Gourmet Grub: The Best Gourmet Stores in Santa Barbara

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. 



Isabella Gourmet Foods is a charming independent shop located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara that specializes in gourmet edibles. Pick up ingredients for your meal or grab a fresh, ready-to-eat meat out of the refrigerated cases....  Read More



This elixir bar and superfood store is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and attached to Divintree Yoga Studio. Kotuku serves fresh juices and tonics as well as vegan bento boxes that are perfect for lunch. Here you can buy many...  Read More



Have a sweet tooth? Head to Chocolate Maya for a truly decadent treat. This dreamy little chocolate shop is not far from the beach, and yet it seems worlds away. Painted in exotic jewel colors, this gem of a shop is paradise for chocoholics....  Read More

C'est Cheese
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Every relaxed vacation town needs a proper cheesemonger. You need cheese for picnics, cheese for cocktail parties, cheese for lavish weddings and movie premieres. C'est Cheese is a delectably stinky cheese mecca, packed with varieties from near...  Read More

Vices and Spices
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Vices and Spices is a gem of a shop that has been a neighborhood favorite for decades. Settled in on upper State in the San Roque area, this specialty cafe and store serves up delicious beverages (caffeinated and otherwise) in a relaxed,...  Read More



il Fustino is the place to get specialty cooking oils and vinegars in Santa Barbara. Its name is Italian for "the tank," referencing the stainless steel containers that their oils and vinegars are stored in. This traditional bulk storage method...  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

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We begin with a warning: do not even think about setting foot in this specialty deli unless you are prepared to buy a handful of assorted delicacies you didn't even know you needed. That said, if you are the type of person that likes discovering...  Read More



You're sure to find something new with each visit to the Whole Foods Market in Santa Barbara. The deluxe grocery store sells gourmet food items, fresh seafood and meat, locally grown vegetables, sustainable beauty supplies and so much more. Hot...  Read More



Lazy Acres is a market in the Mesa neighborhood of Santa Barbara that is so much fancier than your average grocery store. This deluxe shop sells everything you need, from baked goods and beauty products to seafood and sundries. You'll find the...  Read More


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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