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Dining, Lodging & Attractions


There are plenty of things to see and do in Temple City and neighboring San Gabriel Valley communities, and a Temple City location provides easy access to all of metropolitan Los Angeles and many of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. An incredibly diverse array of destinations—Pacific Ocean beaches, Disneyland, skiing in the nearby mountains and desert resorts—are all within a 60- to 90-minute drive. Additionally, a wide range of dining and lodging choices are immediately available.


Dining options in Temple City cater to a variety of tastes—area restaurants cook up everything from traditional American fare to exotic ethnic cuisines and everything in between. Fine dining establishments, fast food chains, family restaurants, delis and coffee shops offer scrumptious food and tasty beverages that satisfy any palate or budget.

Temple City is home to an eclectic selection of epicurean delights, most of which are ideal for families. Among these establishments are: Applebee’s, Beto’s Grill, Café Roule, C Cup Yogurt, Casa del Rey, The Hat, Hometown Buffet, In-N-Out Burger, Mama Petrillo’s Restaurant, McDonald’s, Northwood’s Inn, Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, Rose Donuts & Sandwiches, Subway, Sushi-In-The Box, The Sushi Restaurant, Starbucks, Tea Station and Zen Buffet. Close by, in Pasadena and surrounding communities, are many highly acclaimed dining establishments regularly featured in national magazines, and nearby Monterey Park and San Gabriel boast some of the finest Chinese cuisine in the U.S. Downtown L.A., a short trip down the freeway, has emerged as culinary hot spot, and the most famous, celebrity-frequented restaurants in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills are less than an hour away.


Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Temple City and the surrounding communities provide a wide range of hotels, motels, inns and resorts. Whether you’re looking for a five-star resort or quaint bed and breakfast, you can find it and still be close to your business activities or family in Temple City. The Holiday Inn Express Pasadena is located near many major attractions and includes services such as free high-speed Internet access, free continental breakfast, coffee and free local calls. Another excellent value-oriented choice is the Garden Inn Motel, which is also close to major tourist attractions. Its accommodations include a work desk, wireless Internet, pay-per-view, premium channels and well-appointed guestrooms. Other nearby hotels include the Residence Inn, Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott, Santa Anita Inn, Embassy Suites Hotel, the Hilton Hotel San Gabriel and Quality Inn, just to name a few. Neighboring Pasadena offers a wide range of properties, including the historic Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, the Pasadena Hilton and the Westin.



For a small community, Temple City provides a surprisingly rich assortment of attractions appealing to a wide range of interests. Just beyond its borders lie a multitude of museums, theme parks and year-round events that enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike.

The Historical Society of Temple City, located at the Temple City Women’s Club on Woodruff and Kauffman Avenues, is a great place to learn about the city’s past. Through authentic household items, toys, farm equipment and photos dating back to 1923, guests can appreciate what life was like in the early days of Temple City. Call 626-451-0833 to obtain information on hours, tours and group rates.

Many special events occur throughout the year in Temple City. The Lunar New Year celebration, the Easter Egg Hunt, Spring Fling, Summer Concerts in the Park, Camp-a-Palooza, Dining Under the Stars, the Fall Festival, the Halloween Carnival, Lights on Temple City and the Holiday Home Decorating Contest are just a few of the many popular, entertaining events that showcase our diverse cultures in a family-oriented environment.

The Camellia Festival has been the city’s premier event for 60 years. Held on the last Saturday in February, this signature celebration showcases family and encourages young residents to join service organizations and become active in their community. An integral part of the festival is a large parade in which all the floats are proudly designed and decorated by Temple City youth. Other components include a pancake breakfast, carnival and coronation reception in which a King and Queen are crowned. Every service and civic organization in town is assigned a specific phase of the festival, and the entire community goes all out to celebrate its youth, offering young people the support and guidance required to make positive contributions to society.

Close to Temple City is a wide range of renowned attractions and museums, including the Norton Simon Museum (fine arts), the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Pacific Asia Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Gamble House and many more. Additionally, world-class institutions like the Getty Center and Los Angeles County Art Museum are less than an hour’s drive from Temple City. Cultural centers such as the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Ambassador Auditorium are just a short drive from Temple City. Downtown L.A. is home to Walt Disney Concert Hall and Los Angeles County Music Center, two of the finest performing arts venues in the world.

The symphony is great, but for wild rides and whimsy, head to some of the world’s most famous theme parks, all just a short drive from Temple City. Included among these are Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain. With an endless variety of rides, games, parades, shows, special exhibits, gift shops, restaurants and more, enjoyment and excitement for the entire family is guaranteed!

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