Northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is a charming city that is right on track with Los Angeles’ burgeoning coffee scene. Old Pasadena is the beating heart of the city and renowned for its beautiful Art Deco and Victorian buildings, high-end boutiques and shops, and world-class restaurants. After exploring some of the City of Roses’ attractions like the modern Norton Simon Museum and the famous Rose Bowl., head to one of these cozy cafés, bustling coffee shops, or well-known chains for a caffeine-fix or artistic latte. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.85°C Bakery Cafe
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East meets West at this Taiwanese bakery chain that serves both western-style bakery goods cinnamon buns and brioche along with Asian-inspired versions such as calamari bread, tuna Danish, matcha rolls, and coconut raisin tarts. The global bakery and beverage retail business has over 725 stores worldwide with a self-service bakery at the corner of Fair Oaks and Green Street where customers can pick their homemade cakes, puddings, and tarts. The drinks menu offers a range of coffees, unique and unusual teas like boba or lychee jelly, and healthy smoothies.
61 S Fair Oaks Ave #120, Pasadena, CA 91105, Phone: 626-792-8585
2.Amara Cafe & Restaurant
© Amara Cafe & Restaurant
Amara Cafe & Restaurant is a cozy neighborhood café that offers a bakery-style breakfast, a casual coffee with an assortment of chocolate truffles or a romantic date night. Amara serves a variety of regular coffee drinks like americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso, along with specialty coffee drinks, Venezuelan dark sipping chocolate, cold brews, loose-leaf teas, and juices. Jones Coffee is used to prepare unique espresso drinks, such as Aztec Xoco-Latte and Cacao Latte, and the café serves a selection of freshly baked pastries and South American fare like arepas, churros, and cachapas.
55 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, Phone: 626-744-1765
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© Ambrose Cafe
Located in the Fuller Theological Seminary, Ambrose Cafe is a small counter-serve coffee shop set in a warehouse that serves rich Colombian coffee, perfectly brewed Yunnan tea, and a selection of grab-and-go options of light fare like breakfast sandwiches, quiche, and baked goods. Ambrose Cafe serves a variety of regular coffee drinks like americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso, along with specialty coffee drinks, loose-leaf teas, and fresh juices.
509 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101, Phone: 626-765-6200
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4.Art and Science Cafe
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Nestled on a quiet street in the Playhouse District, the Art + Science Café is a cozy little spot with a tranquil outdoor patio filled with lush green gorgeous shrubbery, bright umbrellas, and comfy outdoor furniture. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and a short way from Old Pasadena and the boutiques of Lake Avenue, the café is owned by Seung Lee and serves the regular favorites, including creative lattes topped with quirky animal foam art. The café’s signature drink is the military latte, a bright green beverage made with double-shot espresso, matcha, and vanilla syrup, and the café serves light bites like avocado toasts and sushi hand rolls.
101 S Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, Phone: 626-639-3886
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© Café 86
Café 86 is a family-owned and operated coffee shop dedicated to serving the highest quality coffees, the purest teas, and delectable desserts. The café’s menu boasts a wide range of espresso drinks, as well as other sips like milk teas, milkshakes, and hot chocolate, and they are accompanied by a selection of light fare such as sandwiches, fresh pastries, and other baked goods. The café also offers Filipino-inspired sweets like ube Leche flan cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches, and the café is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea.
36 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, Phone: 626-219-6915
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Nestled in the hills of Altadena, Cafe Culture is a family-owned and operated, socially-conscious coffee shop that serves breakfast, and lunch, along with espresso drinks and fresh drip coffee. The casual café has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable seating, warm wooden accents, and complimentary wireless Internet, and serves traditional and specialty coffee drinks, espresso, bag, and loose-leaf teas and healthy smoothies. The café also serves a small menu of light, made-from-scratch fare such as freshly baked pastries, croissants, sandwiches, and salads.
1359 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107, Phone: 626-398-8654
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7.Charlie's Coffee House
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Charlie's Coffee House is a bright and airy café that serves a selection of high-end organic coffee in various styles like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos. The food menu features a delicious selection of sandwiches made with fresh locally sourced ingredients, as well as freshly baked pastries and other sweet treats as the perfect complement to the wide assortment of drinks. The café also showcases artworks by local artists and is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, daily.
266 Monterey Rd, South Pasadena, CA 91030, Phone: 323-474-6753
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© Copa Vida
Copa Vida is a coffee bar and an all-day eatery chain with several coffee shops throughout San Diego and the Carmel Valley. The Pasadena-based roaster offers a comprehensive selection of beverages, from steaming espresso drinks made on slick Kees van der Westen Spirit espresso machines, along with cold brew coffee, kombucha, and iced tea on tap. Tea-lovers can sip hot brews made with Alpha Dominche Steampunks, and a selection of healthy fare such as fresh salads, sandwiches, yogurt parfait, and mouthwatering pastries are also available.
70 S Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA, Phone: 626-213-3952
Located in The Shops on Lake Avenue, Float takes diners back in time to the mid-20th century for classic floats, milkshakes, and soda pops. The fun, family-friendly café offers a modern take on the old-fashioned soda fountains where friendly baristas handcraft specialty floats and milkshakes. Signature sips include the Cold Brew with iced coffee and vanilla ice cream; the Red Cow with creamy red birch beer and vanilla ice cream; and the Creamsicle with Sioux City orange cream and ice cream. The café also serves great coffee and espresso drinks, mini root beer floats, soda pops, and freshly made sandwiches.
380 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, Phone: 626-844-3488
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10.Home Brewed Bar
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Home Brewed Bar is a bright, friendly coffee bar in the heart of Old Pasadena that serves a range of specialty coffees and milk teas in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The bar is aptly named for its in-house, 20-hour-long tea and coffee cold brews and offers a creative menu of innovative drinks like cold brew coffee, frappes, fruit teas, milk teas, and sweetened house creams. Drinks can be topped with sweet additions like taro whipped cream or lychee jelly, and drinks are accompanied by lite bites and sweet treats. The sun-drenched café has high-top tables, complimentary wireless Internet, and hosts live music and other events throughout the year.
39 N Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91103, Phone: 626-397-2887
11.Intelligentsia Coffee Pasadena Coffeebar
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Intelligentsia Coffee Highline Coffee Bar is a trendy outpost of the renowned Chicago-based direct-trade roaster that features a hip café in Pasadena with an industrial-chic setting. The coffeeshop serves the full range of Intelligentsia coffees from direct-trade sources, along with its Kilogram tea line and an exclusive sparkling iced tea, which is brewed in-house. The café also offers a selection of bakery items from Somerville’s Forge Baking Company throughout the day, and Intelligentsia’s coffee training lab is situated next to the café and provides training for caffeine enthusiasts and budding baristas.
55 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, Phone: 626-578-1270
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12.Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters
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Established in 2006, Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters is an unfussy coffee shop started by two friends that focuses on serving freshly brewed small-batch brews made with ethically sourced beans from coffee-growing countries from around the world like in Africa, Central America, Indonesia, and South America. The café has a comfy, inviting interior with plush couches, exposed brick walls, and plenty of seating, and offers complimentary wireless Internet. A small menu of light, made-from-scratch fare such as freshly baked pastries, croissants, sandwiches, and salads is also offered.
260 Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107, Phone: 626-395-7585
13.Jones Coffee Roasters
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Jones Coffee Roasters is a Pasadena mom-and-pop coffee shop that was founded in 1994 and has grown into a popular café with two locations in the city. Based inside Vroman's Bookstore and on Raymond Avenue, Jones Coffee Roasters sources coffee beans through direct trade with coffee-growing regions like Burundi, Guatemala, Rwanda, Sumatra, and Tanzania. The in-house roasters’ café on Raymond Avenue has a spacious industrial-style space with an old school ambiance and stands as a living museum to the coffee bean and the coffee-making process with industrial-sized grinders and roasters on display.
693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, Phone: 626-564-9291
14.Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar
© Lavender & Honey® Espresso Bar
The Lavender & Honey® Espresso Bar is a little boutique coffee bar and deli that serves high-quality coffee, gourmet food items, and delicious handmade food. Nestled in a pretty conifer-lined foothill community a mile north of the freeway, the café has minimalist décor with a signature hanging succulent wall, an espresso bar, a tea and lemonade bar, and a sandwich bar. Oozing friendly charm, the café offers a curated espresso selection and specialist drinks like the semi-sweet honeybee latte, along with a variety of farm-to-table fare like peanut butter and banana honey-drizzled toasts. The café has both indoor and outdoor seating with a side patio and a shady sidewalk and boasts beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains.
1383 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104, Phone: 626-529-5571
© Rosebud Coffee
Rosebud Coffee is a community-focused coffee shop that serves a variety of coffees, espressos, teas, and freshly baked pastries. The café began as a coffee cart and developed into a brick-and-mortar location and refuge for transitional-aged youth and homeless people to learn about and practice the art of coffee-making. Located on Del Mar Boulevard, Rose City Coffee runs the coffee-serving project in partnership with Rose City Church and offers jobs to local homeless youth, teaching them the art of making the perfect espresso.
2302 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107, Phone: 626-817-3461
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16.Sidewalk Cafe HTS
Tucked away in the Hens Teeth Square shopping center, the Sidewalk Cafe HTS (Hens Teeth Square) is a quintessential Pasadena coffee shop that began as a coffee cart and showcases artworks by local artists. The family-friendly café roasts its beans that are ethically sourced from all over the world and serves a menu of classic breakfast fare and lunch dishes like fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, and freshly baked pastries. Sidewalk Cafe HTS runs the Spoonful of Honey Job Security and Training Initiative, which partners with local restaurants and offers culinary training to disadvantaged women.
2057 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104, Phone: 626-797-9255
17.The Coffee Gallery
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Located in Altadena, the Coffee Gallery is a community-focused café that serves Counter Culture coffee from North Carolina, homemade milkshakes, and an assortment of pastries and desserts made from scratch with fresh ingredients. The long-standing coffee shop has a modern interior with stylish décor, ample seating, and complimentary wireless Internet, and an adjoining music venue. The café offers a made-to-order food menu that features handmade gourmet sandwiches, natural homemade soups, and deli items like Boar’s Head meats and sauces, Guinness chili, Belgian waffles, Caesar dressing, and Fosselman’s ice cream.
2029 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001, Phone: 626-398-7917
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18.Two Kids Coffee
Two Kids Coffee is a cozy little breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot with a comfortable interior with a small full-service bar and minimalist white décor. The café has a trendy, hip vibe with a warm and welcoming ambiance and serves a variety of coffee drinks, like americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso, along with specialty coffee drinks, loose-leaf teas, and fresh juices. The café also offers a selection of light fare such as freshly baked pastries, light snacks.
1504 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Urth Caffé is a bustling, fast-paced coffee shop that is famous for its exclusive heirloom, organic coffees, hand-selected imported teas, and health-conscious, farm-to-table menus for breakfast and lunch. The family-owned and operated café uses the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients to create innovative dishes like omelets, breakfast sandwiches, health bowls, and fresh salads. Urth Caffé serves a variety of regular coffee drinks like americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso, along with specialty coffee drinks, loose-leaf teas, and fresh juices, and is open for delivery and takeout.
594 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, Phone: 626-844-4644
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20.Vanilla Bake Shop
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Located on Colorado Boulevard, the Vanilla Bake Shop is one of the best bakeries in the city and the go-to spot for decadent cakes, mouthwatering pastries, and homemade tarts. The bakery serves coffee made with globally-sourced, organic beans that are locally roasted along with world-class pastries and baked treats, such as flaky croissants, chocolate eclairs, homemade quiche, and signature tarts. The bakery also provides custom-made cakes for special occasions, celebrations, and other functions.
88 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, Phone: 323-204-4075
21.Zephyr Coffee House & Art Gallery
Zephyr Coffee House & Art Gallery is a coffee shop, art gallery, and hookah hangout on Colorado Boulevard that serves great coffee and offers a relaxed, laid-back spot to enjoy a hookah pipe. The coffee house has several indoor rooms with couches, tables and chairs, and outdoor seating for the warmer months. The café serves a menu of light bites like fresh bagels, paninis and sandwiches, freshly-baked muffins, sweet and savory crepes, and other freshly baked goods. The café showcases the works of hosts emerging artists and hosts live music from up-and-coming musicians.
2419 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
21 Best Coffee Shops in Pasadena, CA
- 85°C Bakery Cafe, Photo: 85°C Bakery Café
- Amara Cafe & Restaurant, Photo: Amara Cafe & Restaurant
- Ambrose Cafe, Photo: Ambrose Cafe
- Art and Science Cafe, Photo: Art + Science Café
- Cafe 86, Photo: Café 86
- Cafe Culture, Photo: Firma V/stock.adobe.com
- Charlie's Coffee House, Photo: Charlie's Coffee House
- Copa Vida, Photo: Copa Vida
- Float, Photo: Float
- Home Brewed Bar, Photo: Home Brewed Bar
- Intelligentsia Coffee Pasadena Coffeebar, Photo: Intelligentsia Coffee Pasadena Coffeebar
- Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters, Photo: Alesia Berlezova/stock.adobe.com
- Jones Coffee Roasters, Photo: Jones Coffee Roasters
- Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar, Photo: Lavender & Honey® Espresso Bar
- Rosebud Coffee, Photo: Rosebud Coffee
- Sidewalk Cafe HTS, Photo: bignai/stock.adobe.com
- The Coffee Gallery, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- Two Kids Coffee, Photo: ittipol/stock.adobe.com
- Urth Caffe, Photo: yaisirichai/stock.adobe.com
- Vanilla Bake Shop, Photo: Vanilla Bake Shop
- Zephyr Coffee House & Art Gallery, Photo: Volha/stock.adobe.com
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