Tourists from all over the world flock to this colorful Mexican marketplace on the site of the birthplace of Los Angeles.
Olvera Street, also known as La Placita Olvera, resides in one of the oldest districts of Los Angeles and is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The brick-lined street is about a block long and is filled with street vendors, restaurants and shops.
For authentic Mexican cuisine, go to La Golondrina, the oldest restaurant on Olvera Street. On the menu, you'll find popular dishes such as enchiladas, tacos and fajitas, as well as specialties such as mole poblano and cochinita pibil. Don't leave before taking a look at the oldest house in LA still standing — The Avila Adobe. Dating back to 1818, the home was constructed by Francisco José Avila and housed his family and descendants. Visitors are welcomed to walk through the house and view recreations of the rooms as they appeared during the 19th century.