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“Old LA town kitsch”
Review of Olvera Street

Olvera Street
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Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour: Culture, History, Architecture, Eats
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Ranked #41 of 590 things to do in Los Angeles
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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.)
Reviewed 13 July 2014

In a way, it is easy to think of Olvera Street as just another theme park in the grand theme park of Los Angeles, where nothing appears real.This is not helped by a sign that says 'Free to the public'.

'The first LA' might be a far cry from a real Mexican street market, but the re-creation is very pleasant and it certainly has all the elements, including the veranda-style cafes and puestos (market stalls), church and park. It's a nice relaxing way to spend a morning or an afternoon away from the other LA.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

You don't have to spend a lot of time here to get a good taste of culture. Fun and unique shops/stalls and delicious food. Great place to pick up Day of the Dead souvenirs! Lots of great food places. We ate at La Luz del Dia and enjoyed it. Try the horchata! :-)

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

This historic old plaza was the center of Los Angeles back when it was a tiny town. I visited here the morning before departing on Amtrak. Lots of little vendors selling primarily Mexico-themed souvenirs. There are also several places to eat. I ate at El Paseo Inn, possibly the largest restaurant there, and enjoyed the meal. Better yet, I enjoyed the festive crowd enthusiastically cheering a Mexico win in a World Cup game! The Avila Adobe, supposedly the oldest house in LA, is there. It's sort of a small museum with some items on display plus you can walk through some of the rooms which feature period furnishings. The historic Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Church is adjacent; it's well worth walking over to take a look inside the beautiful old chapel. Next to that is the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a museum focused on Mexican-American history particularly in LA and California in general. It's well worth walking through. At the time I visited, admission was free but donations are encouraged.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

They're doing another season of free theater at the Pico House at Olvera Street. I went to see their production of "Merchant of Venice" last weekend, and it was amazing. Performances run until early September with "Merchant of Venice' playing in July and Chekov's "The Seagull" playing in August.
Dates and times are on their website downtownrep.com, which is also where you make reservations. The fact that it's free makes it doubly cool!

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

My husband and I spent our last day in the US going for a stroll down this street. It was great. I like Mexican/Spanish themed things so suited very nicely. Lots of little stalls which once you'd looked at a couple, didn't need to look at others as all had the same type of things. We had a wonderful, authentic Mexican Lunch at La Golondrina Cafe. Very old historic building. The food was to die for! At the other end of the street is a little central Plaza where a guy was playing the flute. We went to the forts fire station in LA and also visited the Chinese Museum there. Across the road from Union Station. Highly recommend a visit.

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