hollywood to olvera street

melrose ave art scene

If your idea of a good time is shopping, eating, and street art gazing then Melrose Ave is the place for you. With one of a kind boutiques and restaurants, Melrose Ave has become a tourist attraction for foreigners and locals alike. This stretch of Los Angeles is not only a Mecca for shoppers, but street artists and enthusiast as well. Within the back alleys of Melrose Ave live artworks by the likes of @alecmonopoly, @humansmakeart, @freehumanity, @wrdsmth and @plasticjesus, just to name a few. Definitely worth spending an afternoon strolling up and down the streets. Thanks to @pm1217 & @impermanent_art for their tips, and continued commitment to sharing all the beautiful art this gorgeous city has to offer.

wattles gardens park

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1824 N Curson Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046

"[Wattles Mansion] was built in 1907 by wealthy Omaha, Nebraska, banker Gurdon Wattles as a winter home. It has been split into several areas, including the Wattles Mansion, Wattles Park, and Wattles Gardens. The estate has been recognized as "the only remaining intact example of the once plentiful Hollywood estates from the period preceding the film industry, when Hollywood was primarily agricultural and was a wintering home for wealthy Easterners and Midwesterners.” According to the City of Los Angeles, "'Jualita' is one of the few remaining landscapes reminiscent of another era and tradition, possessing a genuine integrity of setting, design, workmanship, and association.” Wattles Garden Park is a very tranquil and luscious green oasis in the middle of a residential area. A preferable hangout for families, dogs, and exercisers. This hilltop home offers stunning views of the skyline, as well as a hidden getaway to just kick off your shoes, and lay down in the cool grass.

"(heart) who you are"

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What: “Heart (You Are Who You Are)” is a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” piece of street art that has been tagged anonymously, but developed a large-scale neighborhood following. The mural has since been expanded upon since its initial erection all the way to the opposing street corner, and now features additional graffiti on top of it. While some could view this as disrespectful to an already established piece of street art, it’s nice to view the mural as so established and part of the community’s aesthetic that artists are using it as its own canvas.

Where: Santa Monica Boulevard (between Gateway and Sanborn avenues)

What Else: Amelia’s Espresso & Panini has a delicious menu full of perfectly brewed coffee, deliciously crafted sandwiches and of course their titular panini. Their hours are shockingly limited though, so make sure you double check before making a stop.

Also: M.A.K.E. is Santa Monica’s well-established raw food hot spot, located nearby


olvera street

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845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


"Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” is a Mexican Marketplace that recreates a romantic “Old Los Angeles” with a block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined market with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Olvera Street was created in 1930 “to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California." Many of the merchants on Olvera Street today are descended from the original vendors. Visitors from around the world stroll around the marketplace smelling the ever-present taquitos and tacos at the outdoor cafes, listening to the strolling mariachi music, and watching Aztecs and Mexican folkloric dancers. The puestos offer handcrafted items such as pottery, belts, wallets, purses, leather and Mexican folk art. Olvera Street continues to be a major tourist stop attracting as many as two million visitors per year."


union station

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"Los Angeles Union Station (or LAUS) is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing La Grande Station and Central Station. Approved in a controversial ballot measure in 1926 and built in the 1930s, it served to consolidate rail services from a number of railroads (the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific) into one terminal station. Conceived on a grand scale, Union Station became known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, the station is a major transportation hub for Southern California, providing 60,000 passengers a day access to Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) long distance trains, Amtrak California regional trains, Metrolink commuter trains, and several Metro Rail subway and light rail lines. The Patsaouras Transit Plaza on the east side of the station serves dozens of bus lines operated by Metro and several other municipal carriers."


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