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Grand Central Market / Homer Laughlin Building, Los Angeles

Grand Central Market / Homer Laughlin Building, Los Angeles (must see)

Grand Central Market (GCM as the regulars call it) is a Downtown LA landmark; a rare place which serves both as a watering hole for locals and as an authentic piece of LA architecture history for tourists. Opened in 1917 and now over a century old, it has been continuously in operation right through this time – that's some record!

GCM's stated mission is lofty: "to celebrate the cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles … to preserve the legacy of a historic downtown landmark … to gather the city's many communities around a shared table" – and it does a very decent job of all that, across 30,000 sq ft that encompass a food emporium and a retail marketplace.

History records that the building housing the market was commissioned by retired Ohio entrepreneur Homer Laughlin and was the city's first fireproofed, steel-reinforced structure. Originally built in the Beaux Arts style, it underwent subsequent modifications that drastically changed its appearance, including the addition of a tile façade in the 1960s which hid the second-story windows. Along with the adjacent Million Dollar Theater Building, it then underwent a major renovation in the 1990s in the course of which residential units were added, creating DTLA's first true mixed-use developments in decades.

GCM's original vendors were Jewish delis, fishmongers, green grocers and butchers, with additional stalls for coffee, cheese, baked products, dry goods, eggs and so forth. As DTLA has continued to evolve, the market has kept pace, now offering a wide range of cuisines, desserts and beverages – Mexican, Thai, Peruvian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean, ice cream, coffee, pressed juices, beer, wine, and a lot more.

Why You Should Visit:
Amongst the well-known names at GCM are McConnell's Fine Ice Cream, Belcampo, Roast-To-Go, Eggslut, Sarita's Pupusaria, Horse Thief BBQ, and Wexler's Deli. 

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am–10pm

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Grand Central Market / Homer Laughlin Building on Map

Sight Name: Grand Central Market / Homer Laughlin Building
Sight Location: Los Angeles, USA
Sight Type: Shopping
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