Fast and friendly food places in Downtown Los Angeles

Waiting for some Japanese noodles at Marugame Udon DTLA

Here are our recommendations for places where you can enjoy simple and convenient meals in the bustling area of Downtown Los Angeles.

Shake Shack

400 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, United States
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This international brand started off as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. The food is simple, good quality, and served in restaurants that feel friendly for the community.

Simple and tasty

Succulent and crispy chicken in bun

Marugame Udon

700 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
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Located in The Bloc lifestyle precinct, this Japanese restaurant has a “theatre kitchen” which allows customers to see the food being made. The udon noodles are handcrafted, and a variety of tempura can be added.

Noodles are made upon order

Collect the sides you’d like

Inka Wasi

605 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
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Famous for their Aji Verde hot sauce which you can squeeze onto your dish, this is a Peruvian restaurant brand with two locations in Los Angeles. The food is vibrant, tangy and sometimes spicy (depending on what you get).  

Proudly introducing Peruvian cuisine

Dishes are similar to cuisine in Southeast Asia

El Pollo Loco

226 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, United States
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El Pollo Loco is well-known for their fire-grilled chicken. Their cuisine stems from Sinaloa in Mexico, and is perfect for sharing in big family feasts.

Grilled chicken with choices of sides

Various Food Trucks

Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90006, United States

If you like Mexican cuisine, you will likely encounter burritos, nachos and quesadillas around Downtown LA. These food trucks can stay open until very late at night (or early in the morning).

Many food trucks sell Mexican cuisine

Find this truck across the road from Freehand hotel


800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States
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Located in the buzzing Arts District next to Little Tokyo, Wurstküche serves exotic grilled sausages in a rustic, conversational interior. Wash down your hot dog with flavourful beer.

An inviting and colourful exterior

Load your sausages with tangy and savoury sauces


729 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
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This Filipino fast food chain likely needs no introduction. See the fried chicken and spaghetti we ordered here.