Grand Central Market
LA’s Best Markets
Whether you’re intent on a foodie forage or searching for vintage treasures, the City of Angels has a mighty fine bunch of markets worthy of a root n’ rummage.
Don your best stretch pants for a jaunt to Grand Central Market, a feast for all the senses. Chow down on a burger from Belcampo Meat Co. (and pick up organic grass-fed produce from their butcher section while you’re there), or a hearty bowl of Thai comfort food from Sticky Rice. Shop for farm-fresh groceries at the various artisan cheesemongers, bakeries and the veggie stalls.
As far as flea markets go, the R.G. Canning Flea Market at Rose Bowl must be up there as one of the biggest on earth. Featuring a whopping 2,500 vendors, this iconic outdoor emporium is a veritable trove of covetable antiques, second-hand finds and vintage bargains. Grab a hotdog and a beer and watch the haggling unfold. Held monthly.
Like it says on the tin, Downtown’s Smorgasburg is a mishmash of different markets, which come together as one big and bountiful bazaar. Lunch at one of over 50 food trucks (including by the likes of Chinese Laundry and Brothecary), before browsing the oh-so-LA array of trendsetting handicrafts, gifts and homeware.
For an uber-eclectic collection of vintage wares, beeline to Artists & Fleas in Venice. Its palm-fringed alfresco situ and boho-hip crowd create a festival-y vibe; this is your quintessential Cali gathering and fertile ground for people watching. It’s also the place to come to seek out emerging and established designers, alongside makers of gladrags, accessories and jewellery. Remember every item is likely a one-off: buy when you spy.
Grand Central Market / 317 S Broadway / Downtown / +1 213 624 2378 / 8am-10pm daily / grandcentralmarket.com
Rose Bowl / 1001 Rose Bowl Dr / Pasadena / +1 323 560 7469 / 2nd Sun / 9am-4.30pm / rosebowlstadium.com
Smorgasburg / Alameda & Bay St / Downtown / +1 718 928 6603 / every Sun / la.smorgasburg.com
Artists & Fleas / 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd / Venice / +1 917 488 4203 / 2nd & 4th Sat / 11am-4.30pm / artistsandfleas.com