3 Things I Learned About Downtown LA This Weekend

I have lived in Los Angeles for just shy of 23 years, so one would think, at this point, I would have seen it all –– right? Wrong. Very wrong. I’m shocked at how many cool, interesting, weird, and fun things I have yet to do and eat in this city. I started exploring this weekend, and discovered 3 things that everyone in LA –– visiting or living –– should try and taste.

1. Grand Central Market

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This place is rad! I interned just down the street for FOUR YEARS in college at Rebecca Taylor –– and somehow never knew about it ––  so color me surprised when I discovered this food mecca was just a stone throw away. Nestled at Hill and Broadway, the Grand Central Market is a foodie’s paradise. Visitors are greeted by Egg Slut, but make sure you explore all options before you commit. Wexlers and The Horse Thief also came highly recommended, but we opted for good ‘ol tacos. And bring your baggu bag, because the produce there is top of the line for a fraction of the price.

2. Olvera Street

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Mexican food lovers rejoice! Upon entering this quaint, brick-lined pedestrian thorough-fair, you’re instantly transported to Mexico City. Candy-colored kiosks sell everything you’d find South of the Border –– cute handmade leather goods, authentic Mexican candies, ponchos, blankets, and enough candles to light up the whole city. Make sure you come hungry and thirsty. We had some killer Carnitas (my new favorite thing) and some pretty strong margs at La Golondrina.

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3. DTLA Flower Mart

Sure, I knew this place existed. And I had an idea in my mind of what it looked like. I was pretty close, but man, is it awesome! I hear it’s best to go early in the morning to get the freshest flowers, but I guess time doesn’t really matter when you’re buying succulents :D. They only cost $1 each! Needless to say, I came home with enough to start my own little desert garden, and an orchid, and pots (!) and it only cost me $40. Score! I will definitely be heading back here often to fill my new home with flowers.

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Olvera Street Photo Credit: San Diego Reader

by Allison

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