Old Town Pasadena, CA
Saturdays & Sundays - 10:30 AM
- Your friendly and knowledgeable guides have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, on the local CBS Evening News, and in AAA World magazine
- Explore the streets of Green, Union, Holly, and DeLacey, the avenues of Fair Oaks and Raymond, as well as Colorado Boulevard
- Enjoy 8 food tastings, which may include: world cuisine cafes and restaurants, an artisan chocolatier, a renowned ice cream counter and a trendy poke shop
This Old Pasadena Food Tour will introduce you to delicious treasures that one may not typically find, or taste, on their own! Along with delicious food tastings, you will also learn about the history of this district that was once just a land of orange groves.
Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways will enliven your walk as you discover spectacular ethnic eateries and dessert havens in the historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district.
The food tastings may include delicacies from:
- Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Indian, Venezuelan and Oaxacan)
- An infamous ice cream counter
- A tea bar and emporium
- An exquisite chocolatier
- A trendy poke shop
You will also explore the sensory and olfactory wonder of a handmade soap kitchen with a free sample to take with you!
- Tickets and reservations are required for all guests ages 5 and older or all guests participating in tastings; be sure to inform Cloud 9 Living of any children attending at the time of booking
- It is strongly recommended that you bring a bottle of water with you
The tour includes up to 15 participants
This experience is only available for those on the tour.
This experience is not weather dependent and is held rain or shine regardless of weather conditions. Always contact your experience provider with any questions about weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for walking and weather conditions.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no cancellations will be allowed. You may reschedule up to 7 days prior to your scheduled date. This is subject to a 25% rescheduling fee and you must reschedule to a date within 60 days of the original tour date.
If I am bringing an infant or very young child, do I need a ticket for them?
Children are most certainly welcome on the tour. Infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the tastings. Please let Cloud 9 Living know if you will be attending with an infant or young child at the time of booking.
How much food is served on the tour?
There are 8 stops for food tastings, 1 stop for tea tasting, and a stop for 'sensory' tasting on the tour. Some of the tastes are bite size, and others are more ample. For most people, there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.
What types of food are served on the tour?
You will taste foods from a variety of establishments including ethnic eateries (Venezuelan, Indian and Oaxacan), a renowned ice cream counter, and a artisan chocolatier. You will also stop for poke, a Hawaiian specialty, and for a tea tasting and tutorial.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (i.e., vegetarian, nut allergy, etc.) at the time of booking. With enough advance notice, the tour guide can usually accommodate special requests.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Water is served at some of the locations we visit, and there is a tea tasting. No other beverages are included. You are advised to bring along your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day or evening. There are also places to purchase water and other beverages along the tour route.
Is there any alcohol served on the tour?
There are no wine tastings or other alcoholic beverages served on this tour. Each tour participant (daytime and evening) is entitled to a discount to use on their own at Heritage Wine Company (a wine bar) at the end of the tour or on another day of their choosing.
Is the tour wheelchair and/or stroller accessible?
Yes, all of the establishments on the tour are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Should I give the guide a tip?
Tipping tour guides is customary in the industry, especially if you had a great time and wish to recognize the guide for a job well done. An $8 tip per guest is appreciated.
Why would an L.A. local take this tour?
Unless you live in the immediate neighborhood of this tour, chances are good that you may not be familiar with what's new and different since your last visit to the area. We think locals will find a food tasting tour to be a fun and novel alternative to the usual leisurely lunch, and locals just might find a few new favorite haunts along the way. And unless you are a history or architecture buff, chances are good you will learn stuff you never knew (but always wanted to know) about Pasadena.
How far do we walk? Is it a fast-paced tour?
You will walk approximately 1 1/4 miles on flat ground (no hills or inclines) in a complete loop around Old Pasadena. You are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. You'll walk at a comfortably slow pace with frequent stops most of the way and occasional opportunities to briefly sit down.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Not at all! Aside from sampling delicious food from a variety of food establishments along the way, you will also get a fun history lesson about some of Pasadena's more colorful residents and why this neighborhood is known as Old Pasadena. The tour guide will also point out and discuss architecturally significant buildings in the neighborhood, discuss noteworthy restaurants and entertainment venues, and lead guests through hidden alleys and passageways that look just as they did 100 years ago.
What happens if it rains?
The tours are held rain or shine. While rain is a rare occurrence in Southern California, it does rain occasionally. In instances of heavy rain or local flooding, you may be notified that the tour for that date and time is cancelled, and you would be able to reschedule your tickets, receive credit for a future tour or receive Cloud 9 Living credit for another experience.
How should I dress?
Casual and comfortable is key. If you are sun sensitive, it is strongly recommended that you bring a hat or a parasol and sunscreen, as the sun is almost always shining in Pasadena. Also keep in mind that this area can get very warm (90-100 degrees) during the summer months. You will be on your feet the majority of the three hours during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes. Also keep in mind the tour is about 1 1/4 miles in length.
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"The food was very cheap quality. I felt like I was testing food at a Costco. Most of the food we tested was lower-end food. There were no chefs or owners representing their cafes. Most of the food was served on paper plates or napkins. The amount of food was maybe about $20 worth, not the $75 I paid per person. This is my second tour, and it did not compare to the food tour in Laguna Beach. On the positive side, my tour guide was very pleasant and kind. I also like walking around my group and seeing the city. I do think it was fun, but not worth the price I paid for it. I would not recommend this tour to anyone I know, sorry. "
"Laura was a terrific guide. My husband and I had a fabulous time. Worth every penny. Already recommended to several people. Thank you once again, Cloud 9 Living, for superior customer service."
"We had a small group and it was so nice. I have been on two other tours which I enjoyed, but they were large groups so this was a new experience. I had been on this same tour 3 years ago --- some of places were the same but enjoyed it just as much. I think our guide's name was Barbara. She was a doll, had so much information, was fun, and had a great personality. Everything was very organized. I gave this to a friend for a gift, and we had a wonderful time together. Thank you for a great afternoon."