You can spend an entire day out of strolling State St. Restaurants, shops, cinemas. Was amazed at the increase in the number of homeless folks.
On our first visit to Santa Barbara, we were unprepared for this busy shopping district, but pleasantly surprised. We were expecting an older, more quaint downtown with a few gift shops and restaurants. We were blown away by the sheer numbers of stores, both upscale and mid-range. It was a little overwhelming at first, but once you find parking (on... More
Turn off state street and head for anacapa and other side streets for the happening funk zone. We ate and drank at les marchands; cheese platter was good, shared a nice bottle of local sauvignon blanc. The space not so good, not quite sure what it is -- too cavernous, no windows. Also tried municipal wine company down the street;... More
This was disappointing, as I had been to State Street many years ago, and was excited to walk up and down the street again and do a little shopping. I was confronted with homeless people all over the place, sitting on the benches all along the street, and on the ground outside many of the stores. I was asked several... More
There is a lot of great shopping and many restaurants on State Street. Parking lots and garages are reasonably priced. The area is very attractive and clean. The only drawback is there are many homeless, some aggressively panhandle, and we were surprised by the open drug use in front of one of the move theaters. We didn't feel threatened but... More
Has a European flair. There are sidewalk cafes, interesting stores, lots of people watching. Nice walking street! You can with a gelato , next to the Granada theater. next go to the Museum of Art. You can continue window shopping. make sure to visit La Arcada Court. have lunch at the "Chase"restaurant. keep going all the way to Cabrillo Blvd... More
Lots of stores, big variety of middling restaurants. Arlinglon Theater is a must see. Most of the better restaurants are on side streets leading off State Street or in Montecito.
The street itself is lovely enough to inspire photos, Not many bargains in terms of shops and restaurants, and more and more chains are moving in, but it remains a worthwhile stroll.
Come on down during the day and watch the visitors gawk at other visitors and buy from stores for visitors. Or come on down at night and party at high priced bars and generally bad restaurants. That's this street.
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