Vending machines are essentially the gumball machines from our childhood. Put anything behind glass and it instantly becomes more desirable. Do vending machines provide an easy outlet for our impulses and spur-of-the-moment cravings? Perhaps. Are they a stark symbol of our fascination with technology and immediate gratification? Quite possibly.
In any case, the vending machine is here to stay — and there’s much more to be had than candy, chips or soda. From a baguette machine in Paris to a live crab machine in China, the options are seemingly endless. And in Los Angeles, a city well-known for its innovative food culture, it won’t be long before you find yourself pushing a button to satisfy your hunger (or thirst).
Here’s a list of the 6 coolest food items you can purchase from a vending machine in Los Angeles.
1 Cupcakes From Sprinkles Cupcakes
Perhaps the most instagrammed of all vending machines, the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM shows the world that emergency sugar cravings can and should be satisfied — no matter what time of day. The 24/7 sweet treat automat dispenses freshly baked cupcakes and cookies with a simple card swipe. Choose from gourmet cupcake flavors like red velvet, triple cinnamon, Cuban coffee or chocolate marshmallow. Then watch as a door lifts, revealing a box of your perfectly frosted cupcake. The ATM now even offers vegan options and “pupcakes” for your canine companion. There are locations across the country from Vegas to NYC but Los Angeles lays claim to the world’s first-ever cupcake ATM, which opened its Beverly Hills location in all its millennial pink glory in 2012.
The Sprinkles Cupcake ATM has multiple locations in Los Angeles which can be found here.
2 Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice From Orangebox
Nothing starts a day off better than a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and now Angelenos can grab their quick dose of Vitamin C from Orangebox. The vending machine dispenses fresh orange juice in mere seconds, simply push a button and watch the entire juicing process through the glass window. Their tagline “from tree to your cup” is not an understatement — oranges are delivered fresh from the farm every morning and refrigerated inside the air-tight machine. Whereas most of the nutritional content in store-bought orange juice is lost through pasteurization, Orangebox makes their juice on-site, guaranteeing optimal freshness and health benefits. You can find the flagship machine at the Beverly Connection, or get your squeeze on at their Venice Boardwalk and Westfield Century City locations.
Orangebox is currently in 7 locations which can be found here.
3 Champagne From A Moët & Chandon Vending Machine
The future is here, and it’s looking quite bubbly. Mama Lion, a restaurant and lounge in hip Koreatown, is now home to L.A.’s first champagne vending machine. Stocked exclusively with Moët & Chandon champagne, the machine allows patrons to sip in stylish convenience. In exchange for a special coin (purchased at the bar for $20) a mini bottle of either brut or rosé is carefully dispensed and ready to be popped. Best of all, you can have it poured into a flute right at the bar. Whether if it’s for the bubbly or the novelty, there’s no better excuse to get the champagne flowing.
Mama Lion and the Champagne Vending Machine is located at:
601 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
4 Gelato From Palazzolo’s Artisan Dairy Vending Machine
Yes, gelato vending machines exist and there’s not one but three machines dispensing the icy treats at L.A.’s Hollywood and Highland Center. Stocked with six flavors of Palazzolo’s Artisan Dairy gelato — strawberry, mango, watermelon, banana cheesecake, peanut butter cup and cookies & cream — the machine offers a fun and tasty way to beat the heat. After making your selection, watch as the freezer lid swings open while a robotic arm delivers the gelato into the pick-up compartment. Each cup of gelato comes with a wooden spoon for instant, creamy indulgence.
Palazzolo's Gelato vending machine is at L.A's Hollywood and Highland Center located at:
6801 Hollywood Blvd #170
Los Angeles, CA 90028
5 Cold-pressed Juice & Smoothies From JuiceBot
As a city that pretty much runs on cold-pressed juice, it only makes sense for Los Angeles to have a vending machine that dispenses the beloved liquid. JuiceBot is making that happen with fruit and veggie-filled machines popping up in the Arts District and West Hollywood. On the giant touchscreen menu, choose from signature offerings that range from expert greens to strawberry fields or personalize your cold-pressed juice by selecting the make your own button. Juicebot even offers green smoothies made with oat milk for dairy-free Angelenos. With just a button push away, 100% raw and organic never sounded so good (or effortless).
You can find JuiceBot in the Arts District located at:
826 East 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
6 Caviar From Beverly Hills Caviar Vending Machine
For those who need their salt-cured fish roe desires fulfilled immediately, don’t fret — the caviar vending machine in Beverly Hills is there for you. Offering a selection of fine caviar, truffles, escargot, bottarga, blinis and gourmet salts, the prices range from $12 for mini cocktail blinis to an extravagant $500 an ounce for their beluga caviar. The machine even sells mother-of-pearl plates and spoons, because plastic utensils don’t exactly say gourmet. Visit the caviar machines in Westfield Century City, Westfield Topanga or the Burbank Town Center if you want to straddle the line between convenience and pure luxury.
Find the Caviar Vending Machine at:
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Burbank Town Center
201 E Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502