Grand Central Market

Restaurants, Lunch Downtown Historic Core
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Grand Central Market

Buried in the heart of Downtown L.A. is this European-style food hall, which has been operating on the ground floor of the iconic Homer Laughlin Building since 1917. There have been plenty of changes throughout the years, with some prompting concerns about the gentrification that has pushed out older stalls to make way for newer, flashier (and oftentimes more expensives) ones. But that doesn't take away from the fact that the culinary talent here is strong. Visitors can choose from breakfast staples like Eggslut (beware of the lines!), Valerie's at GCM and breakfast burritos from Jose Chiquito. At lunch time, diners flock to Sticky Rice for Hainan chicken and tacos at Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, along with vegan ramen from Ramen Hood and freshly made pasta at Knead & Co. On warm summer nights, pick up BBQ at Horse Thief BBQ and sit out on the patio, then follow it up with a beer at Golden Road Brewery or a glass of sherry at Bar Moruno. There's also regularly scheduled programming throughout the week, like Drag Queen Bingo and live music. 

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Venue name: Grand Central Market
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Address: 317 S Broadway
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Opening hours: Daily 8am-10pm
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wordofmouthla
tastemaker

Grand Central Market has been evolving for decades. Most recently it's turned into a hub for socializing over great drinks and food, with the latest addition including drafts and bites from Golden Road Brewery. There's a little bit of everything available for every craving like an artisan cheese shop with an equally cheesy menu, delicious bowls of ramen from Ramen Hood, southern barbecue from Horsethief, amazing carnitas tacos from Las Morelianas and juicy, organic burgers from Belcampo - just to name a few. The most popular place there is Eggslut and they have the lines to prove it. People will wait around in a line that wraps around their venue just for a taste of their yolk porn goodies.


Aside from bars and delicious restaurants, you can also pick up organic produce from the market stands and fresh bread from the Clark Street Bread cart.

Todd N

I like to call it... GCM! It's a great place of a diverse mix of all types of food from asian, mexican, bbq, and even an oyster bar! 


If you're in DTLA and really can't figure out what to eat, GCM is the place to be! If it's your first time here, you might be shocked how crazy it can get in here but once you find the place you want to eat at, you'll line up and be ready for some deliciousness.


You can't go wrong with any of these places so close your eyes and pick one! 

Haley S.
tastemaker

Downtown, and unsure where to eat?  Grand Central Market is the place to be.  Beware of long lines on the weekends--but since there are so many dining options, unless you're planning on hitting up a tourist trap (coughcougheggslutcough), you'll find something that won't require an hour wait.  There's truly a flavor for everyone, from quality Italian (homemade pasta utterly to die for from Knead) to vegan ramen to breakfast tacos (Horsethief BBQ early morning on the weekends).  Different events pepper the schedule, from trivia to painting to live music.  That said, even before it was filled with bustling new vendors and was mostly empty come evening, it was still a magical oasis in the midst of the city.  Come the holidays, expect real pine trees throughout the market, making it a real winter treat.  From GCM, make your way down Broadway, across the street to the famed Bradbury Building, or ride the famed Angels Flight.

Meagan H
tastemaker

So cute! Sad that a lot of the places seem to have closed early when I was there or were under construction, but what was open smelled awesome and what I tried was even better. Place was pretty empty on a Wednesday night so no concern with the normal "long lines". The neons everywhere were great too. Felt like the neon museum but with snacks! Will definitely be back to check out more!

Bryan C
tastemaker

Although Grand Central Market has been operating for quite some time, they have definitely upped their game in recent years. The team involved with the market has done an excellent job with bringing in some great new additions (like the Golden Road bar on the Hill St side) & weekly events during their extended hours (trivia nights, live music, bingo, etc). Although the market can become very busy during the weekday and weekend lunch rush, with a wide range of food & inclusive activities, the market is a great place to bring tourists and locals alike. (Picture: Trivia Night taking place outside of Golden Road Brewing Bar)

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.