Grand Central Market
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- 73%Budget Travelers
- 69%Family Travelers
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- Grand Central MarketJul 04, 2012
I have fond memories of the Grand Central Market. As a kid, I would visit often with my grandparents. We'd take three RTD buses just to get to Grand Central. We'd come in for Mexican or Chinese food just before venturing off to the Million Dollar Theatre to catch a show. It was a wonderful outing. I used to love walking on the sawdust lined floors inside the market and loved kicking up the sawdust with my feet.
Ahhhhh! I remember the beautifully colored fruits and vegetables inside the market, and all the scented fruit. I some times get nostalgic and visit the market on weekends. I visit the taqueria and burrito stand and order an authentic Mexican chile rejano taco or carnita burritos with horchata. I love this market.Recommended 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 ofFamily 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 ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesTrendstersMay 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 ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 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:
- 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.
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- Grand Central MarketMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 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 ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 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 CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 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.
- 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.
- Grand Central MarketMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 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 ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Aug 07, 2012
I'm lucky to spend part of my year in the culturally diverse city of L.A. In the historic downtown district lies one of the oldest food markets in the U.S. 38 food merchants selling fruits, vegis, herbs, nuts, chillis, and food stahls serving everything from tasty Kebobs to heavy portions of Chow Mein, to meat packed, Tortas, Cuban Sandwiches. Take a step back in time in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. I must visit for any food lover. Located between South Broadway and South Hill Streets at 4th Street. If you love food markets, this is one of the best in the world.
- Grand Central MarketJul 04, 2012
Like the Farmers Market, the Grand Central Market is a collection of food stalls serving all different kinds of food. I can't necessarily recommend the food particularly highly, but it's always busy, and it's a good way to get a quick bite if you're wandering around this part of downtown LA.