A couple weeks ago we checked out the Yamashiro Farmers Market at Yamashiro restaurant in the Hollywood Hills, right behind the Magic Castle. We decided to opt for the valet parking, which ended up being $15 bucks, so we would recommend taking advantage of their free parking and shuttle at Fifth Christian Science Church a few blocks away.
Upon arriving, there seemed to be a decent amount of people, but the market never seemed overly crowded, which was nice. The farmers market vendors are set up on the parking areas on the hill just below the restaurant and the stairs leading down are incorporated with Japanese landscaping. The view from the hill is pretty amazing, offering a panoramic view of the entire city, from Griffith Park Observatory to Westwood!
The market had about 20 to 30 vendors selling a wide-ranging assortment of products, like fresh fruits and veggies, honey, gourmet candied apples, hummus, and crafts as well. We stopped by Hepp’s salt tent, tried some incredibly spicy ghost pepper salt, and picked up a bottle of white truffle sea salt, yum!
There were several food trucks and other food vendors, including the Yamashiro restaurant offering yakitori and sliders. We noticed that many people were here for a nice evening out, grabbing a bite and a drink, relaxing and taking in the view as much as they were there for the produce and “farmers market” aspect of it. But with the stunning views of the city at sunset, we understood why! After checking out the market, we decided to get some food as well, and opted for the Alaskan king crab slider and potato chips. The slider, although small, was packed with flavor and the sweet corn salad and rich aioli complimented the crab perfectly.
We hung out for a bit, listened to the live music, and after taking in the view one more time, we decided to head home. Overall, we thought the Yamashiro Farmers Market was a nice way to spend a summer evening. We liked that the market never seemed too crowded but there was still a good amount of people there enjoying the gorgeous view and food. The farmers market takes place every Thursday from now through September 27th from 5-9 PM so we hope you can make it sometime this summer!