Valentine's Day is almost here, 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 till Thursday, February 14.
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. Available all month, the Valentine's Mini Box includes chocolates, flowers, and hearts in doughnut form. Pre-orders strongly suggested.
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 Valentine's Day pastries like the Very Berry Tartlet ($3.50), chocolate covered strawberries ($3.75 each), raspberry croissant ($4.50) and the Large Heart with almond brown butter financier, prosecco mousse & mixed berry ganache ($30). Limited edition offerings include the Heart Box ($35) with chocolate hearts in flavors of salted caramel, almond mocha, kalamansi & strawberry; and the Truffle Heart Box ($35) - an edible dark chocolate heart filled with 10 assorted truffles.
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90017
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" Drip Cakes (chocolate raspberry or raspberry red velvet), Rose Mini Cakes, Candy Coated Shortbread Hearts, and Roll in the Hay - Vanilla Cake rolled up with Lime Scented Buttercream, White Chocolate Crunchy Pearls, Housemade Raspberry Jam, and Coconut. Gift boxes are also available.
7807 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90036
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.
After pre-orders end for their Valentine's Box Set on Tuesday, February 12, California Donuts will be offering Valentine's Day donuts on February 14 until they sell out.
3540 W 3rd St., Los Angeles
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 special Valentine's Day menus with cupcakes, cookies, specialty sweets, 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 $12.95, 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!
1751 Ensley Ave, Century City
Civic Center Dr, Beverly Hills
Newly opened in Little Tokyo, Donatsu is a modern twist on the traditional doughnut shop. The vegan menu offers unique flavors like Matcha-Pistachio, Creme-Brûlée, and Ube-Toasted Coconut, as well as kombucha on tap. For Valentine's Day, Donatsu is offering a limited number of heart-shaped doughnuts starting at 8am until they're sold out. First come, first served - no pre-orders.
330 E 2nd St. Ste C, Los Angeles 90012
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, Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
Located on West 3rd Street across from The Orlando Hotel, Magnolia Bakery Los Angeles is offering Valentine's Day specials like the Valentine’s Day Confetti Cake - vanilla cake freshly baked with heart confetti, iced with pastel pink vanilla buttercream and topped with more heart confetti. Other specials include Valentine's Day Cupcakes, Red Velvet White Out Cupcakes, Rose Cupcakes, and a Mini-Cupcake Pack (1 doz).
8389 W. 3rd St. (at Orlando Street), Los Angeles 90048
Magpies Softserve, the chef-driven soft serve shop with locations in Silver Lake and Tarzana, is serving up Valentine's Day slices of Chocolate Strawberry Softserve Pie - it's nut-free (made with oat milk) and vegan!
2660 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles 90039
18971 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana 91356
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! locations in Downtown L.A. and Beverly Boulevard.
Available February 13 through 15, Pitchoun! is featuring specialty Valentine's Day baked items like the Lover's Pastry, Rose Danish, Romantic Eclair, and You & Me Cookie. Gift baskets like the Valentine Black Box (Small Meringues, Silly Cookies, Heart Shaped Raspberry Macarons, You & Me Cookie, Chocolate Covered Almonds, Heart Shaped Chocolates, Lover's Pastry) will be available through Saturday, February 16.
545 S Olive St., Los Angeles 90013
8500 Beverly Blvd. #103, Los Angeles 90048
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 Valentine's Cake ($3.50) is a vanilla bean cake doughnut filled with rainbow sprinkles and topped with house-made vanilla glaze and heart-shaped sprinkles. Also featured this month, the Red Wine Chocolate ($3.75) is a dark chocolate cake doughnut, filled with plenty of chocolate chips, and topped with a house made chocolate & red wine glaze and Valrhona Chocolate cocoa nibs. 10% of proceeds from this flavor will go to the SideCares program. (NOTE: this flavor is made with alcohol!)
631 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90401
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 like the Mini Bouquet Box - 1 dozen mini cupcakes frosted with buttercream "roses." Other specials include the Valentine's Day Treat Tray (an assortment of 4 dozen themed sugar cookies), six-layer Valentine's Day Celebration Cake, and frosted sugar cookies - customizable with your Valentine's name or favorite phrase (available individually or a platter of 18).
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 the flagship Silver Lake boutique; a modern teahouse and bakery in Echo Park; and an upcoming Valerie at Valley Country Mart in Woodland Hills. Valerie Confections has a variety of Valentine's Day gifts for every budget, including:
- Grand Valentine ($100) - Gilded Truffles, Caramelia Hearts, Liquid Caramel Hearts, Red Hearts made of bittersweet chocolate & almond toffee bits, Golden Hearts, Champagne Truffles.
- Valentine's Day Pie ($40) - filled with strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, and rose petals. Serves 6-8.
- Arrow Box ($25) - 9 pieces of bittersweet 61% chocolate truffles, finished with a hand-drawn arrow design. Packaged in a clear box with black satin ribbon.
3364 W 1st St, Los Angeles 90004