Santa Barbara Shopping

paseo nuevo shopping mall

My wife and I are big fans of the small, locally owned boutiques and shops here in Santa Barbara, but also appreciate access to some of the bigger brand name stores, like Pier One, REI, Costco and Ace Hardware.

For mall aficionados, there is Paseo Nuevo downtown, an outdoor mall anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s, and the La Cumbre Plaza with Sears and J. Crew. To feel like you’ve just stepped into a small town in Spain, don’t miss La Arcada, between Anapamu and Figueroa Streets on State Street, where you’ll find wine tasting, restaurants, art galleries and an amazing chocolatier.

el paseo shopping on state street

Of course, most of State Street is a trove of shops selling clothing, gifts, jewelry, art, antiques, furniture, sporting goods, shoes and more. But tucked in every corner of Santa Barbara, you’ll find a surprising variety of retail shops—even a water store.

If you’ve got a shoe addict in the family, you may want to keep them away from the Deckers facility in Goleta, where they have a retail area selling all of their brands, including Teva and UGG. That could get expensive!