Downtown Santa Barbara is characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture. From the local area schools to the East to the Pier and ocean to the South, The Mesa hills to the West and the Santa Barbara Mission and Riviera to the North, Downtown Santa Barbara offers a vast array of cultural and culinary experiences.
From a play at the Granada or Lobero Theatres, to street performances and fine shopping, downtown Santa Barbara is a treat for tourists and locals alike. Downtown Santa Barbara offers the business and services options of a much larger city as well as having quaint shops and restaurants and world class entertainment venues.
Lush landscaping and historic Spanish Colonial architecture permeates State Street where Trolly shuttles run up and down for convenience. Other notable factors include all of the traditional parades, the weekly farmers markets, and all the other civic activities that take place regularly.