Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” is a Mexican Marketplace that recreates a romantic “Old Los Angeles” with a block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined market with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Olvera Street was created in 1930 “to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California." Many of the merchants on Olvera Street today are descended from the original vendors.
Visitors from around the world stroll around the marketplace smelling the ever-present taquitos and tacos at the outdoor cafes, listening to the strolling mariachi music, and watching Aztecs and Mexican folkloric dancers. The puestos offer handcrafted items such as pottery, belts, wallets, purses, leather and Mexican folk art.
For holidays the merchants go all out with Mexican music, dancing and celebrations on such days as: Los Tres Reyes, Blessing of the Animals, Los Angeles City Birthday, Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Las Posadas. Olvera Street continues to be a major tourist stop attracting as many as two million visitors per year.
The civic group Las Angelitas del Pueblo gives free 50 minute tours of the area, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, and Noon and are subject to the availability of docents. To schedule a free tour of El Pueblo Historical Monument and Olvera Street, please click here and it will take you to their site's request form. Requests must be received at least one week prior to the desired tour date.
We look forward to having you visit us!
845 N Alameda St,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For directions, click here!
Open 7 days a week!
(Hours may vary form store to store.)
10:00 AM to 6-8 PM Daily
10:00 AM to 8 -10 PM Weekends
Admission is free to the public!
For more information, contact: info@Olvera-Street.com