By Maria del Cisne Vital
Indecisive eaters, unite! SoCal has seen an increase in food halls recently, reaching Orange County and Los Angeles. What is a food hall? Essentially, it is a food heaven for foodies that can’t pick just one thing to eat. With cuisines as wild as a burger with fried mac n cheese buns to some as typical as PB & J Sandwiches, food halls across SoCal have something for literally everyone. Snap a pic for the ‘gram, and dig in to the amazing food at the places below!
Anaheim Packing House
Disney isn’t the only fun zone in Anaheim. Save your buck and visit the Anaheim Packing District to make all your foodie dreams come true. With decadent dessert crepes at The Coop or savory poutine at The Croft, there’s no wrong choice here. Need something refreshing? Fresh juices and popsicles are also available on the second floor to keep you cool this summer. With a food coma in your near future, the district has swinging chairs and ample table space to sit back, relax and enjoy your treats. For adults, there is a speakeasy hidden on the first floor and another bar on the second floor to indulge in a beverage.
440 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA
Corporation Food Hall
Seven different restaurants await you at DTLA’s Corporation Food Hall. If you need a latte to gather up some energy before making an important decision (where to eat), you can get one at Corporation’s Bardonna. After your beverage, scope out your options and see which cultural fare appeals the most to you. Whether you’re feeling some comfort food or some fresh Mediterranean food, you have got it here at the Corporation Food Hall. Follow them on social media, and drool over the delicious food people have captured on photo.
724 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Union Market at Mission Viejo
Food and shopping– what more could you want? The Union Market at Mission Viejo has a plethora of places to eat, drink and shop. Craft beer, boutique jewelry and falafel (plus more) awaits at this food hall! Milk Box claims they have the best milk teas in the world, and Market to Plate has fresh pastas and salads made with the best locally sourced produce. Come see for yourself. Devour the best of the best and make some unique artisan purchases.
27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Grand Central Market
For over 100 years, L.A.’s Grand Central Market has always been a place where artisans gather to sell what they feel will fly off the shelves. Downtown L.A. is always changing, and the market has followed suit. Food vendors have come and gone while others are veterans. Here, you’ll find green grocers, fishmongers, Jewish delis, and butchers, as well as stalls for dry goods, baked goods, flowers, coffee, and cheese. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy, no matter how big or small of an appetite they have. With the potent smells of seafood, or the fresh smells of blended juices and smoothies, the aromas of the Grand Central Market will make you never want to leave. Check out a unique twist on the class PB & J sandwich at PBJ.LA!
317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Mamma mia! An abundance of Italian delicacies can be found at Eataly in Los Angeles. A concept created by Oscar Farinetti’s, originally sketched on a piece of paper, Eataly is now at 40 locations across the globe. For a taste of Italy right in SoCal, have some gelato on a hot day or sample some cheese cut fresh daily. There are also four different restaurants throughout the location that include pizza, pasta, fresh seafood and more. This place will leave you with a full stomach and dreams of traveling to Italy.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Trade Food Hall
Located near the Orange County Airport, Trade is a food hall like no other. With trendy decorations and seating and aesthetically pleasing food, you will surely be able to snap a great pic to remember your meal. There’s a bar in the center of the food hall, so grab a drink while you peruse your delicious options. A recommendation is Portside’s delicious, crispy golden fish and chips. If meat isn’t your forte, Butterleaf serves up delicious vegetarian fare. To end your time at Trade, you’ll want to savor every bite of Sweet Combfort’s liege waffles.
2222 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612