I met up with a friend today at Intelligentsia and decided to snap a few photos of the cafe inside (also serves food with a menu that changes daily). The spacious room with high ceilings felt like it had been around for ages. You would never know that it had just opened about 2 days ago.
The customers exuded a comfortable demeanor and seemed to feel right at home with their laptops and cup of coffee on the side. I got a vibe that a lot of locals from the area, with a lot of pent up demand for high quality coffee and just a really cool local hang out spot to chat with friends, were extremely delighted to finally experience Intelligentsia right in Pasadena.
One of my favorite features of the space is sitting right next to the large windows that open up right next to the sidewalk. My friend agreed that it’s a great vantage point to people watch and actually quite calming (it almost felt like I was sitting in a cafe on Melrose for some reason as I chatted with my friend).
While seated by these large windows, the owner Doug Zell, greeted us outside the window (mind you the window sill is very low to the ground so you feel very connected to the outside world). I told him I was extremely excited to have Intelligentsia open in Pasadena. He told us that he feels that Pasadena is definitely on the right track and sees a future where more creative restaurants will make their way in.
Overall, I love the design of the space and the eclectic mix of customers inside. I think we’ve all found our new local hang out spot.