18 miles to Los Angeles International Airport
Built in 1930, Olvera Street is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, a historical part of Downtown Los Angeles, California. Olvera Street contains many of the Plaza’s historic buildings , together with some of Los Angeles’ oldest monuments. You’ll find a walk-thru marketplace complete with shops, restaurants, and even mariachi singers is a popular tourist draw. Every day you’ll see tourists strolling through the marketplace, to the sounds mariachi music. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of Mexican folkloric dancers and Aztecs. You can find merchandise that is hand-made, such as belts, pottery, wallets, leather, purses and Mexican folk art at any one of the quaint little shops here.
This little piece of Los Angeles was once the center of Los Angeles during Spanish-owned times. Among the eateries you’ll find here are Mr. Churro, and their delicious caramel-filled churros. Several other Mexican restaurants can be found here too. But if you’re in the mood for something else, you can go a block over to the world-famous Philippe’s. You’ll love their amazing lamb French dip sandwich.
Located to the east of Downtown Los Angeles, Olvera Street is next to both Union Station and Chinatown. It is in between Main and Alameda Streets and consists of the Plaza and the church. Vendors, restaurants, and historic sites call Olvera Street their home.