Photos: LAX Gets Its Own Farmers Market
LAX is stepping up its game in the food business. In an effort to give the airport some L.A. love, they've opened up a section with shops from the iconic Original Farmers Market by the Grove.
LAist attended the grand opening ceremony today at Terminal 5, where the Farmers Market resides. People were bustling in and out, including guests like Councilman Tom LaBonge, who cut the ribbon for the event.
When we stepped into the open-air shopping area, we saw familiar storefronts from the 80-year-old Original Farmers Market, like ¡Loteria! Grill, Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market and Bistro, T&Y Bakery and Coffee Corner.
It's a much smaller-scale version of the original spot, but has elements that you'd recognize, like Monsieur Marcel's glass case full of gourmet cheeses, sandwiches and cured meats (as well as a wall covered in bottles of wine); enlarged ¡Loteria! playing cards decorating Mexican restaurant ¡Loteria! Grill; and eclairs and slices of tiramisu on display at T&Y Bakery.
An extra perk is that in the back of the market is ¡Loteria!'s full-service bar with a number of beers on tap.
"The most fun thing in the world is when I'm sitting out in the hall and I see people walk by and they say, 'Oh my god, there's a farmers market and there's Monsier Marcel and ¡Loteria!,'" ¡Loteria! owner Jimmy Shaw told LAist. "That kind of response from people is really great."
And in between the restaurants are shopping stands with items from Magee’s Nuts, Bennett’s Ice Cream, Magic Nut and Candy, Dragunara Spice Bazaar and The Dog Bakery (in case you want to grab a treat for your pup you've been missing while you've been traveling). Also, fruit stands with bouquets of flowers sit on top of green stands.
However, we wouldn't say that this is the cheapest place to shop at if you're on a budget, but it's definitely a place to check out when you want something different and tasty.
Adding this Farmers Market is just an example of how LAX has been trying to revamp the space:
"We are doing exactly what the people of LA have been asking us to do for so long with LAX—rebuild LAX, modernize LAX, transform LAX—and that's exactly what we're doing," said Mary Grady, a spokesperson for L.A. World Airports. "And in sections like the Farmers Market are examples of what we're trying to do to put L.A. back into LAX."