Exterior of the Grand Central Market building in LA

Grand Central Market

Updated by Pat Dorri on March 14 2024

Culinary Diversity and Historical Charm in Downtown Los Angeles.

Address: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States

People eating inside Grand Central Market, LA
Enjoy this foodie heaven.
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💲 Entry is free, prices vary by vendor

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Grand Central Market?

Grand Central Market is nestled in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, on Broadway, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

It is easily accessible from various parts of the city, and directly opposite the iconic Bradbury Building.

From the Pershing Square Metro station, it's just a short walk north on Broadway to reach the market.

Why should I visit Grand Central Market?

Grand Central Market features an eclectic mix of old-school vendors and contemporary eateries, and has been a staple of downtown L.A. since 1917.

From freshly prepared meals, specialty groceries, to gourmet ingredients, it's a food lover's paradise.

The lively atmosphere, historic significance, and communal dining areas make it a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists.

What are the opening hours at Grand Central Market?

General opening hours

Monday - 8am - 9pm

Tuesday - 8am - 9pm

Wednesday - 8am - 9pm

Thursday - 8am - 9pm

Friday - 8am - 9pm

Saturday - 8am - 9pm

Sunday - 8am - 9pm

Closures and holidays

Although the market is open daily and year-round, individual vendor hours may vary, so it's recommended to check the official website.

Interior of the Bradbury Building, LA
Explore the nearby Bradbury Building while you are downtown.

Where should I park when visiting Grand Central Market?

Parking is available at several nearby lots, including on Hill Street directly behind the market.

The first 90 minutes are often discounted if you get validation from market vendors, so make sure to ask when you buy.

Street parking is also an option but can be limited.

Is Grand Central Market accessible by public transportation?

Grand Central Market is highly accessible by public transportation.

The Pershing Square Metro station, served by the Red and Purple lines, is just a few blocks away, and there are several Metro bus lines that stop near the market.

When is the best time to visit Grand Central Market?

Weekday mornings are generally less crowded, offering a more relaxed atmosphere.

However, visiting during lunchtime or on weekends really gives the full experience of the market's bustling energy and diversity.

What are the best things to see near Grand Central Market?

There are plenty of great places close to Grand Central Market to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • Bradbury Building - An architectural masterpiece with a stunning Victorian interior.
  • Angels Flight Railway - The world's shortest railway, offering a unique and historic ride, a short stroll away.
  • The Last Bookstore - A massive, iconic bookstore offering new and used books, vinyl records, and local art.
  • MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) - Features an extensive collection of contemporary art, a short Metro ride away.
Angels Flight Railway, LA, with skyscrapers and blue sky in the background
Angels Flight Railway is close by, and another great historic site to stop at.
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Common questions about Grand Central Market

If you visit Grand Central Market in LA then you can expect a bustling atmosphere filled with culinary delights. Here are some other things to watch for.

Is Grand Central Market accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Market is fully accessible for wheelchair users and those with strollers.

Is Grand Central Market free to enter?

✔️ Yes, there is no entry fee for Grand Central Market, and you just need to pay for purchases at individual vendors.

Is Grand Central Market pet-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Market is pet-friendly, but pets must be kept on a leash and are not allowed in all dining areas.

Is Grand Central Market child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Market is family-friendly, with food options for all ages.

Is Grand Central Market a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Market is open year-round.

Are refreshments available at Grand Central Market?

✔️ Yes, there are numerous food vendors at Grand Central Market.

Are there restrooms at Grand Central Market?

✔️ Yes, there are public restrooms available for visitors at Grand Central Market.

What else is useful to know before I visit Grand Central Market

Consider walking through the entire market before deciding where to eat as there is so much choice!

Many vendors accept only cash, so it's a good idea to have some on hand, and there are ATMs on-site.

Serving dishes at a stall within Grand Central Market, Los Angeles
Make sure to arrive with an appetite!

Where to stay near Grand Central Market

There are plenty of great hotel options in Los Angeles to head back to after enjoying some food and drinks at Grand Central Market. Here are our favorites

  • Hotel Per La, Autograph Collection - Centrally located, this plush hotel is an exceptional stay, while their dedicated team delivers first-class service.

  • citizenM Los Angeles Downtown - This trendy hotel serves as a convenient gateway to the Broadway Theater District and Little Tokyo, and many other great LA top attractions.

  • Ambrose Hotel - At Ambrose Hotel and you can expect stylish accommodation, fit for all the family, in the heart of Santa Monica.