South Lake Avenue District

South Lake Avenue

South Lake is a 12-block stretch of boutiques, restaurants, and purveyors of beauty, health, and wellness. Major national chain stores like Macy’s and Williams-Sonoma neighbor mom-and-pop shops. Cutting-edge nail salons, barbershops, fitness studios, and massage boutiques can meet all of your self-care needs.

Eat

Republik Coffee Lounge serves fresh, flavorful breakfast and lunch fare. Celestino continues to receive accolades for its elegant Italian preparations. Seasonal farm-to-fork greatness shines at The Arbour. The cocktails at Magnolia House perfectly complement the sharable plates. Mercado takes a distinctive approach to modern Mexican, while Dan Modern Chinese puts a contemporary spin on traditional Chinese. The Delicatessen by Osawa draws loyalists for its casual Japanese cuisine. And Green Street Restaurant has been a local all-day dining favorite for 40 years.

Burlington Arcade Shops by Jessica Yeh

Shop

The Shops on Lake Avenue are anchored by a newly renovated Macy’s. The Bloke, a groovy men’s concept store located in the Burlington Arcade, features bespoke suits, bench made UK shoes, and accessories. Moda Optique is consistently ranked Pasadena’s best eyewear boutique for its impressive selection of designer styles. Contessa Italian Market caters to Italian cuisine lovers, with her selection of premium imported pastas, olive oils, sauces and more. Ten Thousand Villages is a wonderland of fair-trade treasures sourced from around the world. Visit the experience center at Woody’s Home to learn about the most advanced technology on the market, from home automation to state-of-the-art home theatres.

Play

The Commons is the ultimate lifestyle destination—work out at SoulCycle, make your skin glow at Facile, get a blow out at DryBar and treat your hands and feet to a mani-pedi at Olive & June. Floyd’s Barber Shop is a dapper throwback barbershop complete with straight-razor shaves. Pamper yourself with a massage at HM Warm Spa (1009 E. Green St.). Explore the metaphysical universe at Alexandria II, a spiritually-inclined bookshop that offers appointments with intuitive readers, Reiki masters and psychics. Instagram your customized sweet treats at Float Pasadena and Tpumps Pasadena.

Phone Booths in The Commons of South Lake District

Nightlife

Enjoy nightly live entertainment at the Blu Bar in Hotel Constance. Nosh on complimentary homemade potato chips as you sip on a classic cocktail at the bar at Smitty’s Grill (110 S. Lake Ave.). Delve into the robust spirits, wine,and beer menus at buzzy Granville which remains open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Desserts

Bengees Ice Cream

Bengees Ice Cream is a one-stop destination for classic and vegan ice cream. His creamy bun is similar to the milky bun in design, but he favors dense glazed...

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French

Bistro 45

Art Deco Restaurant. Bistro 45 pays homage to the Art Deco days of jazz and features an eclectic menu of French meets New American dishes. The restaurant is...

Cava
Mediterranean

CAVA Pasadena

Personalized Experience. CAVA Pasadena is a casual Mediterranean restaurant located in the South Lake Avenue District. CAVA Pasadena's build-it-yourself,...

Celestino
Italian

Celestino Ristorante & Bar

Authentic Italian Food in Pasadena. For over 17 years located on South Lake Avenue, Celestino has delighted the palates of Pasadena and travelers from all...

Mexican

Chamo Venezuelan

Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine was founded out of a deep love for real food, for food that is fresh, healthy, and authentic. They pride themselves on using fresh...

Contessa chocolates
Desserts

Contessa Chocolate Collection

Contessa Chocolate Collection, known for gourmet chocolates in espresso, started in 2012 and has introduced more food elements to its collection, including...

Dan modern chinese pan fried dumplings
Chinese

Dan Modern Chinese

Dan Modern Chinese. Dan is a modern Chinese eatery known for its dumplings and noodles – mainly its "xiao long bao" (XLB). XLB, sometimes referred to as soup...

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Coffee

Float Pasadena

Retro Soda FountainFloat is a modern take on the old-fashioned soda fountains from the 40s and 50s. When they walk in, guests are greeted by friendly baristas...

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American

Granville

Granville is all about gourmet quality food, without being pretentious. They use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients, including hormone-free and...

American

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant has been a Pasadena tradition since 1979. Serving California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Green Street is the place where...

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Hotels

Hotel Constance Pasadena

Hotel Constance is a colorful boutique hotel situated a block from South Lake Avenue District, the central business area of downtown Pasadena. The hotel is...

Mediterranean

Koko’s Mediterranean Café

Koko’s Mediterranean Café, or more commonly known as Med Café by all the locals, has been a Pasadena gem for over 20 years. Founded by head chef Koko and his...