Downtown Santa Barbara Stores Satisfy the Urge to Splurge

If you're looking to spend a little fun money, downtown Santa Barbara is the place to go. There are oodles of shops big and small, but the very best ones are locally owned. This list shares the ten best stores in downtown Santa Barbara and includes many independent retailers that you won't find anywhere else!

Ladies with the urge to splurge will be delighted by the high-end designer fashion at Wendy Foster, Diani Boutique and A Tropical Affair. Even the thrifty-minded will enjoy browsing the racks at Lola, a designer consignment boutique.

For unique gifts and treasures, try Lewis & Clark or the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Store. Both are bursting at the seams with home goods, jewelry, books and much more. Locally handcrafted jewelry can also be found at either Lovebird Boutique location. In fact, if you're lucky the designer might even be working when you visit.

Music lovers should seek out Warbler Records. In addition to new and used vinyl, turntables and band merchandise, Warbler also stocks books, cards and sundries, many crafted by local artists. 

These downtown stores are all within easy walking distance of one another, and there are plenty of parking and dining options in the area, too. Downtown Santa Barbara: it's the perfect way to spend a day!

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An almost-secret boutique that hides in a quiet shopping center tucked just off bustling State Street, Lola Boutique sells both designer consignment and new women's apparel, accessories and jewelry. Browse the racks of colorful high-fashion duds...  Read More



A store for shoppers of all ages, whether you're a group of art afficionados or not. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Store is home to an assortment of treasures and souvenirs that you won't find anywhere else. Of course there are wonderful art...  Read More



Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Do you enjoy antiques, jewelry and whimsical home goods? You do?! Well then Lewis & Clark is the destination for you. Located in the charming La Arcada courtyard, this small shop is packed with treasures...  Read More



Wendy Foster is a gorgeous, high-end women's fashion boutique located in the center of downtown that epitomizes Santa Barbara style. Look for classic shapes in luxury fabrics as well as seasonal pieces with a Southern California-vibe. In...  Read More



Vinyl records still exist. Better yet, new ones are constantly in production. But where do you go to buy them? Why, the local record store, of course. Enter Warbler Records & Goods, Santa Barbara's most awesome (in this expert's opinion)...  Read More

DIANI Boutique
Photo courtesy of Lola Boutique


A calm haven for beachy fashionistas, DIANI Boutique specializes in quality, fashion forward women's apparel with a sophisticated yet relaxed vibe. Designer pieces by Cynthia Vincent, Lemlem, Theory, and many more hang from gorgeously simplistic...  Read More



Lovebird is an adorable boutique that features locally crafted jewelry and other beautiful (and often affordable) adornments for women. Owner Jennifer Scarbrough designs and makes most of the jewelry pieces herself, giving you the opportunity to...  Read More



For those with a love of all things vintage, Punch Interieur is a little slice of heaven right on State Street. The candy colors and sparkling surfaces might momentarily overwhelm your senses upon arrival, but as soon as you eyes adjust and have...  Read More

Rocket Fizz
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If you have a sweet tooth, Rocket Fizz is like heaven on earth. This soda pop and candy shop is packed to the brim with almost 100% pure sugar. There are hard-to-find candies from around the world, unusual sodas and all kinds of other unexpected...  Read More

A Tropical Affair Lingerie & Bikinis
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If you're in search of an itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini (or pair of frilly panties), this boutique is the place to be! A shopping mainstay in Santa Barbara for over a decade, A Tropical Affair carries designer lingerie and...  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