The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family and what better way to do so than over amazing food. From the rare game birds at Gwen to the fresh and local fish at Cape Seafood & Provisions, here are our five favorite places to do our Christmas food shopping in Los Angeles.

Cape Seafood & Provisions: Seafood

It’s always a good choice to serve seafood around the holidays and there’s no better place to shop for fresh and sustainable fish than Michael Cimarusti’s Cape Seafood & Provisions. At this Fairfax spot, you’ll find everything from live spot prawns and geoduck to Dover sole and Santa Barbara uni. And just for Christmas, the Cape team prepared a sumptuous lobster and black truffle pot pie for you to pre-order. 

Petrossian: Caviar

The holidays are a time to indulge and what better to do so than with caviar from Petrossian. This West Hollywood spot offers varieties of caviar for all price ranges, making it the ideal place to shop whether you’re on a budget or looking to go all out.

Gwen: Speciality Meats

If you’re having friends and family over for the holidays, Curtis Stone’s European-style butcher shop is the place to head. At Gwen, you’ll find everything from house-cured meats and turkeys to rarer items like Scottish grouse and pheasant.

Proof: Bûche de Noël

When Christmas rolls around, there’s no sweeter way to celebrate than with a classic Bûche de Noël. At Proof Bakery, Na Young Ma is offering a beautiful Yule Log composed of a chocolate roulade with cranberry and hazelnut.

Gjusta: Salmon

The smoked fish case at Gjusta is a thing of beauty and you’d be doing your friends a disservice by not serving some at your next holiday party. Whether you’re picking up some outstanding pastrami gravlax or smoked black cod for later, don’t forget to treat yourself to a satisfying smoked fish plate while there.



This Best Of was written by In The Loup contributor Ash Narayan, follow him on @everybytee!