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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 123 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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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
23 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The street has some very old buildings, which are interesting. Some nice architecture. The food is very authentic and worth the visit. But, don't go for shopping. The shops are full of touristy trinkets, blankets, etc. Nothing special.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This place will always be part of me, went here when I was in middle school and it's still here ! Great place for shopping and Mexican food (real) it has a real Mexican feel to it, I always enjoy coming here to walk and have a little something to eat, love LA ✌️

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Leamington Spa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I met up with another Navy mom in this unforgettable square. She and her friend welcomed me so warmly that I felt like we already have met before. This place is full of Mexican History, friendly people, tasty food and colourful things or remembrances. It is so lively and you see happy faces in every corner. I love the atmosphere... More

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Weston, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was on my list of "Must see's" for a recent trip to LA. It was not what I expected, the buildings were historical, so that was a visual and architectural treat, but the actual shops are just full of touristy items. The stalls located down the center of this street were full of the same. We did make a... More

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Aptos, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Olvera Street is a strange mix. Part of it are the preserved historical buildings. This was the origins of the city. It began here. There are also vendors selling cheap trinkets, like miniature pinatas, like you were walking the tourist area of Tijuana. There are also some decent places to eat. For fast food, many get the taquitos in avocado... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

For a first time in l.a, we really enjoyed the mexican district as a great introduction to the area's culture and history. Stalls were overly ornate and colourful, music buzzing, narrow cobblestone alleyways were too charming, and homemade market food was amazing. A must see for any first timer in the city, and the local people so friendly

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Banning, Ca
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198 reviews 198 reviews
96 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visited here with grandchildren - lots of none historic stuff mixed in with older tour areas that are free to see or make a donation to help. Worth a stop to see.

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Anaheim, Ca
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

No need to wonder over the border when you can just go to LA. This is a great place to watch people, have a great Mexican lunch or do a little shopping. It's easy to get to via car, or even better by train.

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Carpinteria, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I met some friends from San Diego at Olvera Street. Arriving early AM, I strolled the Placita, and enjoyed the sights. The vendors on Olvera Street were setting up their booths and shops as I entered, the small food stands were just beginning to cook. Think the scent of corn tortillas cooking, the sound of women laughing and chatting rapidly... More

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South Florida, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
31 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a picturesque little street in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. Being there actually feels as if you are in a little village somewhere in Mexico. The street is compact enough that allows you to walk from one end to the other with no much effort. The area is full of souvenirs shops, Mexican restaurants, and small booths... More

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