3777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Named after the province of its founders, Yang Chow serves up authentic Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine in a simple space. Their signature slippery shrimp is worth the trip alone. There are also locations Downtown and the Valley.
Mohawk General Store
26 Smith Alley, Pasadena
Now three locations strong, this general-style store offers generally guy-centric range of clothing and accessories (there are a handful of great picks for women), along with really beautiful home goods. Expect to find Isabel Marant jumpsuits (for her), Engineered Garment pants (for him), along with Want Les Essentials laptop sleeves, Cire Trudon candles, and Fort Standard trivets. The originals are in Silver Lake.
49 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
The eponymous burger here warrants the elusive name, which refers to the fifth taste in Japanese. You'll find a sleek interior and fantastic burgers, plus inventive sides and sauces. Not to mention, they grind their own meat, process their own cheese, and pickle their own veggies. Because why not? With multiple locations throughout LA area, you can't, and shouldn't, miss this. Other locations: Arts District, Downtown, Burbank, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Santa Monica, Studio City, West Hollywood, and Thousand Oaks
Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
The now classic Rose Bowl Flea attracts visitors from all over the world, so expect to compete with some serious shoppers. There’s a sprawling setup of antiques, housewares, and piles and piles of clothes to rummage through. Haggling is part of the deal. (And wear comfortable shoes.)
55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Intelligentsia is really the quintessential hipster LA coffee shop—and we get why. Tables and bar seats are usually available at all their well-designed locations, there's a smattering of great baked goods, as well as some home goods for sale. At both the Venice and Silver Lake locations, the outlets are as abundant as the man-buns.
1355 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena
Berry shortcake, chocolate mocha, and of course, red velvet all beckon from the case here. The specialty is birthday cakes, though the cupcakes are pretty irresistible (and portable, too). They also offer vegan options. There's a second location in Silver Lake.