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.

Gold Bug Store
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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
Outdoor Dining

Crepes de Paris

Crepes De Paris serves sweet and savory breakfast and lunch crepes as well as french pastries, sandwiches, and more. Pair your meal with a steaming cup of...

Daddy's chicken shack sign
Outdoor Dining

Daddy’s Chicken Shack

Classic Fried Chicken. Daddy's Chicken Shack is located in Old Pasadena. Daddy's Chicken Shack serves up American southern food with a hint of Asian flavors....

Der Wolf pub
Outdoor Dining

Der Wolf & Der Rathskeller

Bavarian Bierhaus & Biergarten. Der Wolf is an Old Pasadena German beer hall. A snarling wolf wearing a crown greets guests. The interior includes flat screen...

Outdoor Dining

Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog is a loaded twist on the class hotdog street food. With loaded fries, spicy seasonings, and tons of sauce, Dirt Dog is guaranteed to be your next...

Outdoor Dining

Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog puts a spin on the classic street dog and offers all the fried meals you could need from deep fried twinkies and oreos, churros, street corn, corn...

dog haus biergarten
Outdoor Dining

Dog Haus Biergarten

Hot Dogs in Old Pasadena. Dog Haus is a casual hot dog and burger joint in Old Pasadena, it is located in a historic brick building adjacent to Big Bang...

Duffs cake mix
Bakery

Duff’s Cakemix

You be the Artist. Duff's Cakemix Pasadena is a do-it-yourself cake & cupcake decorating studio. Duff's Cakemix is the first DIY dessert design studio where...

Edwin Mills by Equator
Outdoor Dining

Edwin Mills by Equator

Old Pasadena Gastropub. Edwin Mills by Equator is a gastropub that can only be accessed through on of the historic alleyways of Old Pasadena. The space is...

El Toreo cafe
Mexican

El Toreo Cafe

Mexican Restaurant in Old PasadenaEl Toreo (Spanish term for "bullfighting") has been around for about seventy years, the family that currently owns it has...

Entre nous french bistro
Outdoor Dining

Entre Nous French Bistro

Based in a small cottage, Entre Nous is relatively "new" to Old Pasadena and offers classic French delicacies like escargot, salmon tartar, and filet mignon....

Outdoor Dining

Father Nature Lavash Bistro

With recipes dating back to 1984, Father Nature Lavash Bistro is a second-generation owned, quick-serve restaurant specializing in healthy Mediterranean...