Pasadena is one of those places you hear about, but don’t necessarily bother visiting. Perhaps because it sounds like a sleepy suburb, not as edgy as Silverlake or as culturally rich as Downtown. Let me tell you something: if you don’t visit Pasadena, you are a fool. It is a lovely area, with amazing, giant mansions to ogle, a bustling high-street for shopping and a collection of great restaurants and coffee shops. And of course it is also the home of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens which is a brilliant way to waste an afternoon getting lost in their Desert Garden while slowly melting in the delicious Californian heat. I hope you will enjoy my photos of the place – as usual you will find my favourite places listed below and a complete list of things to do in Los Angeles on a map at the end of this post.
1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, United States
55 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States
The Loved One
2 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 90113, United States
The Gold Bug
22 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States
Make sure you also walk along Colorado Blvd for all the main US brands including J.Crew, Kate Spade, Madewell etc.
Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, United States
Start the day with an iced latte and a muffin at Intelligentsia
Expect emerging designers, antiques and curios at The Gold Bug
Impressive mansions on the way to the Huntington
Mini pondering the meaning of life at the Huntington
Thoroughly enjoying the million different types of palm trees on display
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