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).
Ah, my favorite topic. I confess I'm not a drinker of regular coffee; I prefer mine drowned in milk and sugar or whatever. But I do like to hang out in coffeehouses.
Zeli - I think it's too small for lounging, but near Vroman's and around the corner from Zona Rosa. Chairs are the metal type, no sofa options.
Zona Rosa - comfy seating upstairs. Mexican mochas - yum! Minimal food choices.
Bean Town - My favorite, lots of pastries and food (sandwiches, soups), Fosselman's ice cream, comfy sofas and big wooden tables good for laptops but really packed in afternoon and evening. If you will hang out a while and might want lunch without having to leave your spot, it can be worth extra drive. Good people watching both indoors and out.
Buster's, South Pas - sometimes it makes me feel claustrophic (tiny tables, low ceilings). Has food and ice cream options. Closes earlier than it used to. In an interesting neighborhood.
Kaldi's, South Pas - I would like it more if the comfy seats didn't seem kinda dirty. Great people watching here too, especially if you want to sit outside with the smokers and dog walkers by the park.
Jones Coffee Roasters- not really a place people hang out, though it is clear they're adding more seating to encourage just that. Constant coffee roasting machine noise and smell could be distracting, but they know a lot about coffee. In a small office park, not a picturesque neighborhood.
Zephyr - Spread through many rooms of an old Craftsman house. Tons of comfy seating and tables. Good if you prefer quiet, because you can often have a whole room to yourself. Not good if you want people watching. They have pastries, sandwiches, and crepes. Immediate neighborhood isn't good for strolling.