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A guide to the best food halls in Los Angeles and Orange County

The rise of food halls across Southern California have changed how we dine. Here's our guide to the best of them.

Edited by
Patricia Kelly Yeo
Written by
Erin Kuschner
&
Stephanie Breijo
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Bite into a sandwich here, slurp a bowl of ramen there, before finishing off with some ice cream—when it comes to piecing together the ultimate meal, it's always fun to pick and choose at Southern California's various food halls, home to small businesses and some of the most thoughtful, creative and scrappy chefs across the region. Though L.A.'s food halls date back close to a century—we're looking at you, Grand Central Market and the Original Farmers Market—a new crop of food havens have made it easier than ever for diners across the Southland to personalize their own all-in-one snack crawls. Check out our guide to our favorite food halls in Los Angeles and Orange County—and start planning your next visit.

Build your own adventure at these food halls

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  • Downtown Historic Core
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There are few L.A. food destinations that are more iconic than Grand Central Market. This historic European-style food hall has operated on the ground floor of DTLA’s Homer Laughlin Building since 1917. There’ve been plenty of changes throughout the years—with some prompting concerns about the gentrification that pushed out older stalls to make way for newer, flashier ones—but that doesn’t detract from the fact that the culinary talent here is strong. In addition to the handful of old-school vendors you must try (Chiles Secos and Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, for starters), some of the city’s best chefs have opened up shop here, including Sari Sari Store’s Filipino food from République owners Margarita and Walter Manzke; Fat & Flour’s pies and cookies from star baker Nicole Rucker; Prawn Coastal Casual’s lobster rolls by the late Campanile co-founder Mark Peele; Korean dosirak boxes from Shiku; and Eggslut’s iconic egg sandwiches. There’s counter-service Thai food from Sticky Rice; 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 wine and some oysters at The Oyster Gourmet

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  • Event spaces
  • Fairfax District
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In 1934, L.A. area farmers began selling produce at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax, an address now known as the Original Farmers Marketand a prime Grove-adjacent dining hall. A handful of stalls still sell groceries, but they’re outnumbered by restaurant stands offering a culinary round-the-world trip. Newcomers like Yang's Braised Chicken Rice and gourmet chicken sandwich-focused Fritzi Coop have kept this L.A. classic thrumming with novelty, but you also can't beat the American comfort food served at the historic Du-Par’s, which has served pancakes since 1938. Elsewhere, you can also find Texas barbecue (Bryan’s Pit Barbecue), Pan-Asian skewers and salads (Singapore’s Banana Leaf), New Orleans po’ boys (the Gumbo Pot), and massive pizzas (Patsy D’Amore’s), to name just a few.  Make sure to stop by Magee's for some of the best roasted nuts in town, and Monsieur Marcel’s, an all-out culinary and pantry-goods emporium.

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  • Restaurants
  • Eclectic
  • Anaheim
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No longer just for Angels games and Disneyland trips, Anaheim now boasts a namesake food hall that's helped usher in a new era in the city's restaurant and nightlife scene. Split up into three revamped destinations, the block-sized district is anchored by the Packing House, a former Sunkist citrus plant that’s been converted into a handsome, modern food hall. The roster of merchants runs the gamut from full-service restaurants to niche vendors that specialize in grilled cheese, crepes, juice, bubble tea and more. Think of it as Orange County’s answer to Grand Central Market, albeit boozier—there are two bars and a speakeasy—and more suitable for lounging, thanks to comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and a lofty, bright warehouse space. Need a place to start? Always go for the poutine at the Kroft. On the other end of the district sits the Packard Building, a mission-revival car showroom that now houses the Anaheim Brewery and an Umami Burger. Between the two you’ll find Farmers Park, a two-acre grassy field with a community garden and a dim sum restaurant. Surprise, suprise: This place is pretty popular, so expect to park in one of the surrounding lots during lunchtime.

  • Attractions
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Downtown Historic Core

Enter the archway of this 1924 arcade-style shopping center 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 strong. Stop by Guisados for some tinga or a chorizo taco and horchata; order up succulent char siu, porchetta and cheesy egg rolls at fast-casual Cantonese destination Rice Box; Gelateria Uli has some of the city’s best gelato; and if you’re looking for brunch, you can’t do much better than Blu Jam. In the mood for a drink? Step into Garçons de Cafe, a wine bar and boutique that instantly transports you to Paris.

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  • Restaurants
  • Food court
  • Chinatown
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Technically, Far East Plaza isn’t a food hall. Instead, this Chinatown shopping complex dating back to the '70s packs some of our favorite restaurants and shops into one bustling plaza. Take one step into the first-floor corridor and you’ll encounter an open-air mall overflowing with local character and delicious food from old and new vendors alike. Most days you'll see customers lining up for takeout Nashville hot chicken at Howlin’ Ray’s, while a more laidback dinnertime crowd shows up at Lasita, a fast-casual Filipino restaurant and natural wine bar. You can also find excellent Chinese food from Kim Chuy, an older family-owned diner, and behemoth, grassfed beef burgers at Amboy across the way. If all these creative eats inspired you to make your own dinner, stop by Now Serving, one of the city’s best kitchenwares and cookbook shops.
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  • Long Beach
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“Restoration” is the key word at SteelCraft Long Beach, where meals are shared on communal tables made from reclaimed wood and bike racks are formed from 95-percent recycled material. Each restaurant or bar in this outdoor food court operates out of repurposed metal shipping containers from the Port of L.A. and the Port of Long Beach. While restaurants rolled out gradually, the space is now home to burger joint Hangry Belly; Belgian waffle specialist Waffle Love; classic Mexican-oriented La Taqueria and more. Smog City Brewery pours beer at a container as well, and cups of java can be ordered from Steelhead Coffee. Keep an eye out for events happening at SteelCraft, including live music and yoga and beer classes, and if you’re near Bellflower or Garden Grove, you can now find SteelCraft food hall sibling spots there, too.

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  • Restaurants
  • Food court
  • Culver City

Downtown Culver City’s Citizen Public Market is a smaller food hall located in a revamped Beaux-Arts-slash-Art Deco 1920s building once home to a local newspaper. Here, you’ll find some newer outposts from top L.A. culinary talent, including personal pizzas from Nancy Silverton’s Pizzette and Go Go Bird fried chicken and gyoza from Hinoki & the Bird’s Brandon Kida. Those in need of a morning pick-me-up can order specialty coffee and chapati rolls from goodboybob downstairs, while upstairs plays host to Bar Bohemien, the most low-key rooftop bar in the city come time for happy hour. Though there’s no food offered on the bar-only second floor, Jolly Oyster, Mexicology and WEHO Sausage Co. all offer excellent bar bites: sustainable oysters, tacos, and sausage patty burgers.

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  • Food court
  • San Gabriel Valley
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Inside an old Masonic lodge you’ll find San Gabriel’s Blossom Market Hall, which opened in December 2021 after years of planning. Meant to serve as a gathering place for diners and 626 small business owners, the space’s Blossom Food Hall features over a dozen original vendors, all from Southern California. Here, fans of Central Coast-based Rori’s Artisanal Creamery can grab their swoon-worthy scoops, as well as Vietnamese and American-style coffee from AK Fresh Roast, locally made beer from Angel & Mason and Caribbean Gourmet, a regular at L.A. area farmers’ markets. You can also grab sushi, boba milk tea, barbecue plates, banh mi, crepes and even plant-based burgers. Not all vendors keep the same operating hours, so check Instagram or their website for the most up to date schedule.

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  • Restaurants
  • Food court
  • Southeast Cities
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It’s a community-first affair at BLVD MRKT, a food hall and incubator program for first-time restaurant owners in Montebello. The half-outdoor hall features eight food vendors grilling up tacos, pulling espresso shots and frying up New Orleans-style beignets inside six repurposed shipping containers in a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Not every shop is a newbie, however; you’ll also find a new outpost of Downtown’s Pez Cantina and Vchos Modern Pupusería, which has served pupusas and modern takes on Salvadoran food for close to a decade, including their must-order chicken pastelitos, which run slightly smaller than Argentine or Filipino empanadas.

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  • Food court
  • Glendora

On the outskirts of L.A. County lies Glendora Public Market, a newer food hall housed in a revamped 1940s Wonder Bread factory. Anchored by local craft brewery Smog City Brewing and a new outpost of Dog Haus, the airy industrial space softens up its warehouse feel with bright colors and plenty of natural light. You’ll also find high-quality lattes from Penny Coffee Roaster, beachside-style seafood from Portside Fish Co., red-hot Korean snacks and bowls from Belly Bombz, bagel sandwiches, tacos, boba tea drinks and more. Fans of highly Instagrammable food can also enjoy Bolo’s signature pineapple bun fried chicken sandwiches and over-the-top specialty milkshakes from Crepes & Shakes LA.

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  • Restaurants
  • Food court
  • Santa Ana
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Walk through 4th Street Market and you might think that this food hall is on the small side. Take a closer look and you’ll find that there’s plenty packed into the Santa Ana gathering place, with over a dozen vendors serving everything from pan pizza to falafel to ice cream sandwiches. First, though, you need to stop by Alta Baja Market, a specialty food store and deli that highlights the flavors of California, Mexico and the American Southwest with dried peppers, baked goods, cheese plates and beyond. Then work your way around the food hall, stopping by the nationally recognized Burritos La Palma, plant-based Asian fusion-focused Naughty Panda, Mar Seafood and others, including Chunk-n-Chip for must-have ice cream sammies. An outdoor patio hosts occasional bands, while Recess invites visitors to kick back with some craft soda, a cocktail, craft beer or a glass of wine.

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  • Huntington Beach
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Lot 579 is a food hall adjacent to Pacific City, a Huntington Beach retail complex just steps away from the ocean. Tuck into gourmet burgers at the American Dream; sustainable sushi at Bear Flag Fish Co; excellent, deep purple açai bowls from Oakberry; pho and spring rolls at PHANS55; and artisanal sandwiches at Burnt Crumbs. There’s plenty here for those with a sweet tooth, too: popsicles at PopBar, ice cream at Hans’s Homemade Ice Cream and cupcakes at Frosted Cupcakery. And if you’re looking for craft spirits in a totally unique setting, vomFASS sells to-go bottles of artisan liquors poured from big glass jugs.

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  • Food court
  • Irvine
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How often do you see a food hall with a range of concepts from one chef? In Irvine, tucked deep into UCI Research Park, Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey built a micro food hall that’s open to all, giving us multiple ways to enjoy the cuisine of one of San Diego’s best chefs—and a business model that’s fairly unique to the format. Pick and choose from five different food stands, then pay up at the front register for quick mix-and-match bliss. There’s an all-day coffee shop with fresh pastries, beer and wine; breakfast burritos in the morning; hot and cold gourmet sandwiches with daily specials like salmon katsu sandos; poke bowls galore; and a greens-and-grains station where you can find local and heirloom produce served in healthful bowls. Finish with fresh cookies up at the register and a can or two of the hyper-curated, bougie and refreshing teas and sodas, for best results.

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  • Food court
  • Irvine
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This modern food hall took over an unlikely Irvine strip mall (read: tons of parking). Enter into the open-air food court, where most of the concepts face inward toward a tree-dotted courtyard. On any given weekend, you'll find whole families and people of all ages Instagramming their food here, because Trade’s vendors are just as eye-catching as they are delicious. Whether you’re looking for rainbow-dipped, honeycomb-shaped Belgian waffles at Sweet Combforts; massive fried chicken sandwiches from Two Birds; curry plate emoji-imitating dishes from Champions Curry; or burgers on mac-and-cheese buns from Ground House, Trade has something perfect for you (and your camera roll).

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