Mariachi Plaza de Los Ángeles, just over a mile east of Downtown Los Angeles in Boyle Heights, is named for the mariachi musicians who have gathered there since the 1930s. In 2009, Mariachi Plaza became home to a metro rail stop along the Gold Line.
This little plaza has managed to hold on to the charm of yesteryear. Faded storefronts are the backdrop to older men smoking and socializing on the outdoor patio chairs. Mariachi stand on the corner. There are a potpourri of delicious hole-in-the wall mexican restaurants across the street and nearby the plaza.
Take the metro there, have an afternoon of soaking up the culture and enjoying the surroundings. Mariachi Plaza is special gem in LA and should be cherished.