Old Town Monrovia: The Heart of the City


Story and photos by Maria Martinez

Looking to get away for an afternoon? Take a day-trip to Old Town Monrovia, less than an hour from Long Beach. The downtown area mixes charm and classic Americana. In historic buildings that line the main drag, you’ll find an array of boutique shops selling everything from classic comic books to handmade toys, a selection of restaurant and cafes, and plenty of options for entertainment.

Peach Café

141 E. Colorado Blvd.

If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast or lunch, look no further. The waffles with powdered sugar, fresh strawberries, maple syrup and smoked bacon ($9) are your best bet. The best part of this café? Bottomless mimosas! ($13).


Studio Movie Grill

410 S. Myrtle Ave.

After grabbing a bite to eat, you can enjoy watching a movie at this newly upgraded theater, where you can also reserve your seats ($9.25).



415 S. Myrtle Ave.

Once the movie is over, head across the street to this ice cream shop, which originated in Denmark in 2000 and expanded to California. They make their ice cream fresh every day. Our favorite treat: a signature cone with two scoops of almond milk hazelnut ice cream and a hazelnut crunch with chocolate chips ($6).  


Library Park

321 S. Myrtle Ave.

End the day by enjoying your ice cream as you walk to this park to enjoy the view of an outdoor fountain. If you have kids, there’s a good playground here. It’s a great way to end a perfect day!