Olvera Street is located in one of the oldest areas of Los Angeles. Originally founded in 1781, today Olvera Street is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and helps to maintain the city’s Mexican roots. At Olvera Street, step back in time as you walk through the traditionally paved alleyways at this colorful Mexican marketplace. When staying in downtown LA, consider visiting historic Olvera Street.
When you walk through this colorful marketplace, enjoy looking through the various vendors, all selling authentic Mexican toys and goods. At these vendors you can also purchase authentic blankets, leather products, sombreros and more. The marketplace is the perfect place to get souvenirs to remember your time in Los Angeles. Located nearby, consider stopping by the Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest house, which is actually still standing in it’s original location. The house was originally built by Francisco Jose Avila in 1818 and in the late 1840s the home served as military headquarters. The home is built in the traditional style of that time of adobe brick, a material made from clay, water and other materials such as straw. You can find the Avila Adobe at 10 E. Olvera Street.
Another benefit of visiting Olvera Street is the fact that you can enjoy authentic Mexican food at this location. There are a number of restaurants along the marketplace including Mr. Churro where you can get the best churros around. Don’t forget to try the traditional Mexican drink horchata when you visit this location. Whether you’re looking for tacos, burritos or more, you’ll find authentic Mexican food here. Some of the best restaurants in the area include El Rancho Grande and La Luz Del dia Restaurant. If you’re looking for something on the go, consider stopping by Cielito Lindo, a taquito stand that has been open since 1934.