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
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.
8 am to 10 pm every day! Check here.
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!
Drink too much beer? Don’t worry. Restrooms are located underground. Just downstairs on the right!
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.
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:
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…
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 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.
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.
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!
Rated as No.1 grass fed burger in the nation back in 2017. Enough said?
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!
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!