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The Los Angeles Farmers Market is a massive marketplace with more than 100 shops. Known for its friendly and festive atmosphere, the market is one of the city’s most popular attractions, drawing more than 3 million visitors annually. Despite its popularity, prices remain reasonable and the market retains a down-to-earth charm. Spot employees from the nearby CBS Television City complex and other Hollywood locals enjoying lunch or shopping for meats and produce.
The market was established in 1934 by a group of farmers who began selling produce from their trucks on the site. This informal market later moved into permanent buildings and today consists of dozens of shops and stalls connected by a network of passageways. Look for the distinct 10-story clock tower, which was built in the 1940s.
Although the market sells kitchenware, candles, souvenirs and other goods, most visitors come for the food. Browse the stalls selling fresh produce, cheeses, freshly pressed peanut butter and meats, in addition to ready-to-eat items like hot doughnuts, Louisiana-style gumbo and corned beef sandwiches. Snack while investigating wares in the stalls or head to one of the market’s fine dining venues for a complete meal.
Ride the green streetcar to the neighboring Grove at Farmers Market, a 575,000-square-foot (53,000-square-meter) retail and dining complex. A distinctive double-decker electric streetcar offers free rides between the two venues, taking passengers along a simulated main street. The Grove is a pleasantly kitschy complex, where the architectural inspirations range from Italian Renaissance to art deco. In addition to diverse restaurants and shops, the Grove has a 14-screen theater.
If you visit during summer, check out the music performances that take place every Friday night. Genres of performers range from Brazilian and Latin jazz to swing and world beat. The stage is on the west end of the market.
The Los Angeles Farmers Market is open daily, although the atmosphere is typically most exciting on weekends. Find the market a mile north of the La Brea Tar Pits. Use the on-site parking, available for a fee, or ride the metro to the Gilmore station.
Give yourself heaps of time at Farmers Market. Here are the most popular activities:
Wondering what other things there are to do at this much-loved attraction? Our suggestion would be purchasing a Grand Tour of Los Angeles & Hollywood.
Have a look at our Los Angeles things to do page to discover more activities in the area.
Located in Fairfax District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Farmers Market and CBS Television City. The Grove and Petersen Automotive Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Beverly Grove, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beverly Center Shopping Mall and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Melrose Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Beverly Grove, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of CBS Television City, Melrose Avenue and The Grove. Beverly Center Shopping Mall and Hollywood Walk of Fame are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Fairfax District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of CBS Television City and The Grove. Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Fairfax District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of CBS Television City and The Grove. Melrose Avenue and Farmers Market are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Fairfax District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Grove, La Brea Tar Pits and Farmers Market. Melrose Avenue and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Fairfax District, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of The Grove, Melrose Avenue and CBS Television City. La Brea Tar Pits and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Fairfax District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of CBS Television City, The Grove and Farmers Market. Melrose Avenue and Beverly Center Shopping Mall are also within 1 mile (2 km).