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Restaurants - Breakfast & Lunch
The closest place to the house, only a 5 minute walk past the park and the school. Very yummy paleo and vegetarian friendly fare with excellent coffee and tea options. Their pancakes are divine and all their bowls are super tasty. A local favorite!
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Amara Kitchen
519 N Avenue 64
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The closest place to the house, only a 5 minute walk past the park and the school. Very yummy paleo and vegetarian friendly fare with excellent coffee and tea options. Their pancakes are divine and all their bowls are super tasty. A local favorite!
Vegetarian breakfast and lunch (serves eggs) with an excellent selection, good list of coffees, teas and fresh squeezed juices. Adjacent to their takeaway shop of edibles, kids things and a small selection of home goods. The brunch is very popular and a line forms by 10am on the weekends.
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Kitchen Mouse
5904 North Figueroa Street
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Vegetarian breakfast and lunch (serves eggs) with an excellent selection, good list of coffees, teas and fresh squeezed juices. Adjacent to their takeaway shop of edibles, kids things and a small selection of home goods. The brunch is very popular and a line forms by 10am on the weekends.
I believe this is originally from SF, but if you need a decadent dessert or breakfast pastry, this is certainly the best spot to find it.
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Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
111 S Ave 59
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I believe this is originally from SF, but if you need a decadent dessert or breakfast pastry, this is certainly the best spot to find it.
A beautifully designed space with a menu that is both Moroccan and American influenced. Smallish menu, but all great items. Excellent cocktails and great hearty brunch options on the weekend. Also serves a lovely dinner.
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Cafe Birdie
5631 N Figueroa St
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A beautifully designed space with a menu that is both Moroccan and American influenced. Smallish menu, but all great items. Excellent cocktails and great hearty brunch options on the weekend. Also serves a lovely dinner.
A casual menu of TexMex dishes to satisfy the soul. Super cute patio space that is always lively and deliciously strong frozen margaritas and Palomas. Serves breakfast/lunch/dinner.
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HomeState
5611 N Figueroa St
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A casual menu of TexMex dishes to satisfy the soul. Super cute patio space that is always lively and deliciously strong frozen margaritas and Palomas. Serves breakfast/lunch/dinner.
This is such a special place! The oldest restaurant in Pasadena situated in a craftsman style home. Serves the American and Mexican staples for brunch on the weekends. Also excellent cocktails. Be sure to walk around the restaurant and take it all in. So cute!
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The Raymond Restaurant
1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue
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This is such a special place! The oldest restaurant in Pasadena situated in a craftsman style home. Serves the American and Mexican staples for brunch on the weekends. Also excellent cocktails. Be sure to walk around the restaurant and take it all in. So cute!
This is the original coffee shop in the neighborhood and still a local hangout spot. No pour overs, but great beans and great espressos. Small selection of pastries.
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Civil Coffee
5629 N Figueroa St
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This is the original coffee shop in the neighborhood and still a local hangout spot. No pour overs, but great beans and great espressos. Small selection of pastries.
These donuts are the best!! They have a build-your-own donut bar or you can try some of their crazy concoctions. So delicious AND vegan...but you'd never know by the taste of them. Yum!
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Donut Friend
5107 York Boulevard
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These donuts are the best!! They have a build-your-own donut bar or you can try some of their crazy concoctions. So delicious AND vegan...but you'd never know by the taste of them. Yum!
They open exactly at noon, making long hand-spread pizzas with seasonally appropriate toppings. Opened by the well-known Nancy Silverton of Mozza fame. Easy, quick and scrumptious!
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Triple Beam Pizza
5918 N Figueroa St
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They open exactly at noon, making long hand-spread pizzas with seasonally appropriate toppings. Opened by the well-known Nancy Silverton of Mozza fame. Easy, quick and scrumptious!
Taiwanese comfort foods in a casual atmosphere. Everything is super tasty, filling and just want you needed to feel at home. Serves a small selection of beers and wines. Open for lunch and dinner. Very popular with all the locals and the university students. A line builds here during peak hours.
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Joy
5100 YORK BLVD,
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Taiwanese comfort foods in a casual atmosphere. Everything is super tasty, filling and just want you needed to feel at home. Serves a small selection of beers and wines. Open for lunch and dinner. Very popular with all the locals and the university students. A line builds here during peak hours.
A local version of the In n Out chain. Super cute diner interior, great burgers and veggie burgers, fries and vegan shakes. Sits just below Lodge Room, so a great place to grab a bite before a show.
Burgerlords
110 N Ave 56
A local version of the In n Out chain. Super cute diner interior, great burgers and veggie burgers, fries and vegan shakes. Sits just below Lodge Room, so a great place to grab a bite before a show.
Incredible Mediterranean food. Classic but super fresh and with the best ingredients. A bit of a travel from Highland Park, but worth it! Don't pass up the fried chicken if you eat meat. It's divine!
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Dune
3143 Glendale Boulevard
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Incredible Mediterranean food. Classic but super fresh and with the best ingredients. A bit of a travel from Highland Park, but worth it! Don't pass up the fried chicken if you eat meat. It's divine!
Restaurants - Dinner
A beautifully designed space with a menu that is both Moroccan and American influenced. Smallish menu, but all great items. Excellent cocktails and great hearty brunch options on the weekend. Also serves a lovely dinner.
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Cafe Birdie
5631 N Figueroa St
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A beautifully designed space with a menu that is both Moroccan and American influenced. Smallish menu, but all great items. Excellent cocktails and great hearty brunch options on the weekend. Also serves a lovely dinner.
A modern Mediterranean housed in the refurbished and renovated Masonic Lodge. DJ's on the weekends, full bar with funky cocktails and great dishes! Gives you an overhead view of Figueroa and the hills across the way. Popular with the local hipsters and foodies.
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Checker Hall
104 N Ave 56
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A modern Mediterranean housed in the refurbished and renovated Masonic Lodge. DJ's on the weekends, full bar with funky cocktails and great dishes! Gives you an overhead view of Figueroa and the hills across the way. Popular with the local hipsters and foodies.
A compact but delicious menu of Italian and New American dishes. Super cute and intimate space with an outdoor patio. Great cocktails and wine list. Newest restaurant in the area and very popular. I recommend a reservation.
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Hippo
5916 1/2 N Figueroa St
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A compact but delicious menu of Italian and New American dishes. Super cute and intimate space with an outdoor patio. Great cocktails and wine list. Newest restaurant in the area and very popular. I recommend a reservation.
A small and intimate, this is my favorite Italian restaurant in the area. All pastas are handmade in house, sauces and salads change with the season and the wine list is the best I've found! This one fills up fast so recommend a reservation if you are going at peek hours. Otherwise, you might have a 1 hr to 1.5 hour wait. If that happens, you can walk a couple of blocks to Everson Royce Wine Shop and buy a glass or two while waiting for your text update.
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Union Restaurant
37 East Union Street
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A small and intimate, this is my favorite Italian restaurant in the area. All pastas are handmade in house, sauces and salads change with the season and the wine list is the best I've found! This one fills up fast so recommend a reservation if you are going at peek hours. Otherwise, you might have a 1 hr to 1.5 hour wait. If that happens, you can walk a couple of blocks to Everson Royce Wine Shop and buy a glass or two while waiting for your text update.
Such a special place! The oldest restaurant in Pasadena situated in a craftsman style home. Serves the American and Mexican staples for brunch on the weekends. Also excellent cocktails. Be sure to walk around the restaurant and take it all in. So cute! I haven't been here yet for dinner, only brunch, but I hear good things.
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The Raymond Restaurant
1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue
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Such a special place! The oldest restaurant in Pasadena situated in a craftsman style home. Serves the American and Mexican staples for brunch on the weekends. Also excellent cocktails. Be sure to walk around the restaurant and take it all in. So cute! I haven't been here yet for dinner, only brunch, but I hear good things.
Modern take on some Mexican favorites in a a chic space with a killer cocktail menu. This place is always a treat!
Maestro Restaurant
110 Union St
Modern take on some Mexican favorites in a a chic space with a killer cocktail menu. This place is always a treat!
This place feels like a you're stepping into a NYC institution when you enter the space. Red vinyl tufted booths, classy bar and a few center tables. New American fare, simple but tasty menu and full bar.
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Sonny's Hideaway
5137 York Boulevard
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This place feels like a you're stepping into a NYC institution when you enter the space. Red vinyl tufted booths, classy bar and a few center tables. New American fare, simple but tasty menu and full bar.
A casual TexMex dishes to satisfy the soul. Super cute patio space that is always lively and deliciously strong frozen margaritas and Palomas. Serves breakfast/lunch/dinner.
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HomeState
5611 N Figueroa St
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A casual TexMex dishes to satisfy the soul. Super cute patio space that is always lively and deliciously strong frozen margaritas and Palomas. Serves breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Taiwanese comfort foods in a casual atmosphere. Everything is super tasty, filling and just want you needed to feel at home. Serves a small selection of beers and wines. Open for lunch and dinner. Very popular with all the locals and the university students. A line builds here during peak hours.
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Joy
5100 YORK BLVD,
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Taiwanese comfort foods in a casual atmosphere. Everything is super tasty, filling and just want you needed to feel at home. Serves a small selection of beers and wines. Open for lunch and dinner. Very popular with all the locals and the university students. A line builds here during peak hours.
They open exactly at noon, making long hand-spread pizzas with seasonally appropriate toppings. Opened by the well-known Nancy Silverton of Mozza fame. Easy, quick and scrumptious!
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Triple Beam Pizza
5918 N Figueroa St
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They open exactly at noon, making long hand-spread pizzas with seasonally appropriate toppings. Opened by the well-known Nancy Silverton of Mozza fame. Easy, quick and scrumptious!
Cocktail Places
This is the newest bar spot in the neighborhood and a new favorite. Access is through the barber shop and only identifiable by the bouncer in a suit who is checking IDs before you enter. Snazzy and funky, this space feels like a time warp to the 70's in the best way! Hipster favorite, good list of beers and great cocktails. Small bar food bites are available as well.
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Blind Barber
5715 N Figueroa St
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This is the newest bar spot in the neighborhood and a new favorite. Access is through the barber shop and only identifiable by the bouncer in a suit who is checking IDs before you enter. Snazzy and funky, this space feels like a time warp to the 70's in the best way! Hipster favorite, good list of beers and great cocktails. Small bar food bites are available as well.
This is the original cocktail bar in the neighborhood and still an excellent choice. Great mixologists and cocktail list. Live DJ on the weekends. Casual with classy cocktails.
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ETA
5630 N Figueroa St
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This is the original cocktail bar in the neighborhood and still an excellent choice. Great mixologists and cocktail list. Live DJ on the weekends. Casual with classy cocktails.
This bar is hidden behind Cafe Birdie and is just as cute as its sister restaurant. Serves really well crafted cocktails but no food. Local favorite! It takes its name from the old signage painted and still present not the side of the building.
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Good Housekeeping HLP
5635 N Figueroa St
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This bar is hidden behind Cafe Birdie and is just as cute as its sister restaurant. Serves really well crafted cocktails but no food. Local favorite! It takes its name from the old signage painted and still present not the side of the building.
Intimate and cozy cocktail bar just next to Homestate with a live DJ every night spinning records off the wall of the bar. Great beers and great cocktails! New local hot spot.
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Gold Line
5607 N Figueroa St
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Intimate and cozy cocktail bar just next to Homestate with a live DJ every night spinning records off the wall of the bar. Great beers and great cocktails! New local hot spot.
A modern Mediterranean housed in the refurbished and renovated Masonic Lodge. DJ's on the weekends, full bar with funky cocktails and great dishes! Gives you an overhead view of Figueroa and the hills across the way. Popular with the local hipsters and foodies.
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Checker Hall
104 N Ave 56
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A modern Mediterranean housed in the refurbished and renovated Masonic Lodge. DJ's on the weekends, full bar with funky cocktails and great dishes! Gives you an overhead view of Figueroa and the hills across the way. Popular with the local hipsters and foodies.
This place eels like a you're stepping into a NYC institution when you enter the space. Red vinyl tufted booths, classy bar and a few center tables. New American fare, simple but tasty menu and full bar.
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Sonny's Hideaway
5137 York Boulevard
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This place eels like a you're stepping into a NYC institution when you enter the space. Red vinyl tufted booths, classy bar and a few center tables. New American fare, simple but tasty menu and full bar.
This is the newest addition to York Blvd and the Highland Park nightlife. An extension of the Brooklyn favorite, it's a neighborhood hot spot with all the classics and a great selection of local and domestic brews.
Barcade
5684 York Blvd
This is the newest addition to York Blvd and the Highland Park nightlife. An extension of the Brooklyn favorite, it's a neighborhood hot spot with all the classics and a great selection of local and domestic brews.
Things to See/Do/Visit
The oldest operating bowling alley in Southern California! This beauty has been restored to its Art Deco glory but with a steampunk vibe, multiple bars, Chesterfield couches, the original murals and loads of fun original bowling alley memorabilia that they found in the attic. There's usually a wait for the lanes at peek times, but go during the day or off hours or agree to bowl with another small group, and you'll get through quickly. Nonetheless, it's worth a peep inside. Also serves wood fired pizza for when the bowling works up your appetite.
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Highland Park Bowl
5621 N Figueroa St
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The oldest operating bowling alley in Southern California! This beauty has been restored to its Art Deco glory but with a steampunk vibe, multiple bars, Chesterfield couches, the original murals and loads of fun original bowling alley memorabilia that they found in the attic. There's usually a wait for the lanes at peek times, but go during the day or off hours or agree to bowl with another small group, and you'll get through quickly. Nonetheless, it's worth a peep inside. Also serves wood fired pizza for when the bowling works up your appetite.
This is the "hall" side of the Masonic Lodge has been restored to its original beauty, woodwork and murals included! Two bars and live music almost every night, this place is a great space to see an up and coming Indy act. Or you might catch a local comedian trying out new material like Dave Chappell.
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Lodge Room
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This is the "hall" side of the Masonic Lodge has been restored to its original beauty, woodwork and murals included! Two bars and live music almost every night, this place is a great space to see an up and coming Indy act. Or you might catch a local comedian trying out new material like Dave Chappell.
This is my favorite museum in the city. Loads of impressionists artwork, some Dega sculptures in the garden entrance and the smaller ones inside. Small but beautiful interior garden as well.
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诺顿·西蒙博物馆
411 West Colorado Boulevard
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This is my favorite museum in the city. Loads of impressionists artwork, some Dega sculptures in the garden entrance and the smaller ones inside. Small but beautiful interior garden as well.
This place is incredible!! HUGE property previously owned by a newspaper tycoon and then donated to the city. There is so much loveliness here and so much to see, worth a day of walking around. The various gardens they have are: Jungle, Rose, Chinese, Australian, Japanese, Succulent greenhouse, cactus, pond...to name a few. There's a teahouse on the property where you can have high tea, but it must be booked in advance. I come here several times of year!
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汉庭顿图书馆
1151 Oxford Road
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This place is incredible!! HUGE property previously owned by a newspaper tycoon and then donated to the city. There is so much loveliness here and so much to see, worth a day of walking around. The various gardens they have are: Jungle, Rose, Chinese, Australian, Japanese, Succulent greenhouse, cactus, pond...to name a few. There's a teahouse on the property where you can have high tea, but it must be booked in advance. I come here several times of year!
Smaller than the Huntington Gardens, so it's less of a time investment but equally as beautiful. Great for kids!
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Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
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Smaller than the Huntington Gardens, so it's less of a time investment but equally as beautiful. Great for kids!
An ode to all the best in modern art, this place is such a visual treat! There's always a line, so I recommend making a reservation online. The restaurant Otium is a great spot for a delicious bite either before or after your visit.
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The Broad
221 South Grand Avenue
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An ode to all the best in modern art, this place is such a visual treat! There's always a line, so I recommend making a reservation online. The restaurant Otium is a great spot for a delicious bite either before or after your visit.
one of the most iconic images of LA includes this incredible space on top of Griffith Park. A bit of a drive, but it offers the best views of DTLA, Silver Lake, the Hollywood sign and on a clear day, the ocean!
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格里菲斯天文台
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one of the most iconic images of LA includes this incredible space on top of Griffith Park. A bit of a drive, but it offers the best views of DTLA, Silver Lake, the Hollywood sign and on a clear day, the ocean!
A stunning and beautifully maintained example of craftsman architecture designed by the Greene & Greene brothers for the Gamble Family (of Proctor & Gamble) as a summer home. They do tours almost daily for a limited number/day. You can purchase tickets in advance, and the tours do sell out quickly. If this something you are interested in seeing, don't wait! A quick 10 minute drive from the house.
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甘博故居
4 Westmoreland Place
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A stunning and beautifully maintained example of craftsman architecture designed by the Greene & Greene brothers for the Gamble Family (of Proctor & Gamble) as a summer home. They do tours almost daily for a limited number/day. You can purchase tickets in advance, and the tours do sell out quickly. If this something you are interested in seeing, don't wait! A quick 10 minute drive from the house.
The stunning Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is open to the public for a small fee during limited hours. Great place to beat the summer heat with or without the kids and located in nearby Pasadena.
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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
360 North Arroyo Boulevard
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The stunning Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is open to the public for a small fee during limited hours. Great place to beat the summer heat with or without the kids and located in nearby Pasadena.
SECOND SUNDAY ONLY of every month is the biggest outdoor flea market/swap meet in Southern California. I never miss a month and always find the best gems at this flea market. Hundreds of furniture/homeware vendors and vintage clothing vendors come together to provide a one-stop shopping experience for those who love the hunt and history of all things from the past. Small cash entrance fee of $9 required. Most vendors prefer cash and some vendors will take credit card. You will always get better deals with a cash offer and don't hesitate to bargain!
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Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
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SECOND SUNDAY ONLY of every month is the biggest outdoor flea market/swap meet in Southern California. I never miss a month and always find the best gems at this flea market. Hundreds of furniture/homeware vendors and vintage clothing vendors come together to provide a one-stop shopping experience for those who love the hunt and history of all things from the past. Small cash entrance fee of $9 required. Most vendors prefer cash and some vendors will take credit card. You will always get better deals with a cash offer and don't hesitate to bargain!