5 Favorite Artisan Food Shops in Los Angeles
Posted: Jan 30 2015
photo courtesy Farmshop.com
Los Angeles is home to some of the best artisan grocery and specialty foods stores in the country. Here's a list of our five favorite shops around town (in no particular order), where we'll circle the block twice for parking just to swing in for a latte drool over new inventory.
Located in the Brentwood Country Mart amidst throngs of black Escalades and well-dress toddlers, Farmshop LA has one of the best collections of small batch, regional food goods from around the country. Alongside an immaculate cheese selection and celebrity produce from Frog Hollow Farms and Weiser Farms, are shelves and shelves of the most delicious condiments, sauces, sweets, pastas, and chocolate. Try the Oakland-based Baia Pasta or a bar of LA's own Compartes Chocolate.
New to the Highland Park neighborhood, Arroyo General occupies a York Blvd storefront near the much-needed Highland Park Brewery. Browse handmade ceramics, and seasonal selections from Pop Produce as well as pantry staples like almond butter from Solstice Canyon.
This tiny, well-appointed grocery store has all we want in a corner shop. Wooden crates full of fresh, local produce, a cold case with dairy and cured meats, as well as house-made hummus. Pick up goods for the week, and try a bag of the much-lauded San Francisco Sightglass Coffee or Rancho Gordo heirloom beans.
With locations on Third Street and in Studio City, the light-filled cafe and grocery brings a welcome vibrancy to the high-traffic West Hollywood locale. Walk into the Joan's on Third marketplace and head straight to the center island. Order a side of the curried chickpeas and do a couple laps while you wait. Be prepared to buy out all the Little Flower Candy Co. caramels.
From the inexhaustible Suzanne Goin, Tavern in Brentwood is a highly refined and executed restaurant; but the take-away offering of artisanal foods and specialty grocery items from the adjoining Larder are not to be missed. While the marketplace is not the focus of the shop, the selection is world-class including imported spices like Pimientón de la Vera and house-baked breads.