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13 Los Angeles Gourmet Shops for Building the Perfect Picnic Basket

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With plenty of sunny days ahead, there's never been a better time to plan a summer picnic. From hilltops to expansive parks to the beaches of the Pacific, Los Angeles is rife with gorgeous places to enjoy a leisurely al fresco meal. Luckily, LA offers just as many gourmet markets and take-away counters that make planning these picnics a carefree, and delicious, affair. Here now, 13 convenient, picnic basket-filling spots in Los Angeles, in no particular order:

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1. Joan's on Third

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8350 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285
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Perhaps the most well known gourmet market convenient for filling picnic baskets, Joan’s on Third, with locations in Studio City and Santa Monica in addition to its flagship Third Street store, spans a rather large breadth of the city. With seasonal menus to keep things fresh, pack up a cheese board, buttermilk fried chicken, and a few of those popular coconut cupcakes, and be good to go. [Photo: Yelp]

2. Stir Market

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7475 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 879-8283
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The European-style food hall brought to you by Food Network star Jet Tila allows Angelenos to build their own basket with plenty of options from its gourmet marketplace. Pick up a few bottles of wine and artisanal sweets, choose from pre-packaged plates such as charcuterie baguettes, purple potato salad, and grilled salmon, and enjoy an al fresco feast. [Photo: Instagram]

3. Gjusta

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320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-0320

After digging into Gjusta’s house-cured lox and droolworthy porchetta sandwich, you’ll be happy to hear the milk crate-only restaurant is expanding into a proper space. Don’t forget to order a few baklava croissants to round out a lovely picnic on the Westside. [Photo: Yelp]

4. Clementine

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1751 Ensley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 552-1080
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Perhaps one of the more affordable baskets on the list, Clementine provides farmers market freshness with neighborhood flair. Clementine offers picnickers the choice between simply selecting a few starters and salads or building their own boxes including seasonal sandwiches, such as the Rare roast beef with horseradish mustard. On cooler nights, Clementine will also fill thermoses and reusable mugs with homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows. —NL[Photo: Facebook]

5. Little Next Door

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8142 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-1010
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Want to keep your summer picnic very fancy and très français? The Little Next Door’s patisserie and wine shop is the place. Pick up a few bottles of wine, some cheese, and a sizeable box of macarons. Just don’t eat them all on the way. [Photo: Facebook]

6. The Larder at Maple Drive

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349 N Maple Dr #100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 248-3779

Suzanne Goin’s fast-casual restaurant offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and burgers along with a large selection of prepackaged goodies in its small marketplace. The Larder also offers three themed picnic baskets: The Young Frenchman, with options such as roasted cauliflower with curry and cilantro, The Burton Way, which features slow roasted salmon, and The All American featuring fried chicken and biscuits. Fully equipped with all your picnic needs, these baskets are a great addition to an afternoon at Roxbury Park. —NL[Photo: Facebook]

7. Pitchoun

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545 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 689-3240
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The massive French bakery Downtown didn’t even know it needed, Pitchoun offers a wide array of croissants and sweet treats. Balance it out with baguette sandwiches and a nice salade Niçoise, and enjoy a very French picnic in the heart of Los Angeles. [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee ]

8. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 268-8242
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Bay Cities is arguably one of the best Italian delis in Los Angeles. Known for its selection of phenomenal sandwiches, such as the Godmother stuffed with 6 types of meat, imported beverages, and fantastic grocery items from around the world, Bay Cities is the perfect stop before a picnic on the Santa Monica Bluffs. Order the sandwiches online to avoid the long lines. —NL[Photo: Yelp]

9. Playa Provisions

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119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 683-5019
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Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts’ casual market counter within Playa Provisions, King’s Beach, offers the perfect bites to enjoy at the beach of Playa Del Rey, just a few steps away from the restaurant. Think Williamson’s popular lobster roll, roasted chicken and brie sandwiches, and patty melts.[Photo: Yelp]

10. GC Marketplace

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3315 Cahuenga Boulevard West
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone number (323) 645-5269

With eleven different prepackaged basket options, GC Marketplace is the place to stop on the way to the Hollywood Bowl. If none of its prepackaged options appeal to you, GC has a huge marketplace filled with more wine, cheese, cured meats, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and pastas one could ever want. To keep things (somewhat) classy, plastic wine glasses come with the purchase of any bottle of wine. —NL[Photo: Instagram]

11. The Oaks Gourmet

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1915 N Bronson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 871-8894
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Sometimes choosing wine to pair with a picnic basket is difficult; luckily, the baskets at The Oaks Gourmet include wine selected by the marketplace’s well-informed wine staff. The baskets are rather simple containing a salad, a sandwich, and a bag of chips. However, with The Oaks specialty sandwiches, such as oven-roasted turkey and Camembert and its out-of-this-world grilled cheese on cranberry-walnut bread, your picnic at the Bowl is bound to be extraordinary. —NL[Photo: The Oaks Gourmet]

12. Olive & Thyme

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3821 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA 91505
(818) 557-1560
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The sandwiches at Olive & Thyme are huge. Their best-selling braised short rib sandwich is piled high with short rib, horseradish crème fraiche, and caramelized onions on top of perfectly grilled country sourdough. Olive & Thyme’s picnic baskets include a sandwich, a side, and a baked good (think oatmeal krispy cookie) perfect for a stroll along Lake Hollywood Park. —NL[Photo: Instagram]

13. Esters Wine Shop & Bar

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This Westside shop is a pricey, but helpful stop for anyone looking to bolster their picnic basket before heading out to the Malibu hills or the beach. If you're okay with secretly drinking rose on the sand, grab some charcuterie, cheese, and a loaf of crusty bread for a fancy outing. [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

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1. Joan's on Third

8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Perhaps the most well known gourmet market convenient for filling picnic baskets, Joan’s on Third, with locations in Studio City and Santa Monica in addition to its flagship Third Street store, spans a rather large breadth of the city. With seasonal menus to keep things fresh, pack up a cheese board, buttermilk fried chicken, and a few of those popular coconut cupcakes, and be good to go. [Photo: Yelp]

8350 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. Stir Market

7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The European-style food hall brought to you by Food Network star Jet Tila allows Angelenos to build their own basket with plenty of options from its gourmet marketplace. Pick up a few bottles of wine and artisanal sweets, choose from pre-packaged plates such as charcuterie baguettes, purple potato salad, and grilled salmon, and enjoy an al fresco feast. [Photo: Instagram]

7475 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3. Gjusta

320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291

After digging into Gjusta’s house-cured lox and droolworthy porchetta sandwich, you’ll be happy to hear the milk crate-only restaurant is expanding into a proper space. Don’t forget to order a few baklava croissants to round out a lovely picnic on the Westside. [Photo: Yelp]

320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291

4. Clementine

1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Perhaps one of the more affordable baskets on the list, Clementine provides farmers market freshness with neighborhood flair. Clementine offers picnickers the choice between simply selecting a few starters and salads or building their own boxes including seasonal sandwiches, such as the Rare roast beef with horseradish mustard. On cooler nights, Clementine will also fill thermoses and reusable mugs with homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows. —NL[Photo: Facebook]

1751 Ensley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

5. Little Next Door

8142 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Want to keep your summer picnic very fancy and très français? The Little Next Door’s patisserie and wine shop is the place. Pick up a few bottles of wine, some cheese, and a sizeable box of macarons. Just don’t eat them all on the way. [Photo: Facebook]

8142 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. The Larder at Maple Drive

349 N Maple Dr #100, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Suzanne Goin’s fast-casual restaurant offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and burgers along with a large selection of prepackaged goodies in its small marketplace. The Larder also offers three themed picnic baskets: The Young Frenchman, with options such as roasted cauliflower with curry and cilantro, The Burton Way, which features slow roasted salmon, and The All American featuring fried chicken and biscuits. Fully equipped with all your picnic needs, these baskets are a great addition to an afternoon at Roxbury Park. —NL[Photo: Facebook]

349 N Maple Dr #100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

7. Pitchoun

545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The massive French bakery Downtown didn’t even know it needed, Pitchoun offers a wide array of croissants and sweet treats. Balance it out with baguette sandwiches and a nice salade Niçoise, and enjoy a very French picnic in the heart of Los Angeles. [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee ]

545 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

8. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Bay Cities is arguably one of the best Italian delis in Los Angeles. Known for its selection of phenomenal sandwiches, such as the Godmother stuffed with 6 types of meat, imported beverages, and fantastic grocery items from around the world, Bay Cities is the perfect stop before a picnic on the Santa Monica Bluffs. Order the sandwiches online to avoid the long lines. —NL[Photo: Yelp]

1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

9. Playa Provisions

119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts’ casual market counter within Playa Provisions, King’s Beach, offers the perfect bites to enjoy at the beach of Playa Del Rey, just a few steps away from the restaurant. Think Williamson’s popular lobster roll, roasted chicken and brie sandwiches, and patty melts.[Photo: Yelp]

119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

10. GC Marketplace

3315 Cahuenga Boulevard West, Los Angeles, CA 90068

With eleven different prepackaged basket options, GC Marketplace is the place to stop on the way to the Hollywood Bowl. If none of its prepackaged options appeal to you, GC has a huge marketplace filled with more wine, cheese, cured meats, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and pastas one could ever want. To keep things (somewhat) classy, plastic wine glasses come with the purchase of any bottle of wine. —NL[Photo: Instagram]

3315 Cahuenga Boulevard West
Los Angeles, CA 90068

11. The Oaks Gourmet

1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Sometimes choosing wine to pair with a picnic basket is difficult; luckily, the baskets at The Oaks Gourmet include wine selected by the marketplace’s well-informed wine staff. The baskets are rather simple containing a salad, a sandwich, and a bag of chips. However, with The Oaks specialty sandwiches, such as oven-roasted turkey and Camembert and its out-of-this-world grilled cheese on cranberry-walnut bread, your picnic at the Bowl is bound to be extraordinary. —NL[Photo: The Oaks Gourmet]

1915 N Bronson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

12. Olive & Thyme

3821 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91505

The sandwiches at Olive & Thyme are huge. Their best-selling braised short rib sandwich is piled high with short rib, horseradish crème fraiche, and caramelized onions on top of perfectly grilled country sourdough. Olive & Thyme’s picnic baskets include a sandwich, a side, and a baked good (think oatmeal krispy cookie) perfect for a stroll along Lake Hollywood Park. —NL[Photo: Instagram]

3821 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA 91505

13. Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Santa Monica, CA

This Westside shop is a pricey, but helpful stop for anyone looking to bolster their picnic basket before heading out to the Malibu hills or the beach. If you're okay with secretly drinking rose on the sand, grab some charcuterie, cheese, and a loaf of crusty bread for a fancy outing. [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

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