Bienvenidos a la Olvera Street, the historic district in downtown Los Angeles that is a part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, considered to be the 'birthplace of Los Angeles'.
This district serves as a Mexican Marketplace that recreates a romantic 'Old Los Angeles', holding a block-long brick-lined market with older traditional structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants, gift shops, and museums. Stroll the narrow, tree-shaded street and sample authentic tacos and taquitos, listen to live mariachi music, watch Mexican folklore dancers throughout, and buy handcrafted wares such as pottery, leather, folklore art, and souvenirs. If you happen to be here during a traditional celebration or public event you are in for a true treat, the street transforming into a party filled with authentic Mexican sights, sounds, and smells.
If you are interested in learning more in-depth information about the history of Olvera Street we highly suggest taking the 50-minute historic walking tour of the neighborhood with Las Angelita's del Pueblo, the tours offered each Tuesday through Saturday. You will learn all about the origin of the street, the original street vendors and their traditions, and the creation of this historic district in 1930 to 'preserve and present the customs and trades of early California'.