6 Places To Try In South Pasadena

Not to be confused as a locale merely “south of Pasadena,” South Pas is a city in its own right, brimming with cozy cafés, boutiques, and charm.
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Two Kids Coffee

1A passion project between two formally trained architects/designers (and “kids at heart”), Two Kids Coffee isn’t for those who enjoy the overly sugar-laden drinks of the Frappuccino variety. Instead, the design-forward duo focuses on offering quality coffee and complements, including house-made almond milk that’s made fresh each morning. 1504 Mission St., twokidscoffee.com

2Whether you’re looking for something sweet or savory, Heirloom Bakery & Café offers everything from pastries to made-to-order sandwiches. Portions are both generous and delicious, with an emphasis on fresh and flavorful ingredients. Feel free to bring Fido along to sit on the dog-friendly patio. 807 Meridian Ave., 626-441-0042

3Owned by the same team behind Nori Sushi Wraps (another South Pas dining destination worth a trip), Modan Artisanal Ramen’s namesake ramen dishes may be the focus but are by no means the only star of the menu. The savory-sweet fried chicken wings, served with white truffle aioli, are a must-order for the table. 700 Fair Oaks Ave., 626-799-2878, modanramen.com

4For more than three decades, Old Focals has been providing vintage, new, and custom-made eyewear to the top prop masters and costumers in film, TV, and stage. Boutique founder Russ Campbell designs trendsetting eyewear for men and women that combines high-quality, style, and affordability. 1110 Mission St., 626-799-7073, oldfocals.com

5This artisanal shop makes everything in-house from scratch, including the Philadelphia-style ice cream—an egg-free milk- and cream-based mixture. With both traditional and creative flavor combos like taro-Nutella, Cookies & Cream offers a sweet treat for any palate preference. Vegan options are also available. 1010 1/2 Fair Oaks Ave., 626-695-3547, cookiesandcreamsouthpas.com

6A sentimental favorite of many, Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain has been dishing out the good stuff for more than 100 years. While the menu has expanded (serving 100-plus American classics including burgers, hot dogs, and breakfast items), the heart of its mission hasn’t changed, bringing friends and families together to enjoy a delicious taste of nostalgia. 1526 Mission St., 626-799-1414, fairoakspharmacy.net

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