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Address: 1 W Colorado Blvd, Bounded by Pasadena, Arroyo Pkwy., Del Mar, and Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91105-1922

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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Nice shops and restaurants in old Pasadena, nice atmosphere there. We liked it very much, big parkingarage near by

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice shops and restaurants in old Pasadena, nice atmosphere there. We liked it very much, big parkingarage near by

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Alhambra, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice place to hang out. During the summer there are free oublic concerts and free movies for the public. Shop, eat and go to the movies. You can park in a public parking lot and then walk around. One of the places in The LA area you can walk and enjoy the scenery.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were only in the area for 2 nights and one of them was spent at the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl. The other day/evening was spent in Old Town. Highlights of the visit to Old Town were brunch at Green Street Tavern (brunch was good, and desserts even better), drinks and live music at Kings Row Gastropub (good... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked down Colorado ave in old Pasadena. It has some nice architectural charm. Unfortunately all the stores were national chains. Not that much to see or do.

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this very walkable area. There are a ton of specialty stores and restaurants built nicely into the old buildings. Definitely worth a stroll. We easily spent a whole morning here. Lots to take in.

Thank mpugh22
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not sure why they call it old. Is there a new? Pasadena, as my experience tells me, is ALL old! Maybe it doesn't count as a visit because my family comes from Pasadena and I was fortunate to live here for five years myself. Other than the heat in the summer, it is a delightful place with quaint shops,... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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Reviewed April 21, 2017

I have lived in the Pasadena area for over 20 years and have watched as Old Town has evolved from a quaint area to a tourist/trendy area. Any place that has an Apple Store is going to be over-priced and high density shopping. I do not enjoy going there any more. There used to be locally owned stores and restaurant,... More 

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Appin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

It is fun walking around Old Pasadena, especially when the Farmer's Market is going on. Lots of fresh, organic, local produce happening with lots of free samples. Intriguing alleyways filled with shops and cafes abound.

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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed April 12, 2017

The nicest part of Pasadena must be Old Town. Beautiful turn of the century facades ... if you take a moment to look up you will see them! Elegant shopping, a little bit of everything, high-end clothing, daily use, convenience, sports, art stores, Apple store, Ice cream parlors etc. etc. Plenty of coffee houses and a good range of restaurants... More 

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Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

Old Pasadena is beautiful. The shops, restaurants and architecture are great. However, coming from out of state I was shocked and disturbed to see the large number of homeless people so in need of help in this affluent community! Dozens of people living in blankets in central park across from high $ restaurants. No obvious efforts to help people. Disturbing!

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