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Large Open Air Mexican Market?

Old Sep 26, 19, 4:21 pm
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Large Open Air Mexican Market?

Coming to LA to a visit a friend and we have heard that there is a very large open air Mexican market .... primarily looking for dried chilis. Maybe it's not open air...but just a huge Mexican market.

A google search produces nothing.... any leads would be appreciated.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 5:41 pm
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Olvera Street next to Union Station?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olvera_Street

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Old Sep 28, 19, 12:23 pm
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I walked through Olvera street again yesterday. No foodstuffs outside the restaurants. But Chinatown is a few blocks away. I'm sure you can find a market there with pretty much everything.
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I walked through Olvera street again yesterday. No foodstuffs outside the restaurants. But Chinatown is a few blocks away. I'm sure you can find a market there with pretty much everything.
The grocery stores in San Gabriel & Monterey Park are better than in LA Chinatown, though it will be more asian chilis than mexican.

I suspect what the OP is looking for is Mercado Olympic, which I didn't know about but now need badly to visit.

(ETA: I realize now I think I have visited inadvertently when a good friend was living in DTLA without knowing that it had a name and was a regular thing)

(ETA: I decided I should link to this article for the OP and suggest a visit to Guelaguetza, too.)
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Old Sep 28, 19, 12:57 pm
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There's several Hispanic supermarkets in SoCal, including Northgate, Superior, and Vallarta. I've driven by the huge Plaza Mexico near where the 710 and 105 meet in Lynwood, and suspect they may have some chile vendors there too. https://www.plazamexico.com/
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Old Sep 28, 19, 10:37 pm
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Yup. Piñata district sounds like what he's looking for.

There are Vallarta supermarkets all over the place, too.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by RandomNobody View Post
Olvera Street next to Union Station?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olvera_Street

This is the traditional place, but I think of it as focusing on handicrafts and clothing items, not food. Nevertheless it can be fun and is a standard tourist attraction in LA, and has been for decades.
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