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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Trail
“Peaceful place to walk on the trail. We love the educational & environmental work that they do.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Transportation
“They have a location in Pasadena and Altadena, both in close proximity. Ideal for a site visit or for those with jobs, internships or independent contracts with the company. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Easily accessible and easygoing trail. Follow the sound of water flowing through the forest floor to the waterfall. Crowds can be crushing on the weekend.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
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“Great local spot for breakfast or lunch. They have yummy pastries and coffees. Address: 1992 Lincoln Avenue Pasadena, CA 91003 ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Unusual artisanal ice creams and sorbets, often seasonal - Rose Petal? Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean? Rosemary with Toasted Pine Nuts? - Can get VERY busy on a summer evening.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“I'm not a pizza person, but theirs is excellent. You can walk there in 10 minutes, drive in 3, or have it delivered.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“Amazing coffee drinks, pastries , sandwiches and salads. One of our favorite, local spots!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Hands-down the best Indian food in the city of Los Angeles! The owner and chef made a name for himself in LA's trendy West Side, then chose to open his own place here. Featuring made-to-order specialties from all regions of India, you will never find a 'lunch buffet' at the Mint Leaf. Because space is limited, go to the website and use their custom OpenTable link to make a reservation. Best dinner time is 5:30 to 6pm.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“With great views of mountains and lots of interesting geology The Pasadena area nature park is one of the most accessible and easygoing trails where you'll truly feel like in nature. The main park area has picnic tables, nice areas for kids to play. And don't miss the waterfall hike, it's worth it!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A local Altadena institution. Open Mic nights, poetry readings, live music and a group of locals who gather regularly to solve the world's problems. Yummy pastries, good coffee, cute lounge area, plus a little outdoor patio. So not a Starbucks!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This bakery is organic and very tasty for breakfast and lunch. make sure to bring home some goodies. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Diner
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“If it's comfort food you're craving, Fox's is the place to go. Newly renovated, it's now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday Brunch is a must.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Favorite local pub. It’s much quieter and easier to get to compared to bars in Pasadena. Good selection of beer and wines, serves pizza, and has a bunch of games. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Nice hiking spot that’s just a short drive away! There is a nature center with trail maps and some exhibits of local wildlife and plants. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The hipster haven is the perfect place for a special evening with friends or a business-related dinner with a client you want to impress. One of three restaurants owned and operated by LA's legendary Claude Beltran, the handcrafted menu changes with the seasons. If it's a weeknight you can walk in at any time; weekends fare better with a reservation.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Good burgers and a variety of Mexican food too. Open on Sundays and late nights.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Great local spot for breakfast or lunch. They have yummy pastries and coffees. Address: 1992 Lincoln Avenue Pasadena, CA 91003 ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“I'm not a pizza person, but theirs is excellent. You can walk there in 10 minutes, drive in 3, or have it delivered.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Hands-down the best Indian food in the city of Los Angeles! The owner and chef made a name for himself in LA's trendy West Side, then chose to open his own place here. Featuring made-to-order specialties from all regions of India, you will never find a 'lunch buffet' at the Mint Leaf. Because space is limited, go to the website and use their custom OpenTable link to make a reservation. Best dinner time is 5:30 to 6pm.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Diner
“If it's comfort food you're craving, Fox's is the place to go. Newly renovated, it's now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday Brunch is a must.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“Favorite local pub. It’s much quieter and easier to get to compared to bars in Pasadena. Good selection of beer and wines, serves pizza, and has a bunch of games. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The hipster haven is the perfect place for a special evening with friends or a business-related dinner with a client you want to impress. One of three restaurants owned and operated by LA's legendary Claude Beltran, the handcrafted menu changes with the seasons. If it's a weeknight you can walk in at any time; weekends fare better with a reservation.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Good burgers and a variety of Mexican food too. Open on Sundays and late nights.”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This place has seriously good food, with pricing to match. Owned and operated by two chefs who previously worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, it's one of the best eateries in the city of LA. Don't let the lack of a sign throw you - everyone here knows where it is. Reservations are a must.”
  • 12 locals recommend

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