A short hour and half drive from LA, you can find yourself in Santa Barbara, a sophisticated city with a small-town beachy feel. Today, you can walk down State Street and experience a relaxed atmosphere with access to a number of elegant stores, wonderful restaurants, and famous wineries in the area.
1. Santa Barbara Yoga Center
32 East Micheltorana St.
The Santa Barbara Yoga Center has been around since 1992. It currently offers a wide array of classes including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Yin Yoga, dynamic flow, Pranayama, and pre- and post-natal classes. Throughout the year, workshops and teacher trainings are taught by guest faculty including Eric Schiffman, Paul Grilley, and Sarah Powers. Massage, Rolfing, and Craniosacral work are also offered at the studio. The Odara Yoga Boutique has a great selection of yoga props and gifts and is conveniently located next door.
805.965.6045 – santabarbarayogacenter.com
2. Pierre Lafondbistrot
516 State Street
This French bistro offers yerba mate chai and soy mate lattes as well as a stunning selection of cakes and pastries. The restaurant is the State Street home of Lafond wine, brought in from Pierre Lafond’s own winery and vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills.
805.962.1455 – lafondwinery.com
3. Kim3 International Furnishings
1117 State Street
This international clothing store is one of six of its kind. Carrying furniture from over 20 different countries, Kim3 specializes in furniture from China and upholstery from the Philippines. Owner Kim Mascheroni-Kieler hand picks all of the items that are sold in her store.
805.966.0989 – kim3.com
4. Antique Alley
706 State Street
Filled with various antiques – ranging from old juicers and ice cream makers to vintage posters and antique jewelry – this novelty store has a lot to choose from. The store is separated into different stalls, and each vendor has a wide variety to offer.
5. Mon Petit Bijou
922 State Street
Aptly named “my little jewel,” this European children’s clothing store is owned by the husband and wife team of Jan Marco and Joanna Von Yurt. Mon Petit Bijou offers toys and clothing from England, France, and Germany for children up to eight years old. Heirloom gifts, elegant cribs, carriages and silver are available; registries can be requested. Specialty items, such as reproductions of FabergÃ© eggs and bugaboo strollers, are also for sale.
805.568.1616 – monpetitbijou.com
736 State Street
Mingei specializes in Japanese folk art from the beginning of the 20th century onwards, although items up to 4000 years old can be found here. Mingei has been open since 1981 and continues to invite interested customers through its doors. 95% of the inventory is imported from Japan.
7. India House
518/522 State Street
This store is set up like an outdoor market, offering a multitude of products imported from India by the owners’ family. Jeweled slippers, throw pillows, wall hangings, and home furnishings are available as well as a wide array of Indian clothing.
805.966.3670 – indiahouseusa.com
8. The Natural CafÃ© and Juice Bar
508 State Street
As its name suggests, the Natural CafÃ© offers natural food and juices. Sandwiches, salads, burgers and pastas are some of the many items on the menu. There are plenty of options for vegetarians and hungry, healthy kids.
805.962.9494 – thenaturalcafe.com
9. Spirit’s Path
506 State Street
Adjoined to the Natural CafÃ©, but under separate ownership, is Spirit's Path. The greater part of this store sells a wide variety of gifts, candles, incense and statues for the home. 15% of the store is devoted to vitamins, herbs, and natural body care.
10. The Natural CafÃ© and Juice Bar
508 State Street
As its name infers, the Natural CafÃ© offers natural food and juices. Sandwiches, salads, burgers and pastas are some of the many items on the menu. There are plenty of options for vegetarians and hungry, healthy kids.
805.962.9494 – thenaturalcafe.com
100 E. Canon Perdida
The Sojourner CafÃ© has been offering healthy wholesome food since 1978. Currently open seven days a week from 11am to 11pm (10pm on Sundays), the Sojourner serves mostly vegetarian food–some dishes with a Mexican or Indian influence. There are a number of choices for vegans. Hot drinks such as steamed carob milk, yerba mate, and chai are also on the menu. Homemade desserts are delicious and baked fresh each day.
805.965.7922 – sojournercafe.com
1115 State Street
Camille day spa specializes in French therapies based on medicinal water treatments such as Thalossotherapy and hydrotherapy. Massages, facials, and waxing can be booked as well as hair treatments of any kind. The upstairs of the spa houses the Essentials Store, which stocks a wide selection of beauty products.
805.899.4883 – camillethedayspa.com
In 2002, Jenni Muhlethaler decided that State St. needed a boutique that would solely sell yoga-related merchandise. Drishti came into fruition shortly thereafter and remains one of the only stand-alone yoga stores in the community. Yoga clothes, mats, books, props, and jewelry are some of the items available.
805.965.6045 – drishtiyoga.com