There's a new shopping experience in downtown Santa Barbara, and it's guaranteed to delight anyone with taste buds! Santa Barbara Public Market hosts a collection of food and beverage purveyors under one roof.
Not unlike the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Public Market is divided into stalls for individual business that each serve up something unique and delicious. This eco-friendly, artisanal shopping center is part of the Alma del Pueblo mixed-use development and a Santa Barbara attraction that's not to be missed. It's the perfect place for tasting wine, grabbing a meal or picking up souvenirs.
Santa Barbara Public Market unites multiple specialty vendors in one seamless shopping experience — Photo courtesy of Alma del Pueblo
Here is a list of the carefully curated vendors in Santa Barbara Public Market:
- Belcampo Meat Co. - Grab fresh cuts of sustainably-raised meats and poultry, or try their already legendary burger, hot off the grill.
- Crazy Good Bread Co. - Try a loaf of their lovingly made bread, the ideal companion for meats, cheeses and jams.
- Culture Counter - Speaking of meats and cheeses, this is the place to go. They also sell cones of assorted charcuterie and cheese you can snack on.
- Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar - Asian-style noodles at their best! Pull up a seat at the bar, or get an order of Boat Noodles to go. And their papaya salad is to die for!
- Enjoy Cupcakes - Get full-sized cupcakes or enjoy a cupcake tasting that lets you try six minis. Outlandishly delicious flavors include Chocolate Blackberry Syrah and Buttered Caramel Popcorn.
- Flagstone Pantry - Pick up freshly made salads or sandwiches to go. This spot's ideal for lunch on the run.
- Green Star Coffee - Thirsty? Sip a Certified Organic Fair Trade coffee or tea here, and then buy a bag to take home with you.
- Il Fustino - They've got olive oils and vinegars that are out of this world. Their 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar is so tasty you will want to eat it with a spoon.
- JuiceWell - Health is wealth at JuiceWell. Snap up a fresh bottle of fruit or veggie juice or purchase a multi-day cleanse.
- Rori's Artisinal Creamery - Rich locally made ice creams can be bought by the cone, scoop or to-go container here.
- Santa Monica Seafood - Buy fresh fish and shellfish to take home, or enjoy a meal at their bar. Santa Monica Seafood's known for great oysters.
- The Pasta Shoppe - Watch noodles get made by hand at this Italian eatery. Take them home, or eat spaghetti onsite.
- Wine + Beer - This popular beer and wine bar serves both by the glass and by the bottle.
In addition to specialty food and drink vendors, there is also a grocer and commissary kitchen at Santa Barbara Public Market. The groceries offered in Foragers Pantry range from the mundane to exotic. Whether you need supplies for your hotel room or a little something extra for a picnic, this is a quick and fun place to pick it up.
The Kitchen is a commercial kitchen space that is available for rent for private events and pop-up dinners. The calendar here often has slots set aside for local chefs to show off their skills outside of a traditional restaurant setting.
Santa Barbara Public Market open its doors for business each morning at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (Although each vendor may have slightly different hours.) Park in the free lot under the building, in the city lot across the way or find street parking.
Public Market is located near many of downtown Santa Barbara's best theaters, parks and restaurants, so it's the perfect place to visit before or after a planned activity. But be warned: once you set foot inside, it is very easy to lose track of time!