Grand Central Market

Restaurants , Lunch Downtown Historic Core
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Grand Central Market

Buried in the heart of Downtown LA is this European-style food hall, which has been operating on the ground floor of the iconic Homer Laughlin Building since 1917. Some food vendors merit more praise than others, though Mexican- and South American-themed stalls offering treats like pupusas, carnitas tacos and aguas frescas remain some of the most popular.

Venue name: Grand Central Market
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Address: 317 S Broadway
Los Angeles
90013
Opening hours: 8am-6pm daily
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Sophy C

I love taking tourists here as it adds to the LA experience. There are so many different options to choose from that every time I go it feels like an adventure and I try something new!

Shayna E

Excellent food, all the variety, peerless people watching, and walkable to almost anything else DTLA. The only downside: it's getting crowded in there!

Jil D

Why? Because Tumbras is still there and they serve the BEST mexican/tacos/burritos. Wish they had other locations, but those are my first world problems.

Amy W

Love this place - the variety and history behind it are as wonderful as the food found here!

Devi
tastemaker

Grand Central Market is a fun option for a casual dinner and adventure sort of night! There’s a lot of great (and affordable) dining options (ranging from really cheap ramen and burgers to well-known vendors like Eggslut & McConnell’s Ice Cream). It’s just walking minutes away from Grand Park so you can eat a quick dinner, take your ice cream to go and walk around and explore!

ssh2138
tastemaker

I love bringing East coast people here since it reminds them of a more spacious and open version of Chelsea market in NYC. The seating areas are plentiful and there are a ton of cool vendors to try from. My favorite are the Thai vendors that serve up delicious mango and sticky rice during the hot summer. 

Cezara P
moderatortastemaker

GCM really has something for everyone! The food choices are superb and it's a great place to hang out with friends after work or on the weekends! They are doing summer nights now with extended hours so that's a bonus!

Eric L
tastemaker

I was slightly intimidated by both the neighborhood and restaurant selection here when I first moved to LA. My first time stepping inside was during a Downtown Food Tour with my ex-girlfriend and we sampled a few forgettable menu items at the lesser known stalls.


However, in the last year or so, Grand Central Market has stepped up their game tenfold. Belcampo's burger is one of the best in the city, Berlin Currywurst is a must for Germans missing home, G&B Coffee rivals Intelligentsia, Horse Thief and Wexler's both have deliciously tender meats, and we all know Eggslut is ridiculous (in both name and quality of food). I cannot attest to the fruits and vegetables for sale at the market, but restaurant quality is at an all time high.


Two bonus tips: 

1. Across the street, on the Broadway (Eggslut) side, is the Bradbury Building, where they filmed Blade Runner and 500 Days of Summer. You may also catch a glimpse of Hopscotch, the world's first mobile opera, which performs part of their show inside the building.

2. Across the street on the Hill Street side (G&B, Horse Thief) is Angels Flight. Angels Flight was said to be the world's shortest railway during its time, but sadly is now defunct. You will still, however, be able to view a motionless train car atop the railway.


TLDR?: There is something here for everyone! Trust me.

Stephanie C

Grand Central Market is a great place to spend a weekend day.  There are so many food options that everyone you're with will leave a happy camper. The market also seems to be upping its game when it comes to programming, offering various events throughout summer, which I can't wait to attend. 

Erick R

Grand Central Market is a staple of DTLA and a must for tourists and locals.  They are now open late during the summer so it's a great place to grab a beer and watch live music on Saturdays or play Drag Queen Bingo on Thursdays!!

Tania [Polaroidchick]
tastemaker

This was a great spot to find, which many people can easily recommend. It's definitely a must go in DTLA where you can find almost anything, even with a more delicate or peculiar taste. Not just to discover the delicious restaurants, but also to do some last minute grocery, such as, fruits or vegetables, fresh baked bread, sweets and even organic products

Sometimes a little crowded, but people respect lines and try not to get in the way of each other. With regard to restaurants, very diverse, from pastas, hamburgers, eggs and even some great oysters. Just would like it to stay open a little bit later on weekdays. 

Michael J
moderator

I love coming here as much for the ambiance as the food. The neon signage, the bustling crowds, the sheer number of vendors—there's so much to love here. Sure, it's become trendier and more expensive than it used to be, but that's brought a lot of great food along with it: Belcampo, Eggslut, Berlin Currywurst. I absolutely love the Thai food from Sticky Rice and I always make sure to grab ice cream from McConnell's or a treat from Valerie. If there's one negative, it's that space and seating can be a little bit tight. If you can, grab a seat on the patio at Horse Thief, across from Angels Flight.