Old Pasadena

With 22 blocks designated as a National Register Historic District, Old Pasadena abounds with impeccably restored late 19th and early 20th-century architecture. “Old Pas,” as locals affectionately call it, offers open-air shopping plazas, hidden laneways and a lively strip of retailers and restaurants along the main drag, Colorado Boulevard.

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Eat

Maestro excels at modern Mexican in a plush setting, with a killer mezcal list to boot. True Food Kitchen and Sage Plant Based Bistro specialize in ultra-healthy, super delicious fare. Osawa delights sushi and shabu shabu lovers with their meticulously prepared Japanese cuisine and artful presentation. The fruits of the sea are the star of the show at New England-inspired Fishwives. The intimate, Italian-inflected Union Restaurant is deservedly one of Pasadena’s most popular dinner destinations. Another Italian hot spot, Mi Piace has been pleasing palates for 30 years. Luggage Room Pizzeria prepares delectable pizzas in their woodburning oven and neighboring Otis Bar shakes up gourmet level cocktails for post-pizza sips.

Shop

Colorado Boulevard and Green Street are lined with a large mix of national chains and independent retailers as diverse as Design Within Reach, Goorin Bros. and Warby Parker, to name just a few. The beauty product wonderland Space NK Apothecary London is a dazzling addition to the neighborhood. Meander through the upscale One Colorado outdoor shopping center to find elegant clothing stores like Finn + Willow, Joie, and Cop Copine. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind housewares and gifts, beeline to Gold Bug, Maude Woods, and Homage. Jenette Bras carries Southern California’s largest selection of size D-K bras and swimwear.

Gold Bug Store
Castle Green

Play

Play arcade and video games straight out of the 1980s at The Neon Retro Arcade, where more than 50 “vintage” games entertain all ages. Stroll through the 9.2-acre Central Park (275 S. Raymond Ave.). Take exterior photos of the 1898 Nationally Registered Historic Monument Castle Green, a popular film production and event space—the inside is open to the public for tours only twice a year. Check out the latest exhibits at the Armory Center for the Arts, an independent contemporary art and community arts educational institution. Sip while you paint your very own masterpiece at Pinot’s Palette. Watch a movie paired with gourmet eats and drinks at IPIC Pasadena, a high-end cinema in One Colorado.

Nightlife

True to its name, The Speakeasy (25 N. Raymond Ave.) is a proper 1920s bar where you need a password to gain entrance—email [email protected] to request the magic word. You won’t have to jump through any hoops to get into White Horse Lounge, a southern-inspired cocktail den. Oenophiles can swirl, sniff and sip California vintages at We Olive’s Wine Bar, and The Cellar. A good time can always be found at Pasadena’s largest night club, Club 54 Lounge & Nightclub, offering three levels of music, dancing, and drinks. A full-on nightclub experience is also on the menu at iX Tapa Cantina. Lively, laid-back Edwin Mills by Equator is the spot for late-night drinks with tasty eats.

The Cellar
Take-Out

1810 Argentinean Cuisine

Named after the “Cabildo Abierto”, a spontaneous revolution in Buenos Aires between May 22nd and May 25th in the year 1810, 1810 Restaurant serves authentic...

freddie's 35er bar
Brewery/Pub

35er Bar

No matter what team you're rooting for, 35ers is the ideal sports bar to watch the game. There are 15 TVs positioned everywhere and anywhere, so no seat is a...

Again Coffee, ramen, cafe
Japanese

Again Cafe & Chibiscus Ramen

Cafe by day and ramen stop by night, Again Cafe and Chibiscus Ramen offers a unique concept on West Green Street. Between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, guests can order...

all india cafe
Indian

All India Café

Indian Restaurant Pasadena. All India Cafe is a low-key Indian restaurant in Old Pasadena, it is family-run and the food here is authentic. Their menu...

Bakery

Amara Chocolate and Coffee

Amara Chocolate and Coffee is a Venezuelan café specializing in coffee, arepas, cachapas, and Spanish churros. They offer unique Venezuelan flavors. A full...

Arclight Pasadena
Movie Theaters

ArcLight Pasadena

A Movie Lovers Movie Theater. Arclight is recognized as the movie theater for movie lovers. Arclight Pasadena is located at Paseo Colorado, across between...

Amory center for the arts
Art Museums

Armory Center for the Arts

The Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching and presenting the arts. The Armory Center for the Arts has...

arroyo chophouse
Steakhouse

Arroyo Chop House

Classic American Steakhouse. Arroyo Chop House is a classic American steakhouse located near the mansions of Millionaire's Row. Their USDA Prime beef is aged...

Bar Celona
Bar

Bar Celona

Tapas Bar and Nightlife. Bar Celona is a Spanish Tapas bar in the heart of Colorado Blvd in Old Pasadena. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and in...

Barney's Beanery ceiling bar
American

Barney’s Beanery Pasadena

Route 66 Roadhouse. Barney's Beanery is a Route 66 Roadhouse located in Old Pasadena. Their large newspaper-style menu features 40 craft beers on draft, a...

Battery Books
Shopping

Battery Books and Music

The Battery Books and Music is a used bookstore in Pasadena, located within walking distance of the Pasadena Convention Center. Search through aisles...

Bikes and Hikes LA
Active Life and Sports

Bikes & Hikes LA

Hiking and Biking ToursThrough a selection of five regularly scheduled guided biking and hiking tours, Bikes & Hikes LA offers individual travelers an up close...