14 Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day In Venice
We've rounded up a bunch of lovely gift ideas and fun local experiences to share with the ones you adore on Valentine's Day.
1. Eat The Artwork At Chocolatier Blue
These sweet little works of art that come in flavors like grapefruit champagne and lavender honey almost look too good to eat. Almost. Take an assortment home for your Valentine, or visit the Abbot Kinney chocolatier and pick out a few flavors to sample together on the patio.
Chocolatier Blue // 1522 Abbot Kinney, Venice 90291
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3. Sip Aphrodisiacs At The Anchor
The Anchor Venice is your best bet for aphrodisiacs by the bottle or on the half shell. Their prix fixe Valentine's Day menu starts with oysters and blood orange mignonette, followed by duck meatballs and braised octopus, a choice of skirt steak, cod or a spring pea farrotto, and finishes with s'mores panna cotta and housemade fudge brownies.
The Anchor Venice // 235 Main Street, Venice 90291
4. Make 'Em Melt With Chocolate Caramels
These small-batch, chocolate-covered caramels are locally made with the finest ingredients and finished with fancy seasonings like Maldon sea salt, crushed rosella and dried hibiscus. Treat yourself and/or send a box to someone in need of some sweet, sweet California lovin'. Assortments available in 6- and 12-piece boxes.
5. Dance Your Heart Out At Munifisense
Whether you're coupled up or ready to mingle, this is one Valentine's Day party that welcomes all with open arms. The three-day music and art event features djs, dancing, yoga, and workshops where you can pick up skills like the art of ecstatic intimacy.
6. Get Experimental At The Barbershop Pop-Up
Try something delicious that you've never done before like a white chocolate sea urchin bonbon. Chef Walter el Nagar is back in town with his latest Barbershop Ristorante pop-up debuting at Flake on Valentine's weekend. See the full story here.
Barbershop Ristorante // 513 Rose Ave. Venice, 90291 (424) 272-5849
7. Write A Love Note
This book of postcards captures everything we love about Venice and it gives you 24 opportunities to tear out one of the incredible shots and send a quick note to someone on your mind.
8. Pick A Bouquet At The Flower Truck
The Flower Truck will be rolling up Rose Ave. on Valentine's Day and stopping off at ME & Blue with lots of ready-to-go bouquets. So here's the plan: Grab some spring blooms and pop into ME & Blue for an easy gift like the silk kimonos, candles, or one of the floor-length tie-dyed slips. You can also visit the Flower Truck at the corner of Lincoln & Rose (at the 76 station). It'll be there all day or until the flowers sell out.
ME & Blue // 566 Rose Ave. Venice 90291
9. Find A Special Keepsake
These heart lockets from The Mart Collective are positively charming. Give one to your Valentine along with a handwritten love note written on a vintage Valentine's Day greeting card, which you can also find also at this mega antiques emporium located on Lincoln & Palms. Prices from left to right: $75, $125, $65 and $135
The Mart Collective // 1600 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291
10. Discover This Hidden Gem
Tucked away in a nondescript studio on The Linc, jewelry designer and gem expert Todd Bracken makes heart charms with nuggets that he panned himself right here in the Golden State. Among his custom pieces, he houses an impressive assortment of vintage engagement rings and rare watches. (Story to come!)
Todd Bracken Jewelers, call for appointment (310) 821-6006
11. Build Your Love Nest
There's a new home decor shop on Main that will make you tingle from head to tow with every last adorable detail. This is the first U.S. locale for Aussie-based Lazybones, and in it you'll find everything you never knew you needed to bring a touch of laid-back whimsy to every room, including the garden. From bedding and candles to vintage glassware and pretty sleepwear for the ladies, Lazybones will make you swoon.
Lazybones // 2929 Main Street, Santa Monica
12. Explore Your Sinful Side
Toss off that halo because Valentine's Day is all about love. For chocolate. And in this lair of chocolatey layers and red velvet cupcakes, you can allow yourself to indulge at Sinners & Saints. Unless you're gluten intolerant, in which case you should stick with the Saints offerings. Either way, it's total decadence that you can enjoy with your significant other, but it might be even better if you do it solo.
Sinners & Saints // 2547 Lincoln Blvd Venice CA 90291
13. Make A Forever Commitment
You know what precedes this Valentine's Day? Friday the 13th. It's a sign. A sign that would make a great tattoo. Lucky for you, Black Diamond Tattoo is offering $50 ready-to-rock flash tattoos so you two can get in, get out, and get marked for life all in time before dinner reservations.
Black Diamond Tattoo // 412 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291
14. Get A Late-Night Couples Massage
Just a hop and skip to Mar Vista, this late-night spa offers a quick getaway for couples in need of a little TLC. Opt for the "Totally Scrumptious" couples massage. Nitespa is open daily from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. so it's perfect for date night.
Nitespa // 12024 Venice Blvd., suite D Los Angeles, CA 90066