of best spots in L.A.
Downtown Art Walk
Held on the second Thursday of every month, this free, self-guided tour of over 40 galleries and museums surrounding Gallery Row on Main and Spring streets is part of the revival in downtown’s historic core. A vendors market, live music and the chance to grab a bite at nearby restaurants in Little Tokyo or the Financial District make for an eclectic evening for art and architecture enthusiasts.
Runyon Canyon may be a little steep for a getting-to-know-you conversation but SoCal has more than a few gorgeous hikes to climb. Coldwater Canyon Park and Griffith Park are easy enough and make for scenic first date surroundings for sporty types. For other hiking ideas, check out our list of best hiking trails in L.A..
The birthplace of the City of Los Angeles is a colorful strip featuring 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican-style plaza. Wander through the marketplace and enjoy entertainment like the strolling bolero musicians or enjoy taquitos and sangria at one of the authentic outdoor cafes.
Bring pillows, a blanket and a picnic – including booze – to these classic movie screenings at the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place to Hollywood legends like Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield and Rudolph Valentino. DJs spin to packed crowds before and after the flicks. The screenings are a nice alternative for couples who call it “hanging out” instead of dating or for those who prefer group dates to solo ventures.
Kim Kuhteubl writes about living single @ www.single-woman.tv.