The Presidio Neighborhood is a vibrant few blocks in the heart of Santa Barbara, centered around the historical site of the last of the Spanish fortresses, or presidios, to be built in California. Encompassing what was also once the city’s Chinatown and Japantown, the neighborhood is now home to a variety of locally owned, intriguing shops, wine tasting rooms, world class restaurants, casual eateries, bars, coffee houses, and cultural treasures. Walking the neighborhood rewards the visitor with discoveries of hidden walkways, courtyards, and amazing architectural details set against the backdrop of the American Riviera and the Santa Ynez mountains.
Arlington Plaza features a curated collection of the very best locally owned dining, retail and service establishments in Santa Barbara. The collection includes Blossom Salon, Carlitos Cafe y Cantina, DIANI Boutique, DIANI Living, DIANI Shoes, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, The Travel Store, and Treat.
The plaza is located across the street from the iconic Arlington Theatre on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara’s historic cultural arts district. With signature Santa Barbara red tile roofs, patio dining that beckons, and a truly unique retail experience, Arlington Plaza offers something for everyone. The plaza offers over 30 complimentary parking spots for customers!
Tucked away in the center of Santa Barbara lies a piece of Santa Barbara history and one of its most unique jewels. In true Santa Barbara style, with entrances on State Street and Figueroa, La Arcada Plaza is a quaint and charming substitute for the larger malls. La Arcada Plaza boasts some of Santa Barbara’s top restaurants and art galleries as well as hosting a number of retail boutiques and services. Tile-lined walkways, fountains, sidewalk cafes and beautiful sculptures decorate the lush landscapes. Above the street level courtyard, La Arcada Plaza is also home to many businesses and firms.
Wine: Barbiere & Kempe Wines
Photo: Sevilla Square
The merchants of Sevilla Square have come together to create a unique neighborhood experience for locals and tourists alike to live as Barbarians do.
Built in 1943 the Sevilla Building has long been known as the Hub of lower State St. Taking Chapala, or Gutierrez streets will also lead you to this enclave of 20+ merchants providing some of the best treats in town.
Dine at D’Angelo’s Bakery, Back Yard Bowls, SB Roasting Company or Lilly’s Tocos -Desert from Chocolate Maya. Rejuvenate your mind at Yoga Soup, or your body at Juice Ranch. Find relaxing treatments at Le Rev Organic Spa, Carlyle Salon, Evolutions Medical Day Spa & Crimson.
Discover unique boutiques and shopping treasures at Folio Press, HOME, Haywards, Chapala & Parker and The Riviera Towel Company. Browse contemporary art collections at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (e.g.g) or get your precious art frame by the artisans at SB Frame Company.
Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, the three venues are within walking distance of each other, world class dining, retail shops, and other exciting cultural venues and events.
The Granada Theatre, the Lobero Theatre, and the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic are leaders in the performing arts community of Santa Barbara. By working together as the Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District, these three theaters are ushering in a new era of cooperative programming and access to the performing arts to Santa Barbara’s savvy patrons and presenters. Stay tuned for more announcements in this exciting collaboration, including multi-venue ticket packaging, convenient purchasing, volunteer opportunities, and more.
Paseo Nuevo is Santa Barbara’s premier outdoor shopping destination in the heart of downtown! The beautiful paseos, courts and terrace lend a perfect setting for taking a rest during a busy day of shopping.
Paseo Nuevo is now open! Temporary hours are 11am to 6pm daily. It’s recommended that vulnerable guests visit from 11am to 12pm daily. Limited stores are open, call ahead as hours may vary. Please bring a face covering to enter a business.
Dine: 805 Boba, California Pasta, California Pizza Kitchen, Eureka!, Le Macaron French Pastries, Oak Berry Acai Bowls, Panda Express, Pickles & Swiss, Pressed Juicery, See's Candies, Sushi Tyme, Sweet Creams, Tondi Gelato
Shop: American Eagle, AVEDA, Bath & Body Works, Claire's, Dylan Star, Evangelina Boutique, Foot Locker, GameStop, Gap, Gap Kids, Hollister, Iconic Boutique Collections, Inspire, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, MAC, Miss Behavin', PacSun, Sephora, Skechers, Solstice Sunglasses, Sun Barbara Fun, Sweet Luxx, Te Amo, The Walking Company, Tokyo, Victorias Secret, Viva Santa Barbara, XO Aesthetics, Zitzilin Imports, Zumiez
OLD TOWN / EL PUEBLO VIEJO
This distinctive look of "El Pueblo Viejo" — the City’s core historic district — rose from the rubble and serves today to set Santa Barbara apart. Our renowned Hispanic architecture is defined by red tile roofs, white stucco walls, decorative wrought iron on windows, balconies, and walls handrails, and decorative tiles. Lush landscaping provides color and contrast. The charm and history of the city permeates its buildings and public spaces, bringing to life the cultural tapestry of Santa Barbara.
Dine: Yona Redz, The Drunken Crab, Cubaneo, Modern Times, Zen Yai, Himalayan Kitchen, Galanga, The Cruisery, Pascucci, The Natural Cafe, Sandbar, Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, Cold Stone Creamery, SB Craft Ramen, Patxi's Pizza, Joe's Cafe, The Palace Grill, Baja Sharkeez, Uncle Rocco's Famous NY Pizza, Starbucks, Crazy Jims Tacos, JJ's Diners