Grand Central Market is the ideal place to experience the great diversity of international food that Los Angeles has to offer. It also happens to be one of my favorite spots in the city.
For over 80 years, this historic market has been offering Angelinos a great variety of fruits and vegetables, all sorts of meats and fish, and thousands of spices from all over the world. Even more delectable is the market’s tremendous assortment of restaurants, which ranges from Asian to Mexican to Arabic and even to the best of Salvadorian food.
And if that’s not enough, the prices are incredible! For less than $10 you can enjoy a delicious entrée, beverage and dessert. Some of my favorite eateries include Sarita’s Pupusería for its amazing pupusa of loroco (a local edible vine), pork rinds and cheese for less than $2. Tacos Tumbras A Tomas stands out for its variety of tacos and sandwiches. And Maria’s Seafood holds it’s own among the crowd thanks to its refreshing seafood cocktails.
Walking through the market, you’re bound to discover new flavors. In one section you’ll find mini markets that sell fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. In another, countless stands offer all sorts of spices and dried fruits, like Valeria’s Groceries. There’s also an area dedicated to meat and seafood, and a section for desserts, juices and other beverages like the delicious fruit juices of Tropical Zone Ice Cream & Juice Bar.
Grand Central Market has become a popular hub of bustling activity where thousands of people visit to take advantage of low prices, get traditional ingredients from a certain region or simply enjoy a California afternoon with good food.