NileGuide Expert Says:
The birthplace of Los Angeles
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come early in the day to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of Old Mexico.
Olvera Street is, like most of Los Angeles, a combination of authentic history, reconstructed fantasy and pure fun. Situated in the middle of Downtown, Olvera Street has been turned into a lively market place reminiscent of Old Mexico. It was here that Los Angeles was founded in the late 1700s as El Pueblo de Nuesta Señora Reina de los Ángeles. In the 1930s, it was turned into a Mexican oasis in the middle of a burgeoning and thriving Downtown. Olvera Street continues to attract locals and visitors alike with an assortment of Mexican restaurants, small curios shops and historical markers.