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Saturday adventure part two – lunch time at Grand Central Market


Central Market

After our visit to Watts Towers we hopped the Blue Line to the Red Line and trotted on over to the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. It was lunch time!

Central Market

We split up and bought our lunches at a variety of eateries. We had a choice of dozens of vendors spread out over 30,000 square feet (2787 square meters). A shrimp curry tickled my fancy. We regrouped and enjoyed our disparate dishes.

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market opened in 1917 and has been in continuous operation ever since… that means in just two years it will celebrate its 100th birthday. Quite an achievement in a city where everything gets torn down or reinvented every few years. But LA is growing up and recognizing that history is not irrelevant.

Grand Central Market

Like much of downtown, by the 1980s Grand Central Market wasn’t much to look at. In 1984 a developer named Ira Yellin bought the market (along with other iconic buildings in downtown) and initiated its revitalization. The market is still a work in progress, but as you can see from the photos, it is a popular place for tourists and Angelenos alike.

Grand Central Market

The market hosts special events from live model drawing classes to bread festivals to game nights.

Grand Central Market

A pupusa, anybody?

Grand Central Market

You can purchase anything from grass-fed organic meat to ice cream and coffee to Mexican candy to fruits and veggies to imported moles. No, not that kind of mole… the sauce used in Mexican cuisine!

Grand Central Market

Now I’m making myself hungry. Well, next time I’m in the downtown area I may go for that shrimp curry again.

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When you are at Grand Central Market, cross the street and visit Angels Flight. Sad to say it is no longer running and I’ve heard no recent news about it, but I keep my fingers crossed that one day soon I can ride it again. When it’s running it’s billed as “The Shortest Railway in the World.”

angels flight  All photos and content copyright roslyn m wilkins. Please feel free to pass along this post via email or social media, but if you wish to use some of our images or text outside of the context of this blog, either give full credit to myself and link to One Good Life in Los Angeles, or contact us for proper usage. Thanks!


Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

18 thoughts on “Saturday adventure part two – lunch time at Grand Central Market

  1. What sights and delights! Our son lived in downtown LA several years ago but we missed this when visiting. Thanks for sharing this colorful experience! I hope the Angels Flight runs again too. Thanks for your visits to my blog!


    • People live in LA their entire lives and don’t know what is available in downtown!!! And you are welcome, I enjoy your blog.


  2. Very nice photography Roslyn, I love the colors and the variety.


  3. I love places like this! Thanks for the tour through your great photos!


  4. Wow! What a cool place, Roslyn. It looks as though you could spend hours in there. Great photographs!


    • Jill, since the renovations it has become a little more upscale and lost some of its shabby charm but at least it seems to be more economically viable now.


  5. The market looks so very delicious! Great shots of this fab market, Roslyn. 🙂


  6. Fantastic captures! Grand Central Market looks like a very interesting and fun place to visit. 🙂


  7. Pingback: Saturday adventure part three – looking backward to the future at the Bradbury Building | One Good Life in Los Angeles

  8. Oh mahn! I thought you were visiting NYC’s Grand Central Market. I love that place. But yours is on a whole other scale! Amazing. I wanted some of those dried fruits you showed in one of the last set of pictures. The colors are an artist’s delight! Thanks for sharing.


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