Los Angeles Original Farmers Market

St. Paddy’s Day Celebration & Souvenir Tour

Spring is on its way.  There’s a change in the air, one week it was so cold in L.A. that I needed a heater all night, now barely a week later and I’m dusting off the fan.  The flowers are blooming.  I’m reminded of that famous quote: “If you want to see the sunshine you have to weather the storm.” Frank Lane.

I decided to go to the Farmers Market in Los Angeles because it seemed like the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.  It’s an expansive outdoor market, that offers warm California sunshine, and a great selection of food. Before the summer crowds begin I arrived at the market a little after 10:00 a.m to enjoy the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.

The Farmers Market was originally built back in 1934 and offers a wide variety of baked goods, meats, produce, and specialty foods.  It’s located on 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue and has several nearby attractions that make this one of L.A.’s hotspots.

Tip: There’s a Cost Plus World Market located within walking distance for more international grocery shopping.

The first stop at the Farmer’s Market was Michelina Artisan Boulanger Bakery.  They offer an assortment of pastries, salads, and sandwiches for a reasonable price.

I munched on a chocolate croissant while I sat underneath an umbrella seating area that provided slight shade from the sunshine.

Working off the calories from the croissant I walked around the Farmer’s Market and browsed in the souvenir shops.  Every L.A. souvenir that you could possibly want is offered in the many stalls.

The Grove

Leaving the Farmer’s Market I walked a short distance to The Grove Shopping Mall.  The Grove has a large selection of retail stores such as Barney’s, Nordstrom, TopShop and so many more.  If window shopping is not something you like to do there’s a Barnes & Noble which writers like myself always like to spend time.

If reading the latest travel or fantasy stories isn’t what your after there’s also The Grove Pacific Theaters which is a favorite date night location.

In front of the theater is a dancing water fountain that’s synced to popular Jazz and Blues singers.  Tip: Many people like to take commemorative pictures in front of the water fountain so expect it to be a crowded area.

Next to the dancing water fountain is a grassy area that offers parents, and children a place to relax and play. If you want to take a tour of The Grove there’s a double-decker Trolley that goes around the property.

I made my way back to the Farmers Market for the midday music celebrations that were about to begin.  I ordered my routine lunch; a cheeseburger and french fries with a Dr. Pepper soda. More people filled the area as the Irish music began to play.  The St. Paddy’s Day celebration was in full swing.

The soft melody coming from the flute and green Guinness beers created a relaxing and cheerful vibe.

For more information on parking and store merchants checkout the Farmers Market L.A. website.

Read more on the shops, dining, movies, and events occurring at The Grove in Los Angeles on their website.

Sending virtual four-leaf clover wishes to everyone and those that are nearest to you.

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