Galco's Old World Grocery, LA, California

Devoted to the art of soda pop and supporting the small businesses behind each bubbly drink, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop features more than 700 flavors of soda at its Los Angeles storefront and nationwide through its online shop at As you wander through the store you pass through a rainbow of soda colors, most of which are in glass bottles.

Beginning in 1897 as an Italian grocery store, Galco’s changed “flavors” when son John F. Nese took helm of his father’s store in 1995 and lined the shelves with classic, small-batch, exotic and hard-to-find sodas. In addition to the soda, they also offer a wide selection of craft beers along with such alcoholic spirits as hard ciders, hard-to-find sakes, exotic wines, French champagnes, and honey meads.

"This place has the best selection of old, rare, and hard to find sodas in the United States - AND THEY SHIP INTERNATIONALLY. Located just off of the alternate alignment in Highland Park (Los Angeles), John Nese the owner has long been a supporter of Historic Preservation in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA). He knows and understands the link between his location and the Mother Road!"

Kindly recommended by Scott Piotrowski, USA

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