Small Town Adventures: Monrovia

The town is nicknamed Mayberry, and beautifully landscaped South Myrtle Avenue between Foothill and Olive does recall that fictional place. The San Gabriels provide the dramatic backdrop to Monrovia, named after William Monroe

aztechotelAztec Hotel
A pianist at the hotel—a 1920s homage to a Mayan temple off old Route 66—leads a sing-along Sunday evenings that’s full of old-timers. » 311 W. Foothill Blvd.


The owner of this clothing and accessories boutique handcrafts leather bags for $200 to $300; next door is Little Sunshine, a sophisticated kids’ shop. » 417 S. Myrtle Ave.


cafemassiliaCafé Massilia
Order a glass of champagne or a mimosa (refills are free) with your lunch at this one-and-a-half-year-old French restaurant. The quiche and escargots have attracted a following. » 110 E. Lemon Ave.


familyaffairmusicFamily Affair Music
Like many of Monrovia’s family-owned businesses (chains are a rarity), this vintage record and memorabilia shop has been around for more than 50 years. » 510 S. Myrtle Ave.


historiclightingHistoric Lighting
The city is home to scads of immaculate, largely untouched historic homes. Many of them are furnished with Arts and Crafts lamps and fixtures from this striking store. » 114 E. Lemon Ave.


peachcafePeach Café
Stop in for a Monte Cristo sandwich or chocolate chip pancakes at this local brunch favorite, where you can expect lines, huge portions, and table-hopping—everyone knows one another. » 141 E. Colorado Blvd.


restaurantdevonRestaurant Devon
The opening 14 years ago of this fine-dining spot, housed in a restored 1905 livery stable, proved that Monrovia was on an upswing. The place regularly ranks among L.A.’s top restaurants. » 109 E. Lemon Ave.


monroviapubliclibraryMonrovia Public Library
You may have noticed that Monrovia loves its trees—streets are named Olive, Lemon, Lime, and Palm. Take a break on the gracious lawn of the new library. » 321 S. Myrtle Ave.