I’m so psyched that the Yamashiro Night Market is back!! (Previously called “Yamashiro Farmers’ Market”.) This is one of my favorite summertime Los Angeles events! Starting in April 2018, it will be every Thursday night from 5 to 10PM during the summer. It has an awesome “night market” feel and one of the best views of Los Angeles!
Yamashiro has arranged for special parking for this event at Mosiac Church on La Brea at 7107 Hollywood Blvd. Shuttle to Yamashiro from there is $5 per person, round-trip. When we went, there was a problem with a shuttle van (which was eventually resolved), but we just ended up walking the 0.5 miles up the hill from the parking lot anyway.
Alternatively, there is on-site valet parking at the restaurant for $25 without validation.
What to Bring
Even if it’s warm during the day, you should bring a light jacket. It was hot when we went up, but the temperature got cold quickly as the sun went down. Oh, and as always with Yamashiro, you’ll want to bring a camera. The view of the city is spectacular!
There are actually not that many stands offering fruits and vegetables at this market. Instead, there are food offerings such as pies, Italian cakes, hummus, jellies and jams, salsa, yogurt, and stuff like that. Almost all vendors offer free samples, so we tried almost everything, which was part of the fun.
There are also jewelry and clothing vendors.
For entertainment, there was a live band at one end, and a solo guitarist at the other.
The market offers various food tents serving food-truck type of food such as tacos, wood-fired pizzas, pupusas, dumplings, burgers, and BBQ offerings. For dessert, they had truck serving liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Unfortunately when I went, Yamashiro was not serving its own food at the market. I really liked their duck tacos!
There are lots of tea and drink options,as well as beer.
After dinner, you must hang around a while and watch the sun go down and the city lights go on. The view is simply incredible.
Yamashiro itself is still open during the market, so you can always get food or drinks inside. The outdoor Pagoda Bar is also open, although it is more crowded than usual during the night market.
The friend that I took here was totally blown away. She said it was one of the best date ideas in Los Angeles. Although the market is small, it makes up for it in quality and with the amazing view.
Please note, no alcohol, smoking, or pets allowed.
Have you been to the Yamashiro Hollywood Night Market? What was your experience like? – Brian