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Olvera Street

Pedestrian Plaza
Chinatown, Los Angeles
  • Quoc T.
    "Get the caramel filled churro from Mr. Churro, soo good."(4 Tips)
    Mary Ann R.
    "Juanita's food is amazing and a steal for the price!"(4 Tips)
    The Ritz-Carlton
    "local history and Latino culture."(3 Tips)
    Alexis M.
    "The place is called Cielito Lindo."(3 Tips)
82 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • churros
  • taquitos
  • latino culture
  • juanita
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  • D-J G.
    D-J GordonOctober 15
    The original core of the city - an authentic slice of Mexico in LA. Browse the market stalls and take in the historical sights.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoSeptember 28
    Kitschy and charming. Grab a churro and maybe some tacos.
  • Tucker A.
    Super fun, slightly chinsey place to go. I always buy huaraches here!
  • Ray & Jon
    Ray & JonJuly 4, 2016
    Do it first thing in the morning. It gets packed, hot, and tiring.
  • Palak G.
    Palak GadodiaJune 30, 2016
    Great cultural neighborhood
  • Karen M.
    Karen McHaleJune 17, 2016
    One of the jewels of Los Angeles. Eat, people watch and enjoy the ambience.
  • Victoria
    VictoriaJanuary 31, 2016
    I love this place! So many venders that have cute things to sell and yummy food!
  • Kiki J.
    Kiki JonesJanuary 21, 2016
    The bathrooms downstairs in the gazebo... Girl. Please.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EckeardDecember 23, 2015
    It's a bit of old world Los Angeles when it was a remnant of Mexico. Worth a walk through. Candle shop and leather shop are classic.
  • John K.
    John KiddeSeptember 16, 2015
    Historic Los Angeles begins here. A great spot to come shop and eat Mexican food and see a part of what was the beginning of LA.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraSeptember 15, 2015
    A giant Latino open air market with lots of stuff from the Americas and food of course!
  • Babak V.
    Babak VZAugust 30, 2015
    Los Angeles story begins here! Worth a visit and walking through colorful shops.
  • DFB
    DFBFebruary 1, 2015
    La Luz del Dia is the place to eat! Try their carnitas tacos
  • Valquiria G.
    Valquiria GoNovember 21, 2014
    Unfortunately, when I went in Mr.churros the place was totally closed... sad.
  • Dan V.
    Dan ValenzuelaNovember 20, 2014
    last time I was here there was a tiny man running around on all four legs barking at everyone and he was surprisingly fast even though it was very busy, and one shop owner tried to chase him away
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonOctober 15, 2014
    Take a walk down one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles for a wonderful journey into the past filled with local history and Latino culture.
  • Dennis D.
    Dennis DepewAugust 11, 2014
    Killing time before Paul McCartney concert.
  • Louie V.
    Louie VitalAugust 2, 2014
    Watch out for pick pockets!
  • J N.
    J NadonzaApril 25, 2014
    Park at Philppes and walk to Olvera Street
  • Therese L.
    Therese LisanApril 4, 2014
    Had such a great time on the field trip
  • Greg D.
    Greg DewarMarch 11, 2014
    Lots of Mexican candy!
  • Desiree M.
    Desiree MsCaliFebruary 16, 2014
    Definitely try the churros from Mr. Churro!! So delicious, and you can get them filled with chocolate, caramel, strawberry, guava, cheesecakr, etc.
  • Oscar F.
    Oscar FajardoJanuary 10, 2014
    Parking is pricy just take public transit. Union Station is across the street.
  • Corey P.
    Corey PDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place to pass through, its showing its age and to many homeless now.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 21, 2013
    Head Downtown for several days of festivities, including piñata breaking, children’s workshops, face painting, strolling Mariachi and Ballet Folklórico.
  • Jayne R.
    Jayne Roses LandauAugust 10, 2013
    Margaritas and celito lindo taquitos!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Visitors can shop, listen to mariachis, watch folk dances & dine at authentic Mexican restaurants. Tour Avila Adobe, LA's oldest house. Other historic spots include the Old Plaza Church & Firehouse.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Stroll around for a dose of Mexican and Latino culture. Don't leave without trying some taquitos from world-famous Cielito Lindo!
  • Nick J.
    Nick JeanfilsJuly 20, 2013
    Shops close at 6/6:30pm during the week and 7/7:30pm on the weekend. Nothing in the way of official hours.
  • Irayda R.
    Irayda RodríguezMay 10, 2013
    Mr. Churro is a must!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RMarch 29, 2013
    Go to Mr Churro.
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FrazierMarch 10, 2013
    Shop here!! Great prices beautiful people!
  • LA Home & Style
    LA Home & StyleMarch 9, 2013
    Liana comes here for all the mexican candy, like the chili coated watermelon lollipops.
  • Metrolink
    MetrolinkNovember 27, 2012
    Easy to get here. Just walk across the street from L.A. Union Station and enjoy some delicious food.
  • Solutions i.
    Solutions in LAOctober 10, 2012
    Walking down here will show you what LA used to look like before Hollywood existed. It was the first street in LA, and it is a great place to experience some of the local history, and Latino culture.
  • Mina K.
    Mina KailaniApril 11, 2012
    Love, love these small shops!
  • Shayne M.
    Shayne McDanielMarch 10, 2012
    Gotta try one of the Mexican food restaurants they are the best.
  • Rianna F.
    Rianna FausillMarch 2, 2012
    Tomorrow (3/3/12) there is a free lantern festival from noon to 7.
  • Joann J.
    Joann JaimesFebruary 24, 2012
    Go to Juanita's mexican cafe for taquitos!
  • Mando R.
    Mando RodarteFebruary 19, 2012
    el paseo restaurant is the best!
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128February 14, 2012
    The original street that made up Cuidad de Los Angeles. Celebrate colorful Mexican-American holidays like Dia De Los Muertos on Nov. 1 and the Blessing of the Animals on the Saturday before Easter.
  • Christy B.
    Christy BowmanJanuary 14, 2012
    Learning more about photography from my fabulous teacher, Mike Wolfe.
  • Carol G.
    Carol GeneDecember 30, 2011
    One more California Taco before you go back to New York, woo hoo
  • Deirdre H.
    Deirdre HollisDecember 30, 2011
    Juanita's. Been going there since BEFORE I was born. My mom was going there since she was seven. Best taquitos in town.
    DowntownLA.comDecember 2, 2011
    Don't miss the beloved December holiday tradition of Las Posadas, playing out Mary & Joseph's search for shelter. Singing, pan dulce, hot chocolate & pinatas! Learn more at
  • M. ManagerDecember 2, 2011
    Don't miss the beloved December holiday tradition of Las Posadas, playing out Mary & Joseph's search for shelter. Singing, pan dulce, hot chocolate & pinatas! Learn more at
  • Mary Ann R.
    Mary Ann RutherfordOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Juanita's food is amazing and a steal for the price! Their horchata is too good to be true! Love the very kind and sweet guys that work there!
  • Sylvia V.
    Sylvia VargasOctober 3, 2011
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm great place.
  • lomography
    lomographySeptember 29, 2011
    Don’t miss Olvera Street’s Mexican-style plaza area, where you can grab the popular taquitos or tacos.Make sure to bring lots of color and slide film to capture the vibrant colors of this marketplace!
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    It is a weird place, and gives you a great sense of an idealized version of an old Mexican bustling market street. But you have a churro and drink a Horchata and settle into looking around.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie StoneSeptember 11, 2011
    Known as home of original beef dip, bfast is not to b missed. Home made biscuits & coffee is still only 9 cents. Cheap and tasty.
  • Steve M.
    Steve MeissnerSeptember 10, 2011
    Try the mango margarita at El Paseo Inn. Its strong!
  • Greg
    GregAugust 19, 2011
    Espika Spanich??
  • jessica h.
    jessica howardAugust 3, 2011
    Beef taquitos with green sauce at the little kiosk at the end of the street!
  • Sydney
    SydneyJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the filled churros from Mr. Churro and Champurrado from La Luz del Dia, they are great paired together!
    DowntownLA.comApril 27, 2011
    No visit is complete without a custard-stuffed churro from Mr Churro. If you're here on the weekend, plan to stick around for music and performances on the plaza.
    NOWNESSApril 25, 2011
    LA: A favorite of Rodarte sibling duo Laura & Kate Mulleavy who call it "Our favorite place to get candied limes stuffed with coconut, and Mexican hot chocolate." Click "More Info" for more tips! Read more
  • Renee S.
    Renee SimonMarch 19, 2011
    Good happy hour at el paseo inn eat outside
  • Todd S.
    Todd StashwickMarch 13, 2011
    Went to Olvera street with my boy yesterday. It was terrific escape. Ate at the La Golondrina Cafe. Great food.
  • Diane Z.
    Diane ZurnMarch 4, 2011
    Very shady businesses here. Watch yourself. My friend visiting from Midwest had her cc # stolen here after using it, and there were tons of Mexico calling cards charged to her card!
  • John K.
    John K.February 7, 2011
    Everyone knows: it's the taquitos at Cielito Lindo drenched in green sauce, chased with soda and topped off with churros from the bakery over by the glass maker.
  • Mike G.
    Mike Gonzales CienfuegosJanuary 19, 2011
    Im one of the traditional Aztec Dancers dancing there from time to time. Come check it out!
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis MorinDecember 27, 2010
    The taquitos at the very end of Olvera Street are the best taquitos you will ever taste! The place is called Cielito Lindo.
  • Michelle Y.
    Michelle YoonNovember 2, 2010
    Snack I mean!!!!! Churros down here are ESP tasty
  • Michelle Y.
    Michelle YoonNovember 2, 2010
    Remember bring cash if you're craving a tasty anack
  • Mike G.
    Mike GaltNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dia de Los Muertos all year long down here.
  • eHow
    eHowSeptember 13, 2010
    Located downtown, Olvera Street is a vibrant Mexican marketplace with food, wares and festivities. Chinatown is also within walking distance. Read more
  • Phillip O.
    Phillip OzakiSeptember 10, 2010
    Its by union station so check it out
  • Mike K.
    Mike KahrsAugust 26, 2010
    Try Juanita's!
  • Quoc T.
    Quoc TangAugust 15, 2010
    Get the caramel filled churro from Mr. Churro, soo good.
  • The Standard
    The StandardAugust 5, 2010
    CA (See) Wander through LA's birthplace, buy a lucha libre mask, sip a margarita and listen to the mariachis... Read more
  • 987LA
    987LAJune 24, 2010
    If you wanna see the old heart of the city, this is it--part of the original brick pueblo that founded Los Angeles. Don’t miss the margaritas & guacamole at La Golondrina! Read more
  • Jose P.
    Jose PadillaJune 14, 2010
    Chillen wit da Fam
  • Steven V.
    Steven VillaMay 2, 2010
    Rodolfo's is the best for a quick bite to eat! Get the beef tacos with a side of guacamole and a jamaica...delicious!
  • a A.
    a AApril 3, 2010
    Christmas time is best time to visit
  • Trevor C.
    Trevor ChangJanuary 26, 2010
    Visit the main square at the end of Olvera St on a Saturday Night. Enjoy / Dance to authentic, live Mexican music with the locals.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MorrisDecember 21, 2009
    get a custard filled churro at mr. churro
  • Philippe L.
    Philippe LouAugust 14, 2016
    Belle rue à la mexicaine. Plus veux quartier de LA. Plein de petites boutiques.
  • Ale P.
    Ale ParrishJanuary 6, 2015
    Si extrañas México ... Ven a comer una quesadilla !!! Y la señora de la plaza vende fruta con Chile Jajajajajaja
  • Tez Proje Hazırlama Y.
    süper bir yer, tavsiye edilir, Read more
  • Hossam A.
    Hossam AlfraihMarch 21, 2014
    تتوفر مواقف قربية (خلف فندق ميترو بلازا) وبيعر ثابت (٥ دولارات لكامل اليوم). وهذا أرخص بكثير من غيرها (١٤ دولار أو ٢.٥ دولار لكل ثلث ساعة). Park behind Metro Plaza hotel for just $5 flat rate.
  • Hossam A.
    Hossam AlfraihMarch 21, 2014
    هذا المكان (أكثر من غيره) يشعرك وكأنك في المكسيك. غالب المكان يكون ظلاً عندما تكون الشمس ساطعة. بضائع ومأكولات مكسيسكية غالبها ليست بتلك الجودة. I can call this place a mini Mexico.
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