Grand Central Market in Downtown L.A.

Photography by Stephanie Plomarity

Grand Central Market has been a downtown landmark since 1917, making it Los Angeles oldest and largest public market. It’s the vibrant home to many eateries where you can try cuisine from all over the world, sip coffee, or try delicious deserts.

To Get There

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Parking is tough in Downtown Los Angeles, expect to pay $10+ to park in a lot.

The History

Grand Central is inside the Homer Laughlin Building, designed by designed in 1896 by architect John B. Parkinson. In the 1920’s Frank Lloyd Wright had an office here.

It's gone through a transition in the last 10+ years along with the rest of downtown L.A., becoming a more polished arena of sleek neon signs and trendy eateries. In 2013 under new leadership, Grand Central started bringing in a new wave of vendors. While I truly enjoy the new experience, part of me really misses the taquerias and fruit stands that once populated this massive warehouse. There are still a couple scattered in between all the hip new restaurants, but with changes occurring so rapidly in this area of town I'm not sure how long they'll last. 

Grand Central Market

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or desserts, Grand Central has it all. Wander the isles of beautifully crafted neon signs to find your culinary delight!

Stop at G&B Coffee to grab coffee or tea from the world’s top roasters.

To Explore

Other Downtown L.A. sights near Grand Central Market:

  • Bradbury Building

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

  • The Broad Museum

  • Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry

  • Angel's Flight

  • The Last Bookstore