Certain food stores offer the discerning shopper gourmet food items like artisan condiments and fancy confections to local cheeses and homemade baked goods. From Santa Monica to Silverlake, gourmet markets are providing shoppers and those with certain allergies and food restrictions a plethora of organic and healthy options.

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Eataly L.A.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(213) 310-8000

Eataly L.A. opened its doors in Westfield Century City in November 2017 bringing a vibrant Italian marketplace interspersed with restaurants, counters, and a cooking school. The unique environment invites guests to “Eat, Shop, and Learn” about high-quality Italian food and drink as they taste dishes, find ingredients, and take classes. The three-floor 67,000sf space allows guests to browse from products with a focus to local producers, who provide fresh ingredients daily, or grab a bite at some of the menu food stations like La Pizza & La Pasta, La Piazza, Il Pesce Cucina and the rooftop restaurant Terra.

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Erewhon Market
7660 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-0777

The independent, family-owned grocer currently has several locations in LA, including Beverly Grove, Venice and Calabasas with plans to open new stores soon. Known for their 100% organic produce, chef-inspired dishes, tonic bar and more, they are committed to making healthy, pure, nutrient-rich foods and products available to all and inspiring people to eat better, eat less and live longer. Along with a plethora of gluten-free and vegan items, come by and pick up a sugar-free cold pressed juice, organic salad, or delicious sushi and enjoy.

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8820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 593-4777

This modern restaurant and wine bar highlights local California ingredients with European influences set in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. An all-day neighborhood canteen for the creative community of the Hayden Tract, Hayden offers the perfect food and gift boxes featuring jams and jellies, European canned seafood, and an extensive selection of new California wines, which are all available throughout the day in Hayden’s wine shop.

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Joan’s On Third
8350 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285

Step into Joan’s On Third and you’ll soon realize why it’s a great place to get food for a picnic. As soon as you walk in, you’ll notice a great cheese counter where you can choose terrific options, or head over to the deli counter on the left side and pick up sides ranging from meats, vegetables, desserts, and sides. The food here is one-of-a-kind and has become an L.A. staple that Angelenos can’t live without. It can get a bit expensive, but the food, including their sandwiches are great for a night out at the Hollywood Bowl, or a picnic at Griffith Park.

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The Cheese Store of Silverlake
3926 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 644-7511

The Cheese Store of Silverlake was opened in 2003 by Chris Pollan, a pioneer in the fine-food market scene in Los Angeles. Now run by his wife Alane Pollan and a friendly staff of cheesemongers, Chris’ culinary passion and vision of a quality artisanal market stays strong. The shop curates the best selection of cheese, 300 selections to be exact that rotate based on availability and seasonality, along with wine, olive oil, vinegar, jam, chocolate and more. 

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Esters Wine Shop & Bar
1314 7th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-6900

Chef Jeremy Fox’s cuisine is paired with a selection of over 250 wines and a casual marketplace to explore new vintages of cheese, charcuterie and more. Alongside their sit-down restaurant, Esters offers artisanal, rare and limited-edition grab-and-go items from suppliers who have inspired the Rustic Canyon team. From Zoe Nathan’s breads to Compartes gourmet chocolate, Soltisce Canyon almond butter, sandwiches and more, pair these treats with a nice bottle of wine to take home.

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808 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 266-8530

Dopolavoro, which translates to ‘after work’, is a new modern neighborhood market and deli inspired by the specialty markets of Europe. Located in DTLA, Dopolavoro will feature a ‘Pasta Lab’ offering a selection of handcrafted, fresh pastas in a variety of shapes and sizes, and fresh sauces. Offerings also include a highly curated selection of high-quality charcuterie and cheese, freshly baked and par-baked breads, fresh produce and flowers, dry goods like rice, pasta flour, and imported baking items, olive oil, and jarred items like olives, sundried tomatoes, and anchovies. The market also offers a selection of old world wines and a selection of dishes for two, ready to heat and eat at home, and all made fresh in the Terroni kitchen.

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Wally’s Beverly Hills
447 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 475-3540

Founded in 1968 as a neighborhood liquor store in West LA, Wally’s has grown into a top epicurean destination with a unique selection of wine, spirits and extraordinary gourmet fare. The concept includes a specialty cheese shop and fine wine store encompassed by an elegant, relaxed restaurant setting. Winners of the Wine Spectator Grand Award, Wally’s Beverly Hills on Canon Drive and has become a one-stop shop for gourmet items including: cheese, specialty meats, caviar, artisanal chocolates and a list of over 100 wines by-the-glass to explore.

Others receiving consideration: Farmshop, Broome Street General Store, The Oaks Gourmet Market, Sur La Table, The Larder at Maple Drive, Cookbook, Bay Cities

Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers restaurants, bars, travel, sports and other lifestyle topics. View his work at www.jaroneashkenazi.com, or connect with him on Twitter: @JaroneAsh.