Los Angeles is a very large city and choosing where to dine on your first visit can be a little overwhelming. Luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of the five best places to visit on your first trip to the city.


No restaurant screams LA like Sqirl, the perennially busy breakfast and lunch hotspot in Silverlake. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the food before digging into the bright sorrel pesto bowl and ricotta toast.


At nearly every hour of the day, Gjusta is packed with people looking to try baklava croissants, house-smoked fish, and fresh made pizzas. If we could only dine at one spot in LA, this would be it.


Baroo might be the most unassuming restaurant in LA. If you blink, you’ll miss it, so keep your eyes open and try the jaw-dropping kimchi fried rice and celeriac pasta, the likes of which you’ve never had before.

Night + Market

LA has some of the finest Thai restaurants in the country and leading the pack is Night + Market. From the spicy larb gai to the comforting khao soi gai, this place knows no wrong.

Grand Central Market

No place in LA captures the past, present, and future of LA dining better than Grand Central Market. From the old guard at Tacos Tumbras a Tomas to the newly opened Sari-Sari store, it’s hard to eat badly at this historic spot.


This Best Of was written by In The Loup contributor Ash Narayan, follow him on @everybytee!