Sometimes the most romantic day dates are those that set the stage for what’s to come, which is why an afternoon spent at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills makes for a nontraditional romantic outing. With this shop’s selection of over 500 kinds of cheese from all over the world, culling the ingredients for your lover’s picnic from the variety of oranges and yellows (with the occasional blue) — sometimes stacked 10 high — is as close to the kid-in-the-candy-store unbridled giddiness as you’re likely to find in adult life. As you sample your way through cheeses of all textures and flavors — velvety, creamy, grassy and everything in between — the look on your date’s face will tell you which ones are keepers. After final selections have been made, the back wall of wines beckons; be sure to ask for expert pairings, as every cheese needs its svelte-necked companion. Cheese and wine in hand, head just a block down the road to Beverly Garden Park and picnic until the sun sets under the shady magnolia trees.

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills

419 North Beverly Drive Beverly Hills CA 90210

(310) 278-2855

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