Metro Gold Line trains run every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours and every 20 to 30 minutes during off-hours

Go for the Gold

Metro Gold Line trains run every 10 to 15 minutes duringpeak hours and every 20 to 30 minutes during off-hours. Fares are$1.25 one way. For information contact the Los Angeles CountyMetropolitan Transportation Authority ( or800/266-6883).

Each of the line's 13 stops has something to recommend it, butthe 6 listed here offer the most in terms of shopping, dining, andsightseeing.

The station is one of the city's great buildings and iswithin an easy walk of the shops and restaurants of OlveraStreet.

Philippe the Original. The French dip sandwiches here arelegendary. $. 1001 N. Alameda St.; (213) 628-3781.

Traxx Restaurant. Glamour spot inside Union Station. $$$; closed Sun. 800 N. Alameda; (213) 625-1999.

Don't buy more than you can carry onboard: Chinatown ispacked with shops.

Chinese American Museum. 10-3 Tue-Sun; $3. 425 N. Los Angeles St.; or (213)626-5240.

Empress Pavilion. The place to go for dim sum. $$. 988 N. Hill St.; (213) 617-9898.

F. See On Company. Fine antiques and more. Closed Mon. 507-509 Chungking Court; (213) 628-3532.

Wing Hop Fung Ginseng. In the Far East Plaza; has a largegift selection. 727 N. Broadway, Ste. 102; (213) 626-7200.

Yang Chow Restaurant. Shrimp is king here. $-$$. 819 N. Broadway; (213) 625-0811.

This station gives you easy access to a culturally richneighborhood.

Southwest Museum of the American Indian. A short walk fromthe station, the museum has an incomparable collection of Westernarts and a fine gift shop. 10-5 Tue-Sun; $7.50. 234 Museum Dr.; www.autrynationalcenter.orgor (323) 221-2164.

Walking tours. The Los Angeles Conservancy and the HighlandPark Heritage Trust offer quarterly tours of historic HighlandPark. Next tour is Mar 13; $10, reservations required. www.laconservancy.orgor (213) 623-2489.

The center of an appealing downtown, South Pasadena's Missionis a great stop for boutiques, galleries, and dining.

Buster's Ice Cream & Coffee Stop. Calcium and caffeine:what a combo. 1006 Mission St.; (626) 441-0744.

Chi-Chi La-La. 1001 Mission; (626) 403-6625.

Kaeli's Essential Oil Body Care. 1005 Mission; (626) 441-2412.

Mark Jager Antiques. Good for folk art and vintage tile. Closed Mon. 1040 Mission; (626) 799-2640.

Tah Gallery. Closed Mon. 1015 Mission; (626) 441-6846.

Yoko. Closed Mon. 1011 Mission; (626) 441-4758.


These two stops put you near the heart of Pasadena, withineasy walking distance of museums and shopping at Paseo Colorado andOld Town Pasadena. Other highlights:

Folk Tree. Store/gallery with a superb selection of LatinAmerican folk art, crafts. Sister store Folk Tree Collection sellsinternational folk art, crafts. Folk Tree: 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave.; (626) 795-8733. Folk TreeCollection: 199 S. Fair Oaks; (626) 793-4828.

Marston's. One of Southern California's finest breakfasts. $$; closed Mon. 151 E. Walnut St.; (626) 796-2459.

Pacific Asia Museum. Asian art in an ornate building. 10-5 Wed-Thu and Sat-Sun, 10-8 Fri; $7. 46 N. Los Robles Ave.;(626) 449-2742.

Pasadena Museum of California Art. Golden State art,historic and contemporary. 10-5 Wed-Sun, 10-8 Fri; $6. 490 E. Union St.; (626)568-3665.

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