The Curious Culture of Olvera Street

The curious culture of Olvera Street has gone on for decades and really showcases an amazing part of DTLA.

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WHERE: 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHAT: Historic street, Hispanic culture, Mexican culture, shopping, walk, crafts, restaurants, marketplace, photo op

WHEN: Year-round

HOW MUCH: Free to walk around!

PARKING: Various lots (church, Metro station, post office); typically ~$8 for entire day


Los Angeles is beautiful not just because of its sights but also because of its rich history.

What makes it so rich is in its diverse cultural upbringing; immigrants from all over have come into Los Angeles and made it a mecca of melting pots.

Olvera Street shows off the city's rich Hispanic culture; it's an awesome marketplace area with tons of cool little shops and restaurants. It's fun for any tourist or local to just check out what there is to buy and just soak in the atmosphere here.

You're definitely liable to see fruit stands here, mariachi, and even...DONKEY PHOTOS?

Yes, if you're willing to pay a small price, then you can take a picture with Shrek's main cohort.

There's also TONS of amazing Mexican food here, like churros and tacos and world-famous taquitos.

To be fair, Olvera definitely can be seen as a bit of a touristy spot, and so if that isn't your jam, then maybe skip Olvera. That said, it's definitely a very unique place that's worth at least one visit if you ever have time.


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