2018 local's guide to LA's Grand Central Market

2018 Local’s Guide to LA’s Grand Central Market

When people come visit LA, the first thing that pops up in mind is the beach. But in my humble opinion, you are missing out (big time) if you don’t spend a few hours on the east side. From Walt Disney Concert Hall to Art District, Downtown LA has more than a few landmarks to offer – you have the food, the great view, the best cocktails, the funnest dance clubs, and the warmest people you can find in the city where the majority is deemed superficial.

Among the many places you need to check out in DTLA, Grand Central Market is one of my favorites. Why? The food is just so good. You can find anything from $3.5 burrito-sized tacos to the best scallop ceviche in town. Today, I am sharing a local’s guide to LA’s Grand Central Market. I hope you like this place as much as I do!

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market

 

2018 Local’s Guide to LA’s Grand Central Market

Parking

Downtown LA is one of the hardest areas to find parking. But little do people know, LA’s Grand Central Market actually has a parking garage adjacent. Google ‘Tim Hawkinson’s Inverted Clock Tower (parking)’, and its address is 308 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. I believe the rate is $3 for the first 1.5 hours and then $2 for every 30 mins onward.

Hours

8 am to 10 pm every day! Check here.

Eating Buddies

No matter how much you claim you can eat, I don’t think anyone can try out all 38 food vendors at once at LA’s Grand Central Market. So bring a friend or two before you go, so you can share food and try out more vendors!

Restrooms

Drink too much beer? Don’t worry. Restrooms are located underground. Just downstairs on the right!

Eating Area

Can’t find a table on the first floor? Go down to the underground floor. You can find plenty of tables and chairs next to the restroom area.

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market

Must-Try Food Vendors in LA’s Grand Central Market in 2018

The vendor landscape in the Grand Central Market has changed so much over the past 100 years. Today, we have a total of 38 vendors inside the food hall, but here are my personal favorites:

Egg Slut

If you like gooey egg goodness in your mouth, you can’t go wrong with egg slut! I love their steak and egg, and their egg sandwiches. It’s a great breakfast place but be aware of their super long line! Personally, I don’t think any restaurant is worth more than 1 hr long wait. To avoid queuing, I recommend coming here super early or super late (when they are about to run out of food around 3pm), otherwise, be prepared to wait in line for 1 hr…

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market

Sticky Rice

This is hands down my favorite vendor at the Grand Central Market. Their Hai Nan Chicken is the best in LA, and it really takes me back to Singapore (Singaporean food is one of my favorite cuisines!)! The meat is so juicy and tender, and the rice is soaked with wonderful chicken stock and garlic flavor. This place is so popular that it is always sold out early around 11am.

Tacos Tumbras A Tomas

Tacos are a must when you visit LA. I spent 7 years in Texas, and I love Tex-Mex. But I have to say, LA’s tacos are a bit different. Comparing tacos between the two cities is like comparing apples to oranges. Two different things. So no matter where you are from, you need to get at least one taco while in LA. This taco vendor has been around for years, and their tacos never disappoint. I especially love their beef cheeks tacos. I also recommend getting only 1 or 2 because their portion is quite generous.

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market Tacos Tumbras A Tomas

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market Tacos Tumbras A Tomas

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market Tacos Tumbras A Tomas

The Oyster Gourmet

I love their scallop ceviche and oysters, and I like their smaller portions! Perfect for Grand Central Market, because you don’t want to get too full to try other places. I recommend coming to this place before eating other heavy food.

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market the oyster gourmet

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market the oyster gourmet

Wexler’s Deli

Wexler’s Deli is the very first vendor that Grand Central Market paid to run their business here. Back then, Grand Central Market was for cheap ethnic food. To revamp the business model and attract higher income folks, the owner of Grand Central Market negotiated with Wexler’s Deli and paid them to open a location here. Well, the rest is history. Look at where we are now! To be honest, I kinda miss the old grungy Grand Central, but Wexler’s Deli has bomb sandwiches!

Belcampo Meat CO.

Rated as No.1 grass fed burger in the nation back in 2017. Enough said?

Mcconnell’s Fine Ice Cream

I never end a meal without proper dessert, and this Santa Barbara based ice cream shop hits the spot! I love their ice cream sandwiches with their chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with shaved sea salt. Ahhh..get in my belly right meow!

2018 Local's Guide to LA's Grand Central Market

Before I started Styles For Thought, my close friends actually joked and said that I would probably do better as a food blogger. There is some truth to it because I am a huge foodie, but food blogging requires the next level of food loving. I hate eating my food cold, and I really admire all my food blogger friends for their dedication and professionalism.

DTLA is really an underrated neighborhood in LA. I really love living here, and I can’t wait to share more with you. Hope you enjoy this post!

Smile and style on!

SK


Outfit Info

JCrew Cropped Hoodie

All Saints Leather Jacket

 

A Feminine Sustainable Fashion Brand: Amur

Trends evolve from season to season, but feminine styles always remain undefeated by the test of time. In today’s epidemic of “cool dad” trends all over the fashion world, Amur stays true to its vision and keeps making us feminine and flirtatious pieces. Today, I wanted to review one of my favorite sustainable fashion brands – Amur. I hope you find this review helpful!

Sustainable Fashion Brand Review Amur Priscilla Floral Gown

A Feminine Sustainable Fashion Brand: Amur

I love Amur because it’s one of the rare feminine sustainable fashion brands in today’s market. With a modern concoction of ruffles, pleats and lace, I found their dresses dramatic but elegant enough for day time events. Amur’s pieces are perfect for weddings, nice dinners, bridal showers, or even your usual brunch dates.

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Why is Amur sustainable?

This NYC based brand is sustainable because it sources organic and natural fabrics. Generally, natural fabrics are better for the environment because they require less toxic chemicals to produce, and they can biodegrade. However, not all natural fabrics are better. “Natural” fabrics such as viscose and rayon still takes a lot of toxic chemicals to produce. And their production often associates with deforestation since they are sourced from trees. In Amur, most pieces are made with silk and linen, and they are deemed as the better kind of natural fabrics.

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Besides sourcing fabrics responsibly, Amur also partners with a non-profit fair-trade organization called NEST to work with local artisans and empower their communities too.

Sustainable Fashion Brand Review Amur Priscilla Floral Gown

Quality

I have tried on two of their pieces, and I can attest that AMUR’s quality is everything you should expect when paying this much for clothes. The fabric is substantial, and the tailoring is excellent. In terms of this ruffle dress that I am wearing right now, the fabric is silky and soft, and the silhouette is on point. I particularly love the cut out details around the rib cage area, and I also love the versatility of the shoulder straps. Yes, you can wear it in the off-shoulder style (as shown in picture), or pull both straps up!

Size

The sizes tend to run small. I have to size up for both the dress and the top that I tried on. I am usually a size 0 or size XS, and I have to order 2 for the dress, and S for the top. For this Maxi dress, I also found it a bit too long. I am 5’6″, and I have to wear 4-inch heels to completely lift up the dress from the floor.

Where to Buy Amur

SAKS actually carries Amur in stores, so you can try it on in person instead of guessing your sizes online. But if you don’t mind shopping online, I suggest buying from Revolve instead of the official Amur website because you get 2-day free shipping and return on Revolve.

Here are some of my favorite pieces: this top (70% off), the dress I wore here but in blue and this black gown.

Prices

I am going to be honest – Amur is expensive. Luckily, there are better ways to try on their pieces. Here, I actually rented this dress from Rent the Runway because I am a Unlimited subscriber. I am a huge supporter in renting as oppose to buying clothes, because renting is more sustainable for the environment and better on your piggy bank in the long run.

Now it is only $99 (Original price – $159) to try out Rent The Runway Unlimited.

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Sustainable Fashion Brand Review Amur Priscilla Floral Gown

I hope this review is helpful to you!

So what do you think about Amur? And what other sustainable fashion brands you would like me to review? Please comment below!

Smile and style on!

SK


As Pictured here

Priscilla Floral Gown

Other Amur Pieces

VALERIA GOWN

Lana Chiffon Gown