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The Ultimate Guide to Olvera Street

At Hotel Figueroa, we’re proud to be surrounded by a myriad of revitalizing and lively cultural hubs. Each one of these hubs speaks to LA’s intrinsic history, deep cultural roots, and the modern-day experiences that keep the city brimming with life. As you plan your stay at Hotel Figueroa, we invite you to visit Olvera Street in Los Angeles, a Mexican streetscape rich with unique street vendors, restaurants, and captivating entertainment to make your stay an inspiring one.

A Cultural Destination

Olvera Street is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles” and dates back to the 1930s. This historic street was created with the intent to preserve and foster the customs of “early California.” Preservation efforts were led by Christine Sterling, who raised money to repair many of the street’s historic buildings, wanting to create a space where people could learn about the area’s Mexican heritage. Fortunately, many of the vendors today are descendants of the original vendors, bringing a special timelessness and authentic feel to the iconic block. Olvera Street’s history is a reflection of LA’s deep appreciation for the arts, diversity, and community, and is something that can be experienced today.

Getting There

This cultural hotspot is located in the vicinity of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, and if you’re wondering about Olvera Street hours, the marketplace is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Surrounded by other cultural communities, you can make the most of your trip by taking a trip to Chinatown, Little Tokyo, or the Arts District, all at a close distance and easily reachable with public transportation. As a plus, Union Station is only a six-minute walk away from the Olvera Street market, and if you’re driving, all revenue from Olvera Street parking lots goes directly toward supporting El Pueblos’s museums, maintenance, and administration.

Exploring Olvera Street

The expanse of this family-friendly and pet-friendly hub comes to life with the vibrant colors of the street vendors and their artisan crafts. From rich textiles to pottery, purses, and Mexican folk art, there’s a range of goods perfect for everyone’s tastes at Olvera Street shops. Displaying a beautiful blend of Spanish and Mexican influences, the architecture is breathtaking and invites all visitors to come and immerse themselves in the culture that makes Los Angeles so special. After exploring the rich colors of the marketplace, get a taste of the rich cuisine offerings found at Olvera Street’s restaurants. Noteworthy locales include Cielito Lindo, serving world-class taquitos since 1943, and Mr. Churro, serving decadent churros for a sweet treat.

Olvera Street Celebrations

If Olvera Street food leaves you hungry for more of the area’s distinct personality, immerse yourself in the depths of Mexican culture with the unique entertainment and programming. From the pleasing sound of mariachi music to vibrant folkloric dances, the cultural experiences that take place make Olvera Street a world-famous destination. 

Throughout the year, the famous streetscape is host to renowned celebrations such as Olvera Street Dia de Los Muertos festival, Three Kings Day, the Blessing of the Animals, Cinco de Mayo, Fiestas Patrias (Mexican Independence Day), and more. Check out the annual calendar of events, planned by the Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation.

Step Into History

Olvera Street landmarks and museums carry the very heart of Los Angeles. These destinations are a prime example of what it means to preserve the culture and artistic expression that LA bestows so proudly. One example of that is the Avila Adobe — LA’s oldest house and a California Historic Landmark. Step into this landmark and you’ll find that dark wood tables, detailed carpentry, and organic materials depict what it was like to live in California in the 1840s.

Take your exploration further by visiting one of the many other locales, such as the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, the Chinese American Museum, The Sepulveda Home, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and Los Angeles Plaza Park. Finally, don’t forget to stop by Olvera Street’s church, La Placita, also known as the Old Plaza Church — one of the first church buildings in LA. All of these landmark destinations carry a special part of Olvera Street’s history, making them worthwhile stops on your itinerary.

A Revitalizing Experience

The magic of Olvera Street and its cultural surroundings await you during your stay in Los Angeles. Marked by artistic details, handcrafted keepsakes, and tasteful Mexican cuisine, we can’t wait to host you at Hotel Figueroa as you discover the very best of Olvera Street.