Local Favorites in Pasadena

Local Favorites in Pasadena

Whether you’re a life-long Pasadenean or just just planning a visit here, you’ll quickly find a plethora of things to do, see, and enjoy.  Here’s a tried-and-true collection of favorite spots for shopping, drinking, and soaking up the unique vibe of Pasadena. Of course, in addition to these Pasadena based picks, we also love to come back to One Colorado for the very best in shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Whether you’re a fan of Big Bang Theory or want to visit a world-class university, the renowned science and engineering campus is sprawling with architectural gems, beautiful paths for walking, and a pond filled with hundreds of turtles and frogs.

Bungalow Heaven
Spanning sixteen blocks, the historic neighborhood is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. I recommend doing it on a bike while savoring the tree-lined streets and 20th-century bungalow homes, many of which were built during the Arts and Crafts movement.

Norton Simon Museum
A must-visit museum in my book for the astonishing collection of European and South and Southeast Asian art. The garden cafe has outdoor concerts and family-friendly art activities.

Pasadena Antique Center and Annex
This is where interior designers, set designers (hello, Mad Men), and antique dealers shop for mid-century modern and deco vintage furniture and decor. It’s difficult not to spend an entire afternoon here.

The Speakeasy
A secret bar with a hidden entrance that requires a password to enter. Prohibition-era cocktails make it the bee’s knees.

Huntington Library & Gardens
Encompassing over 120 acres, Huntington Library is everyone’s favorite place from book lovers to art aficionados to tiny botanists who want to explore the lush gardens.

Pasadena City College Flea Market
Known as the secret flea market, this is the real deal when it comes to finding antiques, clothing, knickknacks, and home decor items. With over 400 vendors, you can pretty much find what you need and more.