Years ago, one of the summer rituals for L.A. children was a new pair of huaraches from Olvera Street and maybe some Mexican ... More
Years ago, one of the summer rituals for L.A. children was a new pair of huaraches from Olvera Street and maybe some Mexican jumping beans. Nowadays those rituals are a year-round treat on this cobblestone street, which is a block-long cornucopia of traditional clothing and accessories, Mexican art, giftware, leather goods, novelties and restaurants. There is also a Visitors Center where tourists can appreciate the complimentary screening of a film which depicts early life in Los Angeles. Olvera Street was created in the '30s and comprises the area known as the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, which is the site of the city's beginnings. Free tours are given to the public by the Las Angelinas, a non-profit organization.
whenever i'm in los angeles, the one place that makes me feel at home is olvera street. the chicano population is heavy, and the food, though not authentic is close enough (where else outside of texas can i get a fruit cup that includes jicama?)
it's definitely worth your time, and fairly inexpensive compared to other areas of lalaland. be prepared to just sit down and soak in the atmosphere.
If you want to experience a part of old Angeleno culture and history (or want to learn more about it), you'll enjoy olvera street. There's no other place in L.A. where you can view historical sites reflecting the city's mexican heritage, enjoy inexpensive mexican food, and browse through a wide selection of authentic mexican arts and crafts --all in once place. Another plus is that its within walking distance to historic Union Station (with convenient transportation to other parts of the city) as well as to the other ethnic neighborhood, Chinatown. Definitely worth a visit at least once!
We visited with our two small grandsons and stopped into La Goldendrina Restaurant for lunch. The boys-ages 7 & 5 had a bean burrito and 2 lemonades. I ordered a diet coke with an a la carte taco and chili relleno (not good). My husband had one beer, a taco and cheese enchilada. The food was very mediocre but the killer was the bill for $70.00 for this lunch. When we called the waiter over and said there must be some mistake, he said no- the lemonades were $4 each, (no price was on the menu). When I started to protest the price of this lunch, he walked away saying he just works here-he doesn't set the prices. So if you want to basically be robbed, dine here.
No sure why everybodys raving about this place. I mean its OK, but I don't know. Some guy is raving that he got the best horchata there? Is there such thing as great horchata? I got the best diet coke of my life at the 7/11 on De Soto & Victory! Like I said the place is OK but these reviewers must work for the chamber of commerce. There are 3 reastuarants there that are quite good. Could do without the mariachis who bounce from the restaurants shaming you into giving them cash. Gotta be a better way to make a buck. Must be one of those jobs Americans won't do. You can by some neat Mexican stuff like little Dio de los Muertos figures and leather wallets on a chain with the virgin Mary on it, or the ever popular velvet painting. Kinda reminds me more of a carnival midway more than a historic site. (minus the carneys) They do have the best selection of authentic Mexican candy I've ever seen. If you're idea of candy is a plastic spoon full of chili powder.
OK� you have been walking the streets of downtown LA and you are getting hungry. Jump on the red line to Union Station head across the street and you will be stepping back in time to a when LA was just a Pueblo. There you will find everything Mexican form leather goods to candies to clothing to some really good food (La Golondrina) to kick ars Margaritas even a little burro to take a piture on when you are drunk. This place changes throughout the year. They have a Cinco De Mayo celebration, Aztec New Years, Day of the Dead, Mexican Independence and the Posadas during Christmas, they have plenty of other events throughout the year but those are just the ones of the top of my head.
This is a really cool place to visit if your ever in Los Angeles.It's exciting and fun to see the many different surroundings of where the Mexican artifacts came from. Their are lot's of different kinds of clothing, jewlery, foods,etc.to choose from.My family and I go there once a year to get souvineres and mexican candies to take back with us.Although, their is not one paticular restraunt that we go too.We love picking
and choosing different variety
of foods while we stroll down
Olvera Street.It's like being in Mexico.My daughters love the sweet breads and the bright colored blankets they have displayed.My favorate are
the poncho's and the mexican
Olvera street is the best...great food, good prices, a lot of Mexican relics.
I do not know why they do not have any Carne Asada Tacos in the Olvera strip, except for like one location, that sells Carne Asada tortas but no tacos.
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