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.

maestro green sauce

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 and Warby Parker, to name just a few. Meander through the upscale One Colorado outdoor shopping center to find elegant clothing stores like Finn + Willow. 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 info@speakeasypasadena.com to request the magic word. 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
Luggage Room Pizzeria
Outdoor Dining

Luggage Room

Pizzeria in Old Pasadena. Luggage Room is a pizzeria in Old Pasadena located at Del Mar Station, featuring indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant is...

Outdoor Dining

Maestro Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant and Mezcaleria. Maestro is an upscale Mexican restaurant and Mezcaleria located in historic Old Pasadena. Maestro specializes in...

Outdoor Dining

Main Chick

Main Chick Hot Chicken is a passion-inspired food concept serving the most unique Nashville style fried chicken to date. Their team has culminated the best...

Japanese

Mama M Sushi

Mama M Sushi & Rolls offers meals of excellent quality. Their key to our success is simple: providing quality consistent food that taste great every single...

Me Crepe
Brunch/Breakfast

Me + Crepe

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Me + Crepe brings Chinese-style crepes known as "jian bing" to Pasadena. Jian bing are one of China's breakfast staples and a...

Outdoor Dining

Mi Piace

Mi Piace is popular, offering fresh, light Italian cooking embellished with New York flavors as well as a variety of exotic cuisine. With a wide selection of...

Mignon Chocolate
Desserts

Mignon Chocolate

Mignon Chocolate, a 3rd generation family business, is your destination for the best handmade chocolates. Known for their chocolate orange peel strips, liquid...

Miss Cheese Boba Bubble Tea
Desserts

Miss Cheese Tea

Hop off the train at Del Mar Station and you come face-to-face with Miss Cheese Tea Café, one of Pasadena's additions to the boba family, that's rapidly...

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...

la la land colorado street bridge filming location
Things To Do

My Valley Pass Film Tour

Join "Jared on Location" as he guides you throughout Pasadena in a comfortable limo bus to some of the most iconic filming locations of your favorite movies...

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...

norton simon art museum
Art Museums

Norton Simon Museum

Renowned Art Collection. Known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled, industrialist Norton Simon spent over 30...