The 10 LA Markets You Need to Visit

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Los Angeles is notorious for its shopping – Pretty Woman’s Rodeo Drive scene is Oscar-worthy as a standaloneIt’s praised for its health-conscious food offering – hello, homeplace of Trader Joe’s. And it’s recognized for its vast art scene – if you haven’t taken a photo in front of the LACMA lights, do you really live in LA? While those hotspots may come to mind – yes, I just referred to Trader Joe’s as a hotspot, sue me – LA is also home to markets combining all three and moreWhether you’re looking to update (or backdate) your wardrobe or feng shui your home, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite LA marketplaces that will definitely help you hit that 10,000 step goal.

  1. Rose Bowl Flea Market
 
 
 
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One of the most iconic markets, albeit overwhelming, is the Rose Bowl Flea Market. With over 2,500 vendors each month, this market is not for the indecisive. In this case, with roughly 20,000 thrifties flocking to the Rose Bowl Stadium once a month, the early bird will most likely get the worm. And by worm, we mean oversized, overdyed, up-cycled, lightly-distressed denim jacket....for example. 

Where: Rose Bowl Stadium at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
When: Second Sunday of every month; Times vary
Cost: $9-$25
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  1. Melrose Trading Post 
 
 
 
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Whether you’re looking to build out an early 2000s wardrobe or turn your apartment into a mid-century haven, the open-air Melrose Trading Post offers the ultimate Sunday Funday each week – rain or shine. With an array of antiques, indoor plants, handmade jewelry and upcycled goods, it’s easy, however enjoyable, to get lost amongst the maze of tents. 
Fun fact: The entrance money raised each week is donated to Fairfax High School. So don’t think of it as shopping, think of it as performing your civic duty. 

Where: Fairfax High School at 7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
When: Every Sunday; 9AM - 5PM
Cost: $5
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  1. Artists & Fleas 
 
 
 
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This Brooklyn-based market went bi-costal in 2016 and set up shop in the equally vibrant locale of Venice.  Sitting at the corner of Abbot Kinney Blvd and Westminster Avenue – this market, focusing on art, design and vintage merchants – blends right in with Venice’s free-spirited vibe and quirky shops. Treat yo’ self to Gjusta or Gjelena after because the brunch is soooo gjood.

Where: 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
When: Every Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: Free
For more information.

  1. Rock N Roll Flea Market at the Regent Theater
 
 
 
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Fittingly, the Rock N Roll Flea Market has a strong showing of vendors selling music memorabilia, vinyl collections and even musical instruments. In the words of Sean Kingston, sleep flea all day and party all night 🎶

Where: The Regent Theater at 448 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
When: First Saturday of every month
Cost: Free
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  1. Smorgasburg
 
 
 
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Though known for its tents of local food vendors each Sunday, Smorgasburg also hosts several design, crafts, style and wellness merchants. With everything from açai and avocado bowls to shrimp skewers and s’mores, our only advice is to come with an empty stomach and full wallet. 🤤💸

Where: Row DTLA at 777 S. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
When: Every Sunday; 10am - 4pm
Cost: Free
For more information.

  1. Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
 
 
 
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According to its website, this is one of the “Top 10 Flea Markets in America.” With a large selection of antique furniture, ranging in styles from shabby chic to industrial, this market claims you can furnish your house in a day.  Challenge accepted.
Bonus: Furry friends are welcome and – we can not stress this enough – encouraged.

Where: 3223 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: First and fourth Sunday of every month; 8am - 3pm
Cost: $4
For more information.

  1. Silverlake Flea
 
 
 
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Silverlake is known for its thrift stores and hipster coffee shops so it’s a no-brainer that it would also be home to the “Cutest Indie Flea Market.” Filled with local indie vendors selling everything from vintage clothing to rare vinyl and hosting free performances, this one-stop shop is essentially the flea market equivalent of (500) Days of Summer. 

Where: Micheltorena Street Elementary School 
When: Every Saturday; 12pm - 5pm
Cost: Free
For more information.

  1. The Original Farmers’ Market
 
 
 
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Starting in 1934, The Original Farmers’ Market can also be coined the oldest farmers’ market in LA. Its vast size makes it a little challenging to conquer in just one day, but thankfully it’s open daily from 9am to 9pm. Sometimes, you want to go to a farmers’ market at 2pm on a Wednesday. And you know what? You do you. 

Where: The Grove at 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: Weekdays 9AM - 9PM; Saturdays 9AM - 8PM; Sundays 10AM - 7PM
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  1. Larchmont Village Farmers’ Market
 
 
 
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Smaller in scale than its other Los Angeles counterparts, the Larchmont Village takes quality over quantity into account for its Sunday Farmers’ Market. With fresh blooms and produce, you can check most of your weekly grocery shopping off the list...and then stop by the Salt & Straw booth to reward yourself with some mouth-watering scoops 😛🍦 

Where: 209 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
When: Sundays 10AM - 2PM
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  1. Santa Monica Farmers’ Market 
 
 
 
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Open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market offers vendor lineups that vary by day. So essentially, it’s like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. Wednesdays are reserved for premium ingredients from the area’s top chefs and foodies whereas Saturday’s lineup is full of organic produce and readymade foods.

Where: Locations vary by day
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays 8AM - 1PM, Sundays 8:30AM - 1:30PM
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