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Food and drink in Los Angeles

Ocean-fresh seafood. Killer Mexican cooking. Some of the best Asian cuisine in the United States. World-class restaurants, local wineries, and fresh California produce. Is Los Angeles one of the best food cities in the US? Even just a quick sampling of its culinary offerings will turn up a speedy answer: yes, yes, and yes.

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Food markets

When you’re as surrounded by deliciously fresh produce as Los Angeles is, a trip to the city’s food markets isn’t just a pleasant diversion – it’s a must-do. Crates of just-plucked organic citrus fruits are sold alongside gourmet meat and artisan coffee, which you can sample while listening to live music or taking part in arts & crafts sessions. 

The tastiest food markets in LA

Neighbourhood restaurants

Los Angeles is officially home to one of the country’s most diverse, experimental, and destination-worthy dining scenes, and nowhere encapsulates that better than the city’s neighbourhood restaurants. From Koreatown – where traditional Korean BBQ joints rub shoulders with trendy hotels – to West Hollywood, where charming bites can be found between the tourist attractions, there’s an abundance of uniquely local restaurants to discover.

The best secret restaurants in LA

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LA wine bars

Few American cities can extend their locavore credentials to wine, but geographically blessed Los Angeles really is a hop, skip, and a jump from some of the finest winemakers in the country. Sample the very best California wine at the city’s many wine bars, which range from trendy rooftop spots to pizzerias (that just so happen to employ savvy sommeliers).

Explore LA wine bars with the Wine Sleuth

Local breweries

When you’re not enjoying the wine, be sure to sample the suds from Los Angeles’s local breweries. The craft beer revolution has certainly landed in the City of Angels, as the city’s talented brewers show. Pro-tip: instead of sticking to one style, order a tasting flight to try a wider range of local brews.

The best local breweries and vineyards in LA

Food trucks

If you’re a follower of Los Angeles’s food scene, you’ll know that some of the most exciting cooking happening in the city is, in fact, taking place right on the street. Los Angeles food trucks sling everything from Korean burritos and ice cream sandwiches to Native American tacos and bite-sized lasagne (served in cupcake form, naturally).

Meals on wheels: LA food trucks

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