The Best International Markets In L.A.

By Krista,

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One of the greatest parts about living in Los Angeles is that you really can feel like you’re traveling without having to step foot outside of our city limits. There are so many wonderful resources for international food here, including serious supermarkets and specialty stores.

It wasn’t always so easy to find goods from around the globe, which is how many places like Artesia’s Little India and Little Saigon got started; they were originally the only resource for immigrants to procure supplies from their mother land. But the ease of transport has made it much easier to import goods, meaning they’re not only accessible but more affordable.

I love shopping at international markets not only because it allows me to take a journey with my tastebuds and experiment with new ingredients, but also because it’s cheaper. Granted it’s not necessarily organic or sustainably raised, these stores sell produce and protein for an incredibly affordable rate.

Here are some of my favorite places to shop around Los Angeles.

In honor of #NationalTurtlesDay, I thought I'd repost this video of one of my favorite creatures of the sea. There's something just plain magical about swimming with these wise (and downright darling!) ocean dwellers.
Had such an amazing time at @AlisalGuestRR BBQ Bootcamp with the The Hitching Post, doing everything from horseback riding and spice blending classes to grillin n chillin Santa Maria style. I can't wait to get on the road (and up there) again!
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