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South Lake Avenue

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 facials and hair services at Elite Beauty Bar Aesthetics and Wellness.


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 sandwich and an iced Americano try Float Coffee Shop. 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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