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Shopping

Santa Barbara Shopping

Santa Barbara is filled with a wide variety of arts and craft stores, cozy antique shops, fashion boutiques, shopping malls, and specialty stores. From upscale venues like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, to warehouse stores like Costco and Home Depot, Santa Barbara offers a wide variety of shopping options. Following are a few of the most popular shopping areas, spanning Montecito to downtown State Street and continuing north to the neighboring city of Goleta.

 

Montecito:

Coast Village RoadCoast Village Road boasts a wide variety of restaurants, real estate offices, banks, upscale boutiques, hotels, art galleries, jewelry stores, ice cream & gelato shops, etc.   Coast Village Road has been compared to Rodeo Drive but on a smaller, more laid back scale.

Upper Village – The upper village refers to a small shopping area between San Ysidro Road and Santa Angela Lane.  Stores here include a hardware store, grocery store, stationery store, bookshop, a frame & art store, photo shop, two jewelry stores, fragrance shops, drugstore, coffee shop, deli, real estate offices, antique stores, architects, dry cleaners, cheese shop, clothing boutiques, and three Italian restaurants. The Montecito Village Shopping Center is indeed the hub of this unique community.

Downtown:

Paseo Nuevo – Paseo Nuevo is a favorite shopping destination for locals and visitors alike. Here you will discover an outdoor world of Spanish-style courtyards, winding pathways, gently flowing fountains and lush tropical flowers. Stores at Paseo Nuevo include Nordstrom, Macy’s, and more than 50 specialty shops and restaurants.  Along with its noteworthy shoe department, Santa Barbara shoppers have consistently ranked the restroom facilities at Nordstrom as first rate and a “must see”!

El Paseo – 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 amongst romantic gardens and Spanish courtyards.  El Paseo Mexican Restaurants is a

La Arcada – 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.

Upper State Street:

La Cumbre Plaza – 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 anchor stores, Macy’s and Sears, and more than 60 shops and restaurants.  Parking at La Cumbre Plaza is free to all shoppers, 7 days per week.

Five Points Shopping Center – Located at the intersection of State Street and La Cumbre Road, the Five Points Shopping Center provides one stop shopping for cost conscious shoppers seeking daily essentials.  Anchor stores include Vons Grocery Store, Big Five Sporting Goods and Ross Dress For Less, along with specialty shops and a variety of family friendly restaurants.

 Goleta:

Camino Real Marketplace – Camino Real Marketplace introduced warehouse shopping to Santa Barbara in 1998.  Here shoppers can load up on essential goods at Costco and Home Depot. In addition, the complex features several boutique and specialty stores, restaurants, Starbucks café, Borders, and a multi-screen movie theater

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