Yeah, it’s a chain, but you can’t discuss Pasadena coffeehouses without mentioning Peet’s. It’s one of the most popular meeting spots in town, either on the outdoor terrace or inside, where the aroma of coffee can make you almost woozy. Its robust coffee, coffee drinks and teas are better than at the (much larger) competing chains, and adjoining Noah’s makes a fine bagel.
605 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.7413, peets.com, Café. Daily from 6 a.m. AE, MC, V. $