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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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Great place to eat, shop and people-watch

What used to be Pasadena's major shopping area in early days fell on hard times. Then, starting about 20 years ago, it has been brought back to vibrant life and is one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

What used to be Pasadena's major shopping area in early days fell on hard times. Then, starting about 20 years ago, it has been brought back to vibrant life and is one of the prime dining and shopping ares in the city, with a wide variety of choices.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I absolutely LOVE living in Pasadena and hanging out in Old Town. There are so many good places to eat you just can't try them all! It's a great place to hang out if you just want to eat and shop and is packed with people walking around on the weekends. Most restaurants are dog friendly and have outdoor seating.... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

When Old Town Pasadena original 'revived', it was a collection of unique shops and restaurants. Over the years, it has become more and more 'chain' stores, but there are still unique restaurants. Now I would say that it is more popular with the under-25 set than with older people. It is still very popular and we do go to the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Look around the area. I had lunch and a drink. The area is safe. There are lots of shops and restaurants. There are many things to do. It was a good way to spend an afternoon.

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Zebulon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Old Pasadena has many great stores and restaurants. The movie theater is also terrific. We enjoy just walking around and enjoying the refreshing California air.

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Bologna, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I enjoyed a great walkaround in old Pasadena on the main street and just the closest street, tons of bars and places to go for food.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Always bright and sunny, there are so many good shopping, eating, and recreation options in this neighborhood. Bars can get loud and boisterous at night, but the police do a good job of shutting down any mess pretty quickly.

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Monrovia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Tiffanys! Great shops, excellent dining opportunities, people watching at its finest, and easy parking.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It was fun to get a map and just walk around, sampling food and drinks along the way. Next time I'd like to see what the Castle Green looks like inside -- it's pretty impressive from the street.

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South Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This area of Pasadena is a nice outdoor street strolling shopping area. Tons of great restaurants and cafes. It's an eclectic mix of national brands, like A & F, sprinkled with locally owned shops. Very little street parking. Expect to park in one of the plentiful parking facilities a blick off the main drag for about 8 bucks a day.

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