Olvera Street is a historic Mexican marketplace located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It is often referred to as the “birthplace of Los Angeles” and serves as a vibrant cultural hub that celebrates the city’s Mexican heritage and influences.

The street is lined with colorful stalls and shops, offering a wide array of Mexican folk art, crafts, clothing, and souvenirs. Visitors can browse through an eclectic assortment of goods, from handcrafted pottery to traditional textiles and unique jewelry.

One of the main attractions on Olvera Street is the Avila Adobe, the oldest surviving residence in Los Angeles. This adobe house, built in 1818, has been preserved as a museum, allowing visitors to step back in time and experience life in early Los Angeles.

Throughout the year, Olvera Street hosts a variety of cultural events and festivals, including Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations, Cinco de Mayo festivities, and Las Posadas reenactments. These events provide a lively and immersive experience of Mexican and Mexican-American traditions.

Visitors to Olvera Street can also enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at the numerous restaurants and stands, offering dishes like tacos, enchiladas, churros, and refreshing aguas frescas.

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