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The oldest open air market in the city, the Grand Central Market is located in the bustling downtown area of Los Angeles. This has been a one stop shopping destination for everyday wants since 1917. From fresh produce to fresh meats, perfumes to liquor and jewelry to grains, you will find all you need. This huge market even has several restaurants on-site and is known as a foodie's paradise. Come and experience the flavors and sights of this market; a favorite with locals!
Since 1918, this place has been serving some of the best French dip sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was Philippe, The Original who claims to have invented the juicy concoction over 100 years ago. Besides the tender and succulent meat, the prices haven't changed much since either; a roast beef, pork, turkey, ham or leg of lamb sandwich will satiate your palate and leave your pocket without a dent! Want a cup of coffee? Head here for a steaming cup that will leave you feeling energized for the day.
With locals and tourists alike singing the praises of this simplistic eatery, the tallies are in, and Guisados is one of the most beloved Mexican restaurants in all of Los Angeles. Following the belief that food should be like mom once made it, Guisados devised a simple and succinct menu focusing on the end-all-be-all of Mexican cuisine; the taco. Starting with the daily made from scratch masa tortillas, perfectly braised meats like chorizo, chicken, steak, pastor, shrimp, fish, and pork are seasoned and simmered and topped with fresh avocado, black beans, red bell peppers, red onions and more to create the best taco you'll ever taste. Their steak picado with bacon and green serrano chile is a local favorite with robust flavors that will have you coming back for more. Best of all aside from the tacos is the price, at USD2.50 a taco, a meal at Guisados is not only delicious, it's budget friendly.
If you're looking to join a spirited artsy crowd in a bustling and bantering wine-tasting, look no further. With reasonably priced and smartly grouped flights of three to five wines in generous pours, Silver Lake Wine hits the spot. Complementary bread-cheese-and-charcuterie baskets are passed around liberally. The warm wooden interior, washed in high-key lighting and lined with wines from every corner of the world, makes for a stimulating backdrop for the bohemian invasion taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night. Come and engage in unabashed libations and get your fill of Silver Lake people-watching and snippets of the latest scenester gossip. But note, Silverlake Wine is a well-stocked and personable wine store in and of its own right, open daily, albeit it shines brightest for its congenial weekly wine socials.
Rivaling big box baby stores, this aptly named children's store has everything you need and then some! From nursery preparation to school-age children, Kids Land covers everything from the basic bottle to a luxury stroller and educational toys. Soon-to-be moms will even find skin care products, maternity clothing accessories, as well as informational books, and DVDs. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for a baby shower, Kids Land is a great local, Los Angeles shop to find just what your looking for.
In addition to a full-spectrum grocery store, Jons Market is a trusty source of a wide range of ethnic foods, with a stress on Russian and Armenian. Come here for a handsome assortment of Russian chocolates (assorted sets in sumptuous packaging, the likes of which you have never seen), the widest selection of Russian vodka and Eastern European full-bodied brews, as well as many dainties and delicacies, from buckwheat to vareniki to kvas to fish liver. The sweeping selection of salamis, sausages and various delectable cured meats by the pound will capture the fancy of many a meat lover. Finally, get a taste of “little Russia” while here as you are jostled unceremoniously by Russian matrons, plowing by with huffed determination.
Genwa is a restaurant that deserves all of the fanfare and pomp which describes its food. Diners are always amazed at the amount of banchan (Korean small bites) that arrive at the table prior to their meal. The assortment includes squid, anchovies, pickled spinach, fish cakes, and of course, kimchi. Ask your server for details, because the amount is somewhat overwhelming. Entrees include a marvelously marbled Wagyu beef, thinly sliced and delectably sweet or the 'korean hot pot', a mix of rice, egg, your choice of meat and vegetables. Genwa is the perfect place after a day of visiting museums in the Mid-Wilshire area.
By entering the legendary Amoeba Music, you are entering a heavenly pantheon of all things entertainment. Vinyl aficionados pour in in droves for Amoeba's epic record selection. The CD collection is nothing short of gargantuan, boasting more titles than you are likely to see anywhere else, and representing more styles of music than most people know exist. DVDs are plentiful, as are posters, toys and other rock-n-roll related memorabilia. On select evenings, Amoeba hosts an ongoing concert series (with big-name touring acts slumming it on the tiny in-store stage). Don't leave without one of Amoeba's trademark t-shirts, now a must-have Hollywood souvenir.
This simple sandwich joint serves up classic roast beef sandwiches, fries, chicken strips, hot dogs and frozen custard. Taking a wholesome take on these classics, everything is made with simple and preservative free ingredients like the 10 hour slow roasted beef, hand breaded chicken, and hand cut fries that are fried in 100% beef fat! Roast beef sandwiches are piled high with swiss cheese and caramelized onions, perfect for those with a big appetite. The fries can be ordered with cheese and beef drippings, making them a meal unto themselves. Last but not least, Top Round Roast Beef legendary custard can be ordered with a variety of toppings and is a great cold treat for those hot LA days.
When you turn the corner from Melrose Avenue at LaBrea, you cannot miss the line that has been extending from Pink's since it opened in 1939. Chili dogs, chili fries, chili burgers, turkey dogs, and burrito dogs; you name it and they've got it. Almost every imaginable and sometimes unimaginable permutation of the wiener can be found here. No matter the time of day or night, you will find yourself standing in line amongst a mix of a dozen tourists, corporate climbers, and sometimes celebrities.
Scent Bar is a little store front dedicated to the wonder of the sense of smell. That means a big selection of perfumes, colognes, candles, oils, and more, ranging from affordable to more rare and expensive products. Sit down at the bar and you can sample the products as you see fit, to make sure that get the perfect scent for you.
Vintage kicks and cool retro sneakers are Flight Clubs' specialty. This consignment shop has seamlessly pioneered the process of buying and selling high-end sneakers to and from clients around the world. Their Los Angeles storefront is an amalgamation of rare editions, obscure classics, and unworn vintage sneakers that have been meticulously merchandised, cataloged and stored. Best of all, Flight Club is straightforward in its sneaker buying and selling business. No VIP alerts, lottery raffles, or standing in line, if you can make it to the shop in time, those prized shoes are yours to treasure.