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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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Colleen K
Simi Valley, California
"Eat your way thru an LA landmark"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
Thanks to out of town guests and some LA research I came upon Melting Pot Tours. We spent 2 1/2 great hours walking and eating our way through the historically rich LA Farmers Market. Our guide knew all the interesting history and most everyone at the market. We got nice size samples of so many amazing food stands. Enjoyed it so much we went back 3 days later to eat again. Great fun for a group of friends, family or out of town guests.
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"Great guide, interesting history, fabulous food!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2017 NEW
What an informative, fun tour! I learned even more about Pasadena history and I loved the interesting stories about the families who own the amazing restaurants in Old Pasadena. The food was delicious and filling - don't eat breakfast!
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Stu Y
Aiea, Hawaii
"So much more than just a food tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2017
I picked this tour because it focused on a part of Los Angeles that we had never really explored when we lived in southern California over 30 years ago. As it turned out, the two other groups joining the tour were current southern Cal residents who were also unfamiliar with the neighborhood. Our guide, Andrew Carter, was a pro, having done a lot of his own research, and sharing a wealth of history on the neighborhood and the restaurants that we visited. All of the tastings were delicious and none overly spicy. Like a lot of the other reviews, I would recommend eating a very light breakfast to leave plenty of room to fully enjoy the tour. It was also great that Andrew provided a handout with all of the locations we visited so that we might come back later. Andrew was also generous in sharing with me a number of other places to explore on our own throughout Los Angeles. Andrew you are a rock star! Melting Pot Food Tours was a great way to explore Los Angeles and we will definitely be back to check out their other tours.
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Boynton Beach, Florida
"Amazing Food Tour at The Original Farmer's Market"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2017
I have done a food tours throughout the US and Europe. Melting Pot Tours does an amazing job. Andrew, our tour guide, was terrific. Extremely knowledgeable about the Farmer's Market, he recounted the history of each food stop in a captivating and humorous fashion. I truly understood the importance of the Market and how it evolved over the years. As good as Andrew was, he never overshadowed the true purpose of the tour-the food. At first glance the market appears to be a glorified food court but Andrew and the team at Melting Pot Tours guided us to the must stop places at the market. From coffee, donuts, cheese, organic fruit, Brazilian steak, sausage, chicken, tacos, and finally ice cream, no one went hungry. This food tour ranks as one of the best I've taken due to the food, guide, and clear respect they have for the location. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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Kendall T
Los Angeles, California
"Always a great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017
I organized a tour for my colleagues as a bonding experience both this year and last year. They loved it so much that many who had done it already signed up again! It's so fun to learn the history of the area while tasting different foods along the way. Would definitely recommend!
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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?