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
shandong Dumplings, chinese, asian, dim sum
Chinese

ShanDong Dumplings

Shandong Dumplings is a great place for authentic Chinese cuisine with great flavor. They are known for their noodle dishes and some great handmade dumplings –...

Shopping

Shopaholic Sample Sales

Shopaholic Sample Sales offers contemporary women's designer clothing at considerably less than retail pricing and sources a lot of gorgeous brands that aren't...

Soh grill
Korean

SOH Grill House

Korean BBQ. SOH Grill House is a full-service Korean BBQ restaurant in Old Pasadena. The restaurant offers a new modern take on Korean BBQ. It is equipped...

Stone company store
Bar

Stone Brewing Tap Room

Stone BrewingStone Brewing Tap Room in Pasadena is a tasting room and retail store with patio space in the Del Mar Metro Station complex. Their unique tasting...

Sushi Kimagure Ike
Japanese

Sushi Kimagure Ike

Sushi in Pasadena. People who know of Hiroshi Ikeda might better recognize him by his nickname, Ike-san. He ran Sushi Ike, a beloved sushi bar in Hollywood,...

Sushi roku
Outdoor Dining

Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku's menu highlights the innovative, globally inspired Japanese cuisine that has made it a local fixture while expanding its offerings to include a new...

Outdoor Dining

Sushi Stop

Sushi Stop offers authentic Japanese quality sushi while eliminating the high prices you find nearly everywhere else. Their menu ranges from traditional sushi...

Outdoor Dining

Taco Libre

Taco Libre brings the best traditions of Mexican food to California. Everything is made in house everyday with the highest quality ingredients and procedures....

Outdoor Dining

Tacos 1986

Tijuana style tacos with fresh handmade tortillas... enough said! Everything is made to order with delicious guacamole and salsa that you can add. Make it as...

Tea Rose Garden
Outdoor Dining

Tea Rose Garden

Tea Rose Garden is a teashop offers a cozy, tranquil place where guests can take a few moments out of a busy day to just relax and enjoy the surroundings.