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Olvera Street
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Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour
Ranked #63 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
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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.)
Reviewed August 12, 2011

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!

6  Thank Dromomaniac
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

It's out of the ordinary and worth the quaint stroll through Olvera street.
The sights of the Spanish architecture, the eclectic treasures to be bought, the sounds of the tourist and locals alike and smells of the amazing Mexican food at each establishments. Yum. Can't wait to go back.

Thank GeorjannR
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

I went to Olvera Street as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher History Workshop. We had been studying the history of Los Angeles, so we enjoyed seeing the places we had been learning about. The market is fashioned after markets in Mexico and you can get the stereotypical souvenirs ( fans, serapes, bulls, etc.) The Plaza was busy and we saw Aztec dancers and drummers, a street musician, political signs and tour guides. We visited China Town, the old fire station, Avila Adobe house museum, and a Chinese American museum. They were all very good. We walked a few blocks and went into an incense-filled Taoist Temple, 750 Yale Street. Tao Temple. I've never seen anything like it! Beautiful! A man there was nice enough to tell us all about it.

Thank AZkteach
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We visited this historic site in Los Angeles. What a treat! Our grandchildren we very attracted to stalls in the street, naturally, but more important, they really soaked in the history of the plaza, the Adobe House, Firehouse and the church. Seeing the Mexican dancers and the ceremonial dancers in authentic costumes sparked many questions of the historic nature of the groups. Be sure to stop at the churro's shop for a great treat.

4  Thank beth65
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

Olvera Street is a strange thing. On the one hand, it has genuine historic value, as it's the alleged location of the founding of Los Angeles and the site of the oldest buildings in the city. A few small historical collections (mostly reproductions) have been set up to give a sense what life was like nearly 200 years ago. On the other hand, it's mostly fun-but-tacky shops selling junk from Mexico and Guatemala. (Why so much from Guatemala is a mystery to me.) So, you get kind of sucked into looking at the same stuff in stall after stall, rather than enjoying the history and the serenity of the lovely square at one end. With all that being said, it's fun for kids because it's colorful. And we had a good meal at one of the restaurants, with great sangria.

Thank allen1000
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