Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. El Mercado De Los Angeles3425 E 1st St, Los Angeles
2. Cheviot Farms10433 National Blvd, Los Angeles
3. India Sweets & Spices3126 Los Feliz Blvd, Glendale
4. 99 Ranch Market8150 Garvey Ave, Monterey Park
5. Galleria Market3250 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
6. Papa Cristo's2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Claro's Italian Market1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel
8. Elat Market8730 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Seafood City134 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
10. Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant1036 1/2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
11. Mitsuwa Marketplace3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles
This Boyle Heights monster of a supermarket features three floors of Mexican food stalls that serve up just about every kind of Mexi-food you can think of.
This Palms Indonesian market has a large selection of ethnic foods and ingredients, as well as a drink bar pouring durian smoothies, and has an attached restaurant called Simpang Asia.
This Indian supermarket/resto might be a bit of a hole-in-the-wall, but it has a hot food bar serving vegetarian North and South Indian specialties, like squash curry and palak paneer.
This supermarket has outposts all over LA (Arcadia, San Gabriel, etc) and slings some of the best specialty Asian grocery items you just can't score anywhere else. Stop in for crispy-skinned salted duck and scallion pancakes, plus plenty of meat options like fresh chickens from the butcher counter and more.
Hailed as one of the best Korean markets in LA, the Galleria Market is cheap and has lots of delicious Korean food -- not to mention the Cake House Bakery, which serves scrumptious cakes and cupcakes.
Papa Cristo's in West Adams is a Greek food destination. The massive blue-and-white space takes up more than half a block on West Pico Blvd, and includes a market, bakery, and sit-down restaurant that extends onto an enclosed patio. The traditional menu runs the gamut from pita pizzas and gyro platters to spanakopita and full racks of lamb, but everything you order is guaranteed to be a) good, b) cheap. The "Big Fat Greek Family-Style Dinner," a weekly five-course meal that includes a wine tasting and baklava, is a must for groups.
Claro's Market is like your friendly Italian neighbor -- but with a ton of food imported from Italy. It's even got a deli, which many say is the main attraction, so you can enjoy real Italian food while you're there. There's six locations in Southern California too.
This Pico-Robertson grocery mart has got every Asian-inspired thing you could ever need to cook the most authentic meal. Though it's known to be a bit chaotic and often super-crowded, the samples are divine and the selection is one of the most unique in LA.
Inconspicuously located in a strip mall, Seafood City is your spot to pick up Filipino cuisine and seafood (obviously). Pick up your yellowtail snapper and rock crab, and visit their great frozen-goods section where you'll find grated cassava, peeled guava leaves, and difficult-to-pronounce ice cream flavors.
They've got pipes, CDs, incense, and oh yeah, food. Take home bagged injera, the spongy bread eaten with most meals, or order it at the adjoining restaurant with doro wat, a red pepper-stewed chicken dish.
Mitsuwa Marketplace, the mecca for Japanese imported goods in the US, is the country's largest of its kind. Mitsuwa sells everything from Japanese groceries and dry goods to electronics, cosmetics, and more from its various outposts across the country, with a food court chock-full of authentic Japanese counters, because you're sure work up an appetite as you work your way through the market's vast inventory. Stop for a quick bowl of ramen, signature maki, or rice bowl to mull over whether or not you really need that Akiba magazine you spotted at the anime toy store on your way in.