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Old Pasadena is home to a wonderful variety of retailers including prestigious nationals, one-of-kind boutiques, and everything in between.  Support local by looking for the "Only in Old Pas" stamp next to businesses that are either one-of-a-kind and unique to Old Pasadena, or have few regional locations and embody the indie spirit.  If you choose to shop online or by phone, ask about contact-free curbside pick-up.

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  • The concept at Taiwan-based 85°C Bakery Cafe is simple: provide five-star quality coffee, cakes, and breads at affordable prices. Happy customers describe the plentiful pastries as “fluffy,” “flavorful,” and “fresh” and line up for items like egg tarts, brioche, iced Boba milk tea, and the mango drink. The bakery’s name, you ask? The purveyors believe coffee holds its flavor best at a steady temperature of 85 degrees Celsius.

  • Since 1999, Beard Papa’s has been baking the world’s best cream puffs. Having originated in Japan, Beard Papa's is committed to bringing you a pastry that is super oishii (delicious)! Beard Papa’s is conveniently located at the center of Old Pasadena making it the perfect place to stop for a delightfully sweet and fluffy treat.

  • Blue Bottle Coffee - originating in Oakland, California in the early 2000s - has grown to a network of cafes across the U.S. and in Japan with the steadfast goal of getting great coffee into the hands of everyone who asks for it. Coffee aficionados can find single origin coffees, blends, and espresso. The artisan coffee roaster works directly with farmers around the world to source the most delicious and sustainable coffees it can find; then they're roasted to exacting flavor standards and served at peak deliciousness. In Old Pasadena, enjoy Blue Bottle's outdoor patio the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Mercantile Place. 

  • Boba Cha Cha's specialty tea selection has been carefully curated by Preeya Poopichayanpongse, who spent years studying tea or as it is known “cha”.   Boba Cha Cha serves an array of delicious creations that not only appeal to sweet cravings but also provide health benefits.  The tea is slow-brewed one cup at a time to not only enhance each tea leaf’s flavors but also bring out the beneficial elements of each cha. The authentic boba - tapioca balls - is made of cassava root and prepared daily in-house.  In addition to traditional boba, you can choose from a variety of fruity pearls to add to your juice or tea.

  • Specializing in creating a modern version of traditional European-style pastries, Delight Pastry is a family-owned business with 20 years of experience. Their goal is to provide an exquisite and unique culinary experience to all their customers.  Enjoy pastries and desserts, as well as delicious coffee drinks.

  • A cute-as-a-button shop, Dots Cupcakes offers boutique-style cupcakes that are baked fresh daily with quality natural ingredients like French Valrhona chocolate, Madagascar Bourbon, Tahitian vanilla extract, and organic fruit preserves, just to name a few. Customers can choose from large or mini sizes – 25 flavors available each day!

  • Founded in 2012 and now in Old Pasadena, I Like Pie Bakeshop delights customers with its unique, personal pies. Using all-natural ingredients, the bakery crafts traditional favorites and seasonal specialties in sweet and savory flavors, plus vegan and gluten-free options. Choose from adorable cupcake-shaped pies, portable handpies, two-bite mini pies, savory pot-pies, and gorgeous full-size 10” pies. ILP pairs its pies with thoughtfully crafted coffees and ice cream from local California businesses. The business also offers delicious catering options for meetings and events.

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    Smorgasburg pop-up favorite, Kinrose Creamery has opened its first permanent location in Old Pasadena. Owners Maria Oveysi and Moe Kamal make ice cream that drew on the Persian and Egyptian flavors they were raised on. The menu features flavors like baklava, saffron pistachio and rose, kanafeh, and sour cherry, served with Iranian cotton candy. While they will offer their staples year-round, Oveysi and Kamal also plan to add special flavors around Nowruz, Ramadan, and more holidays.

    Their location on Mills Place offers a family-friendly seating area complete with mid-century furniture and a Pac-Man machine.


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    A third-generation chocolatier with origins in the Ukraine, Mignon Chocolates creates all its treats locally by hand without the use of chemicals or preservatives, using only original family recipes. The result? Melt-in-your mouth truffles, seasonal varieties, exotic flavors, and just good old-fashioned chocolates. Custom theme or shaped chocolate pieces can be crafted for special events or with company logos.

  • Koreatown's popular Oakobing is now in Old Pasadena.  With a wide array of delicious flavors and an unmistakably fluffy texture, Oakobing's unique style of "bingsoo" - Korean shaved ice - is carefully and artfully crafted to serve as the ultimate dessert experience.  It's a unique dessert treat you can find only at Oakobing.

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    Originating in 2011 in Portland, Oregon, Salt & Straw has quickly become a West Coast favorite for inspired ice cream flavors made with intention.  The family-run business opened in Old Pasadena in late 2019 as the company’s first scoop shop in the San Gabriel Valley - it joins LA locations in the Arts District, Venice, and Larchmont Village, Studio City, and West Hollywood. 

    Known for its curiously delicious flavors – including custom menu favorites exclusive to LA like Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese and Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Salt & Straw also features classics such as Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, James Coffee & Bourbon, and Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate.  All flavors are handmade in small batches using organic, sustainable and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients such as cream from Scott Brothers Dairy, a family-owned Southern California farm. 

    The cozy Old Pasadena location features a nostalgic-meets-modern design, with the use of curved oak edges, parquet wood inlay, custom terrazzo flooring, and a window bar that invites guests to enjoy their ice cream while taking in the vibrancy of Pasadena’s iconic Colorado Boulevard. 



  • Happiness one slice at a time. That simple mission is carried out all day every day by The Pie Hole as the counter-service eatery inside Indiana Colony wows patrons with sweet and savory pies made from scratch with high quality ingredients. Favorites include Mexican Chocolate, Earl Grey, and Cereal Killer. Visitors can also find other baked items, as well as Pie Hole’s house blend coffees, which are organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and roasted to exact specification.

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    Valentine Sweets offers a selection of delicious, thoughtfully sourced, organic, and plant-based tea cakes, cookies, sandwiches, soups, and drinks. They also offer keto-friendly and gluten-free options because they value each individual’s dietary needs and choices. As a woman-owned business, they even have a section of carefully curated and high-quality gifts featuring women-owned brands and small businesses. 


  • Inspired by her globetrotting adventures, Adrienne Nicole Borlongan created Wanderlust Creamery in 2015 with its foundation in world flavors - think innovative ice cream fusions like Japanese Neapolitan, Thai Tea, Ube Malted Crunch, Australian Pavlova, Hawaiian Toast + Guava Jam, and Koldstal. The Old Pasadena Wanderlust is the fifth location in the LA area, tucked inside the artisanal Indiana Colony and offering perfect window seats for patrons to watch the street action along Colorado Boulevard. 

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    Yvonne Ardestani is a French-trained chef who has spent her career creating classic restaurant dishes alongside some of the most prestigious names in food. She is passionate about reinventing the classics with vegan and gluten-free twists. Yvonne invites you to come along in her journey as she creates healthy, nutritious, and decadent plant-based food that will ultimately lead to renewed energy, wellness, and longevity. Yvonne's Vegan Kitchen treats are not only for those with vegan and gluten-free diets, but for those who are looking to eat healthier without compromising on flavor.


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