California: A Sunny Stroll to The Grove

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A striking backdrop for many Hollywood movies and shows like Extra and Dancing with the Stars, cobblestone-lined The Grove is a dining, shopping, and entertainment complex like no other in Los Angeles.

The Grove’s outdoor shopping complex includes many high-end and familiar brands and is a shopping favorite among Vietnamese living in the Los Angeles area. There is a 14-screen movie theatre and an animated fountain in a large central park, which plays a musical show every hour. Among the favorite dining destinations are the French bakery Ladureé, and 189 by Dominique Ansel – the celebrity French-born pastry chef.

Adjacent to it is Farmers Market, first opened in 1934, which sells fresh fruits and features more than 100 international food stalls from European, to Latin American, to Chinese cuisine. Visitors can take photos with the original 1905 Gilmore Oil Co. gasoline station.

In mid November, a 30 metre Christmas tree is displayed, and the complex gets transformed into a “tropical” winter wonderland with artificial snow falling every evening until Christmas. California’s winter temperate averages at 20°C, so this winter activity is much anticipated by sun-soaked Californians.

If you are an art fan, make sure to check out Pablo Picasso’s original artworks by the seating areas of the Grand Lobby.

“take a ride on The Grove’s trolley which was built on an original 1950 street car.”