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Olvera Street

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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Description: The oldest street in Los Angeles is fun to visit, especially during...
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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I love this street and it is defiantly worth a visit if you are in the area/ by Union station. It is a nice escape from 'LA' as it feels as if you are in Mexico, with its... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I love this street and it is defiantly worth a visit if you are in the area/ by Union station. It is a nice escape from 'LA' as it feels as if you are in Mexico, with its beautiful buildings, bright colours, music and delicious food! The people are also very kind and helpful too.

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Santa Monica, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

In the past, this was a nice, quaint, fun place to visit. Now, it is just another tourist trap with OK food and OK shopping. Yes, it has historical significance, but not really a place to spend a lot of time.

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Woodland Hills
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Olvera Street used to offer so much more., it has toned down. not as many dining places as they once had or shops but still a fun place to see. if you are visiting Los Angeles it is a great place to visit and there is so much more in the area to see.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Lots of history in this very old area of LA. Stalls sell Mexican crafts and clothes and souvenirs, pleasant to browse and good prices. Cheap food stalls and restaurants. You can visit very old houses, which is interesting. Various parking lots nearby on Main St and Alameda St - we only paid $5.

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Panorama City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I love the food and the shopping. It's exciting to see the street vendors and their artwork. The brick and cobblestone streets to you back. It's good family fun! Excellent taquitos.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We go to Olvera street frequently for dinner. Our favorite eatery is El Rancho Grande and no matter where we have dinner we always stop for taquitos at the famous spot on the corner. Parking can be a problem but you can usually find street parking within a few blocks or you can pay for parking right next to the... More 

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West Hills, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is old Los Angeles. Many eating establishments along this stretch of Olvera Street. Very casual attire and lots of places to shop for Mexican products. Toys for the kids along with many other items. A very good location to visit while in downtown Los Angeles. Parking is difficult in the area. You can park at Union Station across the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Olvera Street is fun if you are into what I call "junkaria" shopping or you want to save yourself a trip to Mexico. Some of the shops sell quality goods, but much of it is tourist shopping. The restaurant La Golaonddrina is worth the trip--excellent margaritas and food. I go down there just to eat and I have many excellent... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Olvera Street is a mixture of wonderful Mexican restaurants . . quick bites to sit down . . and souvenir shops. It is a delight to stroll. To make your experience richer, take a docent tour that traces the early history of the Los Angeles settlement. Fascinating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A bit like old LA, at least old Mexican and Spanish LA. There is good shopping, and items from Mexico not available elsewhere in LA. My husband and I bought a ceramic framed mirror for our bathroom there.

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