Old Pasadena


Smack in the middle of town is Old Pasadena, 22 blocks of lovingly restored storefronts dating from the 1880s and '90s. The area features outdoor plazas nestled behind facades reminiscent of an Edward Hopper painting, a lively mix of more than 120 stores and boutiques and 50 restaurants. Choose from a veritable United Nations of lunch venues, among them Johnny Rockets Hamburgers, Tortas Mexico, or Kansai for delicious and healthy Japanese noodles. Turn left off of Union Street into Smith Alley to watch people baking bread available at the Il Fornaio Italian restaurant just ahead of you. Whimsical, life-like sculptures such as The Giant Porcelain Blacksmith, the Glass Water Repairpersons, and a brass dog adorn the area. Reconnoiter the smaller boutiques for the avant-garde California styles the rest of us will be wearing a few years hence. Barnes and Noble and Distant Lands Travel Bookstore are among the many Old Pasadena spots where book-browsing is a fine art.


Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101


34.14578000, -118.15048000
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(626) 795-9311

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