One of Santa Barbara’s most well known neighborhoods, the Santa Barbara Funk Zone is famous as a destination for art and wine lovers. Looking at what makes the area special, we put together a short guide of what to enjoy in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Art Galleries

Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone keeps its cool reputation by maintaining a steady flow of world-class art coming through its galleries. Stop by for a tour of any art gallery in the Funk Zone, and guarantee yourself something special by checking out the Wolf Museum of Exploration, or the Silo Gallerie.

Great Restaurants

Some of Santa Barbara’s best and newest restaurants are located in the Funk Zone, making it a neighborhood worth grabbing a bite in. We’re particularly fond of the inventive New American food at The Lark, and also have to recommend grabbing some local seafood from Enterprise Fish Co.

Special Tours

There are a number of tours that run out of the Funk Zone, offering unique ways to explore Santa Barbara. Eat This Shoot That is a favorite amongst travelers, as it focuses on great food and great photo ops around town. You can also find Segway of Santa Barbara in the Funk Zone for a new-age toy to cruise around on.

Wine Tasting

Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone is known as much for its excellent wine scene as it is for its art galleries. Many of the world-famous local wineries have set up shop here with tasting rooms for travelers to stop by. Pali Wine and Santa Barbara Winery are cant-fails, but honestly, any room in the neighborhood will blow your socks off with great varietals.

Access To The Rest Of Santa Barbara

This neighborhood is centrally located and within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants on State Street, the coast and Hotel Milo on Cabrillo Boulevard. This means you can eat a seafood dinner on the world-famous Stearns Wharf and then stroll over to the Funk Zone for wine tasting and some gallery touring in the same evening.

Discover More of Santa Barbara

Planning a getaway to Santa Barbara? Explore America’s Riviera with Hotel Milo, and get more local recommendations on our Santa Barbara blog.