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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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Easy access to cool shops

Cool shops, easy access. Old Town Pasadena is a nice alternative to a mall. In addition to national upscale chains, there are many local specialty shops and restaurants... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Cool shops, easy access. Old Town Pasadena is a nice alternative to a mall. In addition to national upscale chains, there are many local specialty shops and restaurants throughout.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely Pasadena California. Clean, hip, beautiful. What a wonderful place to stroll in the sun. Expansive area of shoppes and restaurants. If you can't find it here you probably don't need it. Terrific place to visit.

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Huntington Beach, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

walkable - stores, if you ignore the occasional ' homeless bum ' , trendy folks , mix with the lower economic class - ALL sharing the streets and community .. felt safe walking everywhere ..plenty of foodie places to eat main courses and desserts ..

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Sydney, Australia
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1,885 helpful votes 1,885 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We almost forgot the possibility of a different New year's eve celebration, aside from Sydney, Oz's extraordinary bash with glitsy countdown and striking fireworks. Pasadena nails it perfectly with streets literally coming up roses. The Roses parade is a theme-driven extravaganza of elaborate floats covered in a riot of roses and other floral bounties. Included in this mix are a... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There are so many shops and restaurants, that you can find something for everyone. Nice place for teens and older adults to meander down the street and explore!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

After walking through various parts of LA it was a breath of fresh air to walk around Old Town Pasadena and see the clean streets and nicely kept lots. I noted with interest that some of the tree roots had raised the sidewalk concrete slabs (see photo) and that they had adapted the sidewalk rather than cutting the tree roots... More 

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Midlothian, Virginia
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311 reviews 311 reviews
96 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Lots of yummy eats and shops in OLD TOWN, not seriously old buildings like on east coast but fun to check out places, had some great gelato and just fun watching the sunset over the town good place to visit with fam

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Corona, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

If you are looking for ANY kind of restaurant, this is the place to be. I have never seen an area that has so many restaurants per block. They range from cafe's to high end restaurants, from bistro's to ethnic restaurants. I haven't really counted, but it seems like every other shop is a restaurant or eating establishment. There are... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Absolutely love this place. If you are looking for a quite place to get away and keep your car in the garage this is it. Multiple eating establishments and shopping venues makes this a perfect place for couples getaway.

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South Royalton, Vermont
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I was dismayed that all there appeared to be was retail stores (many of which were franchises); bars and restaurants. I had hopes for a little more architecture, and less streets with store after store. Glad to see a little preservation of historic storefronts, just my expectations were misguided. Wish I made the effort to get to the Norton Simon... More 

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