Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Olvera Street, Los Angeles

After several decades since my last visit, I recently decided to revisit Olvera Street. My vague memories of Olvera Street included spending my lunch money on confetti eggs and contributing to a confetti war in the courtyard before joining friend and foe on the yellow bus back to school. I knew it was a place of historical significance but that wasn't as important to me as nailing a classmate with a confetti egg at that time in my life. It was definitely my favorite place to go on a field trip. As an adult, I wondered what draws so many visitors to Olvera Street year after year. Olvera Street Olvera Street is part of the Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site that includes several buildings adjacent to Olvera Street. It was originally established in 1781 by Spanish settlers and marks the beginning of the City of Los Angeles. Olvera Street resides in the shadows of City Hall and many of the surrounding buildings are named after early, influential city officials. Olvera Street is only open to pedestrian traffic and is all about the shopping and dining. This narrow, brick-lined street is packed with colorful Mexican shops selling authentic goods from cheap trinkets and toys to quality leather goods and clothing. Intermingled with the shops are several inviting Mexican restaurants, some with patios overlooking street activities. Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Site After making my way down one side of the street I stopped at Cielito Lindo, an iconic taquito stand that's been at the same location since 1934. I concur with Angelinos that say they're the best taquitos north of the border. They're stuffed with a hefty amount of shredded beef and smothered with a delicious guacamole tomatillo sauce that's mildly spicy… Perfecto! I followed that with a refreshing margarita at El Paseo Inn made by a bartender who's been serving drinks there for the past 39 years. The day was finished by walking back up the other side of Olvera Street and returning to select shops to make my purchases. Although they still sell confetti eggs, single or by the dozen, my lunch money went towards taquitos this time. Cielito Lindo Olvera Street is conveniently located across the street from L.A. Union Station. All Los Angeles buses and trains have connections that hub to Union Station. I took Amtrak in and Metrolink out. Metrolink is about half the price of Amtrak but each has its own amenities, stops and hours that can make either advantageous. Considering that I left Union Station near 5pm on a Thursday, my train ride was a slice of heaven compared to driving. Although I wouldn't recommend venturing out on foot from the area, Olvera Street and Union Station had a significant police presence and felt very safe. For those needing that extra incentive to brighten their day… there's a Starbucks in Union Station. L.A. Union Station Visit our website for more information:
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