Olvera Street

Olvera Street, Los Angeles: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Olvera Street Reviews: 4/5

Olvera Street
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Flea & Street Markets
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.)
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Central L.A
How to get there
  • Chinatown • 5 min walk
  • Union Station • 7 min walk
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Restaurants
1,887 within 3 miles
Attractions
197 within 3 miles
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,342 contributions
Colorful and Cultural Experience
May 2021 • Family
This was considered the oldest original street in Los Angeles and a way to experience the culture of Mexico. It’s close to Union Station and Chinatown so you can see multiple sites during a visit. Along the street, there were lots of small shops showcasing the standard touristy things along with more traditional clothing and grocery items. Brightly colored clothes and blankets plus Lucha Libre wrestling masks were quite popular. A host of restaurants were not yet open but offered many traditional foods. The architecture was also another reason for visiting. The oldest, Avila Adobe House, was here having been restored after an earthquake. Hopefully soon one can go inside. A couple of museums were also located here like the museum of Social Justice. When everything is fully reopened then I can see spending more time here ona future visit
Written June 3, 2021
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Cassidy
87 contributions
Worth Visiting
May 2021
Being from out of state, Olvera Street doesn't pop up on many must-see lists. But it's very interesting and has delicious food! It's also a good way to support small shops and see a bit of history.
Written May 29, 2021
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Brent Jensen
1 contribution
Not worth a stop.
Oct 2020 • Friends
Nothing like it once was. Since Covid-19 there is absolutely no reason to visit.

The homeless have taken over the area. They urinate everywhere and skulk about the restroom area. The vendors sell garbage.

The food and drinks are over priced. Don't eat at Phillipes Dipping Sandwiches, your better of at Subway or Arby's.
Written October 19, 2020
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Makayla
Sydney, Australia360 contributions
The Birthplace of Los Angeles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” Olvera Street is a Mexican Marketplace established to celebrate the city's Mexican heritage.

The oldest part of Downtown LA, Olvera Street is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument and features historical buildings including Avila Adobe built in 1818 — the oldest house in Los Angeles.

The block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined market welcomes vsitors from around the world. The old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants and gift shops; the ever-present smell of tacos and hot churros, mariachi music and Mexican folkloric dancers as you stroll around the Mexican Marketplace creates a unique ambience.

Olvera Street, informally described as "Little Mexico" is certainly worthy of inclusion in your next LA itinerary.
Written June 27, 2020
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Gary M
Sydney, Australia251 contributions
Little Mexico
Feb 2020 • Friends
Olvera Street: The Fabrication of L.A.'s Mexican Heritage.

With its narrow passages and 19th century buildings housing traditional restaurants and folk art shops, Olvera Street certainly evokes the romance of an authentic mercado.

Technically, it’s part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, which includes many of the city’s oldest buildings and an 1815 plaza.

Mariachis strum their big guitars and the aroma of fresh tortillas and hot churros fill the air. 

Little Mexico is certainly worthy of a visit.
Written June 25, 2020
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SunshineLara
Hesperia, CA18 contributions
Its pretty
Jun 2020 • Couples
Its a nice little spot to visit. Only down side was, my favorite Resteraunt was closed. But the little spot we ate at was really good.
Written June 24, 2020
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MWB2011
Sanford, NC204 contributions
I love this place! It's rich in culture and the people are so nice!
Aug 2019
I now live on the East Coast but whenever I go back home to California, Olvera St is a must stop every time...and sometimes more than 2-3 times during a California visit. I love and appreciate the culture. This is the oldest street in Los Angeles and is themed like a street in Mexico. There are shops and eateries everywhere. There are also live performances on the street and at the plaza at the end of the street. If you have never been, you are definitely missing out. Most items are bargain priced and there are many craftsmen that do custom work. My favorite is to stuff myself with taquitos at Juanitas.
Written June 19, 2020
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Kiwitravellerseurope
Nelson, New Zealand10 contributions
Very surprising Mexican Street market
Oct 2019
Loved the intimate nature of Olvera Street with the Mexican restaurants, entertainment and market stalls in a very compact area.
Written May 10, 2020
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Yenyok
186 contributions
I thought I was In Mexico
Feb 2020
My friend and I love this place. I thought I was In Mexico, so much culture and all those amazing gif shops. We visit the church at cross street and as well an old cemetery of the first immigrant that moved here. IN the park they have traditional Mexican music live, free cost. 2 blocks down you can also find chinatown. I highly recommend this place, no one bother us or tried to sell us anything. The Casa Avila is also there, free cost to see. I noticed a few museum as well but they were closed because was after 5pm. I will take 3+ hrs to enjoy this street.
Written March 1, 2020
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mccarthk2018
Livonia, MI19 contributions
Day of the Dead Festival
Nov 2019
If you are looking for traditional Mexican items or food this was a great place to find it all in one spot. The churros were delicious. We visited during the day of the dead festival so there was a very large croud in attendance and it was hard to walk through the market. I'm not a fan of large crouds so we did not stay long. Would have enjoyed a longer visit on a less active day.
Written February 11, 2020
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