845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Olvera Street Los Angeles Reviews
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Olvera Street is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in the downtown area, across the street from Union Station. This review will be for this part only, as there is a separate review for the El Pueblo area.
Dating back to 1781, when the area was first settled. Thus, where the city of Los Angeles began. It would grow from a settlement into a major city, that we know today. Also known as the “Mexican Marketplace”, there are a bunch of stalls along this stretch of the street. It does have that Latin American feel, as California was once part of Spain, then Mexico, and now, part of the United States. You can definitely feel that, through the architecture and feel of the place.
There is a small museum on Olvera Street, called “Avila Abode”. This is a replica of a California home in 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. Admission to this place, is free. And very much worth a look.
Olvera Street is enough reason to come to this place, not only for the museum, but also a nice place to experience some Mexican culture. If there is only time for one thing to do in this area, Olvera Street is definitely worth it.
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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!
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).