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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 #11 of 121 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
56 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Olvera Street is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Historically, it abutted the original Chinatown, which was later removed to its modern location to make way for Union Station. There are 27 buildings of various ages still standing on Olvera Street, including the Avila... More

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Caledonia, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A narrow street opposite Union Station with tons of wonderful Mexican food, street vendors and the oldest house in LA, the Avila Abode, which we toured. We had a great authentic Mexican lunch with live Mariachi music. Fantastic service!

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Launceston
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

First night in LA, and SW USA, and first experience of true Mexican culture. Olvera was the place to come. Some say tacky but I say look beyond the produce and see the people! A great experience. The people there were happy, hospitable and proud. And what a feed, at El Paseo, an experience if you have not eaten Mexican... More

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Albert Park
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

In a way, it is easy to think of Olvera Street as just another theme park in the grand theme park of Los Angeles, where nothing appears real.This is not helped by a sign that says 'Free to the public'. 'The first LA' might be a far cry from a real Mexican street market, but the re-creation is very pleasant... More

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Cleveland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

You don't have to spend a lot of time here to get a good taste of culture. Fun and unique shops/stalls and delicious food. Great place to pick up Day of the Dead souvenirs! Lots of great food places. We ate at La Luz del Dia and enjoyed it. Try the horchata! :-)

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Vacaville, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This historic old plaza was the center of Los Angeles back when it was a tiny town. I visited here the morning before departing on Amtrak. Lots of little vendors selling primarily Mexico-themed souvenirs. There are also several places to eat. I ate at El Paseo Inn, possibly the largest restaurant there, and enjoyed the meal. Better yet, I enjoyed... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

They're doing another season of free theater at the Pico House at Olvera Street. I went to see their production of "Merchant of Venice" last weekend, and it was amazing. Performances run until early September with "Merchant of Venice' playing in July and Chekov's "The Seagull" playing in August. Dates and times are on their website downtownrep.com, which is also... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My husband and I spent our last day in the US going for a stroll down this street. It was great. I like Mexican/Spanish themed things so suited very nicely. Lots of little stalls which once you'd looked at a couple, didn't need to look at others as all had the same type of things. We had a wonderful, authentic... More

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Indio, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Olvera Street is somewhere you should visit when in L.A. Cool shops, a wishing well, vendors selling Mexican pastries, and delicious food at Juanitas. Can't go wrong. Be sure to visit the first Catholic Church in Los Angeles located at the top of the street. It is beautiful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews 110 reviews
51 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We went thinking it would be interesting to see the oldest street/house in LA. It's really a collection of kiosks selling the same crap (Mexican blankets, cloth purses...) Not worth making a special trip.

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