The location: Marketplace - Lumen Buys a Knife
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A set created
in the back of a seaside restaurant.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This faux marketplace was created on a covered patio in back of the Crusty Crab restaurant, at Ports O'Call Village, in San Pedro, CA.
The official address is 1146 Nagoya Way, #79.
Ports O'Call is a seaside shopping/dining village (which has seen better days). It sits right on the edge of the main channel at the Los Angeles harbor. They had filmed at the Village earlier this same season, for the scene where Dexter visited Lumen at a seaside cafe (and gave her plane tickets), so this was a return visit.
But that boardwalk cafe was located in the older, quainter south end of the Village, while the Crusty Crab is located at the newer, north end - just to the right (south) of a large Japanese gate, .
Behind the Crusty
Crab, between the rear of that restaurant and the boat docks, is a covered
patio. They set up the fake marketplace there. (You can glimpse the boats
near the end of this scene.)
I shot the photos below in October 2010:
These shots show the front of the Crusty Crab restaurant.
The shot below, taken on the patio next door to the Crab, shows the same row of boats glimpsed during the scene.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I was there where they set up the shoot.
Rick had let me know that they would be shooting down at Ports O'Call, so I dropped by on the morning of October 8, and found the usual collection of white studio trucks parked outside the Crusty Crab.
There was security out front of the restaurant, but I had a hunch that they probably wouldn't be watching the north side entrance to the patio area. So I walked through a Japanese-style gate into the next-door collection of shops, turned right, and was able to stroll from those shops right onto the Crusty Crab's patio without any problem.
I was surprised to find myself on a Dexter set, complete with colorful
Cuban storefronts, produce stands, and even a small statue of the Virgin
Mary (which you can see in the fourth screencap from the top). I shot a
quick photo, which you can see below, and beat a hasty retreat...
statue of Mary can be seen on the left side, under the blue sign that says
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