Old Pasadena Alleyway at Gold Bug

Support Woman-Owned Businesses

As Pasadena celebrates Women's History Month, we encourage visitors to support local woman-owned businesses.

Women have played a pivotal part of shaping Pasadena's culture. From NASA/JPL's "human calculator" Rocket Girls, to Octavia Butler (author), to Sally Field (actress), to Julia Child (chef), to Julia Morgan (architect), to Loretta Thompson-Glickman (first Black mayor of Pasadena), to the 1999 US Women's Soccer Team, and so many more, these women have set records and defied boundaries in their fields.

We are more than proud of the ladies who have left their mark on our city, and we encourage you to join us in supporting all the women in Pasadena as they continue to make it a great place to live. Below is a list of some of the local restaurants and retailers owned, run, and lovingly cared for by the women of Pasadena.

Amara's Chocolate food collage
Outdoor Dining

Kathleen’s Restaurant

Kathleen’s Restaurant was established in 1982 by Efren Bugarin and Kathleen Meymarian. You’ll find that Kathleen’s menu offers a wide variety of California...

Shopping

Kimono no Kobeya

Located in the Burlington Arcade, Kimono no Kobeya is a boutique shop with the largest selection of authentic Japanese kimonos on this side of the Pacific....

American

Lavender & Honey

Eat, Drink and ShopLavender & Honey is a delightful boutique coffee bar and deli serving the Pasadena community since 2014. A charming place with an espresso...

Little Flower chocolate cake dessert
American

Little Flower Pasadena

Little Flower Pasadena is a charming cafe and candy kitchen on the western edge of Pasadena. Since 2007, Little Flower Pasadena has prepared fresh delicious...

Coffee

Mandarin Coffee Stand

Located in the Harry Potter-esque Burlington Arcade shopping area of the South Lake District, Mandarin Coffee Shop is a small, woman-owned AAPI business...

Outdoor Dining

Margarita’s Pasadena

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant has been sharing authentic Mexican dishes since 1977. Guests enter a warm, inviting space and leave as family -- with plenty of...

Outdoor Dining

Mijares Mexican Restaurant

It was 100 years ago that Jesucita Mijares fled the revolution in Mexico, searching for a new life for her family. After settling in Pasadena, she opened a...

Millies cafe exterior
Outdoor Dining

Millie’s Cafe

Beloved, Old-Fashioned Breakfast. Millie's Cafe was established in 1926 and remains committed to offering the best ingredients prepared the traditional way –...

Motto tea tiger bubble tea taro boba
Outdoor Dining

Motto Tea Cafe

Motto Tea Cafe is the place for premium tea drink selections. They use ingredients sourced from arround the globe and guarantee that all are natural...

Outdoor Dining

My Place Cafe

My Place Cafe (Previously Sidewalk Cafe) is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch, or stay for brunch. Their patio is a great place to enjoy a fluffy waffle...

Things To Do

Neon Retro Arcade

Neon Retro Arcade is a "new" entertainment concept that celebrates the history of video games. Proudly featuring 40+ classic arcade games and pinball machines...

Osawa
Michelin Plate

Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi

Owner Sayuri Tachibe along with Chef de Cuisine Norio Yoshikawa (Katsuya), fuse the modern and the traditional at Pasadena's new outpost for sushi, shabu-shabu...

Additional woman-owned locations you can support

  • Spenga
  • LoveBug & Me Music
  • Gold Line Pilates
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Los Tacos
  • Walker Viden
  • Southern Roots
  • Pacific Harps
  • Mercadito Monarca
  • Pasadena Antique Mall
  • Wellness Powers Life

If you are a small business in Pasadena and wish to be included in this list, please reach out to us via email at marketing@visitpasadena.com.