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Mar 29, 2009 12:43 AM

Where can I find gourmet SPECIALTY STORES in Los Angeles and surrounding areas?

Everything in Los Angeles is spread apart. Beside from stores such as Wholefoods and Gelsons, I am looking for gourmet specialty stores who SPECIALIZE in different items/products. (Examples include cheese, deli, coffee, tea, wine, fresh pasta, sausage, olive oil, cholocates, get the picture...)

I hope many people can contribute to this topic!!

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    1. Where do you live and exactly what are you looking for?
      Yes, this is Los Angeles and they're all over the place.

      1. International is pretty vague, but if you're looking for specific ethnic stores, LA's selection is pretty deep and broad. Latin and Asian markets are most common, but even cultures that are less represented in LA have reliable well-stocked shops, e.g., La Espanola Meats in Harbor City for Spanish goods. Here's a shortlist off the top of my head for Asian supermarkets as well as for La Espanola.

        Hawaii Super Market
        120 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        Marukai Pacific Market
        1620 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

        La Espanola Meats
        25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

        Marukai Market
        1740 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

        Nijiya Market
        2130 Sawtelle Blvd 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        Mitsuwa Marketplace
        21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501

        99 Ranch Market
        140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

        Mitsuwa Marketplace
        3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

        Torrance Freshia Market
        2515 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA

        Nijiya Market
        2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA

        99 Ranch Market
        6450 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

        1. pick a copy of "eat los angeles"--actual name of the book might be "eat la". published this year, it's a guide to exactly the kind of places you are looking for. great resource. i keep a copy in my car.

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            1. re: chez cherie

              ...not if you live in the San Fernando Valley! It's virtually devoid of info for the Valley.

              I got a copy and sent it back.

            2. Bristol Farms' Stores have many pricey specialty products. Surfa's in L.A. has a great many specialty gourmet products. There are also other gourmet & cooking supply stores that sell both to the trade & to the general public. If you are looking for particular ethnic cuisines, you can reasonably find ample items and materials at reasonable cost at Middle-Eastern,/Israeli, Asian & other ethnic Mom & Pop Grocers. There are so many, so it depends what you are looking for . For instance, I go to Japan Town when I need Japanese Items. There are Thai, Israeli, Russian, Italian & many other little markets in the Valley as well. Good Luck!, JET