In LA there is no shortage of great food or fun events to go to on a weekly basis; however, Smorgasburg which happens every Sunday, is one of my favorites. This gathering of food, drink and shopping vendors takes over the five-acre site used for a weekday produce market and provides a fun atmosphere for the whole family that is free to get into and free to park at (up to 2 hours). Here is all the information.
- Every Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM, do check the website before going
- Free parking for 2 hours
- No cost to enter
- No pets allowed
Smorgasburg is located in what is now called ROW DTLA, which is a big industrial complex on the southeast side of Los Angeles. From 7th St heading towards LA, you will turn on Alameda St and will see signs that direct you to the parking structure. It can get busy during the lunch rush, but I haven’t had trouble getting a parking spot.
After parking, you will follow the signs until you reach the large open area with all of the vendors set up in the middle.
I would recommend taking the time to make one loop before selecting your food. There are over 30 different vendors here, so check out all of the options.
The most popular places are Shrimp Daddy, who sells fried shrimp in a pineapple boat and Lobsterdamus, which sells lobster dishes.
These are just a few of the places you can choose from though as there is everything from tacos and bbq to French macaroons and pad thai.
I ended up grabbing a pork belly, pomegranate taco from Little Llama and fried chicken in a waffle cone from Baldoria. I was happy with both of my choices but would still try something else next time.
Amie went with the Shrimp Boat from Shrimp Daddy and liked it but wished there was more food in it for the price.
We also tried an acai bowl from Amaze Bowls which was another popular spot.
Some of the food is gimmicky, and some of it is pretty expensive, I would plan to spend $20 a person if you come and try a couple of things.
Down the middle aisle, there are a half dozen shopping vendors selling everything from art prints to shoes. It was fun to check these out as well, and I picked up a nice LA map for my office.
On the way out we also stopped by Popdup for one of their grapefruit basil teas. This was a pricey drink as well, but it was delicious, and it came in a fun glass jar.
We stayed about an hour and a half here and even though I spent more then I was planning to, it was an enjoyable time. The sheer amount of unique food is hard to beat, and the fact that it doesn’t cost to get in or to park at makes this an easy recommendation in Los Angeles. Check it out and let me know what your favorite thing is that you ate in the comments.