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.