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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 91105-1922
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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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Don't miss the underground

Old Pas is not to be missed, if you are in the area. And, once you get there ask around and see some of the underground restaurants and clubs ... they are literally underground... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Old Pas is not to be missed, if you are in the area. And, once you get there ask around and see some of the underground restaurants and clubs ... they are literally underground. There are over 200 restaurants in Old Pas and shopping for everyone. It is only about 3 miles from the Rose Bowl. Hotel rooms are only... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty of clubs, restaurants and shops. Best clubs and lounges/Bars in town - Club54, Liv Lounge, Xtapa Cantina, Barcelona, Kingsrow, etc. Safe place at night due to police patrol.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In the 1960's this was skid row and Pasadena wanted to bulldoze it all and do an urban redevelopment similar to the Parsons building immediately to the north. Local residents intervened, the Chamber of Commerce thought they were crazy but the result is now a highlight of Pasadena and is copied nationwide and worldwide. Lots of shops on the main... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our walk thru Old Pasadena. This a heaven from the crazy traffic on I-210. There are so many choice to eat and drink and we spent our afternoon enjoying the sites. Be prepared to pay for parking and all the crowds if you visit on the weekend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fine little shops and big ones too. Some private and charming and some old favorite franchises and chains that we know...fabulous restaurants of all types and coffee and ice cream places too. Plenty to do and see for all.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a bit of a globetrotter and have also lived (for 3 years) in North California and so have experienced many cities, old and new, and in my opinion the Old Town Pasadena is rather average, there are some nice shops and some places to eat but I was not overly impressed with any of it, okay it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can find almost everything you would want in Old Town Pasadena. There are restaurants galore and lots of great shopping. The Apple Store is always a fun place to shop and be tempted. Free parking available in the City Parking Structures nearby and the atmosphere is free and the sidewalks are wide enough so you don't feel crushed (but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking along old Pasadena allows you to experience a romantic date in the city without the big hustle and bustle of downtown. Catch a quiet walk, go shopping, have lunch or dinner, catch a movie, enjoy the bookstore, experience a play at the playhouse, even catch a concert at the park down the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great for shopping upscale chains and specialty shops and excellent dining options. Beautiful setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the accessibility of this place. Close to freeway and public transportation. Also it is a beautiful place to just enjoy and good concert or take in a game.

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