Olvera Street

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845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA, USA
(213) 628-1274

Olvera Street Los Angeles Reviews

WalterC WalterC
326 reviews
Definitely check out Sep 30, 2012
Part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, Olvera Street is the oldest part of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, when the area got settled.

Olvera Street was a small street, where Los Angeles began. It would grow, as the settlement would grow into a major city. The area does have a Latin American feel, as California was once part of Mexico, before becoming part of the US, as you can see it with the architecture and feel of the place. There are performances by bands and dances that happen there, giving the place a festive feel, along with churches and shops to check out.

There is a small museum called Avila Abode, which is a replica of a California home from the 1840’s. There are different rooms with period furniture, along with artifacts that have been found on the settlement. Also, exhibitions on the history of the settlement, which you can read, near the model of the settlement.

Olvera Street is definitely worth the time to check out, not only for the museum, but also a nice place to experience some Mexican culture.
Olvera Street
Old Plaza
entrance to Avila Adobe
info on Avila Adobe
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davidx says:
Whatever is the 'dia de Los Muertos?' Sounds spooky.
Posted on: Jan 01, 2013
WalterC says:
Yeah, I wished I had more time for it, but did not want to late to the game.
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012
spocklogic says:
I like places like these with a bit of the old Spanish influence in California.
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012
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tcatto tcatto
8 reviews
Mexican influence Mar 18, 2008
The Olvera Street (or El Pueblo) is the historic center of LA. It is right opposite of the Union Station. You can lots of Mexican restaurants and stores there. When I visited with two friends I met at the hostel, we had a Mexican lunch which was very good. We also tried some Mexican candies such as cactus candies and tamarind balls. You can also visit the oldest building (Avila Adobe) in the city there which is open to the public. In the garden of this house you can find some humongous cactuses!
Owens Owens
23 reviews
Jun 11, 2006
On the weekends, Olvera Street is awash with people. It's a great

place to roam around and think about shopping. There is the Adobe

House, the oldest dwelling in Los Angeles. The Placita sometimes

has performers, and sets up a nativity scene during Christmas.

For el dia de los muertos, there have been huge parties.

Its basically a long alley between shops and restaurants that has

vendors in wood shacks and lots of wares. The shops to the sides

are worth going into because they have some great items, like the coin

bank that is featured in the picture (the black bull).

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