The Original Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street (at Fairfax)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(866) 993-9211 Toll-Free
Parking: 2 hours free with validation, enter off of 3rd or Fairfax.
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 Original Farmers Market, more commonly referred to as just the Farmers Market, is located on the northeast corner of East Third Street and Fairfax Ave, south of CBS Television City. It has been an LA landmark since its construction in the mid-1930s. The partially enclosed building includes produce stands, butcher shops, craft, and souvenir shops and lots of places to eat.
Dining options include an international selection of food court vendors from Singaporean to French, Irish, Greek, Cajun, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, trendy gourmet 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! a doughnut from Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts, or some corned beef and cabbage form Magee's Kitchen, 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 screenwriters 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 and for annual events like Mardi Gras or St. Patrick's Day. During the Christmas 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.
A green double-decker Trolley, built on the undercarriage of a 1950s Boston streetcar, 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.