Party Earth Review With its charming Main Street, European architecture, and rich local history, The Grove outdoor shopping center and Farmers Market draws a diverse and upbeat crowd of local shoppers and tourists of every kind. Organized... ... read full review
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Grove: M–Th 10am–9pm, F–Sa 10am–10pm, Su 10am–8pm; Hours vary for individual establishments
Farmers Market: M–F 9am–9pm, Sa 9am–8pm, Su 10am–7pm
FAIRFAX, LOS ANGELES –
With its charming Main Street, European architecture, and rich local history, The Grove outdoor shopping center and Farmers Market draws a diverse and upbeat crowd of local shoppers and tourists of every kind.
Organized as a city center complete with street lamps and a small park in the center, the Grove is usually bustling with activity as young professionals and tourists peruse the popular stores and eateries along the cobblestone walkways, or duck into the movie theater to see the latest release.
Those who need to rest their feet can pull up a bench and watch the central fountain water-dance to Frank Sinatra tunes, as a 1950s Boston streetcar repurposed as a trolley shuttles out-of-towners and weekend window-shoppers around the reliable selection of stores, which include Forever 21, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Barnes & Noble, the Apple Store, Barney’s New York CO-OP, and Nordstrom.
The heart and soul of the area, however, is the adjacent Farmers Market.
Once the site of a racetrack and stadium built by the Gilmore oil family in 1934 – not to mention the home of the city’s first pro football team and the site of President Truman’s famous “stiff upper lip” speech – the buzzing indoor/outdoor Farmers Market contains seventy stalls, stores, markets, cafés, and bars encircling an open-air quad where foodies, artsy types, and daytrippers wander the maze of sunny walkways to take in the kaleidoscope of colors and aromas, or pop into a bar for a Happy Hour special.
A revered shopping destination for locals and visitors alike, the Grove and Farmers Market offer a city shopping experience that always seems fresh and exciting.
Young professionals, artsy types, couples on dates, hip locals, shoppers, students, and tourists of all ages.
Fourteen-screen movie theater with stadium seating. Hourly performance by the water fountain set to music. EB’s in the Farmers Market features karaoke on Wednesday and Friday nights and live country music on Saturdays.
Check the Grove’s website for periodic free concerts, including the summer concert series. Free movies in the park on summer Thursdays. Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and concert mid-November.
Extra with Mario Lopez shoots at The Grove Mondays through Fridays. Much like The Today Show at Rockefeller Center in New York, visitors to Extra can watch the show being taped or be in the background.
A handful of chain restaurants includes The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro. The Farmers Market offers meat and cheese markets, chocolate shops, pastry shops, produce stands, French cafés, Mexican cantinas, delis, and vendors selling Chinese, Brazilian, Japanese, Belgian, and Italian foods.
Parking garage and valet available. Twitter: @TheGroveLA
Free admission. Retail and food prices vary. Valet $8+, self-parking garage $3+ with validation from retail stores and restaurants.
Casual: anything goes, shorts, jeans, t-shirts, heels.
EB’s and 326 Bar in the Farmers Market offer outdoor seating and Happy Hour prices weekdays 5–7pm, while the Monsieur Marcel Happy Hour 3–7pm offers deals on selected wine and French plates.