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Spring Arcade Building

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4 out of 5 stars
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Enter the terra cotta archway of this 1924 arcade and you’ll find a glass-roofed alleyway dotted with restaurants and shops. The crowds are still light—it’s no Grand Central Market competitor, at least not yet—but the food offerings are already strong. Stop by Guisados for a chorizo taco and some horchata, or Rice Box for some bao. Don Francisco’s pours cups of Cuban coffee, while Gelateria Uli has some of the city’s best gelato. If you’re in the mood for a glass of wine, step into Garçons de Cafe, a wine bar and boutique that instantly transports you to Paris.


Venue name: Spring Arcade Building
Address: 541 S Spring St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Vendor times vary
Price: Free to visit; vendor prices vary
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A gorgeous space that after years of neglect (stuffed to the gills with swap meets a la the rest of Broadway) is finally being treated the way its grand architectural ambiance deserves.  From Crêpes Sans Frontières to Guisados, this European arcade style building is finally filling out with many delicious options.  For delicious French crepes, savory or sweet, the aforementioned spot is the Spring Arcade's oldest "new" inhabitant, and deserves to have a long reign.  If it's not open and you're seeking a quick taco fix before a show down the street, swing by Guisados.  Also inside: donuts, juice, gelato, and a beautiful wine bar.


I really want to love this place because of its European-style, hidden gems qualities, but it's not quite there yet. It feels slightly unfair judging the arcade as a whole while many of the storefronts are still vacant, but that's certainly one of the big problems right now; it's just not that pleasant to be in a half-empty shopping center. If and when the vacancy dips, there's still something about the lighting here that just feels off.