Find unique treasures and exceptional bargains at retailers ranging from exclusive boutiques and national department stores to flea markets and quaint antique shops. The 10-block South Lake Avenue district is home to Macy's, along with brand-name fashion and home decor shops, all within its easily walkable area. The Old Pasadena district has an eclectic mix of more than 200 unique boutiques and exclusive national retailers concentrated in an authentic downtown. One Colorado, a creative expanse of more than 25 stores, is anchored by a beautiful brick courtyard in Old Pasadena. Paseo Colorado, at the Civic Center, has an open-air promenade and more than 60 street-front shops. The historic Playhouse District is an intimate forum for art, architecture, and culture. Area shops specialize in culinary arts, music, and books. Museum stores all over town offer distinctive gifts, while flea markets and shops dedicated to vintage finds make the city an antique lover's dream.

Shopping Districts

Spanning 22 blocks, Old Pasadena reflects the traditions of early California blending more than 200 retail stores, ar t galleries, trendy boutiques, vintage clothing stores, theaters and restaurants. Retailers include Tiffany & Co., Guess, Apple Store, H & M, Banana Republic, and Diesel.

The Pasadena Playhouse District is an eclectic mix of art, theatre and literature, all enhanced with 1920s architecture. Visit Vroman's Bookstore, the oldest independent bookstore in Southern California. Other must-sees include Canterbury Records and Jacob Maarse Florist.

European ambiance is most evident along the 10, tree-lined blocks of South Lake Avenue, which is home to upscale boutiques, designer stores and eateries. This active business community and bustling retail center features Macy'sand Orvis.

Shopping Plazas

Nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena, One Colorado is a creative square where 19th century architecture meets superlative shopping. National retailers and one-of-a-kind boutiques include Vince, Crate & Barrel, Joie, Kate Spade, and The Soap Kitchen.

The Paseo is an open-air marketplace featuring shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre. Specialty retailers include Tommy Bahama, White House Black Market, Coach, and J. Jill.

Flea Markets

The Pasadena City College Flea Market is held the first Sunday of each month and is free. Peruse the wares of 450 vendors offering antiques, records, collectibles, and food.

Pasadena's famous Rose Bowl Flea Market is held the second Sunday of every month at the Rose Bowl Stadium and costs a nominal fee. The market boasts more than 2,500 vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, handmade quilts, and collectibles. Celebrity sightings are frequent!


The Pasadena Antique Center & Annex alone offers 130 dealers selling furniture, jewelry, art, and rare books. More antique shops can be found in and around the three shopping districts.

Historic District

Pasadena's 19th century origins remain reflected in what was once the city's original marketplace and oldest commercial area. A model of historic preservation and civic revitalization, the 21 blocks of Old Pasadena were designated a National Register Historic District in 1983 and contain lovingly restored examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture.


With an eclectic mix of over 200 boutiques, specialty stores, and national retailers Old Pasadena provides an unparalleled assortment of shopping opportunities. Cruise Colorado Boulevard for the well known, from J. Crew to Tiffany & Co. and explore unique local shops like cosmetic store Lather, galleries like The Flower Pepper Gallery, and boutiques such as Elisa B. and Finn & Willow.


Over 100 restaurants are located throughout this easily walkable and public transit accessible historic area. Try Basque tapas and Spanish wine from Ración , or gastropub fare from Edwin Mills , with drink specials every day. For something casual yet entirely authentic, taste California Cuisine at Prawn , a seafood-centric cafe by Mark Peel who pioneered the California Cuisine movement along with his contemporaries Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters.


The outdoor Levitt Pavilion offers a casual June through September slate of eclectic musicians, from jazz to Blues, to Latin and World beats, including 50 free concerts. For the young and young at heart visit the Neon Retro Arcade featuring over 50 classic pinball and video games. Take a stroll through the Armory Center for the Arts , a converted and expanded National Guard building now home to a wealth of modern art, and for a truly top-shelf movie experience take in a show at the iPic Theater and enjoy gourmet food service and premium wine, along with your movie.

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South Lake Avenue District

Retail District

Experience the mid-century charm of Pasadena's South Lake Avenue district, one the city's shopping districts. South Lake's 10 tree-lined blocks are home to a diverse collection of national stores, unique boutiques, delicious restaurants, salons, and other services reflecting the historic ambiance of the area's 1940s origins.


Home to the half-mile long shoppers lane, and anchored by the recently remodeled Macy's with it's iconic streamline moderne and art deco design by renowned architect Welton Becket, the South Lake district is home to many retailers of all types from the traditional Japanese clothing of Kimono No Kobeya to the unique jewelry and accessories of Tiny Universe.


South Lake's many restaurants are the rival of any in Pasadena. A prime example of the area's architectural charm, Bistro 45 is an art deco French-American fusion experience. For a quick gourmet sweet and a pick-me-up try Contessa Chocolates. From multi-course elegance to a burger and a slice at the iconic Pie ‘n Burger , the South Lake district can satisfy any hungry shopper.


The South Lake Avenue district is home to some of Pasadena's most exciting events such as October's Taste of South Lake featuring mouthwatering local samples and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs. September's Rooftop Cinema Series offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy outdoor screenings of the days most popular movies along with thousands of other visitors in a festive rooftop atmosphere. Try a tasting or pick up a bottle at Vinotera Wine, or simply take a walk throughout the quiet charming residential neighborhood that borders Lake Avenue and contains Caltech , truly one of Pasadena's architectural and educational gems.

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