my favorite childhood memories always send me back to the cobble-stone walkways in the colorful village on Olvera Street filled with shops and scents drifting
from a Mexican restaurant or two tucked inside. Comprised of 27 historic buildings and a traditional Mexican plaza area
a trip to this part of Los Angeles, truly feels like a small trip out of the city. (A breath of fresh air when living in
a city like L.A.) Whether the family was heading there only for a bite of authentic Mexican food or to experience a
fiesta taking place, Olvera Street holds a special place in my mind. Although this was some time ago, the area has
continued to provide a unique historical experience for visitors and residents alike.
Las Angelitas, El Pueblo’s docent organization gives free
tours to groups Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10AM – 12PM. Brochures with information on all the historic buildings
can be used for self-guided tours, where with the right amount of time you’ll be able to stroll into tiny shops for
Mexican wares similar to those found in old Mexico. If you’re there for the food and the food only, have a bite for me.
Specifically the taquitos and extra guacamole. Please.
Olvera Street is only a stone’s throw away from Union
Station, La Placita Church, and one block from Chinatown.