Enjoy Some Retail Therapy at Santa Barbara Shopping Centers

Shop 'til you drop! That's why most people go on vacation, right? No? Well, if it's the reason you go on vacation, this is the list for you! Whether you're looking for specialty boutiques, name brand retailers, gourmet eats or quaint souvenirs, Santa Barbara has a shopping center that's the perfect fit.

Santa Barbara has many unique shopping centers, including La Arcada and Victoria Court. Small shopping areas like this are the place to go for a retail experience that includes vintage stores, luxury boutiques and temporary pop up shops. In true Santa Barbara fashion, these more intimate plazas tend to be extremely photogenic, too.

If it's mall shopping you're in the mood for, head to Paseo Nuevo or La Cumbre Plaza. Both offer a nice mix of shopping and restaurants in a pretty outdoor setting. Paseo Nuevo is centrally located in downtown Santa Barbara, putting you in a prime position to continue your shopping adventures on foot.

Looking for a place to grab lunch or stock up on foodie treats? The Santa Barbara Public Market is your dream destination. Dozens of purveyors under one roof make this a must-visit for hungry travelers.

For beachy souvenirs, Stearns Wharf is the place to go. You can drive, bike or walk to Santa Barbara's scenic wooden pier. Browse the shops, watch the sea for dolphins and stop for fresh seafood, all in one very beautiful place. What's more vacation-y than that?

Camino Real Marketplace is a diverse shopping center with a variety of stores, restaurants and services. Located in Goleta, Camino Real Marketplace is close to the Santa Barbara Airport and the University of California Santa Barbara. Stores...  Read More

Arguably one of the area's most chic addresses, this stretch of Montecito is home to a variety of top-notch shops and restaurants. If it's upscale and desirable, you're likely to find it here, along with the well-heeled clientele you'd expect....  Read More

Victoria Court
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives

This shopping center is a hidden gem. A somewhat nondescript entrance on bustling State Street opens up into a maze of small shops and specialty businesses. Victoria Court is home to vintage and secondhand stores, a photography studio, a post...  Read More

Arlington Plaza
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives

This sun-drenched plaza is located at the quiet end of downtown Santa Barbara. It is home to several luxury stores, including DIANI Boutique and Treat, a high-end beauty supply retailer. Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro serves up the area's...  Read More

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Loreto Plaza is a wonderful shopping center on upper State Street that doesn't look like much. A large parking lot and a row of shops. People who don't know better drive past it all the time, on their way to the freeway or even other shopping...  Read More

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Built in 1872 to handle incoming freight and passengers, Stearns Wharf is one of the coast's oldest wooden piers. These days, following renovations in 1982, the wharf is a magnet for tourists, who come to gaze out on the Channel and shop its...  Read More

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La Cumbre Plaza

La Cumbre Plaza is one of Santa Barbara's two outdoor malls. Lush landscaping and pretty architectural details create a Mediterranean feeling, while a host of stores and restaurants provide plenty of outlets for your hard-earned cash. Sears and...  Read More

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La Arcada
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives

This quaint, character-filled shopping venue is as good for relaxing as it is for shopping. Marked by a multi-faced, chiming clock, the entrance leads to a variety of pleasant shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries. If the folks...  Read More

Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants

Of course boutique shopping is lovely - especially when you're visiting a new city - but sometimes you just need to find a set of shops that satisfies the whole family. A place where you can find shoes for Mom, gadgets for Dad, toys for the kids...  Read More

This Santa Barbara shopping center is a must-visit for hungry people and food enthusiasts. Part of a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown, this indoor spot contains an artisanal grocery area, as well as over a dozen specialty...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva

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