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, international........you get the picture...)
I hope many people can contribute to this topic!!
Where do you live and exactly what are you looking for?
Yes, this is Los Angeles and they're all over the place.
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
1740 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247
2130 Sawtelle Blvd 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025
21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501
99 Ranch Market
140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA
3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Torrance Freshia Market
2515 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA
2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA
99 Ranch Market
6450 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA
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