I am a fan of this Middle Eastern market, which is hidden in plain sight near Spaghetti Junction. You have to drive into an industrial park and look for the door that looks like it belongs to an office, not a shop.
The market is a small outgrowth of Leon’s industrial pita bakery. It offers four aisles of dry goods (grains, spices, cookware), a dairy case filled with lebneh (thick, strained Lebanese yogurt), dough (fizzy, mint-flavored Persian yogurt soda) and great French feta.
It also has a small but brimming takeout counter stocked with sweet and savory pastries, salads and great dips, such as hummus, baba ghanouj and muhamarra (sweet-and-spicy roasted pepper dip). If you’re in luck, they’ll be frying up crunchy but soft-centered falafel.
And then there’s this candy counter. Note the chewing gum underneath the Choco Prince: the flavors are coffee or mastic (acacia resin).
You can find information and directions here.