Park your car at one of the metered spaces along the tree-lined street or pull into the parking garage at 218 Larchmont Blvd, between Rite-Aid and Crumbs. Sundays, you can park for free and cross the street to the Larchmont Farmers Market held weekly from 10am to 2pm. Browse the season’s produce from local farmers or make a beeline for the food stalls for just-steamed, handmade tamales—go meat-free with cheese paired with mild chile or sweet corn, both doused in addictive, fresh tomatillo salsa ($3 each) from Me Gusta Tamales. Or try the rotisserie chicken ($15 for whole), served with roasted potatoes, from Grill Masters—it’s as good as any marché on the Left Bank.
If pre-shopping sustenance is what you seek, Sam’s Bagels’ chewy rounds are as good as they come outside of NYC and what locals call on most mornings. Come early, as popular flavors like sun-dried tomato and everything (.99 each) are gone by mid-day. If wheat’s got you gut bustin’ or sweet’s more your thing, Babycakes’ gluten-free, vegan, baked donuts will have you feeling virtuous. The pink candy-striped ladies behind the counter can also prepare a Stumptown brew on a block riddled with franchise coffee.