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 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
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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. 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.

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Movie Theaters

One Colorado

Historic Courtyard Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Destination. Nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena and comprising a full city block, One Colorado is...

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Coffee

One Zo Boba

One Zo is a bubble tea brand from Taiwan established in 2015. They are the first cafe in the world to make their own boba in-store. Their goals is to serve the...

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...

Take-Out

Paper Rice

Paper Rice is a Vietnamese restaurant in Old Pasadena that puts a "make your own" twist on traditional Vietnamese classics. Enjoy a custom spring roll or rice...

Outdoor Dining

Perle Restaurant

Perle is a family-owned French-inspired restaurant located in a beautiful, historic setting in Old Pasadena. Perle's menu was thoughtfully created with one of...

Outdoor Dining

Poke Salad Bar

Poke Salad Bar serves up fresh poke bowls, a Hawaiian dish consisting of cuts of raw fish tossed with rice, vegetables, and umami-enhanced sauces. Choose your...

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Desserts

Prolece Tea

Prolece Tea provides a variety of delicate, sweet, milk and fruity teas that are sure to quench your thirst. Use toppings, like boba or lychee jelly, to switch...

Roccos Tavern
Outdoor Dining

Rocco’s Tavern

Old Pasadena Bar. Rocco's Tavern in Old Pasadena features a sprawling bar, restaurant, and outdoor cafe inspired by the classic Italian eateries and taverns...

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Historic Building

Romanesque Room

Once the Main Dining Room for the resort Gem of the West, The Historic Green Hotel, The Romanesque Room is truly one-of-a-kind. With a domed ceiling and Roman...

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Outdoor Dining

Russell’s

Russell's. Russell's is the perfect spot in Old Pasadena to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Russell's offers an array of pancakes, waffles, French toast, omelettes,...

Sage Vegan Bistro
Outdoor Dining

Sage Vegan Bistro

Organic Food. Sage Vegan Bistro serves up organic food in the charming One Colorado which is nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena. Sage's produce comes from...