Los Angeles: El Pueblo and Olvera Street

by Sanne
El Pueblo, Los Angeles

The historical district El Pueblo is home to some of the oldest buildings in Los Angeles. The neighborhood is just north of Little Tokyo, so when I was visiting Little Tokyo one afternoon, I decided that I might as well stop by El Pueblo too.

On GoogleMaps, the walk seemed manageable, but I forgot to factor in the burning sun and my inappropriate footwear. It was a very hot day, and the road I took wasn’t really made for pedestrians. Midway, I was about to give up and looked around for a cab to hail, but there weren’t any in sight. For a moment I considered trying to score a lift with the school bus, but that would have been pathetic, so I kept on walking and arrived at El Pueblo sweaty and dehydrated.

El Pueblo was a nice and calm place. It was probably even calmer than usual, because it was so hot, and most people had fled inside the air conditioned restaurants. I passed a lot of nice looking spots, but I wasn’t hungry at all, so I just had a soda.

I walked down Olvera Street and the Mexican Market, while admiring all the colorful items for sale, but it was just too hot to be outside that day, so I went to see the house museum Avila Adobe. Dating back to 1818, Avila Adobe is reportedly the oldest house in Los Angeles. It was damaged by the earthquake in 1971 and went through a major restoration, before it reopened to the public as a house museum.

It was interesting to learn more about the history of LA and it was fascinating to see the place, where it all started. I would have liked to spend more time in El Pueblo, to have some food and also visit some of the other historical sights and museums, but it was just too hot, so after Avila Adobe, I walked over to Union Station and took the metro back to Hollywood.

Visit El Pueblo’s website

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