Explore Old Pasadena: its food, history, live music, and more!

Old Pasadena is the first commercial center of Pasadena. Dine in some of the city’s finest restaurants and shop for handmade jewelry, vintage items and boutique clothing. Old Pasadena also has an energetic nightlife scene, with popular bars and music venues.

See many restored historic buildings in the Old Pasadena Historic District. Explore a Victorian-era castle, built over 100 years ago. Take a short walk to a large park, featuring activities for children and free summer concerts.

Organize a self-guided tour of the Castle Green, a nationally registered historic monument. This castle was built in the late 19th century and is regarded as the historic centerpiece of Old Pasadena. Join the December Holiday Tour to appreciate the fascinating architecture with sounds of carols and tastes of holiday treats.

Shop for high-quality fashionable clothing in Old Pasadena. This area is known for its vintage items, watches, antiques and furnishings. Have your hair done or get a manicure at one of the area’s beauty salons. Dress up for dinner and select from a range of excellent restaurants, serving local and international cuisine.

Book a walking architectural tour and see the old Santa Fe Station, the former Green Hotel and Central Park. Learn about many historic buildings, including St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church. The Old Town is now considered a National Register Historic District.

Explore Old Pasadena’s Central Park, a historic park and popular walking area. Visit nearby Memorial Park where, in the summer, you can listen to free weekly concerts for adults and children in the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts.

The Metro Gold Line light rail connects Old Pasadena with downtown Los Angeles. Alternatively, find Old Pasadena about 27 miles (43 kilometers) from Los Angeles International Airport.

Old Pasadena is an important historic center in the Californian city and highly regarded for its shopping, dining and visitor attractions.

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Top Hotels in Old Pasadena

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
3 out of 5
180 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
$135
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Located in Old Pasadena, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena Convention Center, and Norton Simon Museum. Rose Bowl Stadium ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,880 reviews)

"First floor rooms on the left side of the entrance, on the outer side of the building are undesirable - the rooms are between the main hallway to the parking deck and the car entrance to the deck. Very noisy. Asked to change rooms and everything was fine."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
3 out of 5
21 West Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA
$197
per night
Nov 7 - Nov 8

Located in Old Pasadena, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pasadena City Hall, Norton Simon Museum, and Pasadena Convention Center. Rose Bowl Stadium ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (292 reviews)

"Lobby with bar is very nice. Rooms are spacious. Location is perfect for 10-minute walk to Pasadena Playhouse, shopping and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019

Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
$99
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.6/5Good! (7,417 reviews)

"Good hotel.food is excellent and nice staff. Good parking and great location."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
$169
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Grand Central Market and Pershing Square are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,321 reviews)

"Great location, close to downtown. Rooms are a little dated but very clean. Staff friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
3 out of 5
10300 S La Cienega Blvd, Inglewood, CA
$110
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Situated in Inglewood, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and Dockweiler ...

3.9/5Very Good! (6,999 reviews)

"The first day I was given a room that had a old food in the microwave and the knob to adjust the refrigerator was missing. The desk attendant moved me to another room. This room was better but it took forever for the refrigerator got cool and the HVAC unit was load , drowning out the TV. The room ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles
The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles
3.5 out of 5
1256 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA
$151
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles Convention Center, and Microsoft Theater. ...

3.9/5Good! (1,030 reviews)

"I like that it was very clean and affordable. It wasn’t too far from what I was in town to do that day."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles

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Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(3,457 reviews)

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Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Warner Brothers Studio
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Warner Brothers Studio

4.5/5(1,022 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Warner Brothers Studio, a well-known attraction in Burbank. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Hollywood Sign
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Hollywood Sign

4/5(2,245 reviews)

Hollywood Sign is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Los Angeles. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Staples Center
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Staples Center

4.5/5(1,590 reviews)

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The Grove
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The Grove

4.5/5(1,313 reviews)

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Top activities in Old Pasadena

Old Pasadena Food Tasting
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Old Pasadena Food Tasting

$79

Explore the colorful alleys and international eateries of Old Pasadena in this spectacular food tour. Join local merchants who host the tour whenever possible and get some firsthand knowledge about the food and culture that defines this incredible town.

OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride
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OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride

$28

Take LA to New Heights! OUE Skyspace is the perfect starting point for guests to the Los Angeles area providing a stunning overview of the city’s layout, allowing you to map out other various options to be explored on your trip.

Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

$55

This Fall, there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures; and that place is California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Get ready for thrilling and wild adventures at Knott's Berry Farm.

#1 Hollywood Sign Hike + Griffith Observatory Tour
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#1 Hollywood Sign Hike + Griffith Observatory Tour

$48

Griffith Park is California's 2nd largest park, and we're excited to take you on one of the best Los Angeles experiences out there! Hiking to the Hollywood Sign is the ultimate LA tour bucket list item, and our Hollywood Sign Hike is an unbeatable combo of exercise and sightseeing.

Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$49

Discover the very best of Los Angeles on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass, you'll explore all of the key landmarks in your own time.

Anaheim Resort Area: Private Transfer From Warner Bros Studios.
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Anaheim Resort Area: Private Transfer From Warner Bros Studios.

$29

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, 3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505, USA Transportation To the Warner Bros Studios. Duration: 5 hours

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