Old Town Pasadena
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- 98%Local Culture
- 82%History Buffs
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (19)
- Old Town PasadenaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 02, 2013
Old Town Pasadena is a successful American story of a small town able to turn around after 50 years of weak downtown innovation. It was not until the 90's that a major revival began. Before that, there were mostly warehouses and local shops that did not attract out of town visitors. The city's desire is time to improve the old town, by attracting many outside businesses, except fast food franchises, to open up in Old Town; It was a home run, that's for sure. However, what do locals get out of this? The same failed school system, a high crime rate and high housing costs.
Parking problems are no doubt the #1 issue here. Any street costs money to park in Old Town, the only way to avoid it is to go to the 3 public structures which validate for up to 90 minutes free parking. There is almost no underground parking structure despite the need for one.
This town has more gastropubs than a typical family restaurant. No doubt, it is a great place for young and middle age couples to hang out in. Alhambra's recently improved Main Street is their direct competition as is Glendale and Montrose, which offers many similar restaurants, though less selection, but it is less crowded and most importantly, much easier to find parking in. Many of its buildings are historic and in surprisingly good shape. There are also a good number of semi high-end restaurants and shops here.
- Old Town PasadenaOct 16, 2013
Old Town Pasadena is a wonderful way to escape the more central part of LA for a day. Most people come here to stroll along Colorado Ave. and shop and eat, but there are also some great museums in the area (like the Pacific Asia Museum) and some grassy parks. The best situation for Parking is at the Park & Walk Garages, where the first 90 minutes are free.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Old Town PasadenaJun 02, 2013
Old Town Pasadena was a great place to visit. I went for my first time during one of its free music festivals and it was packed with people! But I really enjoyed the vibe of the buildings and the shops there. I tried out Hot Wings the Restaurant there (not bad, but I still prefer Wingstop more), a clothes store that you could sell you clothes to and buy clothes from (which I thought was super unique and will be willing to try out one day) and a large forever 21 (pretty organized compared to other stores) just down the street.
- Old Town PasadenaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesNightlife Lovers+ 1Feb 17, 2013
I come here every once in a while to enjoy the monthly artwalks. They have nice little alleyways and hole in the wall places. Just make sure to find parking because you will get ticketed if you tend to forget to feed your meter. The upsides is that there are alot of little shops to go to without having to drive from place to place.
- Old Town PasadenaOct 03, 2012
Can get really crowded on the weekends, but there's lots to do here. I'm not much of a shopper, but there's H&M, the Apple Store, Forever 21, Tiffany & Co, Diesel, and other stuff. The restaurant selection is pretty good: Tibet Nepal, Pop Champagne Bar, Haven Gastropub, Cafe Bizou, Gyukaku, Scarlet Tea Room, Chado, Mi Piace, and on and on. Further down the street arebthe Audi/Porsche/Rolls-Royce dealerships.
There's a few select parking garages, which may or may not offer an hour and a half free parking, before tacking on fees.
- Old Town PasadenaJul 24, 2012
Old Town Pasadena is really nice but it doesn't offer anything you can't find in Hollywood or in the other areas of L.A like the Grove. But for those who want to get away from L.A, Pasadena is a nice place to visit. There are lots of shops and restaurants.
- Old Town PasadenaFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
I like Old Town! The shopping is great and the food is 50-50 good. I love that I can find a variety of stores and feel like I'm exercising because walking so much.
Street and lots (some have 90 min free)
Always look for promotions and sales on their website: http://www.oldpasadena...
I work in Pasadena so I always go to Old Town for food.
STORES I LOVE:
Victoria's Secret, H&M, Forever 21, Sephora, Container Store, Blick Art Supplies, Chado Tea Room, Luxe Hair Salon (My hair person is here! Michelle B!), Crossroads Clothing, Dots Cupcakes, Bar Method, Lush, Romantix, MAC, SugarFix, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Barney's, Brothers Pies and Fries, Cafe Bizou, Dog Haus, Saladish, La Grande Orange, and a bunch others.
Great place to shop and eat.
Lots of coffee shops! :D
Only bad thing... lots of cars... limited parking and the panhandlers.