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
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American

The Crack Shack

Neighborhood Hangout. The Crack Shack is located in historic Old Pasadena. The Crack Shack provides a gourmet menu in a fun and welcoming environment...

Bakery

The Dog Bakery

Do you love your dog? Then you should spoil them with a special treat from The Dog Bakery. Tucked down lively Mills Alley, just off the epicenter of Old...

Chinese

The Naughty Panda

The Naughty Panda is a collaboration between My Vegan Panda and Naughty Boy Sushi. Panda and Naughty Boy both started out as a pop-up. Panda served burgers and...

American

The Pan

The Pan is were hunger meets comfort. The establishment serves breakfast all day, lunch, and dinner that is sure to fill you up and bring back a bit of...

Shopping

The Soap Kitchen

The Soap Kitchen is a mother/daughter business established in Old Pasadena, California in 2003. All soaps are handmade from scratch, hand-cut, and hand-wrapped...

Take-Out

Tibet Nepal House

Serving the authentic Himalayan cuisine of Nepal, Tibet and India, Tibet Nepal House uses only the finest fresh herbs and spices to prepare delicious and...

Tortas Mexico
Mexican

Tortas Mexico

Tortas Mexico offers an authentic Mexican dining experience with recipes and sauces from the ancient homeland of San Juan Yucuita in the Nochixtlan District of...

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Outdoor Dining

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that great tasting food...

Italian

U Street Pizza

The East Coast has come to the West Coast with U Street Pizza and its cheesy, savory, New York-style pizza. U Street Pizza is the sibling restaurant to beloved...

Union
Outdoor Dining

Union Pasadena

Northern Italy Meets Southern California. Union is a 50-seat restaurant and bar featuring a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern...