Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market, or foodie heaven according to visitors, is located in downtown Los Angeles by the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The venue features high ceilings and an open layout, with food vendor stalls offering different cuisines that represent cultures from the Los Angeles area and beyond. The market has been in operation since 1917 and serves everything from craft beer, coffee and pressed juices to deli fare, egg sandwiches, falafel, tacos and chow mein.
Visitors love this market's lively atmosphere, where LA's diversity shines. However, this foodie paradise is popular, so expect lines, especially at popular vendors like Eggslut, Sticky Rice and Bombo. You'll also find that meals here are considerably cheaper than those served in other parts of the city.
Near Dodger Stadium, the market serves as a great place for pre- or post-baseball game snacks. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Grand Central Market is accessible by bus and Metro. If you'd rather drive, you can pay to park in the garage on Hill Street. Visit the Grand Central Market website to find out more about vendors and special events.
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#1 Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park
Griffith Observatory sits on the south face of Mount Hollywood and overlooks the Los Angeles basin. Its location gives visitors impressive views of the surrounding area. But there's more than just a pretty photo-op here. The observatory hosts fascinating exhibitions and features a top-notch planetarium.
Most recent visitors cited the beautiful setting as Griffith Observatory's main draw, though the free entry was certainly a bonus. However, you will have to pay between $3 and $7 to see the planetarium shows. Griffith Observatory is open from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with extended hours on weekends. Free but limited parking is available along the winding roads leading up to the property, or visitors can park in the small lot by the observatory for $4 per hour. A gift shop and cafe can be found on-site as well. For more information, check out Griffith Observatory's website.
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