We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Old Pasadena

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1 W. Colorado Blvd., Bounded by Pasadena, Arroyo Pkwy., Del Mar, and Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91105
Website
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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$75*
and up
Small-Group Food Walking Tour Through Old Pasadena
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 476 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 207
    Excellent
  • 161
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Fun, Lots of Shopping, Pretty.

First the bad news. Parking is a bear. Find a lot and walk. Secondly, they call it "Old Pasadena" but it has been all renewed and except for the buildings themselves there is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Elizabeth L
,
Marina del Rey, California
Add Photo Write a Review

476 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 422: English reviews
Marina del Rey, California
Level Contributor
241 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First the bad news. Parking is a bear. Find a lot and walk. Secondly, they call it "Old Pasadena" but it has been all renewed and except for the buildings themselves there is nothing "old" about it. Now, having said that, it is fun. It is several blocks of walking and it is very clean and safe. It can be... More 

Helpful?
Thank Elizabeth L
Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Old Town is a quick drive away for me, which is great because I can do everything here to have a good time and not be stuck in a mall. Most of the general fashion brands are here, like Banana Republic. There's also an apple store and plenty of coffee shops. Intelligentsia is nice to sit and grab a coffee... More 

Helpful?
Thank Chardonyay
Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I guess it's worth seeing how well the "Old" part of town was restored, but otherwise, it's just another shopping district/mall/cafe place that feeds tourists -- not much different than "Old Town" in 500 other cities. If you enjoy crowds, traffic, loud bars, etc, this may appeal to you.

Helpful?
Thank MaryMargaretMcMertz
Level Contributor
77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mostly enjoyed running by and through Old Pasadena. Lots of cool shops, coffee places and food areas. Loved the old town and western vibe. You can smell the history here!

Helpful?
Thank Christopher V
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Level Contributor
50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many cafe's, restaurants, retail options & really something to suite everyone. Lots of interesting side streets, stop for coffee - make a day of it or longer to visit some of the nearby attractions, museums etc. Pasadena offers great family oriented activities.

Helpful?
Thank KaarinH
Greensboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you get to Old Pasadena, take your time and enjoy it all! Lots of restaurants and stores. A trendy place to hang all day.

Helpful?
1 Thank MissDiLovesTea
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I now live in Las Vegas, but I lived in Pasadena from age 7 to 28 and I don't think I'll ever say anything negative about it. I love this place! I wish I could still afford to live here. The city began to renovate the dilapidated downtown area right around the time I graduated from high school in 1985.... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank ETO_Buff
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great restaurants, movie theaters and shopping! Everything from Cold Stone Cremery to Tiffany Jewelers!

Helpful?
1 Thank Stathy W
Claremont, California
Level Contributor
231 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked around Old Pasadena last night! The neighborhood has come so far...it now has great shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre! Impressive!

Helpful?
1 Thank Zachary W
Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Such a successful neighborhood! There are few chain stores but lots of unique shops as well. I've been told there are more restaurants there than anyplace in the country except New Orleans. It gets pretty crowded on weekends so try for a weekday visit.

Helpful?
1 Thank WendyCob

Travelers who viewed Old Pasadena also viewed

 

Been to Old Pasadena? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Old Pasadena and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Old Pasadena staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?