• 8484 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 515
  • Beverly Hills, CA 90211
  • T: 424-247-9666

Unique Los Angeles Tours

Melting Pot Food Tours is like the indie film of city tours, this company has a strong cult following and they have been featured in many “off the beaten path” type articles. The small tour company was created by Lisa and Diane Scalia, who grew up in the area and spent a lot of their youth hanging out in Old Pasadena before its current revival. Melting Pot Food Tours offers four signature tours:

  • Old Pasadena Food Tasting Walking Tour
  • Original Farmers Market Food & History Tour
  • East LA Latin Flavor Tour
  • Chef Tila’s Flavors of Thai Town Food Tour

Old Pasadena Food Tasting Walking Tour

The entire tour takes place throughout Old Pasadena, and guests walk from one location to the next. While it is branded as a food tour, guests are pleasantly surprised to also learn about the city’s history and architecture. Guests are lead through Old Pasadena’s beautiful alleys and secret thru-ways that exist on land formerly occupied by orange groves.

Restaurants on the Tour

The food tour features Pasadena’s independently owned restaurants, many of which are family-run and have been in business for decades. These are the types of restaurants that travelers would not easily find on their own, essentially, it is a tour of hidden gems that can only be found in the alleys rather than the main boulevards. Without giving too much away, here is what to expect:

Mexican Tortas Cafe

Asian-Fusion Restaurant

Artisan Chocolatier

Cafes specializing in Middle-Eastern, South American, and Indian cuisines

Tea Tasting

Handmade Soap Kitchen

Gelato Shop that makes really fun and interesting flavors

Sampling of gourmet treats in a food co-op

When Are Tours Offered?

Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour is offered Saturdays and Sundays between 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM.

Book a Tour

Book online; call +1 (424) 247-9666; or email info@meltingpottours.com

Meeting Location

Expect to meet near Raymond Avenue at Holly Street; the exact location is provided at the time of purchase.

Video – Sneak Peek

What to Bring

Comfortable shoes for walking and bottled water.

Parking

There are a few public parking structures near the meeting location, generally parking is free for the first 90-minutes, and $2 for each additional hour, $6 daily maximum.

Marriott Park & Walk
171 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 577-8963
Spaces Available: 147
Hours of Operation: 24/7/365

Holly Street Garage
150 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 817-0827
Spaces Available: 540
Hours of Operation: 24/7/365

Public Transportation

The Metro Gold Line‘s Memorial Park Station is a block from the meeting location — guests who ride the Metro to the tour receive a $5 discount. Pasadena Transit routes 20, 40, 51, 52 all drop off near the meeting location.

Gratuity

Tour guides accept gratuity, 15%-20% is customary.

Website

meltingpottours.com

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