The Farmers Market has been a favorite gathering place in L.A.—hence the saying, “Meet me at Third & Fairfax”—since the Great Depression. The market, which includes more than 100 stalls selling everything from poblano chiles to homemade cashew butter and fresh oysters to organic produce, is big enough and fascinating enough to get lost in. In recent years, the throngs of fans have only increased with the opening of the alfresco Grove shopping center next door. The market also includes a culturally diverse selection of casual eateries, including the Gumbo Pot, French Crepe Company, and ¡Loteria Grill!—famous for Chilaquiles, Mole, and Yucatán-style pork tacos.
Tip: There’s no better time to enjoy the market than morning, when crowds are thin and you can hang out at Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts with the Times.