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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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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Olvera Street-La Placita, is the place to be at when one wants to enjoy artesania Mexicana with vibrant colors splashed onto delicate figures. Or, eat a mouth melting churro de... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Olvera Street-La Placita, is the place to be at when one wants to enjoy artesania Mexicana with vibrant colors splashed onto delicate figures. Or, eat a mouth melting churro de cajeta.Frida Kahlo jewelry, leather purses, sandals and clothes, all typical of a country rich in history and culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I had not been to Olvera street in a very long time, so I'm very glad that I walked over to it. It's an open air kiosk marketplace with restaurants and shops on either side. Buy wonderful items from Mexico, such as traditional clothing, Talavera pottery items, all sorts of wonderful items - so much fun looking. Like a treasure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I know when people vacation in LA is Disneyland, beaches, Hollywood and the usual sites but a much overlooked attraction is Olvera Street. This area has preserved the history of Las Angeles area and is like taking a walk into the streets and shops of Mexico. Fun toys and trinkets for the kids, great restaurants and food and a look... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Many (permanent I think) market craft stalls and restaurants in this street. I thought there was a good variety of goods on offer and certainly good for finding a small gift for that 'hard to buy for' person. Some really good restaurants too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Dropped off here as part of a tour. Historical precinct with many little stores selling souvenirs and other cute stuff. The Mexican food was yummy and affordable. Well worth a visit and stepping stone to other historical sites.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The small bustling street is a great place to sit in any of the open sided bar/restaurants and watch the world go by or to wander in and out the various free museums depicting life in early LA. The Avila Adobe, the oldest house in LA is worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

A cute street with lots of little restaurants, cafes and market stalls selling souvenirs. Mexican breakfast food was amazing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Useful introduction to Mexican culture with eatery serving reasonable price Mexican street food. Lots of souvenirs you can get though as extensive as the range across the border (Tijuana, new Laredo Tx etc). All that aside on a good Sunday you get a dose of Mexican cultural dances where folks really go out to entertain themselves n incidental tourists! There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is not just any marketplace. Olvera Street is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument aka: "The Birthplace of Los Angeles." Here you'll find the (restored) oldest existing house in Los Angeles, Villa Adobe. Yes, there is shopping, but there are also historic plaques & sculptures, restaurants, and music too. I just wish we had been there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I think Olvera is fun. If you take the time to actually read some of the various plaques, the history can be genuinely interesting. But, I don't really agree that Olvera St. still stands on the "Must Visit" list. There's some fun, mass-produced touristy stuff, there are some mediocre Mexican restaurants, and, if I remember correctly, there is often mariachi... More 

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