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Olvera Street

Main and Alameda streets, 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
213-485-6855
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As featured in 3 days in Los Angeles
Ranked #9 of 123 Shopping in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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.) « less
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

On a family holiday from South Africa, we wanted to experience some of the authentic Mexican culture and read that if in Los Angeles, the place to go is Olvera Street. Unless we were in the wrong place or missed out parts of the area, we found it pretty pedestrian. We walked through the market/stalls and while we did find... More

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Stanton, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Visiting placita Olvera reminds me of Old Mexico from the Aztec Dances that are held on weekends to the Casa Aguilar that's there. This little place is always very crowded and the food the fruits are delicious. we had a great day with family. mangoneadas is a must try they sell those at the fruit stand. churros from The Mr.... More

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North Carolina
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114 reviews 114 reviews
47 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Stopped by Olvera Street during a recent LA tour but wasn't overly impressed. It's about what I expected...interesting history and culture, and I'm sure the authentic Mexican tacos are delicious....just not my kind of place. Worth seeing though if in LA.

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Fresno , CA
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The original historic buildings in a nice open air market environment. The block is filled with historic markers, and old photos with history. Places like the Avila Adobe, free entrance. Good place to just walk, and shop, and eat. It reminds one of old town Sacramento, or Virginia City, but on a smaller scale.

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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Really enjoyed wandering along Olvera Street on a Sunday morning. Every merchant that we spoke to was friendly and polite. There was no pressure to buy, browsing was fine. Gorgeous crafts that reminded me of my trips to Mexico. We parked at the Post Office for $8 flat rate and we were then able to walk to Phillipe's French Dipped... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Fried chicken tacos at the little "comedores" are so authentic and delicios. If you vist Olvera street try the fried tacos at one of the little eating places not restaurants. They are around $7 for two tacos with rice and beans. I think the name of the place is Cielito Lindo.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The street has some very old buildings, which are interesting. Some nice architecture. The food is very authentic and worth the visit. But, don't go for shopping. The shops are full of touristy trinkets, blankets, etc. Nothing special.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This place will always be part of me, went here when I was in middle school and it's still here ! Great place for shopping and Mexican food (real) it has a real Mexican feel to it, I always enjoy coming here to walk and have a little something to eat, love LA ✌️

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Leamington Spa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I met up with another Navy mom in this unforgettable square. She and her friend welcomed me so warmly that I felt like we already have met before. This place is full of Mexican History, friendly people, tasty food and colourful things or remembrances. It is so lively and you see happy faces in every corner. I love the atmosphere... More

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Weston, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was on my list of "Must see's" for a recent trip to LA. It was not what I expected, the buildings were historical, so that was a visual and architectural treat, but the actual shops are just full of touristy items. The stalls located down the center of this street were full of the same. We did make a... More

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