Hidden Gems: Olvera Street

There are many gems in LA hidden practically in plain sight.  Olvera Street is just east of the 110 freeway in Downtown LA, but it feels worlds away.  Its an open-air Mexican marketplace with long narrow walkways, street vendors, and the best taquitos in town.  We even caught some of the Aztec Folkloric performers and sampled authentic tequila.

The history of Los Angeles often falls in the shadow of the glitz and glam of Hollywood, but there is so much more cultural depth to the city than that. This area is probably one of the best preserved historic parts of town, with many of today’s merchants descended from the originals of the 1930s.

When I feel like I want to get out of town but not actually have to leave or check into a hotel, this is one the great local LA escapes.

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A fine selection of tchotchkes. Wearing J.O.A. dress, Attention Frames, Givenchy shoes
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The shopping out here is to die for.. Just look at those colorful skirts
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And all the chanclas! HEAVEN

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Tamarind candy.  Basically pure sugar and all things tart to make you pucker

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Of course Adam was most drawn to the wrestler masks.
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mini Piñatas

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Tacos and enchiladas at El Paseo Inn.  Fantástico. Next time we’ll get the famous taquitos from Cielito Lindo.

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