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Address: State Street, Highway 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone Number: 8059621311

Seven straight miles of shops.

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Shops and Food

I hesitated in giving it a 4 rather than a 3 but it is a nice street with lots to offer. I guess it depends on what you are after. If its food, drinks, shops then its great. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marijana D
Melbourne, Australia
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Yoxall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a usual downtown area which is vastly enhanced when the farmers market is presence. The main issue they have always had us joining up the state street area from the pier to downtown and under the PCH. Because this area isn't good and you get a lot of homeless around there. There seems to be a lot of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I hesitated in giving it a 4 rather than a 3 but it is a nice street with lots to offer. I guess it depends on what you are after. If its food, drinks, shops then its great. We did a bit of walking up and down but as we weren't there to shop we just sat on a bench... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice wide, safe street with an endless choice of eateries. Really comes alive at weekends when the young guns hit the bars lower down the street. Up at the top is where corporate lives and not surprisingly there are a number of classy places there. The buildings are generally beautiful to look at in particular a couple of the theatres.... More 

Thank Steve K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Seems to be like any part of Californian town. The usual shops from high end brands like Tiffany to the typical touristy ones selling folk Jewellery. The old cinema was very charming and worth a peek

Thank Senyum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely street to walk down. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at shops, restaurants, and people. State Street is clean, safe, and beautiful. There is a mix of chain retailers and local shops.

Thank Lebasi10
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are several great places to eat and drink on this street, and a handful of unique shops. But there are far too many junky shops and chain stores to hold my interest for long. Some of the old architecture makes up for the tourist tackiness, though. Be sure to walk through the Paseo.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A very nice and attractive downtown but marred by the incessant begging of homeless men. An otherwise very attractive place but extremely annoying to be constantly accosted for money. I'm not certain I know what to do about it. It made me feel very uncomfortable.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hi guys, I think this is one of the most beautiful city I have seen in California. This because it is not too big, the people are lovely and all the area is fantastic because seems you are in a different world. Having a walk in State Street in simply fantastic because you can see good shops, fantastic American people... More 

Thank Fabrizio G
County Kildare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The open air trolley bus is a great way to visit this wonderful bustling street. Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara, it really is a must-see. Being only about a mile long it is easy to also walk it up and down. Packed with all kinds of interesting shops and restaurants. It has some well known shops and lots... More 

Thank Joanie R
Orange, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I was younger,my here were so many boutique-type shops and restaurants. There are still a number of individual restaurants, but shopping has become your "normal" stores that you find most elsewhere. I took friends visiting from another state. We tried to find unique items to take back home, but no luck. There are so many beautiful, serene places in... More 

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