El Pueblo Historical Monument
To see a restored 1800s-era kitchen and bedroom, visit the Sepulveda House and its visitor center.
The oldest surviving house in LA was built in 1818 by a wealthy ranchero and one-time LA mayor, and later became a boarding house and...
Old Plaza Firehouse
The city’s oldest fire station (1884) is now a one-room museum filled with dusty old fire-fighting equipment and photographs.
Philippe the Original
From LAPD hunks to stressed-out attorneys to smooching couples, everyone loves Philippe’s, where the French-dip sandwich was invented...
Lonely Planet review
Nope, LA didn’t spring from the head of Hollywood directors, it was a full-blown community a good 100 years before DW Griffith showed up. Grab a map at restored Firehouse No 1 (the Plaza Firehouse) then wander through narrow Olvera St’s vibrant Mexican-themed stalls.