Locals in Santa Barbara like to shop. After all, there are summer BBQs, beach weddings, charity galas, bike races and much more to prepare for, each with their own dress code and necessary accessories. Fortunately, this charming resort town has numerous venues to suit every (real or imagined) need, from small, locally owned boutiques to nationally beloved department stores.
Visitors often don’t know where to begin when they first arrive in Santa Barbara. State Street is very long with only a small portion of it dedicated to shops and restaurants. To make things a little trickier, our beautiful Spanish style architecture subtly camouflages some of the busiest retail hubs. Add in the fact that many boutiques are tucked away on nearby side streets, and you’ve got yourself a real puzzle.
Luckily, you’ve also got this list, including some of our most unique shops, so you can experience your very own "only in Santa Barbara" shopping adventure. Pick up a new bikini at A Tropical Affair or snap up a unique souvenir at Plum Goods.
Even though this list focuses on shops in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, it's important to remember there are other great shopping zones, too, specifically in the neighboring areas of Montecito and Summerland. Both are just a short drive away!