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Key Info

7561 Center Ave.

Price & Hours

Free
24/7

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Free, Cafes, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

For a taste of Europe in Southern California, head to Old World Village. True to its name, this shopping, dining and entertainment complex features an old-world ambiance that will make you feel like you're in Germany. Inside the Bavarian-style buildings, you'll find novelty shops selling everything from cuckoo clocks to glass trinkets, as well as a German beer garden and eateries dishing up German classics like apple strudel and bratwurst. Plus, the property's main restaurant and bar hosts an Oktoberfest celebration every year from early September to early November.

Reviewers say Old World Village is a terrific place to bring kids for a dose of culture and traditional German fare. In fact, the cuisine here is so authentic that visitors who've traveled to Germany or are originally from the country claim it reminds them of what they've enjoyed back in Europe. However, a few travelers bemoaned the dated appearance of the property and its limited selection of shops.

You'll find Old World Village less than 4 miles northeast of Huntington Central Park in the northern part of the city. The village is free to visit, though opening hours and prices vary by vendor. Complimentary parking is available on-site. Visit the official Old World Village website to find out more about the property.

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