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“Authentic old town LA”
Review of Olvera Street

Olvera Street
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Ranked #41 of 582 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 6 August 2014

No need to wonder over the border when you can just go to LA. This is a great place to watch people, have a great Mexican lunch or do a little shopping. It's easy to get to via car, or even better by train.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I met some friends from San Diego at Olvera Street. Arriving early AM, I strolled the Placita, and enjoyed the sights. The vendors on Olvera Street were setting up their booths and shops as I entered, the small food stands were just beginning to cook. Think the scent of corn tortillas cooking, the sound of women laughing and chatting rapidly in the Spanish of Mexico. A woman and a nun sat on a step by the Methodist Church at the entrnance, men strolled and greeted each other as long lost friends, a deliebry man flirted with a worker strolling by, a young dad walked his toddler thru the booths. I sat and watched, and chatted as well. This is a wonderful place to simply enjoy, no pressure to buy, just pure charm.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This is a picturesque little street in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. Being there actually feels as if you are in a little village somewhere in Mexico. The street is compact enough that allows you to walk from one end to the other with no much effort. The area is full of souvenirs shops, Mexican restaurants, and small booths selling traditional Mexican food. We actually tried the food at one of these smaller booths and it was quite delicious and clean.
“Avila Adobe” the oldest standing residence in LA is located right on Olvera Street. Admission is free as well as a short very informative tour of this house.
Olvera Street is a “must” stop if visiting LA. Go and enjoy a nice Mexican lunch. Take a relaxed walk and explore this beautiful historical area. There is convenient public parking right next door.

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Walk across the street from Los Angeles Union Station and you are there! The day was hot, but there was plenty of shade and/or shops and restaurants to go in. Plenty of choices for dining or drinking. I recommend Olvera Street for couples or family.

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

When I was a kid, we went to Olvera Street at least once a year. It is an historical place -- first street in Los Angeles. It has many old houses and historic information. But, there are also shops and restaurants, and a church to visit. You can add Chinatown (nearby) and make a great day for visitors.

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