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Address: State Street, Highway 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone Number: 8059621311
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Seven straight miles of shops.

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Downtown Santa Barbara is very pedestrian-friendly. One can walk the length of State Street from the top end of town down to the pier at its base. That is a long walk, but there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sam M
Manila, Philippines

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Manila, Philippines
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Downtown Santa Barbara is very pedestrian-friendly. One can walk the length of State Street from the top end of town down to the pier at its base. That is a long walk, but there are numerous places to eat, shop, sit and rest along the way. There is also a trolley that runs up and down state Street, if the... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you make it to Santa Barbara...this is the street you have to visit!! It has it all from clothing stores to places to eat and drink! If you like to just sit and relax or even people watch...you will love it

Thank CrazyGeno
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46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed close to State Street and loved the atmosphere here. So much to see and do. Lots of independent stores and restaurants, everything from coffee shops to fine dining, theatre, cinemas, and an art gallery. We found lots of things expensive so be prepared to spend. One thing that we didn't expect were the number of homeless people who... More 

Thank ChesterMacs
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure why Santa Barbara doesn't control it's homeless problem! We visited this weekend and I have to say I was frightened by the aggressiveness of the homeless on State Street. We were near the art museum and they were congregating near what I believe was the public library. They were very loud and made us very uncomfortable. One... More 

Thank mmillerCalifornia
Imperial Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What i love about this street it's that you can see all types of business, its very tourist friendly, everything it's easy to find, you will feel secure at all times.

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San Clemente, California
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beautiful weather helped make our walk up and down State Street that much more enjoyable. Everything from a '99 Cent Only Store' to 'Macy's', to 'Forever 21', to 'Free People' 'Heavenly Couture', 'Gap', 'Rite Aid', 'Starbucks', just to name a few of the stores we visited. Except that cars drive up and down the picturesque tree lined street, it's... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From Stearns Wharf up to El Paseo and Paseo Nuevo is a great street to shop, saunter, absorbs the essence of Santa Barbara. Upper State is more suburban; mini malls, chain stores&restaurants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plenty to do here if you: Like to people watch Like to shop Like to walk Like to eat Like to drink Like movies Like to see a city with an active lifestyle (bikes) There are bars and restaurants and sweet shoppes. Something for everyone.

Thank Rubten
Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

State Street is the place to go to feel the heartbeat of the city. Here is where you will find the majority of restaurants and shops. There are usually many people strolling the sidewalks, which makes for a feeling of good energy. Sadly, many of the unique shops that used to make State Street a special place are long gone,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As I was only in Santa Barbara for a short time, I wanted to hit the high points and experience local life. While State St was nice, it was a prototypical shopping area that really lacked any interesting stores. The location and architecture were beautiful. If short on time, choose the beach or the courthouse!

Thank Adam H

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