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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 #7 of 114 shopping in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Burleson, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We came here 10 years ago and looked around, but we had some extra time before our flight last year and went again. This is a pretty neat little street. Lots of old buildings and history with lots of shops, merchants, restaurants, and taco stands. I remember last time having the best taquitos with this avocado sauce and wanting to... More

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Los Angeles, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
74 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Olvera Street is called the oldest street in Los Angeles. This may or may not be true. The market place it is today goes back to about 1930. Olvera Street is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Adjacent to the street are museums, monuments, a plaza and gazebo, Plaza Church. China town is directly north, Union Station... More

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Eastpointe, Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Went here from LAX, where I had noticed Union Station flyaway nonstop bus. Knew of the area from a previous visit. First took a shuttle from my hotel to airport. Nice little restaurants and shops.One that stood out was Corazon of Los Angeles shop that had imported stuff from Mexico,and local artists items.In square(called La Placita) there was live band... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We got there late, so we only had about 30 minutes to browse before the little kiosks started closing up, but still got a good taste of what Olvera Street is like. If I had more time I would have come back another day to really get into it, because there is a lot there. The oldest house in Los... More

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Orange County, CA
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131 reviews 131 reviews
26 attraction reviews
1,015 helpful votes 1,015 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

They say that Olvera Street is the birthplace of Los Angeles. It is a fun area to shop, dine and learn about early LA.

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Palm Coast.
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212 reviews 212 reviews
63 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We were amazed that this street still exists in the middle of modern day Los Angeles. Trinket kiosks and shops bulging with Mexican wares abound, and they add to the ambiance, but the shops are irrelevant. Calle Olvera is about history. This minute sliver of L.A. is the original Pueblo de Los Angeles, established in the late 1700s. Avila Adobe... More

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Fair Haven, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

What a waste of time! All the shops sold the same Mexican stuff from like the 1960's, Not worth the time to drive there.

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Los Angeles
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

What a great way to step back to Los Angeles' past. This one block long of shops, restaurants and a town square should not be missed. Easy to reach by Metro or Train as it is across the street from Union Station. It's also conveniently located next to China Town, so make a day of it.

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We never get tired of visiting Olvera st.! Great history, free tour of the house, great food, shopping(buy some stuff for your kitchen.). and live music/ performance. Parking across the entrance is easy and walk across street. Even take a little walk around the out side of Olvera st. A lot to of the city life style. And if you... More

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Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We've travelled extensively throughout Mexico and were surprised and impressed by how authentic this place is. Amazing it still exists! We had a great lunch and just shopped and explored. Really enjoyable afternoon

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