The entrance to Alpine Village Market is part true German architecture and part tourist-attraction façade. Once inside, however, you will discover that this grocer is stocked with truly authentic European offerings. The deli case is expectedly stuffed with meats, cold cuts, cheeses, potato salads, and an enormous variety of head cheeses and sausages. The Market takes its brats and wieners so seriously that it has a Master Sausage Maker. And, as a 2008 award winner at the Annual State of California Meat Processor’s Competition, it’s with good reason.

It did not take us long to make our way to the bakery, which has freshly baked breads, soft pretzels, cakes, and about two dozen different butter cookies. Here, you’ll also find an abundance of poppy seed items – including poppy seed butter, bread, and sweet rolls. You may want to consider bringing some floss!

The rest of the large grocery store features aisle upon aisle of German ingredients, mixes, and canned foods. Its variety of imported lagers and wines is truly impressive. Grab a snack or beer and head over to the picnic tables outside. Or, order some grub at the attached Alpine Café. You don’t even have to wait until the annual Oktoberfest activities to experience a little taste of Germany.

 

Neighborhood: Torrance
Address: 833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502
Phone: (310) 327-4384
Website: www.alpinevillage.net/market
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sun 10am-8pm
Parking: Park in the Alpine Village lot.

 

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