Discover Old LA at Olvera Street
Olvera Street is renowned for being the birthplace of Los Angeles. This Mexican Marketplace recreates a romantic “Old Los Angeles” with a block-long, brick-lined market featuring old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants, and gifts shops. With so much culture and history to absorb, Olvera Street is worth a visit.
Olvera Street was created in 1930 to preserve the customs and trades of early California. It is such a time-honored tradition that many of the current merchants on Olvera Street are descendants from the original 1930 vendors!
As you stroll around this historic sight, you can take in the delicious scent of taquitos and tacos made at the outdoor cafes, hear the lively mariachi music, and watch the colorful Aztec and Mexican folkloric dancers. If you are looking to make a purchase, vendors sell beautiful handcrafted items such as pottery, belts, wallets, purses, leather, and Mexican folk art.
During Mexican holidays such as Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos, the merchants go all out with Mexican music, dancing, and traditional celebrations.
The civic group, Las Angelitas del Pueblo, give free fifty-minute tours of the area Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10am, 11am, and 12pm. If you wish to explore Olvera Street on your own, it is open seven days a week and you can visit during the following hours:
l Weekdays: 10am to 8pm
l Weekends: 10am to 10pm
Please note that some vendors will vary their hours. Admission is free to the public so make sure you do not miss your chance to discover Old Los Angeles!