Credit Mary Costa

As one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Los Angeles (only second to mid-Wilshire) Downtown has always had a vibrant culinary scene. It’s only now, however, that this part of town is getting the attention it deserves. With downtown’s renaissance has come a number of new eateries and a new look for Los Angeles’ staple Grand Central Market.

Grand Central Market

A landmark since 1917, and dubbed “the gateway to Downtown L.A.”, the newly renovated food court is the best place to experience the culinary diversity of Los Angeles. A food lover’s dream come true, it’s now home to over 50 food and drink stalls ranging from a cold press juicery to Sarita’s Pupuseria serving up Salvadoran pupusas (thick corn tortillas) and the new Jewish deli from chef Micah Wexler. Grand Central Market’s reputation is so good that the director of Dine L.A. – food blogger Stacey Sun – had her wedding rehearsal dinner there.

Redbird

This new restaurant by chef Neal Fraser is a sight to behold. Set in the refectory of Downtown’s Vibiana Cathedral, a much-coveted location for any Angeleno bride, the main dining room sits in the courtyard where citrus trees are dotted between simple wooden tables and a wood-burning stove. Branded ‘new American’, the menu takes inspiration from both Latin and Asian cuisine with dishes like Thai-style Dungeness crab soup, curried cauliflower flan and burrata salad with sweet-and-sour pears.

The Ledlow

Serving up modern American fare this L.A. eatery has a distinctly New York feel. It is the latest project of local culinary hero Josef Centeno, responsible for Bar Amá, Orsa and Winston nearby. He has created a sophisticated diner setting with a monochrome palette, white tiled floor and filament lighting. The patio is perfect for a brunch – try the avocado and cream cheese on rye bread topped with trout – or a casual lunch. Choose from a selection of ‘chalkboard specials’ such as charred broccolini, lemony blistered okra and roasted sunchoke remoulade with a selection of meat and seafood dishes for the table.

  • +1 213 687 7015
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  • 400 South Main Street
    Los Angeles
    90013

Bestia

Although it’s been written about endlessly, Bestia remains a firm favourite for celebrities, local Angelenos and in-the-know tourists. Located in an old industrial building on the outskirts of the arts district, its interior follows suit with red brick, exposed piping and filament lighting. The restaurant serves up a selection of over 60 forms of charcuterie and some of the best pizza and pasta in town – we love the gorgonzola, kale and mozzarella pizza and the oxtail ravioli

Faith & Flower

Faith & Flower is the glitzy new addition to Downtown’s burgeoning restaurant scene. A lot of effort has gone into making this restaurant edgy enough for the neighbourhood but glamorous enough to stand out, with huge chandeliers and large feathered fans hanging from the walls. Its rustic, modern American cuisine – think seared sea bass with root vegetables and oxtail agnolotti with bone marrow butter – earned Faith & Flower a spot on Esquire’s 2014 list of best new restaurants in America and their ‘English milk punch cocktail’ was winner of cocktail of the year.

Guisados

Guisados may be our favourite taco place in Los Angeles, which is saying a lot – L.A. loves tacos. Though it’s an out-of-the-way location, if you are a taco-lover you will not regret making the trip. Each authentic, home-style braised taco (with the exception of the seafood options) is $2.50 and served on a hot handmade corn tortilla. Go hungry.

  • +1 323 264 7201
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  • 2100 E Cesar Chavez Avenue
    Los Angeles
    90033

Pot at the Line Hotel Koreatown

Roy Choi, food truck connoisseur and ‘the Jay Z of the food world’, has opened up the hotly anticipated POT in collaboration with The Line hotel. The hip new hangout for Urban Asian Angelenos serves up modern takes on Korean favourites such as BBQ spicy pork and the traditional K-Town Hot Pot. Music is loud (we had someone rapping over dinner) and sneakers are fresh so bring your A-game.

  • +1 213 368 3030
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  • 3515 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles
    90010

LA Chapter at the Ace

Downstairs at the Ace is this perfect Brooklyn style Brasserie with round tables and a monochrome tiled floor. They serve a great breakfast of ricotta banana pancakes and Moroccan scramble – housemade merguez sausage, crushed avocado, chickpea salad and fresh chillies over sourdough toast. Sun yourself on the terrace outside (it’s opposite a Banksy original).

Grand Central Market

Redbird

The Ledlow

Bestia

Faith & Flower

Guisados

Pot at the Line Hotel Koreatown

LA Chapter at the Ace

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