The perks of living in Pasadena, California seem endless. With the Tournament of Roses Parade, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the annual Rose Bowl Stadium football game, there’s certainly something to love for everyone in the City of Roses.All of Pasadena’s 139,000 residents—old and new—should check out these excellent locations:
If you’re looking for a joint that serves hearty meals with elegance and has a cheeseburger to die for, make your way to Houston’s. Aside from the famous burger, you can have your choice of sushi, steak, and other classic SoCal dishes. Another south side favorite is Parkway Grill which offers some of the best contemporary dishes served in an upscale yet relaxing environment.
A place marked with the words “Food is Love,” La Grande Orange Café is located on the Del Mar train station and is perfect for dinner and drinks.
There’s a place in Pasadena that has every shop you love. Old Town Pasadena’s 22 blocks is filled with 200 stores and boutiques within a historic downtown district.
No Sunday is wasted when spent in the Rose Bowl Flea Market, a spot for excellent deals and people-watching. This flea market has numerous vintage items and collectibles with relatively low prices.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for unique finds from different places in the world, get ready to have a burning hole in your pocket from all the amazing finds at Ten Thousand Villages.
An elegant cocktail bar for classy men and women, Der Rathskeller is a unique spot in Pasadena known for its intimate vibe and amazing artisan cocktails. This after hours joint is located just below Der Wolfskopf, a German gastropub under the same management.
Mi Piace is an Italian lounge with a beautiful patio area. The food, especially the desserts, is excellent and it is a perfect venue for an anniversary dinner or a romantic marriage proposal.
Finally, King’s Row Gastropub is a truly American beer garden that stays open until 1 or 2 in the morning and holds its “Happy Hour” from 4 to 7 in the evening. The live music and the interior’s rustic feel makes King’s Row’s guests feel right at home.