Since 1917, the celebrated landmark Grand Central Market in the heart of downtown Los Angeles combines the best cuisine, culture and shopping LA has to offer.

Grand Central Market covers a 30,000-square-foot space that includes a food emporium and retail marketplace alongside LA's hippest restaurants and cafes. The city’s largest and oldest public market is a historic Los Angeles icon with multiple food choices, fabulous drink options, and unique shopping. With its growing list of dining options, Grand Central Market continues to showcase California’s best chefs, featuring only the freshest, finest local ingredients.

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Pro Tip: There’s a free shuttle to and from the market to destinations all over downtown Los Angeles.

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Aerial view of the business district in Downtown of Los Angeles in background from Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

Equally important, Grand Central is also a significant hub for public events with a vibrant selection of local artists and talented entertainers. The Market has indoor and outdoor dining with over 40 vendors. Whether you’re there to dine, drink, shop, or enjoy the cool vibe-Grand Central offers diversity at its finest, which includes Jewish delis, Chinese cafes, Mexican restaurants, as well as greengrocers, fishmongers, butchers, breweries, bakeries, and coffee shops. Consequently, Grand Central Market also hosts movie screenings, game nights, and live music venues. See the full calendar of upcoming things to see and do as the Market's list of exciting events changes weekly.

Pro Tip: Follow Grand Central’s Instagram for announcements and updates.

Grand Central Market’s Unique Story

The original Wonder Market opened in 1917 and filled the entire ground floor of the Beaux-Arts-style Homer Laughlin Building. Billed as the “largest and finest public market on the Pacific Coast,” Grand Central had the region’s first steel-built, fireproof structure. At the time, the neighborhood was the center of the city’s commercial and entertainment district.

Pro Tip: Leave Milo at home! Grand Central has posted signs indicating that only service dogs are allowed on the premises.

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In 1984, Ira Yellin bought Grand Central Market and the joining properties to enhance the growing community, and promote local vendors and artists. In the 80s, Los Angeles experienced an influx of immigrants from around the world, creating a much more ethnically diverse atmosphere.

photo Credit: Grand Central Market via Facebook

As a result, Grand Central, which draws two million visitors annually, celebrated its 100th anniversary and was purchased by developers, Langdon Street Capital. Fortunately, the new owner’s vision was to preserve the essence of the Market.

Grand Central's Bazaar

There is something for everyone at the market, from unique boutiques to handmade jewelry and art! At Grand Central Market, visitors can shop LA’s premier brands, artisans and local merchants, with a weekly lineup that changes frequently.  The Bazaar is located in the downstairs lower level of Grand Central Market and is open at 11:00 a.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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Bazaar Merchants

  • Plainsugar: This brand carries vintage sunglasses, both new and old stylish shades from the 1970s and 1980s.
  • The Style House of Chic: This chic boutique offers a selection of runway fashion and ready-to-wear accessories and bags.
  • London Monori is an indie jewelry store featuring an eternal collection of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other accessories.

Grand Central Market Hours

The Market is open from Monday through Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m; vendor hours may vary.

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Just a Few of Grand Central's 40 Fab Vendors

While strolling the Market, here are some incredible vendors you might experience along the way from LA’s eclectic food scene. Any time of day, the Market has something to meet your every craving!

  • Ana Maria: For the best tacos and burritos in town, visit Ana Maria’s in the heart of the Market. Their original sandwich gorditas (filled with carne asada, chicken or carnitas, beans, crema and guacamole) is simply mouth-watering goodness.
  • Bento Ya Japanese Cuisine: This Market favorite offers traditional bento boxes, curry dishes and delicious Japanese delicacies.
  • Berlin Currywurst: Its delicious German sausage and curry sandwich will transport you straight to Berlin and then to heaven.
  • Wexler’s Deli: This authentic Jewish deli features house-cured meats and fish on bagels and sandwiches.
  • China Café:  Since 1959, this legendary café has kept the same menu and neon sign and maintained tasty Chinese American classics like chow mein, noodles, fried rice and chop suey.

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  • Eggslut: If you’re passionate about eggs, there is no need to read further. Eggslut is your place for gourmet egg dishes and savory sandwiches.
  • Golden Road Grand Central Market: For a cold brew on a hot day, this tasting bar highlights over 20 beers on tap from Los Angeles craft breweries, alongside California pub fare.
  • photo credit: Golden Road - Grand Central Market via Facebook

    G&B Coffee: Coffee will never taste the same after visiting champion baristas Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, who turn a coffee cup into a divine experience. G&B offers selected teas and beans from the world’s top roasters. For a sweet treat, try GB’s cold-infused coffee milkshake.

Pro Tip: Miracles do happen, Virginia! The stall on Hill Street in front of G&B’s offers free five-minute parking!

  • Lucky Bird: Attention, fried chicken lovers! This first-ever stall is dedicated to serving delectable fried chicken with its original citrus-brined chicken recipe. The menu features a 5-piece bucket, quarter chicken, regular or spicy sammies with homemade biscuits and mac and cheese.

Grand Central's Other Amenities

In addition to Grand Central's over 30,000 square feet of food stalls and retail space, Grand Central Market also offers high-rise luxury studio, one-two bedroom, and penthouse apartments with modern amenities. The living space features a fitness center, laundry facilities and walking steps to Grand Central Market!

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What's more, the Market holds venue spaces ideal for special events, parties, pop-ups, public experiences, performances and more!

Grand Central Parking

Parking is available on 308 South Hill Street.

  • First 90 minutes: $4
  • Each additional 15 minutes: $2
  • Daily Maximum: $25

 


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Erin Poche` is a Utah-based writer and editor for Tripster and contributing writer for BeyondType1. She also writes and edits for an indie publisher of fanta ...

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