Whether it is shopping you want or just a nice stroll through a beautiful town, State street is the place. We walked all the way up and down State street our first night in town and there were so many cool places we would have wanted to explore if we had more time in town. State street is like one of those perfect settings for a romantic comedy where the fledgling couple goes and gets ice cream and walks down this great little street giggling and gazing into each other's eyes as the sun goes down.
A lovely walk around the heart and soul of downtown Santa Barbara is the walk up and down State Street. There are various shops, malls (Paseo Nuevo and La Arcada), restaurants, professional services as well as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art all along this tree-lined street.
If you get tired of walking there is the Santa Barbara Electric Trolley which traverses State Street on a regular basis. If you visit during the holidays you may see the trolley with a pilgrim's hat on for Thanksgiving or a Santa hat at Christmastime.
Stop in and have a coffee at Pierre La Fond or pastry at Andersen's restaurant or perhaps a plate of nachos at the State and A.
Window shopping is free and highly recommended.
State Street is in the heart of Santa Barbara. There's a lot of restaurants and shopping opportunities on this street. You can find restaurants of many styles here: Chinese, American, Italian, etc. The street is pretty festive and can become crowded. This street is pretty long (it extends all the way to near the coast), so do be prepared to walk a lot.
Well, this log might be a little redundant, not only because I list it for the nightlife, but also because it is the one area that you are guaranteed to be hanging out while in Santa Barbara. The street starts at Stearn’s Warf, (at Cabrillo Blvd, where you might have seen the statue of dolphins), and runs all the way up directly through downtown SB. (State Street eventually turns into Hollister Ave, incase you get confused) this street and buildings are designed in Spanish-Moore motif lined with local shops, bars, movie theaters, restaurants, a nice outdoor mall (Paseo Nuevo Mall). The shopping and bar area starts a couple blocks up from the ocean, but you can walk it easily.
Enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice-cream when people watching after a hard day of window shopping.
State Street is located in the downtown area amongst the many specialty shops restaurants & some outdoor cafes. Get a walking map and explore the many historical buildings. Major department stores include Macy's, Nordstrom's and Sak's Fifth Avenue. Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center is an outside mall located off of State Street.
Historical Area is in purple and includes a walking map. Don't miss the old adobes and courthouse.
There are many unusual & realistic sculptures along State Street. The gators remind me more of Florida than California.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art - Did not get to see the museum but it is a starred attraction. Displays include American, Asian, 19th century European, contemporary, Greek & Roman antiquities, & photography. Located at: 1130 State Street.
Take a walk or drive down State Street which is considered to be downtown Santa Barbara. This is where it's all happening day or night. This strip is full of shops, resturaunts and Paseo Nuevo shopping center and will keep you busy for the better part of the day and night if you like to eat, shop and people watch. Since the weather in Santa Barbara is always pretty mild, State street is usually full of people of all walks of life.
Great place to shop, eat, drink and people watch.
State Street, from Stearn's Wharf all the way through town, was designed for tourists. It has alot of little shops along it, a novelty eatery, a French bakery(which I was impressed with), and many consumer staples any American should be familiar with by now.
Surfing has been on eof my favourite things to do in Santa Barbara for years.
Check out my other tip for more info...!
State street is the broadway in Santa Barbara. pretty good, but pricy sandwich place in the centrum. All so a good sport store is located in state street.
The State Street area of Santa Barbara is where the cultural center location is for everything. It's where the nightlife is and the restaurants and a lot of fine architecture and history.
State Street is the main shopping district with a large variety of stores, restaurants and historical buildings close by. Shown is one of the colorful alleyways off State Street.