La Grande Orange: Great food, great atmosphere, and free salty chocolate chip cookies for dessert.The Luggage Room: LGO’s sister restaurant with wood fired pizzas and killer spiked lemonade.Lincoln Pasadena: The new kid on the block. Pastries, coffee, breakfast, and lunch, with a cute little shop next door.Float: Soda floats, sandwiches, and coffee in an adorable british style arcade.Motor Dogs: The cutest little hot dog stand around with the best, saltiest french fries.
One Colorado: 17 historic buildings in Old Town Pasadena with great shops and restaurants including Lou & Grey, Mohawk General Store, Gold Bug, and Esquela Taqueria.Rose Bowl Flea Market: You never know what you’ll find or who you’ll see.Uncharted Antiques: Art, industrial, midcentury, and vintage treasures, and modern day oddities.Book Alley: Best used bookstore in Pasadena, possibly in all of Los Angeles, and one of the best in California.
Gold Bug: The most amazing weird shit. Just go, trust me!
LA County Arboretum: Plants and Peacocks! Check for some great Pasadena Pops music shows during the summer months.
Eaton Canyon Nature Center: A great little hike, crowded on weekends, just don’t climb the waterfall and die, if there even is a waterfall.Santa Anita Race Track: Go for the trifecta, stay for the turkey club, and the Seabiscuit Tour.Historical Places and Museums:
Heritage Square Museum: Just like Main Street Disneyland, with a whole lotta less people.