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Old Pasadena

Address: 1 W. Colorado Blvd., Bounded by Pasadena, Arroyo Pkwy., Del Mar, and Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91105
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Small-Group Food Walking Tour Through Old Pasadena
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Ranked #7 of 27 Attractions in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Old Pasadena is the downtown historic business district of Pasadena...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Tustin, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I visit Old Pasadena quite often. I love meandering through the shops and stores. There are several excellent restaurants to fit almost every taste and budget. A parking structure conveniently located.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We went there for dinner one night while in the area for business. It is an interesting mix of independent and chain restaurants and stores. I really enjoyed some of the neon in the area.

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Washington DC
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64 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Old Pasadena has a split personality. There are a lot of neat old buildings (early 1900s, Deco, modernist) that have been cleaned up and look great. Some of them are occupied by chain stores, some with local-only places. Post 2008 prosperity is still not completely in this neighborhood, but in general things are looking pretty good. Lots of restaurants of... More 

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Fresno, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We enjoyed our day in Old Pasadena. It was a busy, but there seemed to be room for everyone! Enjoy a side walk café or browse a little shop, there is something for everyone!

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San Francisco, CA
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169 reviews 169 reviews
63 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Great shopping and places to eat. Everything in easy walking distance. Great movie theater also- iPic- though it's hidden.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Many restaurants and shops. Lots of chains, but a few unique gems. Make sure to look up and admire the architecture!

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Love the feeling of simplicity especially during the holiday of walking through old town window shopping happiness on people's faces. I will be back

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granville
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Loved being able to stroll down, and do some shopping, eating, etc. Old Pasadena has a mixture of many activities to do both for adults and children

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Santa Ynez Valley, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Walk around and experience a classic world from yesterday. The homes are very well kept and the trees are magnificent. Walk to the Rose Bowl grounds and back.

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Westford, VT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Was not overwhelmed with the shops or area but after viewing the float preparations we walked down and about the area.

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