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El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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

Published 07/06/2016

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 salt and pepper shakers shaped like donkeys, 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, the Plaza Firehouse Museum, and the America Tropical Interpretive Center. Exhibits at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles chronicle the area's formerly heavy Italian presence.

Sight Information


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

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Sight Details:

  • Free for Olvera Street and guided tours, fees at some museums

Published 07/06/2016


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