Whether you’re shopping for yourself, a loved one, or the man who is literally ghosting you (which, btw, why??), Valerie Confections is a cafe/bakery/chocolate shop and a one-way-ticket to Romance Town. With an excellent assortment of truffles, petit fours, prepackaged charcuterie meats and cheeses, and grab-and-go-gourmet sandwiches, this one-stop-shop is not unlike those “emergency love” kits that can be found in the hotel minibar - there’s something in here for everyone.
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Chainsaw is a pop-up in Historic Filipinotown with incredible ice cream and an even better grilled pork sandwich.
Bahay Kubo is an iconic Filipino cafeteria or “turo-turo”-style restaurant in Historic Filipinotown.
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Undergrind Cafe is a relaxed neighborhood coffee shop serving all-day breakfast foods in La Cienega Heights.
Uplifters Kitchen is an unassuming coffee shop on Ocean Park with a very good breakfast biscuit sandwich.
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
The arrival of Sidecar means Santa Monica's donut game just became legitimate.
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Porridge and Puffs
Porridge and Puffs in Historic Filipinotown has Asian-inspired rice porridge, and a quiet, welcoming feel.
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