Need ideas for where to take your valentine to sweep her off her feet? You needn’t look any further than your — well, her — favorite romantic comedies. Here’s a cheat sheet to a few of the locations where movie magic could translate into real-life romance.
Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
Woody Allen’s homage to his home city immediately summons the iconic image of Allen and Diane Keaton chatting on a bench as the sun rises over the Queensboro Bridge. But just as heartwarming is the scene in which they duck into the Hayden Planetarium to escape a sudden lightning storm. What’s more romantic than a little stargazing?
The Savoy Hotel
The famous Portabello Road, with its weekday fruit-and-vegetable market and weekend antique vendors, plays a key role in this Hugh Grant-Julia Roberts romantic comedy. But the film’s dramatic climax comes when Grant’s Will proposes to Roberts’ Anna during a press conference at the Savoy Hotel. The hotel is an international fixture, having recently undergone an extensive renovation. The Savoy Tea patisserie is the perfect spot to take in a traditional English cuppa and bask in the hotel’s opulence.
High Fidelity (2000)
Like all good rom-coms, this one ends on a hopeful note, when an endlessly embittered record-store clerk, played by Jack Black, gets a chance to shine, singing “Let’s Get It On” onstage. The scene was shot at Chicago’s famous Double Door, a former liquor store and rooming house turned live-music venue. It’s a great place to grab a beer, catch a show and maybe even serenade your date with a little Marvin Gaye.
As part of the quirky title character’s mission to bring joy to complete strangers, she breathlessly describes the sights and smells in the Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro Station to a blind man. The man is overwhelmed by the random act of kindness, and while leaving the station, Amélie spots a handsome young love interest. Only in the City of Love could romance blossom in such an ordinary place as a train station.