Market Scene: The Revitalization of LA's Grand Central Market


[Photographs: Farley Elliott]

For nearly a century, downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market has been a place for locals to buy everything from fresh produce and quality meats to takeaway snacks and big bottles of liquor. Untold numbers of stalls have come and gone since then, felled by sinking economies or turned into newer, shinier fronts during prosperous times. Now, after years of slow decline at the once-vaunted downtown open market, things are turning over and looking up once again.

Some of LA's best and brightest shop owners and quick-service meal concepts are converging on the Bunker Hill space at both ends, from an upscale European-inspired coffee bar on the Hill Street side, to gooey fried egg and brioche breakfast sandwiches facing Broadway. In between is a mix of old and new, fresh and familiar, as the Grand Central Market turns over once again. At 96 years young, the future of the market has never been brighter.

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About the author: Farley Elliott is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. He writes about food, beer and entertainment at

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