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  • Address: Olvera and Arcadia Streets, Los Angeles 90012, USA
  • Hours: Open daily 24hrs; most shops close by 6pm
  • Admission: Free

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Olvera Street Tours

A festive chaotic Mexican marketplace, Olvera Street is part of colorful and car-free El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the vibrant historic district near the spot where LA's Mexican colonists first settled. Gaudy decoration and souvenir stalls abound here, alongside dozens of little eateries serving tacos, tortas, and burritos. This is not a mere tourist trap: Olvera Street is a wonderful place to walk, eat and explore. It's a great add-on to a downtown LA visit.

On Olvera Street, you can shop for Chicano art, slurp thick Mexican-style hot chocolate, or pick up handmade candles and candy. Stop in Avila Adobe, the oldest surviving house in LA, which includes an exhibit on Christine Sterling who helped save the historic district.

Olvera Street spills into the Old Plaza, El Pueblo's central square with a pretty wrought-iron bandstand. Sleepy during the week, the square turns into a full-blown fiesta zone on Saturdays and Sundays, drawing crooning mariachis, costumed dancers, kissing couples, and strolling families. Historic buildings and statues surround the square.

Practical Info

Olvera Street is in downtown Los Angeles, just west of Union Station. Stop by the El Pueblo Visitors Center, on Olvera Street, for information on the area. North of Olvera is Chinatown; south of Olvera is Little Tokyo. The area is accessible by metro trains, which stop at Union Station.

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