How to keep warm in Los Angeles this holiday season

Find bright and seasonal things to do this winter using our guide on how to keep warm and feel cozy in LA.

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Partake in a Chinese winter tradition

Trek to Monterey Park for a Chinese, cold weather tradition of hot pot, at the aptly named Hot Pot Hot Pot. This group-friendly (and cheap) meal centers around a communal hot pot. Order plates of meat, fish balls and veggies to cook yourself; mix and match and customize your dipping sauces. Boiling hot soup, spicy chile sauce...what better way to warm up with friends on a winter night?

  1. Monterey Park
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Get cozy fireside

There are countless great spots with fireplaces in the city, but only a few get our glowing recommendation for cozying up this winter. Wood & Vine combines a cozy fire with tasty, rustic foods including housemade charcuterie and warm profiteroles. You'll have to split your view at One Pico between the roaring fire and the Pacific just outside. The Parlour Room does double duty with both a hot fire as well as hot seasonal cocktails, while sitting fireside at Eveleigh is just like being in a friend's toasty living room.

Roast marshmallows and make s'mores

For a warm, toasty, DIY dessert head to Luna Park, where you can order a platter of molten marshmallow, bittersweet chocolate and housemade grahams for less than $10. Some assembly required—but that's half the fun.

  1. Mid-Wilshire
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Have a romantic dinner

Sometimes the warmth in the room comes from our significant others—although delicious food and a romantic room don't hurt. Try the Little Door for candlelight ambiance; cozy up by the fire at Lucques; or share rich, sexy vegetarian fare from the open kitchen at Elf Cafe.

Spend a cold day in a hot tub

What better way to warm up this winter than at a Korean spa, complete with hot tubs, wet and dry saunas, and treatments to help melt away all that holiday stress. Soak in hot suds, splurge on a treatment or an authentic Korean meal, then take a relaxing nap in the Korean spas' signature sleeping rooms. Try Wi Spa for a full-blown experience complete with manga reading room and Saturday night karaoke, or Natura Spa for a more intimate, cozy soak.

Cozy up with a cigar and a warm rum cocktail

Caña Rum Bar features 140 gourmet rums for cocktails that include mojitos, Tiki drinks and margaritas. A $20 memberships gets you access to the fireplace, fancy cigars and even fancier rums, which get poured into seasonal cocktails all winter long.

  1. Downtown
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Sip steamy soup

One of the quickest (non-alcholic) ways to warm up is with a steaming hot bowl of soup—specifically the aromatic, hearty bowls of ramen found all across the city. The cramped, cozy Daikokuya Downtown is an aromatic assault on your senses, while Santouka Ramen inside Mitsuwa Japanese market lets patrons choose from tonkotsu, shio or miso broth for a quick, soul-warming fix. Or, just head to Little Tokyo for our favorite ramen in the neighborhood. (And here are our favorite cheap ramen joints).


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