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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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Main and Alameda streets, 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Central L.A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of shops and restaurants. Live singers and entertainment. Surrounding area pretty disgusting and overrun by druggies and homeless. Street is lined up with homeless tents and trash - huge eyesore. This is a popular tourist destination so I don’t understand why more is not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Olvera Street is a fun place to explore the historic roots of Los Angeles. We enjoyed great dining, shopping and friendly interactions. Olvera Street is conveinently located near Union Station and easily reached by public transit. We especially enjoyed a tasty, fresh breakfast at Juanita's...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

This place was recommended by a local. Lots of shops to poke around in and music in the square. A fun trip!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

My wife was not impressed but shes been a few times since she lived near here when she was younger. Me and the kids who had never been, thought it was pretty interesting but probably an one time event for visiting. Bought some trinkets as...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Berries1
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

Used to visit Olvera Street as a child and it’s so awesome to see it is largely unchanged. A celebration of our cities rich Mexican roots. Fun to poke through the many stalls and find items to purchase. Delicious food at every turn.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

Often touted as the "most historic" area of Los Angeles, Olvera Street and the surround neighborhood was originally settled by Italian immigrants. Los Angeles was officially founded in 1781, which surprises most people who learn that fact, especially East Coast tourists. But "Olvera Street" is...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

We enjoy strolling along the walkway full of shops and Restaurants. We especially like this one Mexican Restaurant that serves great food. The Margaritas are killer. We come to LA often because we have business in the Court House.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

One of the oldest historic districts in Los Angeles. In addition to Olvera Street there is also La Placita Church, Avila Adobe, the Old Plaza Firehouse, the Pico House, Merced Theater, Masonic Hall, the Sepulveda House, the Pelanconi House all of which is part of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

The market was fairly touristy but had good food options and a lively vibe. Lots of families on a Sunday afternoon.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Interesting, but little bit dirty and many homeless people. Yet, I would recommend to visit this place, cause you will see the oldest part of L.A. There are some restaurants and shops with Mexican souvenirs. Walking distance from Union Station, parking around possible in paid...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 15, 2018|
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Response from Cynthia-LAX | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can walk directly across the street and you're there!
April 1, 2018|
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Response from Roxann G | Reviewed this property |
I believe a lot of them are closed at Easter.
November 30, 2016|
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Response from xzmattzx | Reviewed this property |
Olvera Street is the address. It runs north from the plaza, north of the 101, between Alameda Street and Main Street.
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Can someone help me organize my Los Angeles trip please?? (7 Replies)
Hi I live in Fullerton, I don't have a car so I will only be moving through trains, buses and metros. Can someone help me organize a schedule or a program to see these places within 2 days? or maximum 3 days: Beverley Hills Santa Monica Pier Malibu Olvera Street The Grove Rodio Drive
June 19, 2017|
Response fromTomMalley|
Take the train up from Fullerton, take the Expo Line out to Santa Monica. Stay there, and use the Hop On Hop Off Bus for a tour and to see Beverly Hills, The Grove, etc. There's a city bus to take you out to Malibu, or are you familiar with Uber? What's your budget for an overnight stay, or are you planning to go back to Fullerton every night? Are you traveling soon?
Day Of The Dead trinkets: Olvera Street / somewhere better? (5 Replies)
Hello, I'm planning to spend a day in East LA on my visit in a week or two and would like to buy some Day Of The Dead figures and other decorative items. I was thinking of heading to Olvera Street and El Mercardo De Los Angeles for this, but want to avoid over-prioces touristy tat. Am I going to the right places or does anyone have a better suggestion? Can anyone recommend a specific shop or two and (finally) is there anything else I should check out while I am in the area? ...More
August 30, 2009|
Response fromMissJDoe|
I am going to San Diego. Thank you for the tip. This looks great!
Stay in Santa Monica or Downtown LA to see LA sights? (6 Replies)
We are travelling from Santa Barbara to LA for 4 days/4 nights in August however, we are unsure whether to have our base as Santa Monica or Downtown LA. We intend to see a lot of sights in LA but have heard Santa Monica is nicer. We are leaning more towards Santa Monica and our itinerary is as follows: Day 1: Travel from Santa Barbara through Malibu and arrive in Santa Monica. See the Santa Monica Pier/Third Street Promenade and Venice Beach Day 2: Drive and spend morning seeing...More
April 09, 2013|
Response fromMachThree|
Generally, Santa Monica is both nicer and livelier at night than downtown LA, though downtown LA has some pockets of night life and some nice areas as well. With that itinerary, there's no one place you wouldn't be "traveling out of" most of the time - as you'll tell if you consult a map, the sites you mentioned are spread out west to east across an area that basically spans all the way from Santa Monica to downtown - so if you stay in either location you'll be on the edge of the area...More