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LA’s best food & drink

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Last updated: 23 April, 2024

While the city is a melting pot of cultures, with cuisines from all over the world, first-rate sushi and Mexican food dominate – and you’re just as likely to have an out-of-this-world dining experience at a strip mall sushi joint or taco truck as you are at a Michelin-starred restaurant or omakase bar.

Korean food is also excellent – be sure to try ox bone soup, seafood pancakes and first-rate bulgogi and bibimbap. Naturally, there are also plenty of great spots to grab a burger or hot dog, and tons of joints operate a mean grill.

The farm-to-table movement is also huge, with LA chefs having access to fresh fish straight from the Pacific Ocean and vegetables plucked from California’s rich earth.

Wine lists are dominated by Californian vintages – Napa, Santa Barbara and even Malibu. Napa’s Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs are famed the world over.

Recommendations

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Mariscos Jalisco

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Mariscos Jalisco

Experience

LA is known for its stellar food truck scene, in particular its taco trucks – and the king of the taco trucks is Mariscos Jalisco. Come for the freshest seafood in the city – octopus, ceviche, oysters – and their spicy shrimp tacos.

Good for age: 18+

Musso & Frank

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Musso & Frank

Experience

If you’re looking for old school Hollywood glamour, it has to be Musso’s. Everyone from Frank Sinatra and F. Scott Fitzgerald to Johnny Depp and Scarlett Johansson has been spotted in the red leather booths, tucking into steak and Martinis.

Good for age: 18+

Sushi Park

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Sushi Park

Experience

It may be housed in a nondescript strip mall, but don’t underestimate Sushi Park – the omakase here is as good as any you’ll find in Japan and features over 35 cuts of the highest quality fish. Just don’t try to order a California roll…

Good for age: 18+

Gjelina

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Gjelina

Experience

Venice’s trendiest restaurant – known for its wood-fired pizzas and inventive small plates – is almost impossible to get a table at. If you can’t manage it, simply get a take-away from their artisanal bakery, Gjusta, instead. Their tuna sandwich is the stuff of legend.

Good for age: 18+

Farmers Market on Fairfax

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Farmers Market on Fairfax

Experience

This LA institution in West Hollywood first opened in 1934 and is home to over 100 food stalls and grocers, who specialise in everything from doughnuts and ice cream to beef jerky and gourmet pickles.

Good for age: 18+

Grand Central Market Downtown

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Grand Central Market Downtown

Experience

This ever-popular food hall feels like a little slice of NYC in Downtown LA, with its neon signs and seemingly never-ending queues. Go hungry and try everything from wood-fired pizzas and fried chicken to spicy Filipino rice bowls.

Good for age: 18+

Santa Monica Farmers Market

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

Santa Monica Farmers Market

Experience

Head to Santa Monica’s farmers market on a Wednesday or Saturday morning and you’re bound to bump into one or two of the city’s top chefs, who all head here to pick up the freshest organic local fruits and vegetables.

Good for age: 18+

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

The beauty of LA is that you can eat well pretty much anywhere in the city, but for speciality cuisine or celebrity spotting, there are some stand-out areas worth noting.

If it’s fine dining you’re after LA boasts plenty of Michelin-starred spots, especially in Beverly Hills and Downtown. As for rubbing shoulders with celebs, you’ll find them in the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel or in the dimly-lit Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower.

Downtown is home to some of LA’s most exciting food hubs, including Grand Central Market and the Row, both of which are always welcoming hot new openings.

LA has turned into a gourmet food truck hotspot, with mobile kitchens specialising in everything from Korean-Mexican fusion to red velvet pancake balls. The best food trucks all have social media accounts where you can track their weekly schedules. You can stay on top of their movements with Roaming Hunger’s handy live map.

or just head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard on the first Friday of the month, when the city’s finest food trucks come together for an outdoor extravaganza.

For the best tamales in town head to the Mexican restaurants and food trucks in Boyle Heights, in the east of the city. For first-rate Korean food, make a beeline for Koreatown.

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • Los Angeles

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Los Angeles on a food tour of Los Angeles! Your expert tour guide will lead you on a walking adventure through this extraordinary city, sharing stories of early settlers, Hollywood’s heyday, and the transformation of Los Angeles’ culture and food scene. On this food tour you will enjoy tastes from unique Los Angeles eateries, including the best bakeries, authentic ethnic eateries and renowned establishments creating a buzz in the foodie universe. Along the way your tour guide will introduce you to the city’s unique history, evolving food culture and fascinating architecture. At the end of your tour, with your newfound knowledge of Los Angeles’ best hidden gems, you’ll feel like a true Angeleno!

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  • Los Angeles

On our Secret Food Tour: Los Angeles, you’ll be taken into the heart of Venice Beach to discover a lively and vibrant neighborhood with a rich foundation and of course, mouth-watering dishes. You'll experience firsthand what happens when great food meets culinary creativity. We'll enter a community that fosters stunning street art, both on the main roads and weaving through the city neighborhoods. Venice Beach is a community that embraces diversity through art, culture, cuisine, and hospitality. At the end of your tour, you'll have sampled some of Los Angeles' most delicious dishes and gained a better understanding of our culture and history.

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  • Los Angeles

Take a walk through LA's history and culture.  See some of the city’s most treasured museums and architectural jewels in Downtown LA while you learn about its rich history and culture. Angel's Flight, The Bradbury Building, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the beautiful Union Station are among the many interesting sights you’ll see along this 2 hour walking tour.  You'll be in a small group for a better experience with your guide.

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Rating 4.90 / 5 [74 ratings]

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  • Los Angeles

Our West Hollywood food tour is inspired by a deep love of food, history, and the unique stories of this vibrant neighborhood. We make 5 delicious food stops on the tour. (enough for lunch) We want you to feel as if you’re exploring the city with a close friend who’s showing you all their favorite local hideaways. We look forward to having you join us on the Sidewalk Food Tour of West Hollywood and can’t wait to show you the sights. Happy eating!

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  • Los Angeles

Nobody walks in LA? Prepare to challenge your expectations and preconceptions as we wind our way through Downtown Los Angeles on foot. The City of Angels is vast and sprawling, to be sure, a world city and global hub that boasts the busiest port in the western hemisphere and a local economy rivaled only by New York and Tokyo. Yet strolling through its dense core, where it all began hundreds of years ago alongside the LA River, Los Angeles still feels like a western outpost – forward looking, experimental, and adventuresome, especially when it comes to eating. Our food journey may seem extensive, but it’s truly only a taste of the banquet laid out for the bold, the curious, and the intrepid as they continue to explore the seemingly boundaryless City of Angels.

Price $175

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Rating 4.86 / 5 [43 ratings]

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