Best friends shopping in downtown Santa Barbara on State Street.

All of the Best Things to Do on State Street, Santa Barbara

The bustling heart of Santa Barbara’s city center, State Street, is so rich in culture and excitement that you won’t want to leave. Take a stroll in sunny SoCal and check out all of the shops, restaurants, bars, and cultural landmarks that make State Street one of a kind.


With everything from name brand, big-box retailers to locally owned shops that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, State Street has exactly what you need to build the perfect shopping spree. Grab some fresh wax for your surfboard at The Beach House, or try on a hip, new outfit at one of the local boutiques in La Arcada Court. There’s enough shopping on State Street to keep you busy all day!


A day of exploring State Street’s countless shops and attractions is bound to leave you with an empty tank. Luckily, this historic street has plenty of amazing restaurants where you can sit down and refuel with some of Santa Barbara’s best food. Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious taco or a more eclectic dining experience, it doesn’t matter. State Street has the place you’re looking for. With over 25 unique restaurants, no one leaves with an empty stomach.

Breweries and Wineries

Santa Barbara is home to some of California’s best breweries and wineries, many of which can be found right on State Street. Unwind at Santa Barbara Brewing Company or check out part of Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail and stop by the Santa Barbara Winery. When it comes to bars and attractions for those who are 21 and older, State Street definitely doesn’t disappoint.  

The Farmers Market

Every Tuesday afternoon on State Street is your chance to buy some of the best locally grown produce in Santa Barbara. From 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m in the winter and 4 p.m to 7:30 p.m in the summer, State Street’s Farmers Market is open for business. With an assortment of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices, all of the ingredients for a delicious home-cooked meal are right under your nose!

Moxi Museum

Although the Moxi Museum is an architectural marvel from the outside, there is even more to discover behind its magnificent facade. The goal of the museum is to inspire creativity and curiosity about the world around us through contemporary art and interactive exhibits that focus on science and technology. A perfect place to step out of the heat for a few hours, the Moxi Museum is a fantastic destination for curious minds of all ages.  

Make the Cheshire Cat Inn Your Home Away From Home

As beautiful as Santa Barbara is, it’s tough to find accommodations that meet that same standard of beauty. However, the Cheshire Cat Inn comes pretty close! With an impressive number of luxurious rooms to choose from, the finest amenities, and delicious breakfast, our Inn is sure to make your stay in Santa Barbara a memorable one.

For a truly exquisite stay, take a look at The Cheshire Cat room. This lavish room features high ceilings, a walk-in shower, a comfortable queen bed, and an inviting sitting area. Beautiful weather and fun times await in Southern California. Book your stay now!


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