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Olvera Street

Address: Main and Alameda streets, 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
Phone Number: 213-485-6855
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Small-Group Tour of Los Angeles from Long Beach
Ranked #9 of 126 Shopping in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Shopping
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
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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 the Dead.)
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New York City, New York
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Instant Mexico in downtown LA. The original homes of Los Angeles, and the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Good for about 1/2 hour.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Olvera Street is a pleasant surprise in the middle of busy LA. I thought it might be a fun way to spend an hour or two, but I had no idea how fantastic it was. It was like stepping back in time and going to Mexico at the same time. Everyone seemed happy, smiles and laughter were everywhere. I would... More

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Hong Kong, China
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

this place is cute!!! very touristy, but not in a bad way! all the shops sell the same stuff, but it's definitely some local flavour! i can't believe not that many people have come here when they grew up in LA! bad thing is. i freakin got bird pooped on me the first 5 minutes i stepped in here! talk... More

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Malibu, California
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293 reviews 293 reviews
60 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I've been here as a kid on field trips and come down here once or twice a year when the craving for Olvera Street and taquitos becomes too much for me! Still have lotsa fun each visit. Locals and tourists alike visit Olvera Street and adjoining gallery/musemums/gazebo. It can be touristy but not bad. Food is reasonably authentic and quite... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

On the opposite side of the square from Olvera street there is a small office next to the Fire museum. They run free walking tours of the area which will give you a great insight into the history of the whole area. You'll also see things in Olvera street you wouldn't otherwise have noticed. Highly recommended if you'd like more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Mexican people are very hospitable. This is a great opportunity to those who have never been to Mexico. Look below the surface though, it's not just the stalls with the mass produced things for sale there, but it's the people themselves. The food is awesome and prices good. You will pay a fortune somewhere else for a mexican restaurant experience... More

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California Central Coast
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

You don't have to go to Mexico to buy great handicrafts. Nearly everything you can imagine is for sale on fascinating Olvera Street. There are nearby restaurants, the Mission, and historical sites, so while visiting LA's historic, original "downtown" be sure to take a stroll down Olvera Street, and go into its many shops.

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Northwest Territories, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Families, friends and fine Mexican food. The atmosphere is wonderful. Easy to access by Metro - right across from the end at Union Station. A beautiful place to visit.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Close proximity to the famous Union Station. Great shopping and very relaxing. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Great shops! Beware though, Once you leave the area and head over to the train station, the STreet People are ready and waiting for a handout. Police are very visible though. Good food and very authentic.I recommend this little piece of California... More

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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