Los Angeles has some seriously good eats and for years… seriously 103 years… this funky food hall has been serving up some of LA’s best bites under one 30,000 square-foot roof in the heart of Downtown. Grand Central Market is a true Los Angeles landmark celebrating the cuisines and cultures of the city. The market has an incredible selection of food and drinks served under the glow of neon signs with over 30 vendors. There are so many places and things you’ll want to try you won’t even no where to begin.
Amongst the veteran food venders such as China Café, Roast To Go, Sarita’s Pupuseria, and Tacos Tumbras A Tomas you’ll discover quite a few newer equally fantastic and fun options such as Belcampo, Eggslut, DTLA Cheese, Kneed and Co Pasta Bar and Market, Kismet Falafel, Golden Road Brewery, and so much more. You’ll find a variety of cuisines such as Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Filipino, Seafood, Burgers, Thai… I’ll stop, you get the point. Its really all very overwhelming (in the best kind of way).
Let me break it down a little bit for you with a list of vendors, their respective cuisine, and a brief description of what they serve:
|Cuisine||Vendor||What You’ll Find|
|Italian||Kneed and Co. Pasta Bar and Market||Fresh Handmade Pasta|
|Mexican||Ana Maria||Tacos and Burritos The Size of Your Face|
|American||Belcampo||Butcher Shop With Burgers, Sandwiches, and Salads|
|Japanese||Bento Ya Japanese Cuisine||Bento Boxes and Other Japanese Dishes|
|German||Berlin Currywurst||Authentic Currywurst and Sausages|
|Chinese||China Cafe||Classic California-Chinese Dishes|
|Bakery||Clark Street Bread||Toast Bar, Lunch Sandwiches, Fresh Bread, Pastries|
|Specialty||DTLA Cheese||Cheese Boards and Other Cheese Filled Foods|
|Coffee||G&B Coffee||Coffees, Espresso Drinks, and Teas|
|American||Golden Road Brewery||Beer and California Pub Fare|
|American||Horse Thief BBQ||Texas BBQ|
|Mexican||Jose Chiquito||All Day Breakfast, Burgers, and Wraps|
|Mediterranean||Kismet Falafel||Falafel Sandwiches and Salads|
|Mexican||La Fruteria||Fruit Bowls, Agua Fresca, and Shakes|
|Mexican||La Tostadería||Tacos and Tostadas|
|American||Lucky Bird||All Things Fried Chicken|
|Specialty||McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream||Amazingly Delicious Ice Cream|
|Italian||Olio GCM Wood Fired Pizzeria||Wood Fired Pizza and Salads|
|Seafood||The Oyster Gourmet||Oysters, Clams, Shrimp, Sea urchin, and Raw Fish|
|American||PBJ.LA||Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches|
|Seafood||Prawn||Fresh Seafood, Sandwiches, and Salads|
|Juicery||Press Brothers Juicery||Fresh Pressed Juice|
|Japanese||Ramen Hood||100% Vegan Ramen|
|Mexican||Roast To-Go||Tacos, Burritos, and Combination Plates|
|Filipino||Sari Sari Store||Filipino Rice Bowls|
|Salvadorian||Sarita’s Pupuseria||Handmade Pupusas With a Dozen Different Fillings|
|Thai||Sticky Rice||Authentic Thai Street Food|
|Mexican||Tacos Tumbras a Tomas||Tacos, Burritos, and Tortas|
|American||Wexler’s Deli||Jewish Deli Sandwiches|
I’ve been to Grand Central Market twice now since I moved to Los Angeles last year. Obviously I haven’t tried everything yet but I have accepted the challenge. So far I’ve tried Kneed and Co. Pasta Bar and Market, Golden Road Brewery, Kismet Falafel, McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, PBJ.LA, and Lucky Bird. All which were very good. Next time I go I plan on trying Sari Sari Store, Sticky Rice, and DTLA Cheese. I’ll post some pictures below of my food ventures thus far.
If you plan on visiting Grand Central Market keep in mind it does get pretty busy. To avoid the thick crowds, skip lunch hour and visit midmorning, late afternoon, or nighttime. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The market is located on the bottom level of two old buildings at the bottom of Bunker Hill. If you plan on driving, park in the structure attached to the market itself. Rates are really reasonable, currently its only $3 for the first 90 minutes and $2 every 15 minutes after that (daily max $25). I think you’ll find 90 minutes is plenty of time to get your grub on.
Once you’ve had your fill, hop across the street to see the park bench from the movie 500 Days of Summer or take a ride on the iconic Angels Flight, the worlds shortest railway ($2 round trip). The market is also very close to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum if you’re looking to spend the day in the area. Already been to Grand Central Market? Whats your favorite thing to eat there? Leave a comment below.