The Yamashiro Farmer’s Market–one of the best things about summertime in L.A.–is back. Many of us were worried about the market’s future last summer when the Yamashiro Hollywood restaurant was sold. While the night market officially returned on May 24, all of the pieces are back in place starting tonight with the added inclusion of live music and other artists, as well as pop-up tent surprises, making it a full-service night out.
For the record, the night now has a new name: The Yamashiro Hollywood Night Market. Which makes sense, because it never was a place to buy a head of romaine or a pound of cherries. Every Wednesday from tonight until September 6 you’ll find live music, an incredible array of food and craft vendors, alcohol, and the kind of views that make you want to propose to the person standing next to you even though you know it will never work because your homes are separated by two major freeways and some deal-breakers cannot be overcome.
“There is no other market like this in LA,” says Joseph Toledo, co-founder of Enriched Farms, which organizes the weekly event. “This year is different because we’ve made this more of an event. We have stopped bringing food trucks, (and) we have brought in some fresh new vendors.” Among them: Scratch BBQ, Provo Pizzeria, D-Lish Chicken and Waffles, and Blast Ice cream, which is frozen on the spot with nitrous.
One of the nice things about the night market is that you don’t actually have to eat at Yamashiro, which is more known for its views than its food. Set in the hills above Hollywood Boulevard, the iconic property, with its gorgeous landscapes, and a 600-year old pagoda, has been around since 1914. It’s had several incarnations, including as a private residence, a boys’ military school, and even allegedly a brothel in the 1920s, before it became a restaurant. It also has been the set for many movies and TV shows, including the 1957 Marlon Brando film Sayonara, among others.
Admission is free. Parking info here.