LA Stay: Original Farmers Market Package

Book a night at the Élan Hotel and shop/sup at the public market landmark.

FOOD HALLS... are on the up and up and up these days, but the concept has been around basically since the dawn of A) food and B) halls. Well, perhaps not quite that long, but the notion of gathering together a host of gourmet goodies, and stick-to-the-ribs classics, and some non-edible shopping, too, all in one spot, has history in this country and around the globe. Lately food halls, and their airy cousins, the alfresco public market, are springing up in more spots, but you only need to look to some of the delicious doyens of the field to get a feel for the cuisine-nice concept's roots and gravitas. And few California spots wears gravitas as grandly, and as congenially, as the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Make that the plunk-middle of Los Angeles, meaning loads of locals, and visitors, make it their frequent hangout. The market has been around since 1934, but is as fresh today as the pineapples set out at the fruit stand. Want to see for yourself? Check into the nearby...

ÉLAN HOTEL, down Beverly Boulevard in the direction of Beverly Hills, and select the Farmers Market Package. The deal includes your parking validation — it's covered all day at the Third & Fairfax landmark — and a gift certificate for twenty bucks to use at the market. What will you buy? A stack of postcards? A caramel apple? Perhaps a coffee, a croissant, and the paper, in order to sit, linger, and people-watch? It's a primo place for just that pastime. A tote bag (you can use it more than once) and other treats related to the beloved market are also folded into your stay-over package. If you're a devoted food-hall-ist, and you need to know the public market scene in every city you visit, get acquainted with the Original Farmers Market, its starry character, its homespun vibe, and do it all while staying just a five-minute drive to the west, at the Élan Hotel.

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