Are you into celebrities, movie stars, and famous people? If so, then there’s no better place to be than in sunny Los Angeles. It is home to celebrities and prominent people as well as the center of the United States film and television industry. You’ll also find here several Hollywood studios that offer tours, such as Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, and more. As for accommodation options, Los Angeles also features boutique hotels and gigantic Airbnb vacation rentals. Aside from this side of Los Angeles, another thing to get excited about is its vibrant food and market scene, which you’ll know more about when you read our list of the best food markets in the city. Check out the best food markets in Los Angeles, California.
1. Grand Central Market
If you’re in search of a great food market in downtown Los Angeles, then the Grand Central Market must be on the top of your list. It features a 30,000 square foot (2787.09 square meters) space, which is filled with the best known and well-loved food merchants of the city, including Eggslut and Press Brothers, whose food businesses started in this very hall. This food market has all that can satisfy your food cravings. The range of food available here is quite extensive, from ramen to tacos, up to the quality and fresh oysters, fresh produce, and more.
Grand Central Market
Address: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Website: Grand Central Market
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 8:00am–10:00pm
2. The Original Farmers' Market
Opened in 1934, the Original Farmer’s Market is an open-air market place that features stall after stall of food vendors and specialty stores. It has a wide selection of stalls that range from popular joints like Starbucks and Cost Plus up to family-owned food businesses that have been pass down from generation to generation. This market is quite famous for it is often featured in popular television and shows like the Jimmy Kimmel Live and Gordon Ramsay cooking show. It also welcomed the rich and famous, including President Eisenhower, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe.
The Original Farmers' Market
Address: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Website: The Original Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00am–9:00pm, Sun: 10:00am–7:00pm
Smorgasburg LA is located in Alameda Produce Market with an area of 5 acres (2.02 hectares) inside the Row in downtown Los Angeles, one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. It is a pop-up market that happens every Sunday and features numerous food stalls, specialty booths, and a variety of lifestyle vendors. Some of the stalls you’ll find in this foodie haven include Baohaus, Big Mozz, Burritos La Palma, Daddy’s Chicken Shack, Gentaro Soba, Golden Clouds, and more. Also, every third Sunday of the month, Beat Swap Meet features the Smorgasburg LA Record Fair and Vintage Market, which offers 10,000 vintage pieces of vinyl from different genres. Other merchandise like t-shirts, cassettes, and CDs are also available.
Address: 787 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
Opening hours: Sun: 10:00am–4:00pm
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4. Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market
If you’re planning to buy products in large quantities and want it cheaper than the average grocery price, then you have to visit the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, with its wide selection of fresh farm produce. Here, you have to wake up early and be in the market before the Californian sun rises, for you to have a better deal with the vendors. You’ll find stalls after stalls selling fruits, vegetables, and more. But you can’t buy per piece, for they sell it by box, but they’ll surely give you a good price.
Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market
Address: 1601 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
Website: Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 8:00am–5:00pm
5. KTOWN Night Market
KTOWN Night Market is a two-day weekend event, which takes place in Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, annually, and has a Korean market theme. This festivity promises a weekend of live music, delectable food offerings, and trendy Korean-product shopping. It also features Korean beauty vendors from Blushcon and is attended by several bloggers and influencers. The food options you have here include sushi burritos and bulgogi French fries. Another thing to anticipate is the performances of some famous Kpop artists and rappers. If you want to get the two-day pass, better buy the ticket early to ensure two nights of total fun and good music.
KTOWN Night Market
Address: 701 S Catalina St., Los Angeles, CA 90005
Website: KTOWN Night Market
6. Valley Urban Market
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
A pop-up food market that takes place every Saturday at the parking lot of the landmark Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, the Valley Open Market is an outdoor twist to the food hall concept and features 20 local food vendors, which include some of the city’s celebrity chefs and some exciting booths. This food market is open-air, family-friendly, and part of weekly income goes to the Valley Food Bank. Dine here and help a cause, you’ll surely not regret it.
Valley Urban Market
Address: 12825 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA
Website: Valley Urban Market
7. Square Mixx at Gaju Market
Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed
Square Mixx is a food court at the rooftop of Gaju Market, which is located in a commercial complex with an area of 213,000 square feet (19788.34 square meters). On its ground floor, you’ll find a Korean grocery that offers a wide variety of legit Korean items and Asian products that will surely fascinate you. But the cherry on top is the rooftop area, where you’ll find lots of Korean casual brands and food stalls offering Thai, Chinese, Korean, and other Asian dishes, which includes hand-pulled noodles, bibimbap, vegetable kimbap, tonkatsu, and Cafe Bora’s mouth-watering purple sweet potato confections.
Square Mixx at Gaju Market
Address: 450 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
Website: Square Mixx at Gaju Market
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11:00am–9:00pm
8. Guatemalan Night Market
If you want a taste of Guatemalan culture in Los Angeles, then you better visit the Guatemalan Night Market at 6th and Bonnie Brae, which lies in the heart of Little Guatemala. Every night the street is filled with vendors selling authentic Guatemalan street food, which includes tamales, tostadas, stews, as well as fried chicken, sausage, fresh fruit juices, and more. These treats are not only tasty but also very affordable, for people who are in a budget and want to experience Los Angeles like a local you better head down here.
Guatemalan Night Market
Address: 1834-1898 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 5:00pm–12:00am
9. Thai street food market at Wat Thai, in North Hollywood
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Every weekend there’s a pop-up food market in the parking lot of Wat Thai Temple, in North Hollywood, which features authentic Thai street foods. On weekdays, you’ll find the temple packed with worshippers, and during the weekend a Thai street food market appears in its parking lot. The area is transformed into a festive place with live music, a perfect venue to spend your boring weekend afternoon. You’ll surely love the Thai delicacies they offer here with its overflowing flavors and spicy taste. Some dishes include Pad Thai, fried bananas, spicy papaya salad, sticky rice, mussel pancake, and more.
Thai street food market at Wat Thai
Address: 8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605, USA
Website: Thai street food market at Wat Thai
Opening hours: Sat-Sun: 8:00am–5:00pm
10. Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
If it’s fresh farm produce you’re looking for, you can never go wrong with the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, with its wide selection of finest California-grown seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, bread, dairy products, and special items. This farmer’s market is an open-air fair that happens every Sunday, with a festive setting, and features over 60 farmers and vendors selling quality products that range from fresh and specially prepared dishes which you can eat on-site or bring back home, like their gourmet tamales, French crepes, salads, and more.
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
Address: 9300 Civic Center Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Website: Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: Sun: 9:00am–1:00pm
Eat Los Angeles
Los Angeles, with its many romantic places to visit like Hollywood and Beverly Hills, is also one great city to explore if it’s the food scene you’re after. It also offers a number of amazing taco trucks! Discover them in our list of the top must-visit food markets in Los Angeles.
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