Recommended Shopping in Santa Barbara
You do not need to travel far to find excellent shopping in Santa Barbara. Enjoy the familiarity of name brand stores up and down State Street, but make sure to spend time visiting the many unique local boutiques and specialty designer stores throughout each shopping district.
Nordstrom is the major department store that anchors this relaxing outdoor mall. Many visitors and locals will spend an afternoon enjoying over 80 stores and restaurants, which include Nine West, The Men’s Wearhouse, Victoria’s Secret, LuLu Lemon Athletica, Express, Bath & Body Works, Brookstone, Banana Republic Men, and many more specialty shops. Paseo Nuevo is the center of State Street shopping and a must-visit for anyone new to the Santa Barbara area.
Continue up to the northern end of State Street and find the quaint, Spanish style courtyard known as La Arcada. Unique to the location are the bronze statues enjoying a bench or cleaning a window amidst the restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries. This is a unique mini-mall within the busy State Street shopping corridor that you must visit when shopping in Santa Barbara.
La Cumbre Plaza
La Cumbre Plaza is a large, outdoor shopping mall with over 65 shops and is located on upper State Street near San Roque and Highway 154. Stores include Macy’s, Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Tiffany & Co., J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Talbots, Pottery Barn, and many more. The mall also includes several restaurants close by such as Marmalade Café, Chipotle, Panera Bread, and local favorite Backyard Bowls (Thick smoothie bowl topped with granola, fruit, and other healthy options)
Have you been craving fresh, local fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, or even seafood? Make sure to visit this weekly market and stroll by various vendors as they bring their goods directly to you. The Market is located in different locations depending on the day of the week, and its hours depend on the season, so be sure to check the website for days and times.