Santa Barbara is filled with innovative arts and craft stores, rare antique shops, fashion boutiques with designer clothes, shopping complexes, and specialty gift shops. From upscale venues like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, to "big box" warehouses such as Costco and Home Depot, Santa Barbara offers a wide variety of shopping venues. Following are a few of the most popular shopping areas, beginning with downtown on State Street and continuing north to the largest local mall in the neighboring city of Goleta.
651 Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo is one of Southern California's favorite get-away places. Here you'll discover a picturesque world of Spanish-style courtyards, winding paseos, gently flowing fountains and lush tropical flowers. Paseo Nuevo includes Nordstrom, Macy's, and more than 50 specialty shops. A unique selection of fine restaurants, art galleries and theaters await you, as well as a wide variety of the places you need to run everyday errands.
Major department stores:
Over 40 stores & restaurants, including:
Historic El Paseo, California's first shopping center, was built in the 1920s and features a variety of unique gift shops, jewelry stores, galleries and restaurants nestled amid romantic gardens and Spanish courtyards. The main entrance can be found in the 800 block of State Street near De la Guerra Street. of El Paseo.
Directions: Take the 101 freeway to Garden Street. Turn north towards the mountains. At the first stop light, turn left to go to the downtown area. Turn right on Santa Barbara St. Go up Santa Barbara St. a few blocks until you reach Figuroa St. Take a left on Figuroa St. Go a block and a half along Figuroa St. and turn right into the Figuroa St. parking garage. State Street is a few yards to the west of this parking garage. The west end of El Paseo is now just a block down State St.
1114 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
On the north end of the downtown State Street shopping district is La Arcada Court, a Spanish paseo and courtyard with exotic plants, trees, tiled fountains and an amazing collection of life-like bronze statues. La Arcada has a variety of interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and Cafes. At the heart of La Arcada is the popular Acapulco restaurant. A 16-foot-tall clock with Westminster chimes marks the State Street entrance to the arcade.
Directions: Take the 101 freeway to Garden Street. Turn north towards the mountains. At the first stop light, turn left to go to the downtown area. Turn right on Santa Barbara St. Go up Santa Barbara St. a few blocks until you reach Figuroa St. Take a left on Figuroa St. Go a block and a half along Figuroa St. and turn right into the Figuroa St. parking garage. The east entrance of La Arcada is at the base of this parking garage. The west entrance is on State St.
121 South Hope Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
One of Santa Barbara's largest shopping malls is La Cumbre Plaza, located on the 3800 block of upper State Street. Serving shoppers since 1967, it includes two department stores, Macy's and Sears, and more than 50 shops, restaurants, services and lots of parking. The shopping center derives its name from the highest point in the surrounding mountains, La Cumbre Peak. View the photo album of La Cumbre Plaza.
Southbound: 101 South, exit Hope/La Cumbre and turn left. La Cumbre Plaza will be on the right side of the street.
Northbound: Take 101 North and exit Hope/La Cumbre Ave. Turn left at light. La Cumbre Plaza will be on the right side of the street.
Bath & Body Works
Kay Bee Toys
Mrs. Fields Cookies
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
St. Paul Cleaners
The Walking Company
Tiffany & Co.
|Camino Real Marketplace introduced "big box" shopping to the South Coast . This includes giants such as Costco and Home Depot. In addition to several stores, the complex features ten restaurants and a first-run movie multiplex with stadium seating.|