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.
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
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 amid romantic gardens and Spanish
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 department stores, Robinsons-May and
Sears, and more than 60 shops, restaurants, services and lots of
Camino Real Marketplace -
Camino Real Marketplace introduced
"big box" shopping to Santa Barbara county. 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.