Los Angeles Sights

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

  • E-10 Olvera St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Neighborhood/Street

Updated 05/08/2015

Fodor's Review

The oldest section of the city, known as El Pueblo de Los Angeles, represents the rich Mexican heritage of L.A. It had a close shave with disintegration in the early 20th century, but key buildings were preserved, and eventually Olvera Street, the district's heart, was transformed into a Mexican-American marketplace. Today vendors still sell puppets, leather goods, sandals, and woolen shawls from stalls lining the narrow street. You can find everything from donkey-shape salt and pepper shakers to gorgeous glassware and pottery.

At the beginning of Olvera Street is the Plaza, a Mexican-style park with plenty of benches and walkways shaded by a huge Moreton Bay fig tree. On weekends, mariachi bands and folkloric dance groups perform. Nearby places worth investigating include the historic Avila Adobe, the Chinese American Museum, Plaza the Firehouse Museum, and the America Tropical Interpretive Center. Exhibits at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, which debuted in

2015, chronicle the area's formerly heavy Italian presence.

Two major annual events, the Blessing of the Animals and Las Posadas, take place at El Pueblo. On the Saturday before Easter, Angelenos bring their pets—not just dogs and cats, but also horses, pigs, cows, birds, hamsters—to be blessed by a priest. For Las Posadas, every night between December 16th and 24th merchants and visitors parade up and down the street, led by children dressed as angels, to commemorate Mary and Joseph's search for shelter on Christmas Eve.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Avila Adobe/Olvera Street Visitors Center, E-10 Olvera St., Los Angeles, California, 90012, United States

Map It

Phone:

213-628–1274

Sight Details:

  • Free for Olvera Street and guided tours, fees at some museums
  • Visitor center daily 9–4, vendor hrs vary; tours (departing from tour office next to Plaza Firehouse Museum) Tues.–Sat. at 10, 11, and noon

Updated 05/08/2015

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Los Angeles

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement

X

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.