Local Flavor – Pasadena

When most people talk about Pasadena, they usually think of the Rose Bowl or the Rose Parade or something rose-related!

Well, we’re here to tell you that there’s so much more to Pasadena than just your average floral arrangement.

But don’t take our word for it, check out some of the best places to eat, drink, and play in one of L.A. County’s oldest cities.


The Luggage Room Pizzeria – We’re Californians, so we like our food fresh and healthy, but let’s be honest, we still love to indulge a little! Get the best of both worlds at The Luggage Room Pizzeria. Set in a 1934 train station baggage room, the space houses a woodfire oven to cook their unique gourmet pizzas. Heads up for all you environmentally-friendly foodies. The Luggage Room purchases all of their ingredients from either farmers markets or local providers.

21 Choices – Finish off the evening at 21 Choices, a frozen yogurt joint in Old Town Pasadena. What sets 21 Choices apart from your average fro-yo spot is the amazing customer service. Every day, they feature 6 new flavors. With dozens upon dozens of mix-in options, you can create your own custom treat. Make sure to get there early though. The line often stretches outside the door and into the busy sidewalk!


POP Champagne Bar – Not in a fro-yo kind of mood tonight? Hit up POP Champagne Bar for a double dose of dessert and fancy drinks. They’ve got a fantastic selection of champagne flights, which makes it a great date spot. But if bubbly doesn’t do it for you, they have plenty of other delicious cocktails. Take advantage of Happy Hour during the week from 5pm-7pm to save a little extra cash.


Gold Class Cinemas – If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, get the VIP treatment at Gold Class Cinemas. This isn’t your average movie theater. It comes with deluxe seats that recline all the way back. With a touch of a button on the armrest, you get your own personal waiter who will serve you drinks and gourmet food as you watch the latest blockbuster. Once you see a movie like this, you’ll never want to go to a regular theater again. It’s like the difference between flying coach and first class!

The Huntington Botanical Gardens – For those of you looking for a bit of fresh air, The Huntington Botanical Gardens are a great option. Browse the 120 acres that are home to more than 14,000 different varieties of plants. Each space has its own theme, including the Jungle Garden, Chinese Garden, and yes, you guessed it, Rose Garden.

  • Do you have a favorite hot spot in Pasadena? Share with us below in the comments section!

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