This weekend was the first of what the promoters will be the first of many quarterly Monrovia French Markets. Its held at the easy to find parking lot at St. Lukes at the corner of Foothill and California in Monrovia, pretty much equidistant between Myrtle and Mountain Avenues.
I went yesterday morning around 11AM. The place wasn’t to packed with spectators but the vendors canopies were crammed solid with stuff. In the spirit of a true Parisian market it was a lot of antique stuff, vintage and to its credit, little in the way of classic swap meet garbage. More of a glorified garage sale than a true Parisian market. I overheard a lot of vendors and they all said their big pieces and nicest pieces sold shortly after the 9AM opening so I can’t really say how good it was at opening.
Unlike a Parisian market this place didn’t have a lot of food or farmers market type merchandise and was missed. What was there was Cafe LuMar, a local French restaurant selling stuff from a warming tray. I would have expected at least cooked to order crepes, or am I asking too much?
Overall it wasn’t what I expected but then again I’ve done the real thing in the 15th Arrondissement a few years back so I did arrive with high expectations. Would I give it another try next quarter? Yes, as it holds promise and is just a short walk from my house. When the next one is announced I’d post it here.