The Original Farmers Market - Los Angeles, CA
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 9:30 AM
- Your friendly and knowledgeable guides have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, and AAA Westways Magazine
- This tour is consistently top-rated on TripAdvisor
- Enjoy up to 10 generous tastings along with an insider's perspective on the Market, its history and its diverse long-time merchants and taste makers
- After this tour you will walk away comfortably full, with hundreds of food pictures and an unforgettable morning!
This tour takes place at the legendary and beloved Original Farmers Market in mid-city Los Angeles. Sample tastings from 10 different stalls within the Market, and get an insider's perspective on and understand why locals consider this the best restaurant and grocery store in town!
You will be introduced to the Market's fascinating history and hear stories of the legacy families who have been part of the landmark location since its beginnings in 1934.
Food tastings may include (subject to change) signature dishes from:
- Ethnic eateries (Middle Eastern, French, Brazilian)
- Mexican grill lauded by Bon Appetit magazine
- Donut shop rated best in the country by USA Today
- Artisan candy kitchen
- Farm fresh produce stand
Whether you've lived in L.A. your whole life, just moved there, or are simply visiting, this tour will give you a new insight into all that Los Angeles has to offer!
- Tickets and reservations are required for all guests ages 5 and older
- Guests under 5 are free if they do not participate in the tastings, please be sure to inform of any children attending at the time of booking
- Coffee and water are served at some of the tasting stops, but it is strongly recommended that you bring a water bottle of your own
- Walking distance on this tour is less than 1/4 mile, and there are plenty of places to sit down along the way
- Parking at the starting point is not included
up to 12 participants
This experience is only available to those on the tour.
This experience is not weather dependent and is held rain or shine regardless of weather conditions. Always contact your experience provider with any questions about weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for walking and weather conditions.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no cancellations will be allowed. If for some reason you need to reschedule, you can do so 7 days prior to your scheduled date. This is subject to a 25% rescheduling fee and you must reschedule to a date within 60 days of the original tour date.
If I am bringing an infant or very young child, do I need a ticket for them?
Children are most certainly welcome on the tour, and infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the tastings. Please let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child at the time of booking.
Is time allotted for shopping during the tour?
There is so much to cover during the course of the tour that minimal time is allowed for shopping. You will be provided a printed guide at the beginning of the tour so you can easily return to your favorite stores to shop at the end of the tour.
How much food is served on the tour?
There are 10 stops for food tastings on the tour. Some of the tastes are bite size, and others are more ample. For most people, there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.
What types of food are served on the tour?
Tastes are both savory and sweet from a variety of establishments including ethnic eateries (Middle Eastern/French/Brazilian), a European grocery store, a doughnut shop, an artisan candy kitchen, a farm fresh produce stand and a handmade ice cream shop.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (i.e., vegetarian, nut allergy, etc.) at the time of booking. With enough advance notice, the tour guide can usually accommodate special requests.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Coffee is available at the first tasting, and water is served at some of the locations visited. You are advised to bring along your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day. There are also places to purchase water and drinking fountains along the tour route.
Is there any alcohol served on the tour?
There are no wine tastings or other alcoholic beverages included in the price of this tour. Beer and wine is served at locations in the Farmers Market, and may be purchased on your own if you so desire.
Are there restrooms on the tour?
Yes, several of the establishments including the Farmers Market have restrooms which you can use.
Is the tour wheelchair and/or stroller accessible?
The Original Farmers Market is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Should I give the guide a tip?
Tipping tour guides is customary in the industry, especially if you had a great time and wish to recognize the guide for a job well done. An $8-$12 tip per guest is appreciated.
Why would an L.A. local take this tour?
Unless you live in the immediate neighborhood of this tour, chances are good that you may not be familiar with what's new and different since your last visit (and change is an ongoing phenomenon in Los Angeles). Our guides think locals will find this food tasting tour to be a fun and novel alternative to the usual leisurely lunch, and locals just might find a few new favorite haunts along the way.
How far do we walk? Is it a fast-paced tour?
The tour through the Farmers Market covers less than 1/4 mile at a comfortable pace with ample places to sit down along the way. No stairs or inclines. Suitable for all ages.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Not at all! Aside from sampling delicious food from a variety of stalls within the Farmers Market, you will also get an insider's look at what life in this particular neighborhood of Los Angeles is like. The tour is fully narrated by your guide who will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Market and surrounding area from its history to its residential character to its celebrity haunts and more.
What happens if it rains?
The tours are held rain or shine. While rain is a rare occurrence in southern California, it does rain occasionally. In instances of heavy rain or local flooding, you may be notified that the tour for that date and time is canceled, and you would be able to reschedule your tickets, receive credit for a future tour or receive Cloud 9 Living credit for another experience.
How should I dress?
Casual and comfortable is key. If you are sun sensitive, we strongly recommend a hat and sunscreen, as 3rd Street is mostly unshaded. The Farmers Market portion of the tour, however, is completely under cover. You will be on your feet the majority of the 3.5 hours during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes. Also keep in mind the tour is about one mile in length.
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"We did the Farmer's Market Food Tour and loved everything about it. Even though my husband and I have been there numerous times, to get an insider's view really was enlightening and entertaining. Lisa (our guide) was tremendous and very knowledgeable. The tour was very well-organized and well done. I would recommend it to locals as well as out of town guests."
"We LOVED this tour! Great variety of foods, a WONDERFUL tour guide, an overall GREAT experience! We went back to the Farmers Market the next day on a different tour, and we already knew the "hot spots" of the market! Would totally recommend this to anyone."
"Our instructor was very knowledgeable and kind. She had an answer for all of the questions on the tour and was an absolute pleasure to listen to. She spoke eloquently and seemed very educated and culturally well rounded. I would recommend this tour to anyone who would like to enrich their relationship with Los Angeles."