This Southern California town is famous for its big parade, but little-known Green Street is a destination unto itself
While neighboring Colorado Boulevard enjoys international famethanks to this month's Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena's GreenStreet is a haven for locals, with fine home-decor shopping andsome of the city's best dining. Laid out beneath a leafy canopy ofIndian laurel fig trees, it's a vibrant and easily walkabledestination with an architectural mix that includes vintage brickbuildings and New Orleans-style structures. Green Street's adestination unto itself but also an easy side trip if you're headedto the Pasadena Playhouse, or you grow hungry for more originalalternatives after perusing the mall-without-walls offerings alongColorado.
Green Street is located in Old Pasadena. From I-210, exit atFair Oaks Ave. and go south. The best stretches are betweenPasadena Ave. and Arroyo Pkwy., and for a few blocks to the eastand west of Lake Ave.
Fitzsu Society. Fun, clean-lined, modern styles in homeaccessories from corkscrews to dog bowls. Info: 65 W. Green St.;626/564-1908.
Galerie Gabrie. A strong collection of plein-air andlandscape paintings, including striking Sierra scenes from painterCharles Muench. Info: Tue-Sat; 597 E. Green St.; 626/577-1223.
Jacob Maarse Florists. Housed in a onetime Cadillacdealership, with famously beautiful arrangements plus candles andgifts. Info: Mon-Sat; 655 E. Green St.; 626/449-0246.
Shibui Japanese Antiques. High-quality cabinets, vases, andrare 19th-century stoneware. Info: Tue-Sun; 991 E. Green St.;626/578-0908.