As part of my International Grocery Bag series, I’m featuring grocery stores with food from around the world. The first stop of the series is Marukai Market in Little Tokyo.
For a sunny, lazy day in downtown, Little Tokyo’s Weller Court is the perfect stop. After slurping up some ramen at Orochon or Chin-Ma-Ya (both are excellent, and our decision’s usually based on the shortest lines out each’s doors — They’re both that good!), I check out Kinokuniya for Japanese books and magazines (I always make sure to get Vogue Nippon while I’m there), then head over to Marukai Market to pick up some snacks and dessert. It’s one of my favorite international grocery stores – I love seeing rows and rows of brightly-colored food packaging or taking a gander at the latest beauty fads in Japan.
To get there car-free, exit at the Civic Center stop from the Red Line subway, then walk east on W. 1st Street towards S. Broadway for about 7 min. From the Gold Line, exit at the Little Tokyo stop, then walk west on E. 1st Street towards S. Central Avenue (it’s about a 6 min. walk). Weller Court is located at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, Los Angeles, 90012.