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Address: Main and Alameda streets, 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number: 213-485-6855
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The oldest street in Los Angeles is fun to visit, especially during special...

The oldest street in Los Angeles is fun to visit, especially during special events like the "Blessing of the Animals" or "Dia De Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead.)

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Oldest place in LA

November 1928, Christine Sterling saw the Avila Adobe with a condemnation notice from the City health officials stating the building was slated for demolition. The Avila Adobe was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Cala Tarida, Spain

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Olvera Street is as authentic as you get. Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” is a Mexican Marketplace that recreates a romantic “Old Los Angeles” with a block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined market with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Olvera Street was created in 1930 “to preserve and present the customs and... More 

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Cala Tarida, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

November 1928, Christine Sterling saw the Avila Adobe with a condemnation notice from the City health officials stating the building was slated for demolition. The Avila Adobe was the oldest house in Los Angeles, so she began to raise money to repair it. She wanted to create a "Mexican marketplace" near the Avila Adobe where people could learn about Los... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family and I when in downtown LA planned on visiting Olvera Street and we were pleasantly surprised. We parked adjacent to the street in a paid parking area which was cheap and as you walk across into Olvera Street you are immediately met with a very welcomed charm and atmosphere. The street which runs for about 100metres is lined... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I enjoy walking through the little markets and eating there. Transports you back in time to when So Cal was really part of Mexico. Don't miss out on the little church across the way.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Considered to be the oldest continually existing street in L.A., Olvera Street is just plain fun! "Street vendors", their kiosks permanently established down the middle of the cobble-stone path (do NOT wear high-heels, ladies!), are willing to barter - just like in "old Mexico". Several decent to good restaurants can be found on both sides of the street (La Golondrina... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Olvera Street is the historic heart of the City of Los Angeles. It is the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, right next to the Mission (1784), which marks the founding of the City in 1781. There are a number of shops and restaurants, the food is decent, but very touristy. Yet, an obligatory stop for anyone visiting Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Back in the day you could find genuine food, 'wares, and products in Olvera Street but as of recently- that original charm is diminishing. You now find over priced, non-authentic cheap stuff. and the parking is horrendous. The events held there - though - are sometimes spectacular. Local talent is priceless

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some great eats here at the Plaza Olvera! It is also close by to Union Station (stop by for a quick tour) and Chinatown/Koreatown. Give yourself about 2-3 to have lunch and walk around some of the vendors and displays.

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When visiting Olvera Street, You can do so much in just 30 minutes. The little street is like visiting Mexico but in the U.S.A. The food is hit and miss and the shopping is great if your looking for Mexican themed items. The drinks are fare and if your lucky you will mariachi music or a trio. The Catholic Church... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vaguely charming market at first glance, but this small lane will take about 6-7 minutes to navigate up and down, by which time you will realise it's an overrated tourist trap with vendors only selling mostly tacky souvenirs. Unlike most of Downtown LA, we felt reasonably safe in the market, but walk outside and there are tent cities full of... More 

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