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Arroyo Parkway Self Storage: Places We Love in Pasadena

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Hi Friends, a friendly note: We wrote this blog post before COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, hours of operation at the places reviewed in today's blog post may be subject to change. From our entire Arroyo Parkway Self Storage team, we wish you all the greatest. As your local, neighborhood self storage facility, we are here for you!

Here at Arroyo Parkway Self Storage, we love our community. Pasadena has great traditions like the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade and is filled with popular places to shop and eat. Did you know, we are located right in the middle of it all? Today's post highlights our personal favorite places in Pasadena, those that are within walking distance of our self storage facility. We hope you have a moment to check out these fun destinations next time you stop by. Get ready to learn about our favorites: The Norton Simon Museum, Pitfire Pizza, and our neighbor, the West Coast's largest Whole Foods.

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The Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is one of the most popular destinations in Pasadena and we highly recommend visiting the museum. Not only is it filled with beautiful art and wonderful exhibits, it has events for families or school field trips. The Norton Simon Museum's eclectic collection includes masterpieces ranging from the Renaissance to Picasso.

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411 W Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 449-6840
Distance: 1.5 miles
Walking time: approx. 30 minutes
Time to spend: I would recommend at least 2 to 3 hours depending on how much you enjoy art.

Pit Fire Artisan Pizza

Pit Fire Pizza

Our favorite place to enjoy delicious pizza...Pit Fire Artisan Pizza. Pit Fire is located minutes away from our self storage facility on 730 S Arroyo Parkway across from the Gold Line's Fillmore stop. Whether you enjoy delicious pizza, mouthwatering sandwiches, or savory salads, this restaurant has options to please your appetite.

We have sampled many pizzas and our favorite is the best selling Heirloom Tomato Pizza. The crusts are not too crispy and the toppings are fresh and flavorful. The menu boasts a variety of special wood fired pizzas, salads and seasonal dishes. You may have a hard time picking which flavorful dish to try. Some of our local favorites are the Farmers Market Plate and the Chicken meatballs in a slightly spicy tomato sauce.

Pit Fire has ample open seating and an outdoor shaded patio. Upon arriving, you will see a hand drawn sign showing the seasonal options for the menu. Orders are placed at the front counter and food is delivered when its ready to a table or booth of your choosing. There is always plenty of seating available with wide aisles easy enough to maneuver with kids and strollers. The pizzas are crafted behind glass allowing diners to get a glimpse of how their pizzas are made (kids love this aspect). Kids are also given colorful clay packs to mold into fun shapes while they eagerly await for their food. This location can also host small parties and provide a beautiful and mouth watering catered spread of their best dishes.

If you still have room for dessert, you may want to  get the Pit Fire Smothered Cookie topped with California virgin olive oil, house-made dark caramel sauce, Maldon salt and hazelnuts toasted in the kitchen. Overall, this is a family friendly space with great food and friendly staff in our local community.

Pit Fire Artisan Pizza
730 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 376-9005
Monday - Sunday 11AM - 8 PM

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The West Coast's Largest Whole Foods Market

Right next door to our very own Arroyo Parkway Self Storage is the largest Whole Foods on the West Coast, which opened in 2007. It has two floors worth of decadent foods and ingredients for you to try in your own kitchen. It also has convenient parking in its own parking garage. If you ever get hungry while loading or unloading your goods, head on over to the Whole Foods and see what their food court has.

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With many different stations and types of food, there will be something for everyone. I personally enjoy the pizza station up in the food court. With pizza by the slice or whole round, it's perfect for a quick lunch or a group. We have enjoyed getting a whole pizza for our staff on occasion as a good lunch for all. We like getting either their everything pizza or the pepperoni. But with so many options in the pizza station alone, most everyone should be able to find a pizza they will like.

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The Whole Foods also has a very handy cart escalator to bring your cart to the second floor for you so you don't have to either cram into the elevator or leave it at the bottom while you shop up top.

465 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 204-2266
Distance: 330 feet
Walking time: 2 minutes
Advised time to spend: 10 minutes-1 hour (or however long you take to eat)

Arroyo Parkway Self Storage Encourages You To Explore Pasadena

At Arroyo Parkway Self Storage, we are truly fortunate to reside in the incomparable city of Pasadena, CA. We are even more fortunate to be within walking distance of the amazing places described in today's post. Our mission is making your self storage experience truly effortless, saving you valuable time. With your extra time, we hope you have a moment to enjoy some of these places that we love in our hometown. Have a favorite place in Pasadena that you'd like to share? Please don't hesitate to leave a comment and/or reach out. We'd love to hear from you!

(Due to COVID-19, hours of operation of these places may be subject to change.)

Arroyo Parkway Self Storage

626-768-7774

411 S. Arroyo Parkway Pasadena, CA 91105

Office Hours


8:00am - 6:00pm
8:30am - 4:30pm

Access Hours


Mon-Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Major Holidays

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