The Santa Barbara Public Market is a unique collection of local companies and restaurants corralled in a beautiful downtown structure on the corner of West Victoria and Chapala street. Opened in 2013, the market brings together a variety of cuisines and offers everything from ice cream to artisanal olive oils. The next time you’re in town, check it out and don’t miss the best spots with our guide:
As SB continually increases its dedication to organic food and local businesses, Green Star Coffee offers an excellent alternative to chain coffee shops. Purchasing only premium-quality, Fair Trade coffee, founders of Green Star pride themselves on excellent service, social-awareness and consistently great products. In the fall, we like to start the morning with a dirty chai; for summer, we recommend an iced latte to keep both caffeinated and refreshed throughout the day.
Corazon Cocina’s tacos are not only some of the most delicious in SB, they are hands down the most colorful and beautiful as well. With fresh ingredients including purple cabbage, radish and cilantro, Chef Ramon Velazquez creates authentic Mexican food with a special local flair. Try the La Corriente (spicy shrimp) or Chicken Mole tacos, or if you are looking for something even fresher order one of three different ceviche tostadas with a housemade agua fresca.
Wine + Beer is an intimate wine bar that transports you from Downtown SB to a chic, old-world tasting room where you are surrounded by bottles just waiting to be sampled. With over 12 craft beers on tap and hundred of constantly changing wine and champagne bottles, this store-meets-bar is the perfect place to find a new favorite. Part of the fun here is being able to walk up to any wall and pull the most intriguing bottle of wine at random, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Rori’s Artisanal Creamery has become a bit of hot spot in Santa Barbara. With locals abuzz talking about unique flavors, excellent quality and homemade touch, it is safe to say this spot isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s hard to go wrong with any scoop here, but we recommend the lemon curd, cinnamon toast cereal crunch or malted milk ball for your first cone!
Empty Bowl, the “gourmet noodle bar,” offers a highly curated menu, focusing of course on noodle dishes with authentic, spicy Thai and Asian fusion flavors. Perfect for quick but wholesome meals on the go, the spot already has an avid following. We recommend sharing an order of the larb lettuce tacos to start, followed by the Tom Yum noodle-only if you can handle the heat! For something a little more mild but equally delicious, try the Bangkok Street Noodle made with BBQ pork, vegetables and fresh cilantro.