Old Pasadena

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.

It's no secret that 2020 has been rocky for both residents and local businesses, we encourage visitors to shop small and dine local. You can browse stores safely, in-person with a mask, or go online and opt for contactless pick up or delivery right to your door. View the Shop Pasadena directory.

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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.

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.

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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 info@speakeasypasadena.com 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
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...

Outdoor Dining

Beer & Claw

Beer and Claw is a beautiful new Cajun Gastropub in the heart of Old Pasadena featuring fresh seafood and a lively bar.

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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...

Blind Donkey
Outdoor Dining

Blind Donkey

Craft Whiskey Bar. The Goat Group, a distinguished company led by beer and spirits expert Ryan Sweeney, Brandon Bradford, and Alen Aivazian first launched in...

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Outdoor Dining

Bone Kettle

Southeast Asian Kitchen. Bone Kettle adds a new twist to the Pasadena culinary community by introducing their culturally-inspired dishes. Bone Kettle's broth...

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Outdoor Dining

Café Santorini

Located in historic Old Pasadena, Café Santorini offers Mediterranean cuisine, cocktails and an excellent wine list. The ambiance of their indoor dining room...

Castle Green
Architecture

Castle Green

Historic Hotel. Built in 1898, the Castle Green was designed with influence of Moorish, Spanish and Victorian elements. It was an annex to Hotel Green which...

CHA Redefine
Take-Out

Cha Redefine

Cha Redefine. Cha Redefine founded by tea and coffee enthusiasts. They create a new interpretation of traditional tea by combining traditional loose-leaf tea...

Outdoor Dining

Chado Tea Room Pasadena

Traditional Tea House. Chado Tea Room Pasadena serves over 200 different teas, sandwiches, salads and pastries. There are four Chado Tea Room's throughout...

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Outdoor Dining

Coffee and Plants

100% aesthetic and 100% plant-based, Coffee and Plants cafe is located in Old Pasadena's One Colorado. Enjoy dairy-free lattes, coffee, teas, and more while...

Congregation ale house
Outdoor Dining

Congregation Ale House

Pasadena Chapter. The Pasadena outpost of Travis Ensling's growing company joins successful "chapters" in Long Beach and Azusa. The Pasadena branch occupies...

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Outdoor Dining

Copa Vida

Artisanal Coffee Shop & Cafe. Copa Vida is an artisanal coffee shop in Old Pasadena, that also offers tea and food. It is located in a beautiful historic...