A Walking Tour of Olvera Street

A Walking Tour of Olvera Street

Starting the day in Hollywood, one of the best ways to get to Olvera Street is to use LA’s Metro Rail subway system. Each station has its own theme, and the two in Hollywood have completely different looks.

LA Metrorail Hollywood & Highland Station
LA Metro Rail Hollywood & Highland Station

If your schedule permits, you can do some quick people watching …

The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign

… and maybe a little warm-up shopping as you walk the few blocks between the stations at Hollywood & Highland and Hollywood and Vine.

Memorabilia of Hollywood Blvd.
Memorabilia of Hollywood Blvd.

Skip the traffic and parking costs, grab a day pass and the subway will take you to Union Station, right across the street from your Olvera Street destination. Opened in 1939, Union Station has served as the main railway station in Los Angeles ever since.

Union Station
Union Station

Before entering Olvera Street, you will pass a statue honoring Antonio Aguilar, a prolific singer, songwriter, actor, producer and screenwriter.

Honoring Antonio Aguilar
Honoring Antonio Aguilar

Next on your walking tour you will pass the Consulado de Mexico (Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles) with some beautiful murals on the exterior walls.

Consulado de Mexico
Consulado de Mexico

Located in the oldest part of Los Angeles, Olvera Street is part of El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument in the Los Angeles Plaza National Historic District.

Los Angeles Plaza Historic District
Los Angeles Plaza Historic District

Featuring handicrafts …

Atmosphere of Olvera Street
Atmosphere of Olvera Street

… artwork, food and entertainment, one is quickly immersed in the sights, sounds, aromas and flavors of Mexico.

Atmosphere of Olvera Street
Atmosphere of Olvera Street

There’s a good bit of history here too. Located in the heart of Olvera Street and constructed circa 1818, the Avila Adobe is the oldest existing house in Los Angeles. Avila Adobe offers free, self-guided tours of the interior and grounds.

Atmosphere of Olvera Street - Avila Adobe
Atmosphere of Olvera Street – Avila Adobe

Built in 1822, the adobe La Placita Olvera (formally known in Spanish as Iglesia Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles, La Placita) is the oldest religious structure in Los Angeles. Also known as the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, it was constructed by local Native Americans under the guidance of Franciscan Padres.

Atmosphere of Olvera Street - La Placita Olvera
Atmosphere of Olvera Street – La Placita Olvera

This particular photo tour was on November 3, the day following Dia de los Muertos, when the plaza and shops were still full of holiday decorations and festivities.

Atmosphere of Olvera Street - Celebrating Dia de los Muertos
Atmosphere of Olvera Street – Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

Ending the day with a cup of fresh fruit and Mariachis just adds to the cultural experience that is Olvera Street.

Atmosphere of Olvera Street - Mariachis
Atmosphere of Olvera Street – Mariachis

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3 Comments

  1. The images are great it makes me feel like booking a restaurant seat there on a sidewalk and just taking it all in.

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    1. Lee Roth says:

      Thanks Jeff and Lynda. There are a couple of great traditional Mexican restaurants with outdoor seating. Mariachis regularly stroll through the patios and all along Olvera Street. It’s makes for a great day!

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