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“The Mexican Way”
Review of Olvera Street

Olvera Street
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$49.00*
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Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles Walking and Subway Tour
Ranked #39 of 554 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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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.)
North Hollywood
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“The Mexican Way”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a fun place to be. Across from Union station so easy to get to. Its fun to shop around and watch the mexican music going on. Its always nice to go into all the little shops and get some good food.

Visited February 2012
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“Authentic Fun”
Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

If you visit Los Angeles you must spend a few hours at Alvera Street. You will find some historical dwelling, churches and a beautiful plaza and Gazebo. We were there celebrating the Los Dia de Muertos, the day of the dead. Plenty of entertainment, mariachi, Mexican dances, art exhibits and more. The stalls on Alvera street are filled with kitschy trinkets, clothing, leather good shoes and delicious sweets. Lots of restaurants and food stalls as well. If you feel spiritual or are just curious there are 2 churches to visit, the oldest dating from 1742. Definitely to be experienced a not miss.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Nothing special”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

The only reason to go here is to see the oldest part of Los Angeles. The vendors have the usual made in China stuff; I always buy something to support them. The Mexican restaurants are, however, very good and inexpensive.

Visited August 2012
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Santa Ana, California
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“Olvera St”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

What an amazing part of history right in the middle of los Angeles. Has been there many years my mom took us as kids but the nice part is we took the metrolink right to Union Station what an adventure.

Visited October 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Olvera Street-great architecture and history, "meh" on the food!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

I live in Los Angeles and must admit that I rarely go to Olvera Street because of the crippy-crappy stuff that is sold, and largely mediocre restaurants. However, the last stall near Alameda Street sells delicious taquitos with guacamole, and is absolutely worth it. For a lot of fun and just a few blocks from Olvera Street, consider visiting: 1) Union Station, Los Angeles' gorgeous train station from the 1920s; 2) Phillippee Restaurant (2 blocks) for an outstanding roast beef dip sandwich (it's busy and chaotic, but just go with it); 3) Little Tokyo (5 blocks south on Alameda); and 4) Chinatown (a few blocks north and west of Phillippe for fun shopping and be sure to try Yang Chow Restaurant (you MUST have Slippery Shrimp and the Green Beans with Ground Pork...you'll see this on every table). You could also easily walk to downtown LA. Enjoy!

Visited August 2012
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