Santa Barbara isn't just a beach paradise, it's a chef's paradise too. This foodie-friendly town is home to many gourmet shops where you can find fresh Central Coast ingredients as well as exotic treats from all over the world.
There are multiple gourmet grocery stores in Santa Barbara, including Lazy Acres and Whole Foods Market. These shops offer locally sourced produce and fresh catches, like Santa Barbara caught white sea bass. If you're looking for just the perfect seasoning to spice up your dishes, Vices and Spices has everything you need.
For something a little more decadent, head to C'est Cheese for fragrant cheeses from around the globe. Anything that might go on a deluxe cheese board - like fig jam or pickled caperberries - you will be able to pick up here.
Have a sweet tooth? Chocolate Maya is the gourmet destination for you! This jewel of a shop has truffles, single-origin chocolate bars, hot cocoas and more. You can even indulge in a chocolate tasting.
And of course, although it didn't make the list because it's not really a 'store' per se, you should absolutely visit one of the seven Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Markets during your stay. In addition to fruits and veggies, local purveyors also sell dairy, seafood and other meat products.