Five great ethnic markets in L.A.

Where to go for exotic ingredients and unusual flavors
Wendy O'Dea

CULVER CITY

Bharat Bazaar. This tiny market features a wide selection of Indian spices, Indian produce, and killer samosas served with fresh mint chutney. A small gift section of Indian jewelry is located near the entrance. Closed Tue. 11510 W. Washington Blvd.; 310/398-6766.

LOS ANGELES

C&K Importing. Located across the street from St. Sophia's Cathedral, this Greek market offers an array of olives and olive oils, cheeses, and yogurts. A casual restaurant, Papa Cristo's Greek Town Taverna ($), is embedded within the shop. Closed Mon. 2771 W. Pico Blvd.; 323/737-2970.

Mitsuwa Marketplace. A variety of small shops are housed within this Japanese supermarket, which stocks hard-to-find fish (sold with head and tail, of course), fresh Japanese produce, rice wine vinegars, and seasonings. Multiple locations, including 3760 Centinela Ave.; 310/398-2113.

SANTA MONICA

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery. Tops among Italian Angelenos, this market includes a wine alcove and an entire aisle of olive oils. Biggest draw: the Godmother sandwich, a fresh baguette loaded with capricola, mortadella, prosciutto, and more. Closed Mon. 1517 Lincoln Blvd.; 310/395-8279.

WESTWOOD

Jordan Market. Selling sugared almonds with rose water as well as Persian figs that look like they just fell off the tree, this Iranian market also has a meat counter and aisles of imported specialties. 1449 Westwood Blvd.; 310/478-1706.