Valentine's Day has arrived, but unless you've already made your restaurant reservation or booked your hotel package, you're probably out of luck. Have no fear, there are still plenty of Valentine's Day options for the lovestruck procrastinator. From heart-shaped pastries to love-themed gift sets, read on for sweet and romantic treats available in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Who needs Cupid when you have a box of doughnuts to share? Spread the love with a dozen mini doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Downtown L.A.. The Valentine's Day gift set includes: 3 Chocolate-Orange Blossom, 3 Raspberry Rose, 2 Crème Brulee, 2 Passion Fruit-Streusel and 2 Coffee-Pretzel. Pre-orders start on February 7 for $22 (online or phone). Available in store on Valentine’s Day only.
516 W 6th St, Los Angeles 90014
Prepared daily in small batches, the macarons at Bottega Louie in Downtown L.A. have garnered a cult following. Now through Feb. 14, the bustling Gourmet Market at Bottega Louie is offering a special Valentine's Day Macaron Box ($37.50), featuring an assortment of flavors: Grand Cru, Vanilla, Strawberry & Red Velvet. Limited edition offerings include a Sweetheart Gift Box with mini Möet champagne, Infinite Raspberry pastry, and a gorgeous Sweetheart pastry with vanilla bean Bavarois mousse, almond nougatine, red berry compote, red glaze & speculoos cookie.
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90017
Cake Monkey Bakery
One of the most well regarded bakeries in the city, Cake Monkey supplies many of L.A.'s top restaurants and cafés with their sweet and savory pastries. Choose from seasonal holiday pies and cakes to cakewiches, monkey bread, donuts, bars, and even gluten-free cookies.
On Valentine's Day, Cake Monkey is featuring several themed items, including the popular Pop Hearts. Priced at $3.95 each, the heart-shaped pop tarts are available in brown sugar cinnamon, cranberry, apple crumble, blueberry or chocolate almond. Other offerings include "Naked" Cakes (frosting-free chocolate raspberry or red velvet), Rose Mini Cakes, and Cupid Crunch (house-made Graham Cracker coated in salted toffee and dark chocolate, sprinkled with crushed Jordan Almonds & pink, red & white mini pearls).
7807 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
Family owned and operated, California Donuts has been a neighborhood favorite since 1982. Located at 3rd Street and New Hampshire, California Donuts is open 24 hours and offers a variety of freshly baked goods and signature brewed coffees, from homemade butter croissants to hand-cut donuts and everything in between.
Although their pre-orders have ended, California Donuts will be offering Valentine's Day donuts on Feb. 14 until they sell out.
3540 W 3rd St., Los Angeles
Clementine - S'Amores & More
Clementine is a favorite of Century City and Beverly Hills locals, who enjoy Californian breakfast, lunch or dinner made with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Vegans, vegetarians and others with dietary restrictions will appreciate a menu that's not only inclusive of their needs, but tastes delicious.
Both Clementine locations are offering a special Valentine's Day menu with cupcakes, cookies, and heat-at-home dinners featuring heart-shaped entrees: Chicken Pot Pie, Yo! Soy Tamale Pie, or Spaghetti Pie. A perennial favorite, the S'Amore is a Valentine's twist on the campfire classic with marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between two heart-shaped homemade graham crackers. Priced at $11.95, the S'Amore includes instructions for transforming it into a gooey molten confection. Century City is also offering a Build Your Own Romantic Dinner: you and your special someone each choose an entrée, along with two sides for each entrée. Heat according to instructions, light the candles, et voila!
Clementine in Century City is hosting a special Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea from 3-5pm. Call ahead to reserve your "spot."
1751 Ensley Ave, Century City
Civic Center Dr, Beverly Hills
FrankieLucy Bakeshop - Cupid's Poop
Silver Lake's Filipino-inspired bakeshop, FrankieLucy is offering a playful sweet treat for Valentine's Day. A twist on owner/pastry chef Kristine de la Cruz's cult favorite Unicorn Poop, Cupid's Poop (a pink strawberry and vanilla meringue) is the perfect treat for your office mates, Galentine or Valentine.
3116 ½ Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90026
Since opening its first location in the West Village of New York City in 1996, Magnolia Bakery has expanded to locations across the country and around the world, from Los Angeles to Mexico City, Tokyo, Seoul and Dubai.
Located on West 3rd Street across from The Orlando Hotel, Magnolia Bakery Los Angeles is offering Valentine's Day specials like Cupid Confetti Cookies ($3 each) and Valentine's Day Cupcakes, ranging from $3.75 each to $65 for a dozen Rose Cupcakes. The Be My Valentine Cupcake Pack offers two each of the vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes, all iced with vanilla buttercream. Three topped with a rose decoration and three with a special edible image message.
8389 W. 3rd St. (at Orlando Street), Los Angeles
Magpies Softserve - Roasted Strawberry Softserve Pie
Magpies Softserve, the chef-driven soft serve shop in Silver Lake, is serving up Valentine's Day slices of Roasted Strawberry Softserve Pie layered with vegan fudge, strawberries, and crunchy cookie crumbs -- topped with chocolate whipped cream and strawberry crumble.
2660 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles 90039
In French, pitchoun means "kiddo" - an old dialect term of affection that parents used with their children in Provence and in the southwest of France. It's also a link between Frédéric and Fabienne Souliès, the husband-wife owners of Pitchoun Bakery in Downtown L.A. Now through Feb. 15, Pitchoun is featuring specialty Valentine's Day creations like Cupidon fine pastries, chocolate bonbons, cupcake box, lollipop meringue, heart-shaped small meringue and marshmallows. Even the best-selling DTLA Sandwich is getting festive - roasted turkey, brie, tomato, avocado, butter lettuce, and honey-chipotle mayo will be served on special heart-shaped sundried tomato bread.
545 S Olive St., Downtown L.A.
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee - Red Velvet
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee was co-founded in 2012 by Sumter and Chi-lin Pendergrast. Made daily using the freshest seasonal ingredients, Sidecar's doughnuts are fried in small batches throughout the day. Flavor selection changes monthly, with a weekly gluten-free option. Featured through February, the Red Velvet ($3.50) is a red velvet cake topped with vanilla cream cheese glaze and a rose petal garnish. 10% of proceeds from this flavor will go to SideCares program partners.
631 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
SusieCakes founder, Susie Sarich honors her grandmothers, Mildred and Madeline, with classic treats that are made in-house daily for a friendly, old-fashioned neighborhood experience. SusieCakes locations are offering several Valentine's Day specials. Make it a sweet party with the Valentine's Day Mini Bundle, which includes 4 dozen assorted mini cupcakes plates and napkins. Other season specials include:
- Mini Bouquet Box - 1 dozen mini cupcakes frosted with buttercream "roses"
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake
- Mini Sugar Cookie Treat Tray - 48 assorted themed mini-sugar cookies
- Frosted Sugar Cookie Treat Tray - 18 heart-shaped frosted sugar cookies
Valerie Confections was founded in 2004 with six flavors of chocolate-dipped toffee. The toffees quickly garnered a devoted following - KCRW's Evan Kleiman called them "a revelation." Valerie Confections has expanded to include chocolates, a popular line of petits fours, handmade preserves, cakes, pastries, and a catering division. Locations include a Silver Lake boutique (next to the original shop), a coffee shop and bakery at Grand Central Market, and a modern teahouse and bakery in Echo Park.
Valerie Confections has a variety of Valentine's Day gifts for every budget, including:
- Valentine's Bar ($10) - Inspired by classic Valentine’s Day cards, the bars are made of 61% bittersweet chocolate, sprinkled with crushed rose petals and dehydrated raspberries.
- Rose Petal Petits Fours ($50) - Featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, these petits fours are the traditional gift of a dozen roses, in a charmingly edible form.
- Extravagant Valentine's Day Gift Set ($160) - An elegant gift set filled with Valentine’s Day favorites, including Rose Petal Petits Fours, Arrow Truffles, Pink Box, Blushing Berry Bar, Valentine’s Day Bar, and a tin of Hot Chocolate.
3364 W 1st St, Los Angeles 90004