The Downtowns

By Cielestia Calbay

CLAREMONT

A close hotspot from campus is downtown Claremont, located about
eight miles away off the 10 East freeway at the Indian Hill
Boulevard exit.

Best known as the “city of trees and PhDs” for its tree-lined
streets and college scene, Claremont offers an array of things to
do for all ages.

The Claremont Village features various retailers, such as
American Apparel, and dining options like 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt
” a popular spot for students, and a place where most clubs and
organizations host their profit shares.

The area’s most notable nightlife spot is The Press on Harvard
Avenue.

With live music, a happenin’ bar scene, vegan chocolate cake and
potato taquitos, The Press is a great choice for a laid-back Friday
night for those of age.

FULLERTON

Those wanting to do a round of bar and club hopping without the
hassle of sitting in LA traffic can head to downtown Fullerton off
the 57 South freeway at the Nutwood Avenue or Chapman Avenue
exits.

Fullerton is another student dominated area with plenty of
things to do, whether you’re out on a Monday afternoon or Saturday
night. Cafe Veronese on Commonwealth Avenue is a great stop for
students as it’s open from 10 a.m. to midnight daily and serves
coffee and teas, Italian food and pastries.

Aiming for the college student market, Veronese has a
study-friendly ambiance, garden and art gallery.

For some after-dark fun, head to the laid-back Florentine’s
Tuscany Club on Harbor Boulevard, or the Vegas-influenced Envy
Ultra Lounge on West Wilshire Avenue. The two are usually packed on
weekends.

HOLLYWOOD

A thriving hotspot for shopping, dining and nightlife, Hollywood
offers an endless amount of options and is often worth the drive
off the 10 West freeway.

During the day, head to Beverly Boulevard to Lemonade, for a
freshly brewed Blueberry lemonade and then to West 3rd Street to
Kiss My Bundt, for mini bundt cakes in 45 different flavors.

And if you’re willing to go the extra mile, head to Westwood to
Diddy Riese for their ice cream sandwiches.

After sun set, it’s time to hit up The Kress on Hollywood
Boulevard for its rooftop lounge with a 360-degree view of the
city, or MyHouse also on Hollywood Boulevard, for its modern day
dream house vibe.

Boulevard 3 on Sunset is another ultra lounge option that
features a mezzanine, garden room and get this: a library.

PASADENA

Off the 210 West freeway at the Lake Avenue exit is downtown
Pasadena, the ultimate shopping and entertainment destination.
Colorado Boulevard is where you’ll find most of the action, as the
area offers Mi Piace, a popular Italian restaurant and lounge, a
three-story Forever 21 and Hurry Curry, a Japanese curry house.

Sushi Roku is a popular dining spot for its sleek, trendy
ambiance that draws in quite the crowd.

You’ll never run out of things to do in Pasadena, where every
street corner is filled with blocks of restaurants, vintage
boutiques and nightlife offerings.

A good place for tapas and drinks is Bar Celona, for its Spanish
wine and housemade sangrias. The other is NeoMeze, which offers
modern American cuisine in an architecture-centered setting.

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