Pasadena has grown by leaps and bounds since my college days, though South Lake Ave was always a good destination for shopping and dinning. It now boasts an eclectic mix of old and new or hip and classic if you prefer.
Drapers & Damons, a ladies dress dynasty has held court on Lake with their flagship store since 1927.
Wahoo Tacos is popular and their grilled fish tacos are legendary.
This quaint alley of shops transports me back in time to a classic London Street.
Macy's now occupies the old Bullocks Wilshire in a beautiful art deco building designed by architect Welton Beckett. You can stop by Anthropologie for an owl cookie jar fix. Or eat lunch at one of my favorites, Cham Bistro, which offers a fresh take on Korean food. I am also eager to give Float Sandwich Shop a try, it's located at the end of that pretty atrium nook above.
Another new favorite, Beard Papa's, this oddly named chain imported from Japan serves up all kinds of artisan like creme puffs. Crazy good!
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