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“hidden cool spot” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Olvera Street

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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$89*
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Small-Group Tour of Los Angeles from Long Beach
Ranked #9 of 127 Shopping in Los Angeles
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.)
Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“hidden cool spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

I was down there during the celebration of the kings the other day and there were dancers in full costume and a band. It was really cool. There is a historic house that is free to the public hidden back among the street vendor area. Totally a fun cultural experience at no to low cost.

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Hermosa Beach, California
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“Little Mexico in LA”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

If this title existed, Olvera would fit the mold. Very good authentic Mexican food and cultural shows/events. Fun artesanías and other homemade items

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Pasadena, California
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“Nice little taste of Mexico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

This is a great place to take the kids for Mexican food and shopping. It is an old street that feels like being in an old village in Mexico. The stores have all kinds of souvenirs and kids love it. I came here when I was a kid.

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Miami, Florida
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“Touristy IS the fun part”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Olvera Street is touristy but so what?? what's wrong with tourists? Loved it from the moment I read about it online and when I got there, I liked it even more. Loved the street vendors even if things are not all that, it was nice to see the different things being sold, nice artwork and loved the mexican music being played at different places. We ate at La Golondrina and it was delicious and inexpensive and had live mariachis singing 4 feet away - what else can you ask for? The mango margaritas were awesome so was everyones dish. The service was great and they were all very friendly too. I would definitely go back here even if I lived in LA!!

Visited October 2011
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“Touristy but worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Olvera Street is just a one block street in the heart of the historic district. It is filled with a market place of street vendors and restaurants with a feel of being in Mexico. The colors in the stalls are vibrant, and you feel as if you have been transported to a different place and time than the rest of Los Angeles. The oldest house in LA, "Adobe Avila" is located in the middle of the block and well worth taking the time to visit. (It's free) Though the street is touristy, it is also very quaint. The free tour that leaves from the office next to the fire station on the other side of the square is very interesting. It takes about 45 minutes and ends at the Adobe Avila. I really enjoyed being my visit here.

Visited November 2011
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