Olvera Street is one of the most historically important areas of Los Angeles. It is known as the oldest part of Downtown L.A and its importance was recognized as early ass 1930 when it was set aside "to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California". There is plenty to enjoy in this block long market that is home to vendors, artists, musicians, potters, crafts people, cafés and more. Admission is free for everyone so you have nothing to lose by paying a visit!
Things to Do
- Olvera Street makes a great shoping destination especially if you are from out of town and want something to commemorate your visit or to bring back to the folks at home. You can pick up all sorts of little hand-crafted and artisanal items like wallets, purses, folk art, pottery and more.
- This is a great place to be around the time of any Latin holidays or festivals. During these occasions the market comes to life with music and special events. So make sure you pay a visit during Los Tres Reyes, Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Las Posadas.
Olvera Street Insider Tips
- Free tours are given by the civic group Las Angelitas del Pueblo on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 am, 11 am and noon. To take part on one of these tours you must fill out a request form first which should be sent at least a week before you intend to take the tour.