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Los Angeles: Downtown Food Tour

1. Los Angeles: Downtown Food Tour

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Downtown LA 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 LA’s culture and food scene. On your food tour you will enjoy tastes from unique LA 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 LA’s best hidden gems, you’ll feel like a true "Angeleno"! Your flavorful food tour will visit: • The Pitchoun Bakery (an authentic French boulangerie in the heart of Downtown LA) • The Horse Thief BBQ (succulent Texas-style barbecue in the historic Grand Central Market) • Berlin Currywurst (a taste of Germany’s favorite street food with an LA twist) • DTLA Cheese (artisanal cheeses with a fun, modern vibe) • Madcapra Falafel (locally sourced produce and a unique take on falafel) • Guisados (slow-cooked braised meat tacos; some of the best in LA) • The Nickel Diner (Home of the maple bacon doughnut; serving up old-school comfort classics)  • the Bottega Louie (a grand restaurant, bakery and gourmet market located in the historic Brockman building) Behind every great food establishment in this city there is an equally great story of history, tradition and even innovation. On this food tour of LA you’ll discover these amazing stories while tasting what has made these eateries so prized among the locals.

Downtown Los Angeles: Food, Arts and Culture Walking Tour

2. Downtown Los Angeles: Food, Arts and Culture Walking Tour

Your tour will begin by learning about Los Angele’s public transportation. Most people picture just one thing when driving in Los Angeles, traffic jams. Few realize, however, that LA is home to a world class metro system which you’ll learn about on this tour. Come hear about the struggle between mass transit and car culture and learn about the demise of the original Red Line, and experience it for yourself later in the tour when you hop on the world famous Angels Flight. Your next few stops will take you to several unique and fascinating locations: The Last Bookstore, The Bradbury Building and the Grand Central Market which are all distinctly LA and shouldn’t be missed. Next up, you will see where locals and travelers visit to experience world renowned symphonies and art in the notable institutions that line Grand Street such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Pavilion, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Broad Museum. Next you’ll go to the Civic Center of LA, where you will see and learn about all of the administrative functions that help bring order to this large and sprawling city. You will also hear about local legends such as former Mayor Tom Bradley and retired police chief William Parker. Following this is the cultural hub of Downtown LA, and the oldest street in Los Angeles, Olvera. Immerse yourself in the local flavor and experience first hand what pueblo life was like in LA. Learn about the namesake of this great city and come to understand how the Spanish Empire helped shape this city. For your last stop, marvel at the incredible mission revival and Art Deco infused building that is Union Station. Learn about the history of this transit hub officially known as the Grand Central of the west. After this tour you will be able to impress the locals with your insider knowledge of the subway and never get stuck on the freeway again.

Los Angeles: Arts District Bike Tour & Urban Adventure

3. Los Angeles: Arts District Bike Tour & Urban Adventure

This easy bike tour is round trip from Grand Central Market. We pedal through Little Tokyo to reach the Arts District; an industrial neighborhood dotted with new loft apartments, movie studios, breweries, high end restaurants and large format murals. You'll learn about the history of the neighborhood that grew around the train station and served as cold food storage to the vast farms and ranches that once covered Los Angeles. Transitioning in the early 80's to an underground artist neighborhood, you'll hear about (and maybe see) some of the street/graffiti artists who put this neighborhood on the map, and some who crossed over to fine artists showing in galleries. The neighborhood is changing fast with celebrity chefs, entertainment experiences and tech companies moving in and transforming the industrial riverside landscape you've definitely seen in movies. Take all the pictures your phone can hold as street art and murals are the stars here. Explore the warehouse walls that international mural artists flock to. On this 7-mile, flat ride you'll learn about the history of the Arts District neighborhood, future development, and about the "crews" who claim alley walls with their colorful, multidimensional street art. We take an off-bike break at Hauser and Wirth's museum-caliber gallery. You can browse works of fine art in this converted former flour mill, enjoy a drink at Manuela, or visit near by cafes for an ice cream or coffee. After a 2.5 hour bike ride we arrive back at the Grand Central Market. Your guide will provide you with a printed list of local recommendations spotted on the tour.

Los Angeles Twilight Bike Tours

4. Los Angeles Twilight Bike Tours

We light up the bikes, and ride round trip from Grand Central Market to the modern gathering spaces of downtown Los Angeles. Spring Street, with its protected bike lanes, will take you through the Historic Core, past the Last Book Store, and into the South Park neighborhood. Next we'll stop at Crypto Arena, formerly Staples Center, home of The Lakers, The Clippers, L.A. Sparks and L.A. Kings. Next door is L.A. Live with the Microsoft Theater, Grammy Museum and several dining and entertainment venues. We'll ride the designated bike lanes of Figueroa past the skyscrapers that make up L.A.'s skyline, and several shopping and dining destinations. Ride to the Hotel Cecil to hear of the mysterious goings on, including hauntings, murder and more. Little Tokyo is next, with its pedestrian plazas and lively food and anime shops; here we'll take an off bike break with time to explore on foot and grab a snack. As the sun sets we ride to Grand Park with its lighted pathways, palm trees and fountain. Finally we end with a cruise down Grand Avenue, home of the L.A. Opera, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. From here its just a few blocks back to Grand Central Market just in time to catch last call at Golden Road Brewery.

Downtown Los Angeles: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

5. Downtown Los Angeles: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Enjoy the beautiful city of Los Angeles on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the area with an audio guide at your own pace and hear about its culture and history. Download the app and start your tour at Pershing Square. Visit the original home of the Oscars, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. While hearing about the hotel’s connection to the Beatles and Al Capone, you will stroll over to PacMutual, an architecture where three buildings are cobbled together. Marvel at the bold design of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bradbury Building, and a few other notable skyscrapers like the Standard Downtown LA. Pass by the second largest Catholic church in the States, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. You will walk up the Bunker Hill Steps, modeled after the famous Spanish Steps in Rome. Spot the famous Hollywood sign and enjoy the perfect view of City Hall from Grand Park. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the town. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. The tour will end with a visit to the Grand Central Market, the largest public market in the city, where you can enjoy delicious local eats. After the 90-minute tour, you will know the historic core of the city better than most locals. 

Downtown Los Angeles : Historic district & Little Tokyo

6. Downtown Los Angeles : Historic district & Little Tokyo

Downtown reflects the city's cosmopolitan atmosphere through several sub-neighborhoods: Historic Core, Financial District, Art Performing Center, Civic Center, all of which we explore on foot. To round off this half-day tour with a French tour guide in small groups max. 10 people, we invite you to immerse yourself in Little Tokyo, the cradle of Japanese immigration - a change of scenery guaranteed! Broadway and the early days of cinema, in the past, the famous avenue was home to the most prestigious movie premieres, with more than a dozen cinemas featuring Art Deco or Beaux Arts architecture. Listed as a heritage site since 1917, the Grand Central Market is bustling with activity, with its many kiosks reflecting the city's cultural diversity. Downtown LA architecture, until the early 2000s, the historic heart of the City of Angels - and its main business district - emptied out as soon as the office hours were over. Now, for the past 15 years, the district's architecturally striking buildings have stood side by side with world-renowned museums and sold-out shows. From the Broad Museum to Franck Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, we'll discover these jewels of modern architecture. A change of scene in Little Tokyo, a concentration of Japanese culture in just four blocks. Stroll through Japanese Village Plaza, where you'll find sushi restaurants and manga stores. A change of scenery guaranteed!

Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

7. Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

Embark on a round trip, easy, bike tour from Grand Central Market, LA's iconic food hall, and downtown's #1 visitor destination. Begin your bike tour learning about Angel's Flight, a functioning, iconic 1901 Victorian era funicular. Before we head out, we'll adjust and test out your 8-speed bike, then roll out on a historic tour of downtown Los Angeles. First, ride through the Historic Core's vintage Vaudeville theater and former banking district. Learn about the loft conversions and history of "Hollywood"-spoiler alert, most of it happened in downtown. Stop at the eerie Cecil Hotel of horrors and hear the mysterious goings on. Cruise through the Civic Center, LA's municipal center, to Olvera Street. We take an off bike break in the city's oldest neighborhood; now full of quaint shops and food kiosks. Next head to Union Station and its 1939 Mission Revival splendor that was the backdrop to the 2021 Oscars Ceremony. Stop at City Hall, you'll recognize it from TV and movies. Ride through Grand Park up to Grand Avenue with its cultural institutions like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum. See local gems, architectural highlights, hidden passage ways, film sets, nightlife and restaurant recommendations, you would never find from a car, bus, or a walking tour. Your guide is First Aid certified, and amplified. No straining to hear, or shouting. After a mild bike ride of about 10K, half of which is on flat, protected bike lanes, finish up at Grand Central Market, just in time for lunch at one of over 40 food kiosks.

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What people are saying about Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Excellent walking tour with a very helpful and friendly guide (sorry cannot recall his name but he was from Michigan) . The inside of the Bradbury building (which you would miss if it were not for this tour) and the Angels Flight being the highlights. Overshadowed by Hollywood and the coast Downtown LA may not the first place one would consider to visit but there are some hidden gems here and seeing them on a tour such as this is highly recommended.

great to join a small walking tour of downtown LA with a knowleagable guide. 2 hours was just right to get some great insigghts into the history of the downtown area & then wasy to go back to spots after the tour as well - id definately recommend it!

Matt did a swell job as our DTLA guide. He even provided a sublime weather day, great stories with wry humor along the way. Plus good eating tips for the Grand Central Market. Job well done Matt from Michigan!

I had a personal tour as the other guest pulled out - very knowledgeable guide -& I got a great overview of the historic downtown area

Great fun and very informative about the history of LA, it’s architecture and the food