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Strike up the band. This home of the Rose Bowl, rich in pageantry, tradition, and of course the annual Rose Bowl Parade, is a major area attraction like no other. The Old Town section of the city extends to both those familiar with the area and those just visiting a plethora of shopping and dining choices. From Latin fare to southern California taste quenchers, the restaurants in this area are among the best in the state. A college town air is apparent here and bar hopping along the streets of Old Town is a must do for those so inclined to partake in that scene.

For those seeking a place to stay in style, some of the world's most high-end hotel chains offer part-time residence conveniently located near many of the city's prime attractions. For those looking to go the less expensive routes there are plenty of places to lay your hat for a night or more at some of the modestly, yet still quite respectable, dwellings in town.

Pasadena also calls home the California Institute of Technology and NASA's very own Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is open to the public on certain select days. If art or music are your thing, then you've come to the right place. The city is quite popular with artists and connoisseurs alike as it has many galleries and museums featuring just as many styles and interpretations and claims as its very own the Art Center College of Design. Musically, some of the best Jazz in the state can be found here. A good Jazz club or bar is about as Pasadena as, well, outstanding beaches are to Santa Monica. Also home to many of the regions hottest local acts, it truly is a haven for art, technology, and culture.

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American Restaurants

Crocodile Cafe

140 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101


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Gyu Kaku Restaurants

70 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105

We are a Japanese BBQ Restaurant where you can grill your own meats and vegetables right at your table!


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Sheraton Pasadena Hotel

303 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91101

The Sheraton Pasadena Hotel is located adjacent to the Pasadena Convention Center, within walking distance of Old Town Pasadena, and near destinations like the Rose Bowl, the Botanical Gardens, the Huntington Library and the Norton Simon Museum.

American Restaurants

Pop Champagne & Dessert

33 E. Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Pasadena's newest hot spot. POP offers over 50 Champagnes, sparkling wines & dessert wine by the glass, and over 100 by the bottle.  POP also offers tasting flights, sparkling cocktails, and artisanal beers.   POP specializes in house-made dess

American Restaurants


37 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

American Restaurants

AKA - An American Bistro

41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

A/k/a Bistro offers a casual dining experience with complex flavors and locally sourced ingredients around the Pasadena area.

Italian Restaurants

Buca Di Beppo

80 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105

American Restaurants

Roy's Pasadena

641 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


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