Santa Barbara Shopping: Boutiques, Bookstores and More in the San Roque Neighborhood

Have you been to the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara? It's where a lot of regular, wonderful locals live, and, as a result, it's where a lot of rather wonderful stores are hidden. 

If you've exhausted the shopping in downtown Santa Barbara (which is great, by the way), head uptown to San Roque to see what it's all about. Sure, you'll have to drive a little more since there's no central hub, but there are some magical places to discover.

Chief among them is Chaucer's, Santa Barbara's best local bookstore since 1974. If you even kind of, sort of like books, you will love this store. There are stacks upon stacks of volumes, including novels, nonfiction and DIY manuals. There's also an amazing children's section. Looking for a gift? You will love their free gift wrapping services. 

Is luxury more your style? Pop into Tiffany & Co in La Cumbre Plaza for baubles that sparkle and shine. Or visit Purrmission Lingerie for designer unmentionables and swimwear. 

Other stores in the area include treats for gourmands, like the amazing French loafs at Our Daily Bread or the delicious cheese and charcuterie at Whole Foods. 

From women's wear and camping gear to rare liquors and fancy olive oils, San Roque has it all. So grab your wallet and your reusable bags and get out there!



CircaTerra Travel Outfitters is your Santa Barbara resource for quality travel products and friendly, knowledgeable staffStaff here are passionate about finding the appropriate solutions for your travel needs. This travel amenities store carries...  Read More



Looking for some booze? We feel ya! Whether you're in the mood for wine, beer or something stronger, this hidden gem of a liquor store has you covered! Tucked along the side of upper State Street, not far from other shops and restaurants but...  Read More



Our Daily Bread has been a Santa Barbara favorite since it first opened its doors in 1981. Beloved for their fresh-baked breads and crazy good pastries, Our Daily Bread is a great stop whether you're shopping for bread to accompany a gourmet...  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



Fancy baubles? Check. Diamond rings? Check. Giant splurges? Also check. When you're looking to splash out on a little luxury, look no further than Tiffany & Co. in La Cumbre Plaza, just a short drive from downtown Santa Barbara. This...  Read More



J.Crew is a preppy shopper's mecca, ideal for ladies who lunch (and ladies who want to lunch). Stop in here when you want a fresh new outfit from head to toe. They stock socks, shoes, pants, shirts, dresses, handbags, hair accessories, jewelry...  Read More



Life can't be lives in sweatpants alone! When you're looking for something a little more saucy - and a little more supportive - visit Purrmission Lingerie in the charming San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara. This intimate boutique is...  Read More

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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



Chaucer's is THE bookstore in Santa Barbara. This independent book seller opened it's doors in 1974, and it's only gotten better as the decades roll by. Whether you're looking for a mystery novel, an art book, a work of nonfiction or something...  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