Galco’s Soda Shop in Highland Park

A vintage soda shop treasure in Highland Park, Los Angeles.

I’ve driven by Galco’s a number of times and have always been curious. I knew that they sold vintage soda…

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….from Huell Howser and all the other press they’ve received…

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….but at a party on Saturday, an old college friend informed me they also sold candy.

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You bet that got my ass out to Highland Park the very next day!

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I was like a kid in a (soda pop that also sells) candy store.

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Me and my big hunk got a cart and started filling it.

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Along with the sweets, there are all sorts of beers…

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…for my friend Emily Chang

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…and my fellow Les Miserables fans…

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…they also have sandwiches!

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We skipped those and focused on what they’re famous for.

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Lots of rare stuff, but also familiar favorites (my brother-in-law loves Moxie – he named his cat after it)…

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…including Foxon Park’s Birch Beer (which we’ve only seen at Pepe’s Pizzeria).

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Got a Diet one, plus an Idaho Spud to share.

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Abe drank more of the soda, and I ate more of the chocolate…

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…filled with marshmallow and covered with coconut.

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We both agreed it would’ve been neat if there were some potato chips stuffed in there, but I guess they didn’t do that sorta thing back in 1918!

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9 thoughts on “Galco’s Soda Shop in Highland Park

  1. hippierunner

    I used to love Galco’s; I’m local and grew up shopping there but I haven’t gone since the controversy late last year. Turns out the owner is very aggressive in his opposition to cyclists & bike lanes, which is too bad.

    You can check out the story here:

  2. emily

    Yum! I want an Idaho Spud (and of course, some Chang beer). Also, ever since you guys told me about Huell Howser I keep seeing his name everywhere!

  3. Ames Norris McLaughlin

    Lynn,
    I only ask this based on observation, not on judgement, do you only drink diet soda?

      1. Ames McLaughlin

        I have read your faqs and followed your blog for almost two years, I love it. I was just asking. Sorry, I know you’ve said you have an attachment to diet soda, I just wondered if it was only diet? I’ve struggled with an e.d. as well and was just asking from one persons to another. Sorry if I upset you.

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