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LA Farmers Market

The Original Los Angeles Farmers Market


The Farmers Market in Los Angeles

The Farmers Market in Los Angeles

Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street (at Fairfax)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-9211
(866) 993-9211 Toll Free
Parking: 2 hours free with validation, enter off of 3rd or Fairfax. More on parking rates
Note: The Farmers Market is adjacent to the Grove, but they do not cross-validate parking, so be sure to get validated where you parked.

The Los Angeles Farmers Market, located on the northeast corner of East Third Street and Faifax Ave, south of CBS Television City, has been an LA landmark since its construction in the mid 1930s. The partially enclosed building includes produce stands, butcher shops,and craft and souvenir shops.

Dining options include sandwich counters, bars and fine dining establishments, most of which are open to the market. So whether you're dining at the elegant Mr. Marcel, or grabbing sushi from the tiny Sushi A Go Go, a taco from Loteria! or a doughnut from Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts, you'll be able to watch the hustle and bustle of the market around you. Although there is still a lot of original flavor at the Farmers Market, chains like Starbucks and Pinkberry are gradually infiltrating.

The Los Angeles Farmer's Market is a popular stop on LA sightseeing tours, where visitors are dropped off for an hour or so to shop and have lunch. But don't think that this is just a tourist trap. You'll also find TV execs and screen writers from CBS Television City across the parking lot wandering in for lunch or happy hour, and locals chatting with their favorite butcher or produce vendor.

There is often live music or karaoke on a stage at the west end of the Farmer's Market in the early evening, especially in summer. During the holidays, carolers stroll the aisles.

The property remains in the hands of the original owners, the Gilmore family, who made their money in the oil industry, which explains the historic Gilmore gas pumps on the north side of the building. Another prominent feature is the Clock Tower, added in 1941, which houses a Taschen book shop.

In 2000, the A.F. Gilmore Company added The Grove shopping and entertainment complex next door to the Farmers Market. (Read more about The Grove.)

A green double-decker Trolley, built on the undercarriage of a 1950s Boston street car, gives free rides between the Farmers Market and the Grove. It's not much faster than walking the same distance, but it's a fun ride.

Parking at the Farmers Market can sometimes be a challenge. If there are no spots available in the lot, you can park in the structure at the Grove, but remember to stop somewhere at the Grove to get your parking validated, since a validation from the Farmer's Market won't work for parking at the Grove.

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