OK, well let's get it out the of the - yes, it is a tourist trap in many ways. BUT you can get such great food at Rudolfo's hole in the wall restaurant, a great margarita in many places, do some Mexican-style shopping and also visit the two old historic buildings with great displays and information about the history of the local area. It's well worth the effort to go there for a meal and to visit the adobe house and museum. There's also an historic fire station across the square which is interesting, especially for the kids.
The leather shop that's down the end where the square is, on the left hand side when you're facing the square, has great quality bags. I bought a black leather handbag there for about $45 3 years ago and I use it all the time & it's in great condition. Now every time we visit I check it out and if they have a bag that I like then I will get one, knowing that it will last.
We also always get the cheese enchiladas, which are the best i've ever had. I dream about them from over here in Aus! And coupled with a huge cup of cold Jamaics, it just doesn't get any better than that! We even stay overnight at the Metro City Hotel so that we can eat at Adolfo's at least twice before moving on.... It one of the tine hole in the wall cafes with mosaic table tops, about half way down the street on the same side as the adobe house.
We also pick up little trinkets for the kids' friends at a few cents each, and if Cinco de Mayo is coming up then the wonderful brightly coloured skulls are everywhere and make an inexpensive kitsch present.
Olvera street is also just across the road from Union station which is an interesting art deco building that's worth a look.
We always stop at Olvera St when we're in LA, the visit wouldn't be complete without it!
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