I vividly recall visiting Los Angeles with my eighth-grade Spanish class. We took the Amtrak from San Diego to Union Station in Downtown L.A. and walked across the street to Placita Olvera, or Olvera Street, a historic Mexican marketplace. While there, we practiced our Spanish by ordering lunch and paying for tchotchkes in Español. Why I purchased a sombrero is beyond me, but a wonderful time was had by all. It’s been at least 16 years since I’ve been back to that culturally rich, vibrant, brick-paved plaza, which is a shame, really, since I’ve lived in L.A. County for more than eight years.
Last Friday, my colleagues and I found ourselves near Olvera Street after attending a professional development workshop, so we took a short walk to the placita for a bite to eat. It was tough to choose from all the many options, but we settled on El Rancho Grande, where I feasted on these delicious taquitos with guacamole sauce. Their hot sauces were fire, too!
After lunch, we walked around the various shops and saw so many things we wanted. How darling are these leather purses? No doubt they’re authentic.
See more of the sights from Olvera Street after the jump!
The oldest part of Downtown L.A., Olvera Street ends with this ornate cross commemorating the fact that it is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.
This ready-made bandido ensemble is here for the taking, should you ever need one.
Luchador masks galore, a la Nacho Libre!
There was no shortage of colorful calaveras.
I fell head over heels for these leather sandals and wedges.
Placita Olvera, you gem! Thanks for the dose of history and frivolity to lighten the work day.