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This sunny city is one of the loveliest in Southern California! Weather is friendly almost year-round, and mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for historical buildings and craftsman homes! Pasadena proudly celebrates art, which locals and visitors alike can experience by enjoying eclectic galleries, local gardens, music and film festivals, tasty food, gourmet coffee, and artisan brews!
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100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
You may recognize the façade of Pasadena's City Hall from a number of TV shows and movies. It's a beautiful building with an open courtyard; find a bench and relax by the fountain, and take time to smell the roses as you pass through. The view...
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42 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Haven features unique craft cocktails, and full beer and wine menus. Try a few of Haven's own brews, such as "Disco Pants" (a light and flavorful black ale), "Performance Enhancing Drink" (a coffee brown ale), or "Glass Elevator" (a nitro...
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55 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Amara's is a cozy cafe, perfect for a chocolate-lover's outing, or a romantic date night. Amara offers a bakery-style breakfast, fondue, a lovely assortment of chocolate truffles, and, my personal favorite, churros with dark dipping chocolate. The...
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120 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Pasadena’s lovely, family-owned boutique specializing in local oils and vinegars is not to be missed. They have a full tasting bar, so take time to sample the Californian olive oils (Extra Virgin, flavored, and dipping oils) and gourmet vinegars...
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4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Gamble House is an architectural gem. The glass-work of the front door, chandeliers, and dining room windows is mesmerizing, and the carved frieze in the Burmese teak living room is a decorative treasure. Each room showcases a different kind of...
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345 E Colorado Blvd #101, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Start your morning at this local bakery (and then come back for lunch). They have a great wake-me-up environment, with lots of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the aroma of coffee and fresh breads is heavenly. For lunch, try...
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70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Copa Vida is the newest of Pasadena’s gourmet coffee shops, and the unique tastes and aromas of their coffees are surprising (and impressive). They have three primary menus: “steep” is a menu of specialty teas; “pressure” includes coffee-house...
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621 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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This lovely little Californian establishment is a local favorite. Everything from the farm-fresh produce to the artisan wines is California grown and carefully prepared. Their Pasadena location has a comfortable neighborhood feel in the lively ...
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30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
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Russell's is my favorite breakfast place in Pasadena. The ambiance is casual but sophisticated, with classical music and fun decor, including Van Gogh prints and sparkling chandeliers—in some ways, it's like a fancy European-style diner. They also...
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10 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Bird Pick is my favorite place for tea. They have a lovely tea bar with specialty teas and creative drink options, and they have beautiful hardwood tables in their cafe. The shelves are lined with loose-leaf teas, and the windows display colorful...
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85 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Levitt Pavilion hosts a free Summer Music Festival every year, but if you visit the Levitt Pavilion's Memorial Park on a non-event day, take the kids to the playground or entertain yourself on the strange workout machines of the Park's exercise...
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300 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Need a cold drink or scrumptious comfort food? Congregation is the place for you! I recommend the flatbreads-Dijon & Proscuitto is my favorite, and the sweet potato fries are everyone's favorite, especially with the creative assortment of dipping...
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34 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Gold bug is a decidedly unique Pasadena boutique experience. Despite feeling a little creeped out by some of the bizarre displays, I must say I find the store remarkably intriguing. Gold Bug carries everything from high-end, designer bug jewelry...
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151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
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This cozy little restaurant is the perfect place to start your day. Enjoy your morning coffee on the front porch, and try the French toast—heavenly. Marston's has all sorts of options for breakfast and lunch, and—if you call them in advance—...
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695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
The historic Vroman’s Bookstore opened in 1894 and is still a favorite with the locals. Beyond their large selection of books, they still have an old-school newsstand, an excellent café, and a gift shoppe with home décor, locally made cards, and...
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20 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Kings Row was the first gastropub in Old Pasadena, and currently employs the only Certified Cicerone in Pasadena. They have a great selection of beers, and, if you're struggling to decide what to order, I highly recommend their "King's Burger."...
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Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena, CA 91104, USA
Pasadena's Bungalow Heaven is a lovely neighborhood with history, beauty, and character. The shaded sidewalks of Bungalow Heaven's tree-lined streets are perfect for a walk, and the Arts and Crafts architecture of the early 1900's is delightful....
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693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Jones is well-known as the area's best local coffee. They make an amazing macchiato (Italian-style), their espresso is deluxe, and they do all their roasting on-site. I love the ambiance and the community feel of the cafe and shop, and they host...
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46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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The Pacific Asia Museum's collection includes art and artifacts from the Pacific Islands and Asia, and the museum offers free cell phone audio tours in multiple languages. The audio tour includes a curatorial tour, a family-friendly tour focusing...
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411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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This museum has an impressive collection of world-famous pieces. Degas is heavily represented by numerous sculptures and paintings, and Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, and many other brilliant artists add to the splendor of the 19th century collection....
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39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
The Pasadena Playhouse has exciting productions and a rich history. If you're keen to see a show, and tickets are sold out, don't worry—you can still enjoy a fun theatre experience by setting up a private tour. They offer complimentary tours,...
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20 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
This sweet little shop is every travel-lover's dream. They have everything travel-related: city maps, hiking guides, travel narratives, language helps, luggage, easy-pack clothing and accessories, and more. The decor is fun, with vintage hotel...
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336 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Trattoria Neapolis is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Pasadena, with high ceilings over the bar, deep booths with mirrors and tile-work adorning the walls, a decorative wrought-iron railing along the balcony overlooking the bar, and a...
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260 Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
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If high-quality, small-batch, locally roasted coffee is your thing, then make yourself at home at Jameson Brown. They're perfectionists when it comes to anything coffee related, and their black coffees and specialty drinks are to die for. If...
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45 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Old Focals is an adorable little boutique specializing in vintage bifocals. Many styles of vintage eyewear are available, and the displays also feature vintage photos, signs, and newer photos of Hollywood celebrities modeling classic vintage...
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102 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
I love this cheese store. They have great customer service and a large counter space where you can sample their selection of cheeses, as well as a small cafe area if you want to have a sandwich or something from their coffee bar. For shoppers,...
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267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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You can't talk about cafés and coffee shops in Los Angeles without mentioning one of its most popular places: Urth Caffé. For an organic fix, there’s no better place. There are a number of locations throughout the city and...
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2495 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104, USA
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Carmela is Pasadena's favorite ice cream shop. Drive by in the evening, and you'll see a crowded store front with happy ice-cream-eaters overflowing onto the sidewalk. I love their unique flavor combinations; they even offer classes if you're...
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1101 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA
For all you crafty folks, stop by Skein while you're in Pasadena! They have a great selection of classic yarns including cashmere and mohair, and they specialize in fashion yarns with new trends every season. They have knitting kits for beginners...
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156 W Verdugo Ave, Burbank, CA 91502, USA
Smoothies go great with warm weather. This cozy little place is tucked in the back of the building—look for the cow by the front door on the little lane called Mills Place just before McCormick Alley. Juice Farm's organic, cold-pressed beverages...
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1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
On the second Sunday of every month, bargain hunters, collectors, designers, tourists, and other curious shoppers head to the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, where 2,500 vendors of furniture, accessories, clothes, crafts, vinyl, and more...
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1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, USA
The Huntington is a beautiful, cultural destination. The library exhibits are wonderful, and include famous titles like Audubon's Birds of America. The art collection features well-known paintings, architectural pieces, and a sculpture garden. The...
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1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
Eaton Canyon has a great nature center if you want to learn about the local plants, animals, geology, and ecology. The exhibits and nature walks are kid-friendly. Hiking trails are also easily accessible from the nature center. The Eaton Canyon...
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285 Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA
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Enjoy an afternoon at Santa Anita Park, where you can check out the gardens, statues, murals, and stables full of impressive horses. You can buy food and drinks at the racetrack, or bring a picnic and relax in the infield. The races are exciting,...
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Echo Mountain, California 91001, USA
Echo Mountain has a great deal to offer, from the switchback trail, which will give you a great workout on your way up the mountain (start early to avoid the blistering afternoon sun), to the views—on a clear day you can look out over Pasadena, ...
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301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA
You can easily spend a day exploring the history, gardens, and animals of the arboretum. Visit the food garden and meet the chickens, and then walk the grounds to view the different areas organized by geographical location and sprinkled with art...
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391 Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91184, USA
Even if you know nothing else of Pasadena, you know the Rose Parade! It's spectacular! The colorful flowers, fabulous floats, and excited crowds make for a great day! Camp out the night before to claim a close-up view of the parade! Or, if a cold...