Who said Small Business Saturday has to be limited to once a year? We certainly don’t think so. From sidewalk pop-up shops to outdoor markets, the Valley’s got you covered if you’re looking to support your neighbors instead of, I don’t know, going to the mall. And, to be sure, you can have a lot of fun shopping small.

That’s because, from Topanga to Burbank, your neighbors are beaming with creativity. The Valley’s neighborhoods are each unique, so no two markets are ever the same. Read: With this list, you can have a new shopping experience every weekend of the year. 

Plus, some of these pop-ups and markets are highly creative, meaning you can expect visual art, dancing, and musical talent. Dates and locations vary, so make sure to check the event’s Instagram page for the most accurate updates.

Now, without further ado, keep reading to find 10 pop-up shops and outdoor markets to add to your San Fernando Valley social calendar.

10 pop-up shops and outdoor markets in the San Fernando Valley

1. Topanga Vintage Market

Where: Victory Blvd. and Mason Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91306
When: Fourth Sunday of every month, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

One of the oldest markets in the Valley, the Topanga Vintage Market celebrated its 10th anniversary this year (!!!). Head over bright and early for the most eclectic home and wardrobe finds. It costs $5 to enter, but you’re basically paying for a real-life treasure-hunting experience. And let’s be real, you’ll take every opportunity to say, “I thrifted it,” whenever someone asks you where you got that jacket (or couch, or lamp, or pillow).

2. Cafe Aficionado’s Pop-Ups

Where: 8904 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324
When: Various weekends and times

This family-owned cafe is the definition of “community oriented.” Recognizing the struggles that their fellow small businesses faced during the pandemic, the owners of Cafe Aficionado formed Summer Night Series, which is 5-8:30 p.m. on Fridays, as well as Weekend Pop-Ups (on Saturday and Sunday mornings), providing affordable vendor spaces and much-needed community support. At the pop-up, you can find a variety of goodies, including plants, candles, apparel, baked goods, and more.

3. El Valle Pop-Ups

Where: 6300 Balboa Blvd., Encino, CA 91406
When: Dates vary, noon-4 p.m.

You might not be going to Lake Balboa to get shopping done, but keep an eye out for El Valle Pop-Ups near the Balboa Boulevard entrance for hand-crafted goods, houseplants, and more. You can also grab a treat from one of several food vendors before you pedal out to the lake on one of the park’s signature swan boats.

4. San Fernando Outdoor Market

Where: 911 San Fernando Road, San Fernando, CA 91340
When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 5-9 p.m.

If you’re looking to escape the Valley heat but still want to show small businesses love, head over to the San Fernando Outdoor Market. Taking over the block between Brand Boulevard and Maclay Avenue, the Valley’s namesake city comes alive on the fourth Saturday of every month, with over 80 vendors and storefronts combined and a classic car showcase as well as live performances and a makeshift dance floor.

5. Block Party Flea Market

Where: Saticoy Street and Louise Avenue
When: Dates vary, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Another place you can find an amazing community experience for free? The plaza that’s home to Valley staples like Needle Pushers, Galaxy of Comics, and Rose Garden Barbershop. Each event intentionally offers something a little different, but you can expect a few things every time, says the event’s Instagram bio: to “Shop local artists. Catch a groove. Make connections.”

6. Teapop Art Market

Where: 5050 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601
When: First weekend of every month; October-June, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; July-September, 3-8 p.m. 

This tea and coffee shop (truly a neighborhood favorite) does it all: trivia, paint nights, and a monthly art market.  While Teapop already features a rotation of budding artists’ pieces each month, they’re providing even more opportunities for other artists and artisans to showcase their work on a monthly basis.

7. Makers Market Chatsworth

Where: Locations vary
When: Dates vary

As its name gives away, this market is in the west Valley neighborhood of Chatsworth. There are always different vendors there, so you’ll find pretty much anything you can think of—and probably some stuff you wouldn’t even have dreamed. Make sure to check their Instagram to know when and where the market’s happening.

8. Wallflower Market LA

Where: Locations vary
When: Dates vary

Local shopping for charity? Say less. Taking advantage of The 513’s al-fresco dining space in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, this woman-founded pop-up shop offers themed photoshoots for your furry friend, plant vendors, jewelry vendors, and more. Even better, a percentage of all vendor sales goes to a different progressive cause each month.

9. 818 Pop-Up Shop

Where: Locations vary
When: Dates vary

A Latina-owned and operated business, 818 Pop-Up Shop is the self-proclaimed original pop-up in the San Fernando Valley. Its mission is simple: support local small businesses! Through Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s parties and Halloween spook-taculars, Genevieve Marie — the market’s founder — keeps the joy in her community.

10. Main Street Canoga Park Farmers Market

Where: 7247 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303
When: Every Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

You might be thinking that because its name features the terms “farmers” and “market” you can only get produce at this event. But you’d be mistaken! You can also get fresh flowers, like those photographed below, tamales, and even crafted items. Even if you’re East Valley-based, the Main Street Canoga Park Farmers Market is well worth the trek.

With gas prices still through the roof ($5.99 last time we checked), Angelenos in the North Valley can relax knowing they no longer have to drive 20-plus miles to their favorite Cuban bakery. The Porto’s in Northridge is finally open—and located at 19467 Nordhoff St.

This location has been a long time coming, with the project being repeatedly delayed due to the pandemic. The original opening date was December 2020, which was later pushed to April 2021. Now, a year after the second opening date—and a lot of treks to Burbank later—their newest location has finally opened its doors.

But how does the community feel? In a word: elated.

Photo: Rebecah Jacobs

Prior to their opening at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, eager eaters started lining up as early as 4 a.m. to be one of the first to experience this monumental launch. In addition to the excitement over their own trips to this new location, a lot of locals are anticipating sharing the love with their non-Valley friends. “Porto’s is one of my favorite restaurants in the city,” says Carolina Matamoros of Reseda, adding that this is a dream come true for her. “Every time I have friends visiting from out of town, I have to take them there.”

Of course, there’s also a particular pride within the Valley’s Cuban community. “For as long as I can remember, 30 years to be exact, my family and I have been driving to Burbank and Downey to get our Cuban bakery fix,” explained Angela Díaz of Northridge, whose father was born in Havana, Cuba. “The pastries, the delicious sandwiches, and their signature drink, mamey, remind me of being back in my dad’s hometown. I’m so happy that Cuban culture [is in] my city. We need some Cuban flavor in the neighborhood.”

Photo: Rebecah Jacobs

Upon its grand opening on Tuesday, April 12, the Northridge location became the sixth Porto’s Bakery in Southern California—and the first in the North Valley. After getting its start in Glendale, the beloved Cuban bakery expanded to Burbank, Downey, Buena Park, and West Covina. 

Now, you can find cheese rolls, besitos, Cubanos, tres leches cake, and, of course, potato balls on the Northridge menu. Plus, there are some new treats exclusive to the north Valley location, including a sure-to-be-delicious strawberry pistachio tart.

Photo: Rebecah Jacobs

After such a long wait, it’s safe to say the community fully seized this moment. Nearly every person walking out had Black-Friday-sale-sized bags filled with pastries as they walked back to their cars. (If you’re gonna wait in line for two hours, you might as well stock up!)

Whether you were born and raised in Los Angeles or you googled “best food in LA,” Porto’s is a name that comes up again and again—and with good reason. Now, the Valley is part of that legacy. Don’t believe us? You don’t have to take just our word for it.

“From the moment we decided to call this amazing community our newest home, we knew this location was going to be special,” the bakery wrote on social media. “You welcomed us with open arms, you never missed a farmers market, and you waited patiently while we worked through unprecedented times to bring our family bakery to your neighborhood.”

There are levels to sushi. Are you a California roll-only type of person? Do you have to have two pieces of salmon belly? Do you prefer fresh rolls to tempura rolls, or baked rolls to hand rolls? Regardless of your preference, there’s something in this list for you.

Read on for a list of 16 sushi restaurants in the Valley—from Granada Hills to Sherman Oaks to Sylmar.

1. Asahi Sushi, Granada Hills 

If you live in the 91344, you know Asahi Sushi is the neighborhood sushi spot. Sometimes the wait creeps into the hour-long territory, which isn’t ideal, but the sushi is well worth every minute. Pro tip: Visit Asahi during the week to avoid weekend traffic.

2. Sushi Mac, Sherman Oaks

Not too far from where the 101 and 405 freeways converge sits Sushi Mac, a hole-in-the-wall that’s bound to have the rolls you’re looking for at wallet-friendly prices. Be prepared to deal with a chaotic parking lot if you plan to visit during peak hours, though.

3. Shin Sushi, Encino

I still find it odd that the marshmallow man who sells tires is also a world-class authority on fine dining for some reason. However, facts don’t care about my feelings, and the fact of the matter is that chef Azumi Taketoshi’s Shin Sushi has a coveted Michelin star to its name. If you decide to trust in the puffy white tire guy’s sought-after star, you will not be disappointed. The sushi is simply superb.

4. Xevichez, Sylmar and Northridge

Countless cultures and ethnicities mingle and mix within The Valley’s borders, so it’s no surprise that a sushi spot as borderless as Xevichez would exist here. Their bold fusion of Mexican and Japanese cuisines creates a unique culinary experience that should make any sensible person wonder how nobody thought to pair sashimi and micheladas sooner.

5. Catch Me Sushi, Canoga Park

I enjoy chic, colorful vibes and top-notch sushi. I’m also a fan of Japanese beers and sake. Wine is nice, too. With all that said, if you find yourself in the suburbs of Canoga Park (as one often does), then you can catch me at Catch Me. See you there. Oh, and to my fellow Matadors: Be on the lookout for a second location sprouting up near CSUN soon.

6. Kazuki, North Hollywood

Nestled in Hollywood’s northern namesake, Kazuki is a worthy pilgrimage for sushi stans across The Valley. Quality ingredients, friendly staff, and Valley-tinged menu items like the 101 Roll and NoHo Roll make this eatery easy to love.

7. Roll Roll, Tarzana

Where does Tarzana end and Woodland Hills begin? At Roll Roll, a quaintly named sushi spot that straddles the border between the two neighborhoods. But this list isn’t about geography; it’s about raw fish. Luckily for us, chef Sang Kyu Shin — the sushi veteran who founded Roll Roll nearly 10 years ago — serves up tasty, affordable fare that’s bound to hit the spot and distract from silly conversations about neighborhood zoning.

8. Okumura, Encino

The good folks over at Okumura pride themselves on not cutting corners when it comes to their food, and the results are hard to argue against. An elite kitchen staff, homemade sauces and fish that’s delivered fresh daily make this Encino establishment a safe bet.

9. The Brothers Sushi, Woodland Hills

If you’re looking for fast and cheap sushi, then The Brothers might not place first on your list. However, you would be missing out on one of The Valley’s most celebrated and decorated sushi destinations. The owners recently confirmed plans to open a second location in Santa Monica, but The Brothers will always remain a valued member of the 818 fam.

10. Light and Healthy, Woodland Hills

This all-you-can-eat sushi spot is no doubt a favorite among Valley natives. For just shy of $30, you get unlimited hand and cut rolls as well as “kitchen items,” which include miso soup and a variety of tempura.

11. Midori Sushi, Encino and Sherman Oaks 

The cool thing about Midori is that it has preset menus to take the work out of ordering. Oh, and they also have all you can eat — though you only get an hour to stuff your face. Make sure you’re familiar with the rules beforehand.

12. Hikari Sushi, Chatsworth 

The third and final all-you-can eat sushi restaurant is Hikari, which recently added a handful of new appetizers. Their offerings include takoyaki, yellowtail sashimi, and shrimp dumplings. *drool*

13. Katsu-Ya, Encino, Northridge, Studio City, and Woodland Hills 

With four locations from revolutionary chef Katsuya Uechi, the Valley continues to prove that it’s truly blessed. Stop by one of those locations to get some seriously high-grade sushi.

14. SO Sushi, Tarzana and Woodland Hills

SO sushi delivers fresh, quality fish and has a catchy motto: “SO shut up and eat.” What more could one ask for? (Maybe a Sapporo to wash it all down, but they’ve also got you covered there.)

15. Sun Sushi, Northridge

If you go to, work at, or live near CSUN, you know that Sun Sushi is a staple. The ambiance is great and you can often eat for less than $20.

16. Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa, Studio City

This is admittedly not a local or locally owned spot. There are Sugarfish restaurants all over Los Angeles, totaling 11 locations, and in four New York. Pro tip: the Studio City location is a great date spot and the takeout boxes are perfect for picnics. Thank me later.

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1. Tel Aviv, Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Valley Village

We have it on good faith that Tel Aviv has the best shawarma in all of Los Angeles. You can get different meats in a pita, laffa or on a plate with different fresh salads, hummus, tahini, etc. Being that Tel Avis is authentic, it’s closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

2. Firehouse Taverna, Reseda 

If you’re really about that Valley life, you know Firehouse Taverna is a staple. It’s been around for years and it feels like you’re in Greece when you walk in. Firehouse has the best gyros, hands down.

3. Malek’s Grill & Kabob, Canoga Park

If you want to eat like royalty but not pay royal prices, hit up Malek’s for some of the best-priced Persian food in the Valley. Seriously, you can feed a family of 5 for $10 each!

4. Carnival Restaurant, Sherman Oaks

This Lebanese joint has great kabobs, koobeh [koobideh?], hummus, tabouleh and rice pilaf. Carnival has been at its Woodman Avenue storefront since 1984! (And their Instagram feed makes us hungry.)

5. Hummus Bar & Grill, Encino 

If we gave out awards, Hummus Bar & Grill would get the Best Hummus Award (as they should, because of their name). This authentic Israeli restaurant makes fresh laffa and serves hummus, different high quality grilled meats, and Israeli salad sides.

6. Sadaf Restaurant, Encino

Please hold your “Sad AF” jokes, thank you! If you’re in the mood for great Persian food, pick up the phone and place your order at Sadaf — like now. If you’re comfortable dining in, be prepared for a ~fine dining~ experience.

7. Pita Kitchen, Encino

The shopping plaza on the northwest corner of Ventura Boulevard and Reseda Boulevard is, honestly, *chef’s kiss*. In addition to Wanderlust (also *chef’s kiss*), that plaza houses Pita Kitchen — another Valley staple! Pita Kitchen is our go-to when we want solid Middle Eastern fair.

8. Mizlala, Sherman Oaks

At Mizlala, you’ll find dishes from a myriad Middle Eastern countries. You’ll also find vegetarian friendly dishes as well as dips, salads, and sharable plates! Like with Sadaf Restaurant, go to Mizlala reado for a fine dining experience.

9. Baklava Factory, Encino, North Hollywood

While Baklava Factory only offers dessert, they have a huge variety and it’s authentic. Pro tip: Get dinner at one of the other spots and get dessert here! The photos we selected of these freshly made baklavas are guaranteed to make you drool.

10. Papillon International Bakery, Glenoaks, North Hollywood, Northridge

This might be the most popular bakery in the Valley. Since reinventing the brand 11 years ago, Papillon has amassed a following of 191,000 on Instagram. From their ponchiks (fried dough loaded with fillings) to phonuts, you can’t go wrong at this Armenian-owned bakery.

11. FurnSaj Bakery & Restaurant, Granada Hills 

I always tell myself not to do these guides when I’m hungry, but even that didn’t help when I was looking at FunSaj’s Instagram. Their tabouleh is the perfect meal for all, especially considering that it’s vegan!

12. Raffi’s Place, Glendale

The best kabob in all of Los Angeles, hands down. Fight us! (Also, we know y’all don’t think that Glendale is technically the Valley, but Raffi’s Place is so good that we had to bend that rule for them. The Armenian-Persian restaurant is extremely popular and definitley worth the drive.

13. Noah’s Ark Restaurant & Hall, Northridge

According to Noah’s Ark, their most popular dish is the beef shish kabob. If you ask us, we wouldn’t mind also getting the cheese platter.

Some honorable mentions that were closed and/or did not have social media as of writing this: Korner Knafeh, Northridge; Shamshiri, Northridge.

The Valley’s a great place to live because of the diversity and integration we see daily. We see taco stands on the same corner as we see Black-owned eateries, which can be just across the street from a local coffee shop.

But to keep the Valley diverse, we have to invest support into our favorite BIPOC-owned businesses — whether that’s in dollars, nice messages, or social media follows.

Here’s a list of 15 AAPI-owned businesses led by San Fernando Valley natives.


Valley girl Alisa Damaso founded VLY GRL to smash stereotypes about Valley girls through poetry and apparel, like the dope-ass pins below.

2. Cafe Aficionado LA, Northridge

Yes, Cafe Aficionado has amazing ube lattes and delicious breakfast burritos — but, more importantly, Cafe Aficionado LA helps local small businesses by offering their storefront as a popup space.

3. Ninong’s Dessert Lab

Best known for their ube pancakes, Ninong’s sadly had to close their cafe in November of 2020 but are still serving the community online and at monthly pop up events.

4. Luna Bake Shop, Arleta

Owner and head baker at Luna Bake Shop Nancy Pothidang offers homemade cookies in traditional flavors, nationwide shipping, and delivery. DM Luna Bake Shop on Instagram to order.

5. Macra Made by Mel, Tarzana

The next time you’re looking for a chic basket, coaster, rug, or anything else macramé, hit up Mel Wald and she’ll bring your idea to life.

6. Vinh Loi Tofu, Reseda

Here are two very impressive things about Vihn Loi Tofu: 1) Its menu is fully vegan and 2) The restaurant topped the list of Veg Out’s 10 Asian-Owned Vegan and Vegan-Friendly Restaurants Across the US.

7. Brown Baked Desserts, Lake Balboa

The head baker at Brown Baked Desserts goes by “Chef Jason” and his mission is to “transform traditional Filipino dessert flavors into cookies and more.” He’s doing a damn good job if you ask us.

8. Rincome Thai Restaurant, Granada Hills

If you live in or near Granada Hills, you know that Rincome is the go-to Thai food spot. Their coconut shrimp soup is fire, as are their spicy noodles, as is their fried rice, as is… well, you get the point.

9. Wanderlust Creamery, Tarzana

The duo who owns all five Wanderlust locations — in Pasadena, Venice, Atwater Village, Tarzana, and Fairfax — are proud CSUN grads and have been featured on Thrillist, Eater LA, and Food Insider.

10. Bamboo Bistro, Panorama City

You really can’t go wrong when you order from or recommend Bamboo Bistro. The go-tos include pancit, steamed rice, and pork adobo. (Also, pre-panny, this was a very poppin’ karaoke spot. Just saying.)

11. Nic’s Burgers and Bowls, Chatsworth

Seriously, words don’t and won’t do justice to Nic’s Burgers. The best we can say is: Go as soon as you can.

12. Clay Play & Arts, Northridge

Clay Play & Arts is a wonderful (and safe!) place to take your kids for some painting and pottery. Think Color Me Mine, except not corporate.

13. House Roots, Granada Hills

This is my favorite local coffee shop and I won’t even try to hide it. It’s right down my house and supports social justice!

14. Sweet Snow, Northridge

Sweet Snow might be one of the most underrated dessert shops in the Valley. They have a good variety of desserts and an amazing assortment of ice cream flavors.

15. Fork & Spoon, Cuisine from the Philippines, Woodland Hills

Fork & Spoon has been a destination spot in Woodland Hills ever since owner Paul Fuentes opened the doors in 2019.

You can ask anyone from the Valley what their favorite thing is about living here — more often than not, they’ll say it’s the food.

From taco shops to hot chicken spots to Black-owned restaurants, the 818 has it all. Read on for 10 pizza places you can order the next time you’re in the mood.

1. Joe Peeps, North Hollywood

Whether you get a larger-than-life slice or a whole pie, you can’t go wrong when you order from Joe Peeps. It’s the most NY pizza you can get without actually going to the Big Apple — and Anna Kendrick’s been there!

2. Pizza Pie Eatery, Woodland Hills

The Pizza Pie eatery gets a lot of love on social media, and for good reason! Their pizza’s delicious and they do what they can to uplift creators in the Valley via social media.

3. 786 Degrees, Sun Valley

Before you try to order a pepperoni and jalapeño pizza at 786 Degrees, let us help you: Take a look at their menu — there are far more interesting things to order!

4. Napoli’s Pizza Kitchen, Van Nuys

With a storefront on Burbank Boulevard, Napoli’s Pizza Kitchen serves up some delicious and authentic pizza, like their pepperoni, tomato and basil pizza pictured below.

5. MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Van Nuys

We’re not unaware of how weird it is to put a brewery on this list. That said, please do yourself a favor and order from MacLeod (add some beer while you’re at it) the next time you’re craving pizza.

RELATED: 10 Valley Coffee Shops Better Than Starbucks

6. Antonio’s Pizzeria, Sherman Oaks

We have to admit that we’re big fans of a BBQ chicken pizza, and we have to admit that Antonio’s Pizza is where it’s at when it comes to a local pizza shop.

7. Greco’s New York Pizza, Tarzana

If you’re a fan of New York-style pizza, do yourself a favor and order from Greco’s New York Pizza this weekend. You know you’ll probably eat pizza at one point or another.

8. Pizzasaurus Rex, Northridge

This is one of the best and most lowkey pizza spots in the Valley. Also, let this be our official statement that pineapple does go on pizza. Not sorry.

9. Mulberry Street Pizzeria, Sherman Oaks and Encino

Yes, Mulberry Street Pizzeria is expensive — but it is also an experience. I mean, they have a freaking rigatoni pizza, for crying out loud. That’s a pizza with pasta on it, aka a dream.

10. The Thyme Pizzeria, Winnetka

This is vegan pizza in Winnetka! Need we say more?

In a recent poll, our Instagram followers said we should compile another list of San Fernando Valley-based Instagram accounts to follow and we really hate to disappoint — so we won’t! These Instagram pages are run by Valley residents and range from community to photographers to food. 


1. Las Calles Del Valle

A local organization started by four friends, Las Calles del Valle aims to be a support system for local street vendors.

2. My Sherman Oaks

This page shares posts from small businesses in Sherman Oaks, from restaurants to plant shops to bakeries and more.

3. Grow Gather Give

Grow Gather Give is a local organization that picks “your fruit trees for food pantries” to help combat food insecurity in the San Fernando Valley.

4. My San Fernando Valley

The photos shared by My San Fernando Valley are always top-tier and highlight local photographers.

5. My Ventura Blvd

Have you ever thought of just how far Ventura Boulevard stretches? My Ventura Blvd shows you!


6. Blue Hour Valley

The name says it all: This page will provide you with beautiful blue photographs of the most iconic places in the San Fernando Valley.

7. The Valley Dude

The Valley Dude’s Instagram bio says that they’re “Riding 🚲, contemplating 🤔 & photographing 📸 the San Fernando Valley — the neglected part of Los Angeles.”

8. Glass Blocks Stan Account

This Instagram account is run by Sasha, an “urban planner who loves recently-considered-old buildings [in the] San Fernando Valley.” (Don’t ask about the handle — we don’t know either.)

9. YC Foto Story

Ari Renee Claire, a community photographer, runs YC Foto Story, where the content features popular sights around the Valley.

10. Jasson B

Jasson Bautista — yes, with two S’s — has “the eye.” He’s able to look past the mundane to capture nostalgia.

11. High Caliber Shots

A lot of High Caliber Shots’s photos are not in the Valley, but they’re all great shots of beautiful things from cars to graffiti to camaraderie — most importantly, they’re shot by a Valley native.

RELATED: 25 Valley Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following


12. Sabbie’s Bites

From her contagious positive energy to her impeccable taste in food, Sabrena No’mani is definitely someone you should be following.

13. Cafe Aficionado LA

In addition to having fantastic ube lattes and delicious breakfast burritos, Cafe Aficionado LA is a staple in the Valley’s small business community. They help local small businesses by offering their storefront as a popup space.

14. The Hood Foodie

Alexander Orozco is The Hood Foodie — he eats good and supports the community while doing it. Orozco is from the Valley and still resides here.

Fashion and apparel

15. LNS Designs

An LGBTQ+-owned shop founded by Les Salgado and Sara Dehaven, LNS Designs has ready-to-wear apparel and accepts custom orders.

16. Shop Chapilinda

Are we not supposed to have favorites? Because how could Shop Chapilinda not be that? I mean, look at these earrings and that journal!

17. Throwback Junction

If you’re into thrifting and on the hunt for curated name brands and vintage fashion, you’re in luck. Throwback Junction’s got your back.


18. The Tiny Diaries

Cindy Morales is a YouTuber based in the San Fernando Valley whose mantra is “Life is short and so am I.” (Honestly, same.)

19. The SFV Scoop

If you’re interested in all the local news, deals, and events happening in the San Fernando Valley, follow The SFV Scoop.

20. 818s and Heartbreak 

Dare we say that 818s and Heartbreak is the official podcast of the San Fernando Valley? … Yes! (Though I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more Valley-based podcasts in the next few months.)

Viva the Valley is all about supporting people and small businesses in the San Fernando Valley, year-round. Read on for 30 small businesses* that you can support this Valentine’s Day.

*With the Valley community growing stronger, there are some businesses that are no longer taking Valentine’s Day orders. Next year, order from these places early: Knead 4 Dough, Honey Plate Co., Bossin Bakery

This list is alphabetized by city. In it, you’ll find local vendors for balloons, charcuterie boards, chocolate covered strawberries, flowers, picnics, and more. Shop local this Valentine’s Day, ya heard?


Beeny Bakes, Arleta

It almost feels disrespectful to write about Beeny Bakes creations. Words truly cannot do them justice. Place your Beeny Bakes orders by sending them a DM.

LV Sweets, Arleta

Do you want chocolate covered strawberries or a bouquet? Order from LV Sweets so you don’t have to choose! If you want to order or have any questions, send LV Sweets a DM on Instagram.

Canoga Park

Drizzled Treats, Canoga Park

Okay, seriously, Drizzled Treats is probably the closest thing to perfection we’ve ever seen. The attention to detail is impeccable. You can order via DM or on the Drizzled Treats website.


A and G Berries, Chatsworth

Don’t let A and G Berries’ name fool you: They do more than dip berries in chocolate. This Valentine’s Day, they’ve partnered up with Amour Balloons to make the amazing flower, chocolate covered strawberries, and balloon arrangement below. DM to order and for pricing.

The Flower Boutique, Chatsworth and Sylmar

The Flower Boutique’s name says it all: They have flowers, and they’ll deliver them boutique style. Ordering from The Flower Boutique is a sure way to earn your Valentine’s heart.

Granada Hills

Granada Hills Flowers, Granada Hills

Granada Hills Flowers’ storefront is on Balboa Blvd. and San Fernando Mission Blvd. and they’re taking orders right up until Valentine’s Day. Ask for Mina when you place the order!

Lake Balboa

All Things Roses LA, Lake Balboa

The mastermind behind All Things Roses LA is born and raised in Lake Balboa, though she currently lives in South Bay. If you need a flower arrangement, she’ll happily deliver! DM if you want to order or have any questions.

Mission Hills

Charboardies, Mission Hills

Sage Hayashi knows how to put together a charcuterie board that’ll impress your Valentine. Charboardies labels your cheeses for you so you don’t have to pretend to know what you’re talking about. (#Winning)

North Hills

Cakes and More by Nora, North Hills

If you order from Cakes and More by Nora you don’t have to choose between chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes. Slide in their Instagram DMs to place your order.

Crafts by Meli, North Hills

Did someone say boozy hot chocolate bombs? Sounds like a sure way to get in some tipsy Valentine’s Day cuddling. Hit up Crafts by Meli via Instagram DM to order.

North Hollywood

Fake Chef Pastries, North Hollywood

When the cookies are as cool as they are at Fake Chef Pastries, it makes sense that you need to order a week ahead of time. Say happy second birthday to Fake Chef Pastries by purchasing their cookies for their second annual Valentine’s Day sale.

Melody’s Graze, North Hollywood

Melody’s Graze said, “Salami roses, anyone?” And, naturally, we said “Yes, please!” To order your very own Melody’s Graze charcuterie board, visit the link in their Instagram bio.

Oh Yello, North Hollywood

Oh Yello is your one-stop gift and party shop, where you can order handmade party goods, custom signage, balloons, event decor, and more. You can shop on their Etsy page or by sending them a DM on Instagram.

Sweets by Hazel, North Hollywood

Sweets by Hazel’s Valentine’s Day menu is poppin’! Seriously, they have eight options for you to choose from. According to their Instagram bio, you should “DM if interested.”


Ever After Bakery, Northridge

Wendy Ramirez bakes perhaps the cutest cookies ever. If you want to give an artsy gift to your Valentine, DM Ramirez on Instagram to place your order.

Sweets by Kat, Northridge

It was hard writing a description for Sweets by Kat because, well, the work speaks for itself. To order, send Sweets by Kat an Instagram DM (their handle is @veryberrydelights). Keep in mind that orders should be placed two days in advance.


Charcuterie by Mel, Pacoima

Recommended to us by Suz the Foodie, the boards at Charcuterie by Mel do not disappoint. They’re as aesthetic as they are delicious. You can order via Instagram DM.

Panorama City

HDG Treats, Panorama City

Last week, HDG Treats put out their menu on Instagram and there are almost 10 options on it! Take a look at it and order through DM if something looks appealing.


The Valley Balloons, Reseda

If the business name has “Valley” in it, it’s going in the guide. Order balloons for your Valentine from The Valley Balloons — they deliver anywhere in the Valley for just $5!

San Fernando

Chelly Berries, San Fernando

Whether you want a gorgeous flower arrangement or beautifully decorated chocolate covered strawberries, hit up Chelly Berries on Instagram to make your Valentine smile (and maybe cry a lil bit).

My Double Sweet Treats, San Fernando

Valley girl Erika Gonzalez brings you baked goods, chocolate strawberries, churro cheesecakes, cheesecake bites, and flan. Send My Double Sweet Treats a DM for prices and to order.

Sherman Oaks

Lady Flores LA, Sherman Oaks

Due to the high demand for Lady Flores LA, she’s not taking custom orders this Valentine’s Day. Instead, she put together five gorgeous Valentine’s Day arrangements. Check them out and place your order via Instagram DM — we recommend sooner rather than later.


For the Love of Dough, Sunland

You can peep the For the Love of Dough Valentine’s Day menu on Instagram. If we were you, we’d order asap because For the Love of Dough sells out every Valentine’s Day.


Charcuterie Boxes SFV, Sylmar

Full transparency, options No. 1 and No. 2 at Charcuterie Boxes SFV are sold out, but you can still get option No. 3, which includes a wine bottle! DM Charcuterie Boxes SFV to order.

Cookie Designer, Sylmar

If you want to get crafty on Valentine’s Day, consider Cookie Designer your go-to. They offer boxes of cookies that you can decorate with pink and white frosting! Place orders via Instagram DM.

The Flower Boutique, Chatsworth and Sylmar

The Flower Boutique’s name says it all: They have flowers and they’ll deliver them boutique style. Ordering from The Flower Boutique is a sure way to earn your Valentine’s heart.

Lethy’s Flower Creations, Sylmar

One of our favorite things about Lethy’s Flower Creations is that they try to make floral arrangements accessible. Check their Instagram Valentine’s Day highlight for options and pricing.

Sweet Bites, Sylmar

Sweet Bites has a lot to offer this Valentine’s Day. Swipe through their Instagram post below to see the goodness-filled menu and order through DM before Feb. 6.

Valley Village

The Outdoor Collectif, Valley Village

Owned and styled by Emily Andrade, The Outdoor Collectif is your go-to for boutique dinners and events. Andrade is a fashionista, so she naturally creates adorable spaces indoors and outdoors. Send all inquiries via Instagram DM.

Typa Way Poetry, Valley Village

Let’s be real — we’re not all good at expressing our emotions, much less writing them down. Luckily, Valley (Village) girl Monica Salazar can craft beautiful words for your person so they know how you feel. Her services start at $15.

Van Nuys

Amour Balloons, Van Nuys

If you want to add a bit of flair to your Valentine’s Day date, Amour Balloons is the way to go. They’re taking orders, so DM for pricing and inquiries.

Dee’s Dips, Van Nuys

Dee’s Dips boxes are always ~aesthetic~. They have a Valentine’s Day “Naught Box,” in which she includes, well, a naughty message. You can check out an example below and peep their Valentine’s Day menu on Instagram. DM to have her answer your questions.

Woodland Hills

Wendy Lou Sugar and Spice, Woodland Hills

Miss Wendy Guerrero brings the heat when she creates her delicious desserts. Guerrero is only taking orders until Jan. 31, so act fast (via Instagram DM)!

We get it: Hot chicken is the new foodie sh*t.

We’re all about giving the (Valley) people what they want, so scroll through the list to see what the Valley has to offer when it comes to hot chicken.

1. Hawaiian Hot Chicken, Northridge

This might be the standout of the bunch because it’s the only hot chicken spot that uses King’s Hawaiian buns. The spiciness of the chicken paired with the sweetness of the Hawaiian buns is truly a party in your mouth.

2. Dave’s Hot Chicken, North Hollywood

Dave and three of his friends started their hot chicken business in an East Hollywood parking lot in 2017. Today, you can get their amazing hot chicken (and mac and cheese, duh!) in North Hollywood, but they have a Northridge location coming soon.

3. Angry Chickz, Panorama City

The Angry Chickz website says their Valley location is in Van Nuys, but it’s most definitely in Panorama City (no shade). We’ll forgive them, though, because their hot chicken and sides are fire.

4. The Kluckin’ Chicken, Sherman Oaks

This particular hot chicken joint is special for multiple reasons, one of which is the fact that they’re open until 2 a.m. daily, according to their Instagram. If you need hot chicken late-night, look no further.

5. Al’s Hot Chicken, Sherman Oaks

One of the only hot chicken places on Ventura Boulevard, Al’s Hot Chicken had to earn its place on the iconic Valley street by proving that their hot chicken was worth the hype — and they did.

6. Lettuce Feast, locations vary

This is hands down one of the best food trucks in the Valley — their hot chicken is among the best on this list. And it’s vegan!

7. Bangin’ Buns, North Hollywood

Unlike other spots in this guide, Bangin’ Buns was born and raised in the Valley — like us! Their first-ever location was on Sherman Way in North Hollywood and Bangin’ Buns is now expanding to “LA proper.”

8. Hot Motha Clucker, Sherman Oaks

To be real, Hot Motha Clucker’s pop-up has a lot of options. It can be a bit overwhelming to look at their menu, so it’s good to know customer favorites: loaded tender fries and two chicken tenders.

Thanks to the large population of the Mexican immigrants in the San Fernando Valley, the taco scene here is bomb — but you have to know where to look.

Read on to check our list of taco spots in the Valley worth trying, and bring cash because a lot of these places are cash only.

1. Tacos El Venado, North Hollywood and Van Nuys

Tacos El Venado is the real deal — like, they-have-a-trompo real deal. They also have delicious aguas frescas and a slew of toppings for your tacos, like cucumbers, radish, spicy pickled onions, and a handful of salsas.

2. Tacos Reyes, Reseda, Van Nuys, and Winnetka

As you can see in the photo below, Tacos Reyes claims their stake as “Los mejores tacos del valle,” which in Spanish means “The best tacos in the Valley.” We don’t have the authority to make those claims, but we will say: They’re up there.

3. Tacos El Tijuanazo, Van Nuys

Just in case it’s not obvious, at Tacos El Tijuanazo you’ll get tacos and birria Tijuana style. One of our Valley girl friends had Tacos El Tijuanazo cater her wedding and said “They were delicious. Everyone keeps asking where the truck is from.”

4. Angel’s Tijuana Tacos, North Hollywood, Sylmar, and Van Nuys

Out of its six locations, Angel’s Tijuana Tacos has three all over the Valley, making it the most convenient to get your hands on. Side note: It was so hard to pick just one photo because all of the food looks amazing.

5. Birria Del Valle, Reseda

Birria Del Valle is that spot you’ve been seeing on Instagram that has birria tacos and birria ramen. Check out their page to see for yourself. (Mmm…birria.)

6. El Abuelo Nacho, Chatsworth

You know the tacos are bound to be bomb when the taquería doesn’t have an Instagram. We had to track this down photo through hashtags…

7. Taquería Mi Ranchito, Sylmar

Taquería Mi Ranchito is closed until Jan. 14, 2021, but they’re honestly too bomb to leave out. We suggest setting a reminder to cop some asada and al pastor tacos once they open back up. Make sure to ask for the cebolla.

8. Tacos El Primo, Granada Hills, Reseda, and Sherman Oaks

You might also know Tacos El Primo as Tacos Colima because that’s the style of the taco and what’s on their truck. We love Tacos El Primo because you get a free bean taco (like in the photo) when you order five or more tacos.

9. Tacos El Gordo El Original, Pacoima

If you, like us, have a lot of family in Vegas, don’t get this confused with the Tacos El Gordo from the 702. Tacos El Gordo El Original opened its doors in 2007 and has been serving the Pacoima community ever since.

10. Tacos Chave, North Hollywood

As you know or have come to realize, there’s more than one style of taco (e.g. Tijuana, Colima). Tacos Chave does their tacos estilo Puebla and has some spicy salsas to take your taco to the next nevel.

11. Pablito’s Tacos, Burbank and North Hollywood

While you all debate whether or not pineapple goes on pizza, we’ll happily eat our al pastor tacos with some piña — that’s the only way to do it, to be honest. We’re glad Pablito’s Tacos gets it.

12. Birriería San Marcos, North Hills, North Hollywood, and Van Nuys

Birrería San Marcos has three locations but is only open at their Parthenia Street truck in North Hills until further notice. We want to keep it real: San Marcos is pricey, but you’ll taste where your money went.

13. Poncho’s Taquería, Panorama City

Whether you get a mulita, a shrimp taco, or a torta, you can’t go wrong ordering from Poncho’s. They also have some delicious-looking asada fries, if that’s your sort of thing.

14. Leo’s Tacos Truck, North Hills

Leo’s may not have started in the Valley, but they at least recognized that they needed to be part of the taco game here. You can find them on Parthenia Street and get whatever meat you want, from asada to buche and cabeza to tripas. They really do have it all.

15. Tacos Tacuba, Sherman Oaks

We found out about Tacos Tacuba scrolling through San Fernando Valley Eats on Instagram and we just have to say: we’re so glad they put us on to this taco truck.