Good Pasadena cafe...
to lounge in, write a bit and drink good coffee? making the journey for a change of scenery from WeHO...
I like Zeli Coffee Bar. It is on Colorado Blvd. near El Molino Ave., right in front of Vroman's Bookstore. The space is tight, but the drinks and pastries are decent.
If you want more much more space, go across the street to Metropolis. There is much more space and seating, but the drinks and pastries aren't as good.
If you get bored with those two options, you can try Zona Rosa, on El Molino between Colorado and Green St. It's a tiny little place, but I think they have extra seats upstairs.
Of the three, I like Zeli the best.
You're welcome. :)
Here's the exact address for Zeli Coffee Bar:
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 356-9901
If you like to read and write, Vroman's is a really good bookstore, and it is attached to the coffee bar. The movie theatre next door, the Laemmle Playhouse 7, serves Bulgarini Gelato, which many people like here. :)
it doesn't take me 15-20 to get to BEANTOWN even in bumper to bumper. coming from WeHo, take the 210 exit Baldwin, head north, cross sierra madre bl. and the coffeehouse is on the left. while you're there, TAYLORS OL' FASHION meats, one of the last great butchers is down the street. you can also saunter over to E. WALDO WARD for some famous preserves. sierra madre is charming small town america with the only existing volunteer fire department remaining in l.a. county. the town is celebrating it's centennial this year and has a phenom library for a small town. the infamous espresso scenes in "kicking & screaming" with will ferrell were shot at BEANTOWN.
BEANTOWN serves FOSSELMANS ice cream and recently switched their beans to the award-winning KLATCH ROASTING...a huge improvement.
it's a great place to hang out.
I second Kaldi for their Mexican hot chocolate and atmosphere. I also like the craftsman-home-turned-coffee-house Zephyr for ambiance and tasty, large-cupped coffees. Buster's has some great desserts including the aforementioned Fosselman's ice cream.
1019 El Centro St
South Pasadena, CA
2419 E Colorado
South Pasadena, CA
Jones Coffee Roasters is my favorite, and the chairs and tables they have inside, while few, are great.
537 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
I also recommend the Coffee Gallery in Altadena (just 5 minutes up Lake from Pasadena, much closer than Sierra Madre) or Swork in Eagle Rock (just 5 minutes to the west on Colorado).
2029 Lake Ave
Altadena, CA 91001
2160 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
What's the story with Pasadena Coffee and Tea Company and some of the other places on Foothill/Walnut in Pasadena? Are these cafes or are they places that sell roasted coffee beans? I've driven by them a few times, and I'm just wondering....
Apparently there's a Pasadena Coffee and Tea Company in Pasadena (on Walnut) and a place called the Pasadena Coffee Company in Monrovia (website below).