Farmers Market in downtown Los Angeles is not only a permanent food market, but it’s also a must-see attraction. Open every day, Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax is the place to grab a morning coffee, a quick lunch, or a sweet snack. The clock tower has been beckoning visitors since 1934, and you’re welcome to be part of the tasty tradition.
Du-par’s Restaurant Is Still Here
Anchoring one corner of Farmers Market is Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery, which opened here in 1938. Du-par’s is famous for their hotcakes served with maple or boysenberry syrup. These are so popular that the restaurant prepares them 24 hours a day and keeps the secret recipe “under lock and key.”
Marilyn Monroe Was Here
A display traces what’s happened here, complete with photos. In the 1880s, A. F. Gilmore bought two dairy farms on this land. In 1900, Gilmore drilled for water and discovered oil. That’s why Gilmore’s gas station is here today.
During the ups and downs of the Great Depression, the oil business waned. Then two entrepreneurs had an idea. They invited farmers to circle their trucks with produce and open a market. Farmers Market was born and served as a grocery store for locals before becoming a permanent place for food and fun.
If you want to experience contemporary dining and shopping, you’re in luck, because you can step from Farmers Market right into The Grove. This is an upscale area of restaurants, stores, and theaters that was added on the end of Farmers Market in 2002. We ate lunch at the Marmalade Cafe, sitting on the patio and enjoying the bustle of people out and about.
If you’re anything like me, though, you’ll soon be drawn back to the old Farmers Market. Sure, a Starbucks now sits below the iconic clock tower. But here you can hear the echoes of those who have wandered these lanes through the decades. They’ve munched on bar-b-qued chicken, slurped down a bowl of noodles, licked a melting ice cream cone. If you’re in the area, join the crowds. Grab whatever food you fancy. Take a rickety seat. People watch. I think you’ll enjoy yourself.
For more information on hours and a complete list of restaurants and merchants, visit the Farmers Market website.
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