You might not know this but Downtown LA is going through a serious renaissance. The preserved buildings have now turned into high-end lofts or warehouse apartments. The trendy Ace hotel opened its doors in the sub-district of the Historic Core, in early 2014; and many more craft coffee shops and restaurants are following and have followed suit. Note the brand spanking modern museum, The Broad for example, which has drawn in the young, artsy crowd. Then you have by comparison the Homer Laughlin building, which has housed the Grand Central Market on the ground floor since 1917.
The Grand Central Market has stood through decades of change from the thriving financial times of the 1920’s to the downtrodden decline of the 1930's till the 1990’s, and in 2013 began the redevelopment of DTLA. So as you can imagine, vendors have come and gone at the Grand Central Market–stalls have changed hands but yet it has evolved with every new wave of vendors and retained its diversity and culture of the LA people.
It’s hard not to miss Eggslut when entering from the Broadway entrance, the egg breakfast sandwiches are its main hit for a very affordable $6. Weaving further in you can find artisanal cheeses from DTLA Cheese, pastrami sandwiches and smoked salmon bagels at the Wexlar Deli, sweets and candied nuts at La Huerta, wood fire oven pizzas from Olio and the bbq chicken at Sticky Rice. If entering from the other Hill St. entrance, you’ll come head-to-head with the brisket and pulled pork at Horse Thief BBQ.
Then you have the more classic looking stalls, like Ana Maria and Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, that have been around for more than 10 years, these Mexicans serve the fattest mouth-watering tacos.
Seriously, the list is endless and I haven’t even mentioned the coffee shops, Japanese ramen, bakery or ice-creams stalls. I suggest you just get there ASAP and see for yourself. Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us know what you liked best. I’m always a sucker for a breakfast sandwich with oozing yolk. I guess you’ll know where to find me then!
Happy eating jetsetters! xxx