The rambler's guide to Santa Barbara

Where to Eat

For a small town, Santa Barbara has a full range of eateries, from casual taco joint to fine dining. Many are scattered on State and its neighboring streets.

Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

Not far off the beaten path, this is where the locals go. Renaud’s serves breakfast and lunch as well as beautifully-crafted French pastries like macarons, tarts and eclairs.

La Super Rica Taqueria

There will undoubtedly be a line when you visit this roadside taco stand with white walls and turquoise trim. It’s worth the wait, especially for the rajas taco! The food is fresh, inexpensive and authentic.


Great for vegetarians and health-conscious-eaters alike, this vegan restaurant makes delicious meals in a home-like setting. Bonus - the desserts get rave reviews & the patio is dog-friendly!

Enterprise Fish Co.

A seafood restaurant situated close to the waterfront, showcasing the usual marina decor and fresh fare. It’s spacious for groups and carries the beach-vibe which makes you want to celebrate even if there’s no occasion.

Where to Sip & Socialize

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely spot to sip some vino or a cup of joe, there are lovely places to sit and enjoy a beverage.

The French Press

Their new location on Anacapa is spacious, modern and welcoming - with plenty of seating both inside and out. Rivaling as one of the best coffee-makers in town, it gets especially mobbed on Farmers Market days. Otherwise it’s a nice, quiet spot to savor a latte.

Handlebar Coffee

Rivaling as the other best coffee-maker in town, the husband and wife team roast their own beans in-house. The outdoor patio and rustic aesthetic are inviting in all the ways you want a coffee shop to be.

Deep Sea Tasting Room

Once you get past the tourist scene along the pier, and ascend the stairs to this wine bar, you will be greeted by a panoramic view of Santa Barbara’s waterfront. Pair the scenery with a wine flight at the indoor bar or a bottle on the deck and a pleasant afternoon awaits.


This middle eastern restaurant has a patio to boast about - lights are strung throughout the trees and guests are treated to a personal fire pit in the middle of each table, creating a lovely setting at night. It’s a great place to stop for drinks and apps with a date or a group.

What to See

The beach is an obvious choice, with various nooks along the shore to soak up some rays. Nestled around town are some attractive things to do on land.

Farmers Market

You would never know there’s such a thing as seasons when you see this impressive array of produce. Even if you aren’t shopping, this market hosts enough eye candy for an exciting stroll.

Courthouse Docent

A gorgeously preserved mission-style building, open to visitors. Take a peek inside the court room for a beautiful piece of history, then make your way up to the observation deck for a 360 view of the city. The pristine lawn is a lovely place to take some photos.

Santa Barbara Bowl

A perfectly located music venue, just on the outskirts of downtown, perched on a hill with views of the ocean and nestled amongst the trees. Check out their concert schedule to plan on seeing a show here.

Where to Shop

State Street has such an idyllic appearance that even the Old Navy and Marshall’s appear enticing. There are mostly the run-of-the-mill chain stores, ranging from department stores to mall shops to the local teen boutiques. The stand out spots might just be for home decor.

Raoul’s Textiles

Hand-printed contemporary fabrics and home decor for the Santa Barbara homestead. Textiles are hand-made in town, down the road from their retail store. For a locally-made, artistic souvenir, pick up a colorful pillow or beach bag.

Industry Home

A carefully curated boutique, filled with inspiring furniture, art and home decor. Unique pieces will catch your eye as you look around the petite space and feel overtaken with Southern California charm.