The Grove/The Original Farmers Market-Los Angeles
What: The Grove/The Original Farmers Market
Where: Los Angeles
For: All Ages
The Grove and Farmers Market is literally somewhere you can spend all day. Not only may you catch a celebrity sighting or two, but there are always so many things to do. I used to take Skylar all the time when she was younger. We loved watching movies, going into the stores and trying out the amazing food at the market.
During the summer, they have a concert series with some pretty famous singers. There is a nice grassy area that families can set up with a blanket and picnic while they’re watching the concert. Every so often there is a fashion show as well (check the website for special event information). There is also a double-decker trolley that’s on a track. It allows you to jump on and off whenever you please while it makes its way from one end of The Grove to the other. A movie theater plays all the new releases and sits right in the center of the venue. A dancing fountain shows at regular intervals and is beautiful to watch. If you’re a regular visitor to The Grove, make sure to sign up for the kids club so you can be first to find out about special family-friendly events.
The grove has a variety of stores, ranging from common chains that you would find in any mall to higher end luxury boutiques. What’s interesting about the stores is that they’re truly glamorized to reach the Hollywood crowd. For example, the Abercrombie and Fitch is three stories high and has fit shirtless male models that welcome shoppers. There are also a variety of sit-down restaurants around The Grove. Although I would suggest saving money and exploring the Farmers Market, some of the restaurants have outside seating that allow guests to people watch (and, as I said…maybe have a celebrity sighting!) One of our favorite dessert places is Sprinkles (I’ll probably post about this later). They have the most amazing cupcakes we’ve ever had…we even grab ‘pupcakes’ for the dog when we go there. There is always something to do at the Grove by yourself, as a couple or with the family.
The Farmer’s Market
Although not affiliated with The Grove, the Farmers Market is attached to the huge outdoor mall. There are two separate parking lots specifically for the Farmer’s Market. The merchants include an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Seating is outside on a first-come first-served basis. Generally if we go with a group, we make sure that we have a table to sit at first (these fill up easily) prior to getting our food. Since there is such a large variety of food offered, many times people in our group all go to different places to eat.
At the shops, you will find a variety of odds and ends. There is one place that more types of hot sauce than you can imagine. Another only sells hats. All in all, there are about 100 shops and restaurants to choose from in the Farmers Market. Please check the website for days and hours of operation.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been to the Grove alone, as a couple and with my family. Every time it has been amazing, and the crowd has been a joy to interact with.
Parking at the Grove has various options. Self-parking is a maximum of $24 per day (make sure to get validation if you don’t want to pay so much). Valet parking is offered, and there are specific drop-off areas for Uber and Lyft. Please check the website for more information. Parking at Farmers Market is $30 maximum per day for self-parking, but it offers validation as well.
The Grove/The Original Farmers Market Information
The Grove: 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Original Farmers Market: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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