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Olvera Street

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Neighborhood: Central L.A
Historic Walking Areas, Flea/ Street Markets, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
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Address: Main and Alameda streets, 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number: 213-485-6855
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
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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Great Mexican area - enjoyable street

It's a very colorful street full of Mexican crafts. Also Mexican restaurants. Enjoyed this oldest session of LA. Bought several souvenirs at reasonable prices. Across the street... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Katy, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

It's a very colorful street full of Mexican crafts. Also Mexican restaurants. Enjoyed this oldest session of LA. Bought several souvenirs at reasonable prices. Across the street is a park and they were playing music. Very relaxing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This street was great to walk down, we got a couple of gifts and souvenirs from the stalls, and good to learn the history of the street.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I enjoyed meandering through here and El Pueblo on 31 October - the eve of the Day of the Dead. I especially liked visiting the oldest existing house in LA - Avila Adobe. The docent was very informative and patiently answered all my questions. A pleasurable visit and even though it is no longer original, and there is a lot... More 

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is the 2nd time that I visited Olvera St, when I was in LA. This time, I had a mission- to find a few small wood carvings to put in my terrarium. I succeeded as there were multiple stores and stalls which were selling them. There are actually a few places that have more than the standard tourist junk... More 

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Edinburg, Texas, United States
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11 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We always make it a point to stop here on our visits to LA. As a Mexican American, I always enjoy going to see the vendors as it reminds me of my trips to Mexico as a child. There are always Aztec dancers or musicians making the trip extra special. There's great food on top of the shopping. Every Mexican... More 

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Adelanto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I have been here a few times & always enjoy it especially the shopping. There is a great selection of Mexican crafts. Good food too.

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Santa Clarita, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

But it's a good tourist trap. Find a multitude of really good Mexican food restuarants, lots of souvenir shops and now and again some Mariachis singing. It is the oldest part of LA, and features an authentic adobe house and much more. The atmosphere is festive. Be prepared to walk a good bit, but the reward comes later when you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Spent a morning on Olvera Street - it is touristy but it's also got character and a good atmosphere. We had a great meal that I suppose you could call street food - very tasty and cheap. We had a look at the Adobe house - the oldest surviving house in LA, admission free. It is a series of furnished... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Went to Olvera Street for at least the fifth time in my adult life and I enjoy it every time. It is the oldest street in LA and it is a fun place to spend a couple of hours and eat if you are hungry. The shops are interesting and you can get some good Mexican food and candy. I... More 

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Wigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The cutest little market which took me forever to find having discovered places to visit in LA ! Turns out it's right by the central down town train / bus station ! All the stalls have the most colourful bags / jewellery and little nik naks . Definitely worth a visit , the people are lovely and if like me... More 

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