Los Angeles is one of the most culturally rich cities in the United States. That makes it a hot spot for some of the best food in the nation. I visited Los Angeles for a total of ten days and can definitely confirm that the food in this city is AMAZING! I’ve had some of the best meals in my life during this trip and felt very fortunate to be able to eat such delicious foods.
Below is my breakdown of some of the best places I visited during my trip to LA. I also included some other places I recommend checking out. I wasn’t able to visit every single place included in this post (although I wish I could), but these are all confirmed to be some of the best food spots to eat at in LA.
There are so many really cute cafés in LA that it was hard to keep this list short. I remember when I was on Melrose Avenue and walked past Carrera Café. This beautiful cafe took my breath away! Whoever designed that building did a great job because the rose entrance would make anyone swoon. I would recommend you visit it just to see this pretty cafe for yourself. Although I didn’t personally eat at any of these, I have heard nothing but great things about all of the cafes listed below. You can’t go wrong with any of them!
Best Cafés in LA
- Carrera Cafe
- Mr. Holme’s Bakehouse
- Matcha Mama
- Alfred Coffee & Kitchen
- Dinosaur Coffee
- Rubies + Diamonds
- Verve Coffee Roasters
My absolute favorite breakfast place was Home Restaurant. I cannot stress how much I enjoyed eating there. The place itself looked so beautiful and was very relaxing, but the food is what really sold me. I had some of the best French toast I’ve ever had! If you are able to, I highly recommend you grab a meal there. It will not disappoint! I also had some really yummy pancakes at The Coffee Company. They were more thin that I am used to, but were very flavorful and melted in your mouth. It was super delicious!
At Malibu Farm, I ordered the grilled cheese panini, which came with a side of salad. I thought the grilled cheese tasted really good and had lots of flavor. The salad was also very delicious and refreshing. It was probably one of the healthiest meals I had in LA (haha). But I would mostly recommend visiting Malibu Farm Cafe to be able to eat a meal on the pier. It is a stunning view of the ocean and definitely worth the trip up to Malibu.
Best Breakfast in LA
- Home Restaurant
- The Coffee Company
- Malibu Farm Café
- Amara Kitchen
- Blu Jam Café
- Café Gratitude
- Met Her At A Bar
- Joan’s On Third
- Great White (for smoothie bowls!)
My favorite place we ate lunch at was the Grand Central Market. I tried Eggslut for the first time, which is a very popular brunch spot that specializes in egg sandwiches (as the name suggests). I had the egg salad sandwich and really enjoyed it. I loved how they added arugula to it for extra flavor and crunch. I think eating at Grand Central Market is ideal because you have dozens of options to choose from. It’s one of the top destinations to visit in Los Angeles, and it definitely lives up to that hype!
Another popular place to eat at is In-N-Out. There’s a lot of debate about whether In-N-Out is any good, but my opinion is that it’s just another fast food place. Nothing super special about it except that you can get a pretty good meal for cheap. I tried the animal fries which were very interesting. I actually really enjoyed eating them and I loved the strawberry milkshake, as well. It seems like a sin to visit Los Angeles without eating at this fast food chain. I think it should be on every foodie’s bucket list!
There are so many good places to eat at, but my absolute favorite was Marino’s Restaurant. I had some cheese ravioli and it was one of the best meals I had during my trip. Maybe this is because I had just finished hiking up to the Hollywood sign (so I was very tired and hungry), but the reviews don’t lie! This place is a terrific option to eat at (and they have many lunch specials). It’s a little higher in price but well worth it.
Best Lunch in LA
- Marino’s Restaurant
- Roxbury Cafe
- Lodge Bread Company
- Friends & Family
- Guerilla Tacos
Cosa Buona serves some DELICIOUS pizzas! I tried the mushroom pizza and it was hands down one of my favorite pizzas ever. This is the perfect place to eat at when you’re in the mood for Italian food. And speaking about pasta, I am not kidding you when I tell you that Pasta Sisters serves some of the best pasta you will ever taste. They make their noodles from scratch every day and flavor all of their sauces perfectly. I cannot recommend them enough. Both of these places are great options for Italian food.
If you’re looking for some cheap and authentic Mexican food, I suggest you check out Leo’s Taco Truck. They have various locations all over the city. They’re all listed on their website, along with their hours. These taco trucks are truly a gem of Los Angeles. They serve some of the cheapest tacos in the city and are incredibly delicious. If you’re in the mood for some late night munchies, these tacos are sure to hit the spot. They also offer burritos, tortas, quesadillas, sopes, and more. I guess it’s true what they say: the best food IS served on wheels. Note: these taco trucks are cash only!
I also had some very delicious (and spicy) Korean food at Hangari Kalguksu. They serve large portions for a very fair price, so it’s a good place to go to when you’re in the mood for lots of food. This was actually my first time trying Korean food and it was very delicious! I had no idea Korean food was super spicy, though. I ordered the yulmu bibimguksu, which was listed with one fire flame on the menu. I wrongly assumed that meant mild spice… It was not mild. Even though it was extra spicy, I really enjoy dining at this restaurant. Everything they served was delicious, and the large portions were enough for leftovers to take home. Definitely one of the best places I ate at during my trip!
Best Dinner in LA
- Pasta Sisters
- Cosa Buona
- Leo’s Taco Truck
- Hangari Kalguksu
- Pizzeria Mozza
- Mariscos Jalisco
- Felix Trattoria
- Sushi Gen
- Broken Spanish
I have a HUGE sweet tooth, which is probably why I’m most excited to talk about the best desserts in LA. I’ve broken down the desserts into different categories and listed the best places for each.
I cannot stress how good the soft serve was at Little Damage. Not only do they look super cool, but the flavors were very delicious, as well. They only offer four flavors at a time but are always switching the flavors to offer a rotating selection. I tried the Kiki N Cream flavor and my friend ordered the Black Churro flavor, which were both super creamy and tasty. I loved them both so much. The cones were $7 each (definitely pricey), but I think it was worth it!
I’m also a huge fan of Sprinkles Cupcakes. There are various locations all over the U.S., but I never visited the Cupcake ATM, so I had to do that while I was in LA. It’s such a cute place to visit! I went inside to order a cupcake and the cashier actually gave me one for free! I can’t promise that you’ll get one, too, but I was having a very lucky day at Sprinkles. I tried the seasonal pumpkin cupcake and that was SO delicious. Definitely one of my favorite cupcakes, along with the red velvet cupcake.
I also really enjoyed the taiyaki I had at SomiSomi. It was my first time trying black sesame taiyaki and I really enjoyed it. I am a huge fan of the fish cones and always put red bean filling in mine. If you’ve never tried taiyaki and want a good place to check out, I definitely recommend SomiSomi. It was super delicious and a great snack to have after dinner!
Best Desserts in LA
- Donuts: California Donuts, Donut Friend, Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts, Stan’s Donuts, Birdies, Sidecar Donuts & Coffee, Donut Snob, Voodoo Doughnut
- Cupcakes: Sprinkle’s Cupcakes, Georgetown Cupcakes, Spots Cupcakes, Joy and Sweets, Milk, Sugar Mama’s
- Ice Cream: Little Damage, SomiSomi , Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, La Michoacana Paleteria, Saffron & Rose, Milk
- Cookies: Milk Jar Cookies, Diddy Riese, Cookie Good, Bottega Louie, Republique, 189 by Dominique Ansel (for the famous chocolate chip cookie shots)
Clearly, these are not all of the dessert options available, but these are some of the most popular choices in Los Angeles that have many different shoppes to pick from. It was so hard trying to narrow the list down, but hopefully I did a good job at it!
There is so much good food in Los Angeles that I could not possibly cover it all in one blog post. This is just a comprehensive list of some of the places I’ve visited and other amazing options that I’ve heard of.
Leave me a comment with any other places you think should be on this list or if you’ve ever tried any of these places before! Thank you so much for reading! Bon Appetit!