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Old Pasadena

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Address: 1 W. Colorado Blvd., Bounded by Pasadena, Arroyo Pkwy., Del Mar, and Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91105
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Description: Old Pasadena is the downtown historic business district of Pasadena, a...
Old Pasadena is the downtown historic business district of Pasadena, a lively and diverse city located just ten miles from downtown Los Angeles. This eclectic old town area features entertainment and activities for kids and adults alike: museums, galleries, and music events, as well as movies, shopping, restaurants, and outdoor cafes. Families often stop by after sports events at the Rose Bowl; this clean and safe district is pedestrian friendly and provides convenient parking and easy access to public transportation, served by major bus lines and two Metro Gold Line stops.
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Thriving downtown-old buildings with new shops

Walking is easy but feels a little like an open air mall. They have all the expensive shops,restaurants and tourists. The parking is every where but expensive. I prefer State... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Vacaville, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Walking is easy but feels a little like an open air mall. They have all the expensive shops,restaurants and tourists. The parking is every where but expensive. I prefer State street in Santa Barbara. Spend your time at the City Hall, the Gamble house and the Huntington Garden area.

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Coming from Vienna you can’t help to feel and appreciate the effort and the pride a community takes in its being. Tranquil just on the verge of deserted on a Tuesday afternoon one still appreciates the holding on to old facades and traditional lifestyle. Lots of public buses running up and down Colorado and the upper floors apartment housing bringing... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is the most iconic part of Pasadena. If you have never been, stop by. Lots of expensive restaurants and shops. Because it is so well-known there is not a time of day when it is not filled with traffic. As I am in Pasadena frequently, I would rather get away from this tourist street and enjoy the hidden gems.

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Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

From the antique stores and thrift shops to the upscale clothing and specialty stores there is something for everyone. Plenty of food and drink for every taste. Bring your walking shoes... you can easily spend 3 to 4 hours walking around. I love Old Town!

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Santa Monica, CA
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Too many panhandlers on every block, a lot of upscale stores with many eateries and bars/pubs. Not far from Norton Simon museum.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Old Pasadena has a lot of nice shops and restaurants. Very well worth visiting, an evening stroll was most enjoyable for me and wife

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Pasadena, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Heavily patrolled by police. Major parking enforcement (no free parking) Park 1/2 inch over a line and you will have a $40-$50 ticket on your windshield. Don't drink Pasadena prides themselves on DUI from this part of the city. Go to Alhambra, Montrose or Monrovia where there is free parking plenty nite-life less hassle from the police. Pasadena is broke... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The 100-plus year old buildings were preserved in the heart of the original city center, which is a good thing. But the character was taken away by chain clothing stores and restaurants and uniformly unimaginative occupiers. There are no bookshops, music venues or artist galleries, but there is a multitude of mobile phone stories and teenager clothing shops. Rather than... More 

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Pasadena, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the place where all the young people are and some of the best restaurants. It is a happening place. The City spent a lot of money years ago to change the look of old Pasadena.

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Los Angeles
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Old Pasadena is a terrific several-block-long area of gentrified shops and relatively informal restaurants where it's easy to spend a couple of hours. And, the City has several nearby parking structures where the first 2 hours are free. But, don't tell everyone, as they fill up quickly.

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