Last week the L.A. Times reported Valentine’s Day spending will rise 8.5% to $17.6 billion this year, and that the average consumer will spend $126. Whether you’re a lover or hater, it is true that the Hallmark holiday is indeed upon us. I’ve never been one to embrace V-Day (why eat chocolate one day of the year when you can indulge on all 365?), but if you’re looking for last-minute places to treat your sweetie or your sweet tooth, here are some fun (and hopefully not too clichéd) spots to check out.
’Lette Them Eat Macarons. Get a sweet little sugar sandwich at ’Lette. The French macaron shop has locations in Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Hancock Park and downtown.
Brunch It At Porto’s Bakery. One of my favorite places to grab a sandwich and something sweet is Porto’s Bakery, where you’ll get banana chips served with your lunch. This family-owned Cuban cafe has a full bakery with all kinds of cookies, cakes, pastries and other desserts one could possibly want (try the guava strudel!). They’ve got locations in Glendale, Burbank and Downey.
Think Outside of the (Chocolate) Box. Get a sweet slice of pie at the newly-opened Republic of Pie in North Hollywood, have something delivered straight to your door from I Heart Pies (or visit them every Saturday at the NoHo Farmer’s Market), or head downtown and stuff your mouth at The Pie Hole.
Gift ’Em With Originality. Still looking for a last-minute gift, but want something a little different? Try Handmade in Sherman Oaks (located at 14556 Ventura Blvd.) for one-of-a-kind presents made by local artists, or quirky tchotchkes at my personal favorite, Wacko in Hollywood (4633 Hollywood Blvd.).
Hit The Haystack In Snuggly Style. Every standard V-Day gift list inevitably suggests naughty negligee for the ladies and silky boxer shorts for dudes. For those who don’t mind spending a pretty penny on snuggle-worthy pajamas, head over to Bedhead in West Hollywood (8336 W. Third St.) for PJs in cute prints. Who says bedtime button-downs aren’t sexy? If you’re really looking for a budget-friendly way to repel the opposite sex, try the anti-stylish Snuggie, found at your local Target, pharmacy/drugstore/gift shop (think Rite-Aid, CVS or Walgreens) or As-Seen-On-TV mall kiosk.
More V-Day Around The Web:
- Which 5 Restaurants Are Among The “Most Romantic” in America? [LAist]
- 5 Least Romantic Valentine’s Day Dates [LA Weekly]
- Los Angeles Valentine’s Day Ideas: Non-Restaurant Romance and Dates With A View [HuffPo]
- Your Guide to A Romantic (Or Not) Valentine’s Day [L.A. Mag]
Did I miss anything? Feel free to share your V-Day in L.A. ideas too!