8. L'Artisan du Chocolat

City: Los Angeles
Address: 3364 West 1st St.
Website: lartisanduchocolat.net
Signature Item: Japanese Green Tea Matcha

L'Artisan du Chocolat's hand-painted heart-shaped boxes of artisan chocolates qualify as both art and cuisine, so if you're in that familiar "Fine art or candy?" Valentine's Day gift-giving dilemma, just go with "Both."