Los Angeles is well known for landmarks like the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Rodeo Drive but there are some areas that you may not have heard of that still deserve some recognition. One of these places is Olvera Street, or the “birthplace of Los Angeles”. In 2015, it was named one of the top 5 streets in America by the American Planning Association!
History of Olvera Street:
Olvera Street began as a Spanish pueblo in 1781. A pueblo is an American Indian settlement in the Southwest of the United States. Pueblos are multistoried adobe houses built by the Pueblo people. Adobe is a type of clay that can be made into sun-dried bricks and used as a building material. In 1821, when Los Angeles was a part of Mexico and Olvera Street was an important center for Mexican community and farming. In 1848, Mexico ceded California to the United States. Ceded means to give up power or territory. The Olvera Street we know today was created in the 1930s in order to preserve California’s customs and trades. Preserve means to maintain, or keep something in its original state. Now it is home to dozens of restaurants, Mexican traditional craft stores, and businesses. If you go there today you can get a taste of Mexican culture and heritage!
Three Must See Places in Olvera Street:
1. Mr. Churro E-12 Olvera St C, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Churros are sweet long pieces of fried dough that are dusted in sugar or cinnamon. Come here for churros of all types. Mr. Churro has all types of churros including churros that are filled with caramel and cream. Yum!
2. La Noche Buena Restaurant 12 Olvera St Los Angeles, CA 90012
This food stand is humble but don’t be fooled by its exterior. They have delicious quesadillas here. A quesadilla is a tortilla filled with cheese and various other toppings and is grilled.