Shopping Excursions

Pasadena Fast Facts
 
DYNAMIC SHOPPING DISTRICTS
 
Spanning 22 blocks, Old Pasadena reflects the traditions of early California blending more than 200 retail stores, ar t galleries, trendy boutiques, vintage clothing stores, theaters and restaurants. Retailers include Tiffany & Co., Guess, Apple Store, H & M, Banana Republic, and Diesel.
 
The Pasadena Playhouse District is an eclectic mix of art, theatre and literature, all enhanced with 1920s architecture.  Visit Vroman’s Bookstore, the oldest independent bookstore in Southern California. Other must-sees include Canterbury Records  and Jacob Maarse Florist.
 
European ambiance is most evident along the 10, tree-lined blocks of South Lake Avenue, which is home to upscale boutiques, designer stores and eateries. This active business community and bustling retail center features Macy’s, Anthropologie and Orvis.
 
PLAZAS THAT AIM TO PLEASE
 
Nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena, One Colorado is a creative square where 19th century architecture  meets superlative shopping. National retailers and one-of-a-kind boutiques include Gap, Crate & Barrel, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Elisa B., and The Soap Kitchen.
 
Paseo Colorado is an open-air marketplace featuring shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre. Specialty retailers include  Tommy Bahama, MAC Cosmetics, BCBG Max Azria, and J. Jill.
 
FLEA MARKET FINDS
 
The Pasadena City College Flea Market is held the first Sunday of each month and is free. Peruse the wares of 450 vendors offering antiques, records, collectibles, and food
 
Pasadena’s famous Rose Bowl Flea Market is held the second Sunday of every month  at the Rose Bowl Stadium and costs a nominal fee. The market boasts more than 2,500 vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, handmade quilts, and collectibles. Celebrity sightings are frequent!
 
Take one of Urban Shopping Adventures’ Rose Bowl Flea Market Tours. Learn to navigate “America’s Marketplace of Unusual Items” like a pro with the help of a knowledgeable guide.
 
ACRES OF ANTIQUES
 
The Pasadena Antique Center & Annex alone offers 130 dealers selling furniture, jewelry, art, and rare books. More antique shops can be found in and around the three shopping districts.
 
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