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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317 S Broadway
|Opening hours:||Daily 8am-10pm|
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Grand Central Market, or GCM as I like to say, is such a unique place full of history, yet also newer, innovative food concepts! I love that you can get all kinds of ingredients for lots of different cuisines, as they have everything from a cheese shop (DTLA Cheese), to a meat place (Belcampo), to a great spot for lots of different kinds of mole (Chiles Secos -- one of the original shops in the GCM, still family-owned)! There's also Eggslut for some foodporn (yet the lines are crazy long most of the time), Sticky Rice for Thai (love the coconut cakes - kanom krok!), Wexler's for great deli food, and so much more! There's really something for everyone, and it's fun to go in a group and try a mix of different things from a variety of places. The pupuseria (Sarita's) has also been there for a long time, and that's another go-to place for me for some cheese-filled goodness. Valerie Confections has great desserts, and you can wash it all down with some healthy kombucha to feel healthy if you wish. A perfect DTLA indoor-outing filled with great food and a mix of historic and new school!
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!
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!
Excellent food, all the variety, peerless people watching, and walkable to almost anything else DTLA. The only downside: it's getting crowded in there!
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.
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.
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!!
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.