Shopping

No trip to Santa Barbara would be complete without a healthy dose of shopping. And shopping here comes with its own distinct flair. In Santa Barbara, a day spent shopping could just as easily be billed “exercise,” thanks to plenty of walking and fresh air. Then again, you could call it “sightseeing,” as the beautiful adobes of State Street and eclectic artistry of the Funk Zone are set against a background of the mountains, the ocean, or a cluster of red-tiled roofs, as though waiting for their close-up. Or you might call what you’re up to “exploring,” as you wander through Paseo Nuevo, one of Santa Barbara’s open-air malls.

Loaded with shops and showrooms, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, State Street is definitely the main artery in town, and using it as a yellow-brick-road of sorts is a sound strategy.

la-arcada-shopping-santa-barbara
Santa Barbara, La Arcada shops on State Street in the city of Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Mark Weber

On State Street itself, you’ll find plenty of surf shops, as well as the best of the stores and brands you already know and love. Additionally, you’ll find the entrance to Paseo Nuevo Mall. Continue to follow State Street and you’ll also find small, locally owned boutiques inside La Arcada. This hidden gem is an architectural delight, home to the iconic turtle fountain.

Shops are scattered throughout all of Santa Barbara, including Arlington Plaza and De La Guerra Plaza. And everywhere you look, there are consignment shops and souvenir shops, gift shops and galleries just waiting to be discovered.

As you near the water, head east off of State Street between Montecito and Mason Streets to find yourself in the Funk Zone. This up-and-coming area is bursting with energy, and, while it is definitely known for its abundance of wine tasting rooms, it has loads of eclectic shops to entertain as well.

If you hit the water and just want to keep going, Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Harbor are also home to several cute souvenir shops, perfect for picking up a memento for yourself, or an I-Was-Thinking-of-You gift for someone else.

Away from downtown Santa Barbara, there are additional shopping meccas of note: Uptown Santa Barbara, another easily navigable open-air option awaits at La Cumbre Plaza. And a few miles south in Montecito, two areas, Coast Village Road and the Upper Village, are home to a sweet cache of one-off boutiques, as well as fun shops with only a few locations in the country.

Shopping in Santa Barbara


Recommended

Paradise Found

We are a bookstore –and more– for the Body, Mind & Spirit, located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. ‍ At Paradise Found our intention is to set a banquet table filled with a scrumptious feast of beauty, truth, and…


Stearns Wharf

Enjoy the seaside sights and sounds of Stearns Wharf, one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic landmarks. Named for builder John P. Stearns and located at the end of State Street, it is California’s oldest working wharf and the perfect spot…



Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center

Paseo Nuevo is open 11am-7pm daily! View our website for current Hours.  It's recommended that vulnerable guests visit from 11am to 12pm daily. Call ahead as hours may vary for restaurants and eateries. Please bring a face covering to…


C’est Cheese

Gourmet Cheese Shop   C'est Cheese is Santa Barbara’s premier gourmet cheese shop.  We feature over 100 artisan cheeses from all over the world, which we sample and cut to order. Our meat case features over a dozen types of…


Old Mission Santa Barbara

Due to county and state COVID-19 mandates, docent guided tours are not available until further notice. Self-guided tours are now open Mon -Sat from 9:30am -4:00pm and Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm. The Mission Gift Shop, parking lot, and restrooms are open…


Farmacy

The Farmacy Santa Barbara is an expertly curated, fully licensed 21+ cannabis shop and delivery service serving Santa Barbara County—no prescriptions or medical cards required.


NEIGHBORHOODS & TOWNS NEIGHBORHOODS & TOWNS SIGNATURE EVENT ITINERARY IDEAS

Unique Boutiques

Learn More

Shop Small, Buy Local

Santa Barbara Gift Guide

Learn More