Grand Central Market
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- Grand Central MarketAug 05, 2014
Not bad for my first time experiencing Grand Central Market. I have a friend who did her engagement photos here, and they came out amazing and cute. Grand Central Market have a few food stands that you can browse around before eating. Come here and find Mexican, American, Chinese, Japanese, and of course my favorite, seafood! Although I didn't try the Seafood stand, I really love the Mexican stand outside of Broadway call Las Morelianas. Best non dry meat tacos you will try! They even provide you samples! There's also a coffee shop on the other end of the building call g&b coffee shop.
Parking: find parking on the street if you are not planning to go else where other than Grand Central Market. Streets have meter parking and it's up to 2 hours.
Suggestion: Go during the weekdays. try to avoid the weekends because the central market is pretty tight and hot inside even thought there's fan running.
Food: pretty cheap. Some can be below $5Recommended for:
- Grand Central MarketMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 10, 2013
With the advent of supermarkets, farmers' markets, mega malls and specialty markets, Grand Central Market has lost some of its original uniqueness. It opened in 1917 on the ground floor of the historic Homer Laughlin Building, built in 1897, in which Frank Lloyd Wright had one of his offices. It has over 50 privately owned vending stalls that still draw large crowds of shoppers, some of whom are looking for and finding items not typically found in your local supermarket - items such as a multitudinous variety of peppers. Even so, you may find people watching more invigorating than the shopping.Recommended for:
- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 8Mar 09, 2014
Right in the middle is downtown LA you can be whisk away to another world at Central Market. So many cuisines specialty shops. Must check out G&B coffee and horse thief BBQ.Recommended for:
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- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Aug 27, 2013
Want to find something different? Something that I dont know a lot of people here in Los Angeles outside of downtown know about? Then you have to check this place out. It completely reminds me of a number of places that I have been to throughout Asia. The only place I have been to stateside that is similar but much much smaller is in Emeryville up in the Bay Area, but it is not nearly as good as this place. That place is the Emeryville Public Market.
Essentially you have a giant food-court/farmers market/general store all wrapped into a single place with multiple businesses. It seems that these types of places are only in major metropolitan areas. Here you have just about everything; 2 farmers market type stands with vegetables, fruits, and the like; several Mexican food joints; several Asian food joints; burger stands; a kabob stand; a liquor store; an Italian joint; a fish market/food stand; several book/magazine stands; and what appeared to be a department store/general store downstairs;etc etc etc... its an awesome joint.
Basically they have it all here. Most of the places appear to have been cash only. A nice factor is that many have tax included in their price already. Definitely a great place to go check out and enjoy some grub at in downtown. Next time I am in the area, I will try and stop back in here and enjoy all that they have to offer.
The only bad thing is that I didnt think that everything was as clean as it could be, especially the floor between the rains. For example people knocked fruit onto the floor and put it back into the food racks (saw twice in my walk through). So that may make me a bit hesitant to buy produce here. But otherwise this is an awesome awesome place IMHO!Recommended for:
- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 14Aug 05, 2014
DownTown LA foodie paradise!!!! My favorite place to lunch on weekends!!!
There are two ways to enter so you could come from either side. It's also walking distance to grand park if you want to check that place out...they sometimes have some sort of festivals during the summer or near Christmas.
The only downside is that the bathroom costs money and it's still disgusting (from what I heard). I try to hold it in so I could go elsewhere far away.
::Here are some of the places I have been to::
-Tacos Tumbras a Thomas: GREAT DEAL!!!! CASH ONLY. Tacos are really good here, 2 could fill up one hungry guy because they are generous with the meat AND they give you extra tortillas on the side. I love the pork and the steak.
- Pupusas: yummy cash only and they take forever to make
- Seafood: DON't get anything raw like ceviche... just don't.
- Eggslut: long ass line everytime i go there. Don't get the slut (expensive boiled egg with mash potatoes)...heard their burgers are good. Attractive name but i dont think it's worth the wait.
- China cafe: it's my go to food because I love soup. It's not the best wont ton soup I've had but it's very satisfying for the price. Cash only.
- G&B: overpriced hipster coffee, it's pretty good. My favorite is the expensive espresso ice cream smoothie.
- Sticky rice: yummy thai place, it was on some food blog.
- outdoor rib joint: forgot the name, heard their ribs are really good...or was it their brisket?
The market also has cheap produce and theres a cheap random shop downstairs that reminds me of the 99cent store.
They also have japanese food, ice cream, pizza, juice, fancy deli, thai, spices, alcohol.
Lots of place to sit. Bring cash just in case. Heard they are planning on staying open til 6-7pm... not sure if that's a good idea cuz of all the homelss people lurking around.
Parking: good luck looking for street parking, there's also paid parking but might as well save those money for food.Recommended for:
- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureFoodies+ 2Aug 25, 2013
Farmers' markets come and go but Grand Central Market is a main staple in downtown LA. I've been to a lot of farmers' markets around the country and a few in other countries, but the Grand Central Market will always be my first and you never forget your first, right? You'll find fresh produce, a wide variety of to-go goods, deli and cheese here. Check it out because you'll definitely find something delicious to eat.
- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackers+ 2Sep 08, 2012
This is a place I would have never expected to find in LA. Basically a giant European style market hall with fruit and veggie stands mixed with food vendors. I've had the biggest lamb tacos in my life here (from the Mexican place near the wedt entrance).
- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureFoodiesTrendstersMay 19, 2014
I love GCM. Within the past few early months of 2014, lots of newer, hip eateries have opened up (raising the overall price point). Nonetheless, you can get a huge variety of foods for relatively good prices-- even groceries. Open seating, too, and free hour validation if you spend $10. It IS pricey if you past that hour point, though, so find somewhere else to park unless you're ok with paying $2/15 min.Recommended for:
- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 14Dec 05, 2012
Cheap produce ( 3 lbs bananas for $1, 1lb strawberries $1, 1lb blueberries $1, 5lbs watermelon $1. 4lbs papaya $1)
Food Stalls: Mexican Food, Chinese Food, Sushi, Bakery items, Smoothies. Pupusas. ( The Pupusa stand, Chinese food stall, and Mexican food stalls seemed the most popular.)
It's a mix of locals, yuppies, foodies and tourists.
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- Grand Central MarketMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Feb 21, 2014
I love this market. I come here 2-3 times a week to get fruits. Because this is the cheapest place you can get your fruits. Vegetables are cheap too. They are also adding more stores. They recently opened cheese store, eggslut, valerie, sticky rice, and G&B. Olio pizza is also coming soon. G&B is one of the best place to get coffee in L.A.! They close at 6pm. parking validation with $10 purchase, I believe.
- Grand Central MarketMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 12Jan 31, 2013
Open market full of awesome food stalls and places to purchase ingredients. The tacos get you to come, the fresh grilled seafood dishes get you to stay. Oh! There's also a grocery store in the floor below.
- Grand Central MarketMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesOct 03, 2012
Kind of a touristy place, but there are a lot of good food options. I tend to go for Mexican food since it's not as Americanized as many places.
There are also a number of places to get fruit, vegetables, meat and spices.