Food And Wine In Los Angeles
Food markets in LA reflect the region’s ethnic diversity and obsession with a healthy lifestyle. Downtown, Grand Central Market sells produce and also has plenty of inexpensive food stalls.
Farmers Market offers fresh fruit, vegetables, and specialties such as freshly ground peanut butter. Dining alfresco here at vintage tables is a popular pastime. The market is also home to Monsieur Marcel, a gourmet French mini-market and deli, which specializes in cheeses, wines, and several other delicacies.
LA’s homegrown food emporium, Trader Joe’s sells an array of healthy foods, ready-to-eat meals, and wines. You can find everything from vitamins to fresh seafood here. Whole Foods Market also services the health-conscious, discerning customers. Prepared delights, from soups and salads to sushi, can be consumed on the spot at tables here, making it a great choice for a quick bite. Bristol Farms is the city’s most upscale grocer and wine merchant. The Beverly West branch is truly spectacular, with an in-store sushi bar.
A paradise for cheese lovers, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills has the widest selection of domestic and imported cheeses in LA. It also stocks luxuries such as truffles and truffle oils. In Beverly Hills, The Wine Merchant keeps one of the most superb cellars in town. Specializing in California grown estate wines, Silverlake Wine offers weekly tastings and friendly service.
There is no dearth of ethnic food and spices in LA, and you will find Mexican, Chinese, and Thai markets dotted along the city’s eastside. A must-try among ethnic stores is India’s Sweets and Spices, which stocks all things Indian, and also serves vegetarian delicacies in its small cafeteria.