Flowers are cute, but if you're looking to step it up this Mother's Day, we recommend clearing your schedule to spoil mom with these shop-and-grub pairings. Just like last year, we teamed up with our sister site Racked LA to whip up a foolproof hit list that spans across a variety of neighborhoods, from Poketo and Bestia in DTLA to Soaptopia and The Curious Palate in Mar Vista. (Nabes are listed in alpha-order, for your convenience.)
Beverly Hills: After painting ceramics together at Color Me Mine's (233 S Beverly Dr; 310-247-1226) big event, show off your creations at modern Mediterranean eatery Momed (233 S Beverly Dr; 310-270-4444). Don't leave without trying the Challah french toast.
Culver City: After shopping Lundeen's (9726 Washington Blvd; 310-842-8400) Pinterest-worthy variety of kitschy knick-knacks and stationary, grab a bite at Akasha (9543 Culver Blvd; 310-845-1700) for some rustic New American bites. Go for the kale Caesar and tandoori chicken wings.
DTLA: After treating mom to Poketo's (820 E 3rd St; 213-537-0751) charming selection of kitchen supplies and artsy coffee table books, plan a visit to uber-trendy Bestia (2121 E 7th Pl; 213-514-5724) that evening for some flavorful Italian fare. This one is hot right now, so book a reservation stat.
Highland Park: After discovering global artwork, textiles and ceramics at local-approved Platform (5027 York Blvd; 323-230-7475), pay a visit to Ba Restaurant (5100 York Blvd; 323-739-6243) for fluffy French omelettes and addictive apple pancakes. Their Sunday brunch is stellar.
Mar Vista: After officially being converted into a handmade soap fiend at Soaptopia (12228 1/2 Venice Blvd; 310-398-8333), indulge in specialty chocolates and gourmet cheeses at The Curious Palate (12034 Venice Blvd; 310-437-0144).
Mid-City West: After making custom bouquets at Heath Ceramics' (7525 Beverly Blvd; 323-965-0800) special open studio that day, take in Terroni's (7605 Beverly Blvd; 323-954-0300) handmade pasta and abundant wine selection.
Pasadena: After picking out the perfect hand-painted letterpress card at Lula Mae (100 N Fair Oaks Ave; 626-304-9996), hit The Raymond (1250 S Fair Oaks Ave; 626-441-3136) for a decadent brunch and Prohibition Era-themed drinks at back bar 1886.
Sherman Oaks: After scoring retro treasures at blogstar Karla Deras' favorite vintage jewelry haven, Sherman Oaks Antique Mall (14034 Ventura Blvd; 818-906-0338), head to Sweet Butter Kitchen (13824 Ventura Blvd; 818-788-2832) for a damn good Croque Madame.
Silver Lake: After exploring indie shop star Yolk's (1626 Silver Lake Blvd; 323-660-4315) extensive collection of art books and high-design housewares, hop over to La Poubelle Bistro (5907 Franklin Ave; 323 465-0807) for bottomless mimosas and Eggs Benedict.
West Hollywood: After giving Candle Delirium's (7980 Santa Monica Blvd; 323-656-3900) hypnotic array of heavenly scents a whiff, head to Goldie's (8422 W 3rd St; 323-677-2470) for juice and a fresh kale salad or avocado on toast with smoked chili flakes.
Venice: After taking in Tortoise General Store's (1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd; 310-314-8448) beloved Japanese-style jewelry, art books and home decor, enjoy farm-to-table favorites at Axe (1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd; 310-664-9787). Tell mom it's pronounced Ahh-shay. And don't miss The Pancake.