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Farmers Market Food & History Tour in Los Angeles, CA

Melting Pot Tours6333 W 3rd StreetLos Angeles, CA 90036
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Tour artisanal butchers, bakers, cheese makers, and other famed culinary masterpieces at the Original Farmer’s Market in LA. Your taste buds will thank you as you embark on a 2.5-hour tour filled with tantalizing tastes, scents, and cuisines. You’ll sample everything from handmade candy to pizza while you learn about the market’s rich history. Prepare yourself for a culinary tour unlike any other!


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Farmers Market Food & History Tour with Melting Pot Food Tours winds its way through the landmark Original Farmers Market and incorporates both generous tastings along with an insider’s perspective on the Market, its history and its diverse long-time merchants and tastemakers. Tastes range from L.A.’s highest rated doughnuts to pizza from L.A.’s first pizzeria, authentic Brazilian barbecue to Spanish gazpacho, Cajun jambalaya and more. Perfect for individuals and groups who desire a guided culinary experience at L.A.’s first and foremost foodie destination!

Duration: 2.5 hours with 9 tastings
Walking distance: 1/8 mile walk

Here's what to expect:
Ethnic eateries (French, Brazilian, Cajun, or Middle Eastern)
Gourmet grocery store
Fresh produce stand
Donut shop rated one of the best in the county by USA Today
Handmade candy kitchen
L.A.’s first pizzeria
Mexican grill featured in Bon Appetit magazine

Not included: Parking costs not included. Coffee and/or water is served along the way, but it is recommended you bring your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day.

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Pasadena, California
"Old Pasadena Food Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
I was very disappointed in the food. I felt the food stops were average at best. The tour was too long - over three hours. The food at the first two stops was handed to us - no plates - no utensils - with a napkin. At the fourth restaurant we stood on the sidewalk and was handed empanadas stuffed with meat and a thick chocolate drink. The combination was not good and standing on a busy sidewalk was not ideal. It was very difficult to judge the quality of the food while dodging pedestrians. I guess I should be thankful that I've learned where not to go for food in Pasadena. I typically enjoy food tours but this one was a dud.
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Los Angeles, California
"Very good"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2017 NEW
This place has a lot to see and lot shop to eat different food for all age is cruded and a lot of tourists
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Karena S
Los Angeles, California
"Great Food Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2017 NEW
Great adventure for foodies to try different type of foods. The stalls cover wide range to type. Bob Donuts is a must especially early in the morning for fresh donuts and coffee. Another must a french crepe whether savory or sweet with fresh strawberries. After the food adventure, take a short walk to check out all the shops. This place a huge American Girls store which a hit for every little girls. There are also fine restaurants that cater to finer taste buds.
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"Fun tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 31, 2017 NEW
Great introduction to the LA Farmers Market. It was an easy way to sample food from several stalls--my family ended up returning to several places for additional purchases. The history about the generations of families that worked at the market was interesting. There was more talking than I've experienced on other food tours but I just tuned out the hosts when it became too much for me. Overall, a fun tour!
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Kari K
Simi Valley
"Delicious & entertaining!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2017
Stuffed! Amazing tour starting with doughnuts, ending with ice cream! The LA history of such an iconic place can be nothing but entertaining. Fruit, tacos, falafel, peanut butter, brazilian bbq, toffee, & French cheeses filled us up happily! My 12 year old kids loved it! Great for the entire family. Thanks Andrew for being the best tour guide! #andrewisamazing #LAfarmersmarket #meltingpotfoodtours
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Frequently Asked Questions about Farmers Market Food and History Tour

Are food samples included in the tour?
Of course! Guests enjoy 9 food tastings from various vendors and cuisines.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

How much walking is involved?
Guests walk approximately 1/8th of a mile.

Is parking included in the tour cost?
No. Parking is not included in tour admission costs. Parking validation is only available for Farmer’s Market parking lots.

Is gratuity included in my tour price?
No. However, gratuity is greatly appreciated, especially if you had an excellent tour.

What should I bring on the tour?
We recommend that guests bring a bottle of water along for the tour and dress appropriately for the weather forecast. Plus, don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat on hot, summer days.

Where do I meet for the tour?
Exact meeting details are provided on your e-Ticket. The Original Farmer’s Market is located at W. 3rd Street & Fairfax Avenue.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?
Infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the food tastings. Children ages 5-12 or those participating in the tastings require a child’s ticket offered at a reduced price.

Is the tour wheelchair or stroller accessible?

Will the tour still depart in the rain?
Tours depart rain or shine. In the case of extreme weather, guests will be contacted and given the chance to reschedule.

I have dietary allergies or restrictions. Can I still participate in the tour?
You are able to specify dietary restrictions and food allergies when you book your tickets. Please be as specific as possible, so we can accommodate your needs. If we do not find out about dietary restrictions until the day of the tour, however, it is not possible for us to accommodate them.

Is alcohol served during the tour?