Crunching Churros and Strumming Guitars in LA's Little Mexico
Paper streamers and leafy branches cast dappled shadows over this alleyway full of embroidered blouses, hot pink guitars, wrestling masks, and hand-painted ceramics. Olvera Street, or Calle Olvera, is sandwiched between Chinatown and Union Station in downtown LA. This little pocket of taquerías and craft vendors sells tchotchkes and treasures from all over Mexico. The scent of simmering onions, fried cinnamon, and fresh-cut wood wafts through the narrow cobblestone streets. Live mariachi music fills the air and the afternoon sun catches the sequins that cover their fabulous jackets and sombreros. Dig into a chile relleno burrito, try on chunky turquoise jewelry, and take a food-coma siesta in the plaza.