Olvera Street -The heart of Los Angeles.
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles.
Olvera Street, is a world renowned Mexican market place,located right in the heart
of the City of Angels, on the northeastern side of downtown L.A. Olvera Street is
home to some of the best Mexican food this side of the border. As you walk through
the red brick street, the rich aromas from the restaurants blend perfectly with the
serenading musical notes of Mexican love songs being played by troubadours. The
Olvera street ambiance can be described as incredible and magical.
If you have an appetite for some real Mexican food, be sure to try out Anita's Cafe
Mexican Food (W-26), Cielito Lindo Mexican Food (E-23), and Juanitas Mexican Food (E-23).
You won't be disappointed.
People from all over the world come to shop and experience L.A's own Mexican Village.
Some of the merchandise being sold in the market place are leather goods, Mexican dresses,
vests, and serapes. For the best leather belts, wallets, and sandals make sure to visit Vega
Leather Shop located at (E-22), specializing in leather products since the earlier 50's.
Don't forget to take advantage of the free tour of Avila Adobe. Avila Adobe is said to be
Los Angeles' oldest house, built in 1818. To find the house, a narrow alley at Olvera Street's
midpoint leads you straight there. The Avila Adobe is restored to resemble the Mexican
lifestyle of 1840's California.
Mark your calendar for these special events: Cinco De Mayo (the 5th of May), celebrating
Mexico's defeat of French forces with popular and traditional music, cultural presentations,
dance and food; L.A.'s Birthday in September, historic re-enactments, entertainment, games,
and birthday cake; Mexican Independence (September 16th), entertainment, food, games, children's
activities, cultural and historical displays;
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1st and 2nd, a celebration of life and the
honoring of deceased loved one with a procession of decorated altars merging Spanish and
European religion and traditions with ancient beliefs and superstitions of pre-Colombian Indian
cultures dating as far back as 300 B.C.; and Las Posadas in December, the traditional candlelight
procession re-enacting Joseph and Mary's search for shelter in Bethlehem. All events are free.
For specific dates and information login to the official website www.olvera-street.com.
Olvera Street has always been and continues to be a major tourist attraction with as many as
two million visitors per year. Olvera Street is located on the northeastern edge of downtown
L.A. between Main and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Alameda.
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