Before the more recent growth of cafés, bakeries, and bakery cafés in Pasadena, there was Europane, a block away from Lake Avenue. It’s a bakery café in the truest sense, turning out limited trays of baguettes, boules, and sugary pastries in the early morning. A few years ago, a second location, which we’re dubbing Europane II, opened across the street from Paseo Colorado.
About 10 blocks from the original on Colorado Boulevard, Europane II is a shinier version that attracts a suit-and-tie crowd during its morning-to-lunch crush. It tends to quiet down around 2 p.m., at which point you’ll have your choice of tables.
If you rely on outside wifi, consider leaving your laptop at home, or in the car, when you head to this cafe to work. Europane II is more suitable for meeting your interior designer, or perhaps your project group of five. With the latter, you can huddle at the long communal table. When it’s quieter, this is where you can journal away your thoughts with a cappuccino and macarons at least 1.5 times larger than the average.
Europane II: 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 577-1828.
Ambiance: No music playing in the background. Even during peak hours in the morning and around lunchtime, the noise is never too loud.
Amenities: No wifi and no outlets.
Drink/Food: Coffee, tea and soft drinks. A full lunch menu, including large salads and sandwiches made with bread baked in-house. Various buttery pastries both savory and sweet with no signage on what’s what (TrySpace tip: Point and ask until you find the one you prefer. The staff is more or less used to this.)