Olvera Street is known as the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, and otherwise known as El Pueblo Historic Monument. The colorful village that exists along Olvera Street features 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican style plaza area. Visitors to the area can wander around the marketplace and shop for souvenirs including handcrafted Mexican wares typical of old Mexico. The street is located directly across from the street at Union Station and one block from Chinatown.
On weekends guests can enjoy outdoor entertainment by strolling by the bolero musicians, Mariachis music and performances by Aztec Indians and folkloric dancing. Olvera Street is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. However, some stores may open earlier and close later depending on the season. It is also not uncommon for shops to close in the middle of the day or early afternoon for a classic Mexican siesta. Olvera Street is free to the public, with no admission prices.
Outdoor cafes and beautiful tree-lined streets add to the ambience of the area. Olvera Street also offers a variety of traditional authentic Mexican cuisine, with classic enchiladas, mole and other native to Mexico dishes. Today Olvera Street is one of the most famous attractions in Los Angeles.
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