Public Market and Upper State Street

star star star star star
Santa Barbara, CA
Public Market and Upper State Street
pinit

Santa Barbara Public Market is a hip indoor space with cafes. The decor is attractive and modern, with an ivy-covered divider in one spot. For ice cream, you can't beat getting an itty bitty cone at Rori's Artisanal Creamery. Enjoy the fresh made waffle cone and a tiny scoop of gourmet ice cream, without the guilt! Milk Chocolate Chunk is the best flavor. Corazon Cocina has very fresh, healthy, and delicious tacos, especially the shrimp ones. Empty Bowl has amazing summer rolls and Thai noodles! You can eat outside, admiring the Spanish architecture all around.
Across the street from SB Public Market is the quaint architecture of Victoria Court. There are some tables in a shady courtyard, a pleasant place to sit. Upstairs is Soho, a classy bar with live music and an outdoor deck. On Victoria Street is the Ensemble Theatre Company, a theater in a former church with light blue trim.
San Marcos Courtyard is an exquisite walled courtyard on upper State Street. Its historical embellished friezes with busts at intervals enclose a Spanish fountain (that has now become a planter, in the drought). Early in the day is the best time to come because the courtyard catches sunlight in the morning- in the afternoon it can be chilly.
Next to San Marcos Courtyard, on Anapamu, is the small Karpeles Manuscript Library, where you can browse famous manuscripts for free. There is music notation by Beethoven, plus some paintings and sculptures. There are several of these libraries around the country.
Across the street from San Marcos Courtyard lies La Arcada, a Spanish paseo filled with historical details, fountains, sculptures, flags, flowerpots, and cute cafes. At night it comes alive with lights adorning everything! Santa Barbara Museum of Art, with great temporary exhibits and wonderful 19th century European paintings, is just steps away.
For more exquisite architecture, walk one block to the 1300 block of State Street and explore the entrance to the Arlington Theater. Wow! Creamy yellow columns and archways, colorful tilework, beauty everywhere. If you get a chance to go inside, you will be mesmerized by the little Spanish village within.
Other Spanish paseos and courtyards on State Street include El Paseo at the 800 block, a hidden paseo with Spanish arches, flags, and fruit vines growing up the whitewashed walls, and Paseo Nuevo at the 700 and 800 block, a mall with layer upon layer of lovely Spanish architecture- sit out by the jacuzzi fountains and enjoy!
Within walking distance from Victoria Court are two gorgeous parks. Tall regal trees and lush green lawns beckon you to stay a while. Check out Alameda Park with its castle playground called Kidsworld, and Alice Keck Park, where you'll find an abundance of flowering trees, plus a large pond with turtles, ducks, and koi.

Continue to directions...

Stop and look a while at the detail here- the entrance to San Marcos Courtyard.

Learn More

The ceiling in the entryway to San Marcos Courtyard, behind Peet's Coffee.

Learn More

The hallway that leads into San Marcos Courtyard.

Learn More

The embellished friezes of San Marcos Courtyard.

Learn More

The florid entrance to San Marcos Courtyard.

Learn More

Another bust engraving at San Marcos Courtyard.

Learn More

The lovely storefronts on State Street, this one above Spoon.

Learn More

Ensemble Theatre Company, which is pretty inside and out.

Learn More

The peaceful interior courtyard at Victoria Court.

Learn More

Somewhere tranquil to sit.

Learn More

The hallway that leads out from Victoria Court to State Street.

Learn More

Granada Theater, on the 1200 block of State St, in all its restored glory- it now features broadway shows!

Learn More

Arlington Theater, on the 1300 block of State St. An architectural paradise!

Learn More

The entrance to the Karpeles Manuscript Library, with its lovely lanterns.

Learn More

Inside the Karpeles Manuscript Library.

Learn More

San Marcos Courtyard. The fountain has been turned into a planter because of the drought.

Learn More

The ivy is a little dry in San Marcos Courtyard but it's still there!

Learn More

View as you exit Soho Restaurant and Music Lounge.

Learn More

Formerly a church, the blue-trimmed Ensemble Theatre Company is so sweet, on the corner of Chapala and Victoria St.

Learn More

Public Market at night.

Learn More

Rori's Creamery inside Public Market- a treat!

Learn More

Green Star Coffee, in the Public Market.

Learn More

Public Market is in a cute area.

Learn More

Outside Public Market.

Learn More

A popular spot in the Public Market.

Learn More

Cute lights at a place selling desserts in the Public Market.

Learn More

Inside Public Market.

Learn More

Alma del Pueblo, a Spanish-style condo development on Victoria Street near Public Market.

Learn More

Open Air Bicycles and its amazing bougainvillea.

Learn More

The magical entrance to Arlington Theater.

Learn More

The courtyard in front of Arlington Theater.

Learn More

Looking out toward the street from Arlington Theater.

Learn More

The lovely Arlington Theater.

Learn More

Star chandeliers at Arlington Theater, in the courtyard entrance area.

Learn More

Alma del Pueblo, a condo development next to Public Market.

Learn More

The outdoor seating for Public Market is adorable.

Learn More

Dining at Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina.

Learn More

Outdoor seating at the Public Market, with the cute historical Victoria Court theater behind.

Learn More

Outdoor seating at the Public Market at night.

Learn More

Detail on walls of San Marcos Courtyard.

Learn More

Directions

Santa Barbara Public Market is located at 38 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. There is parking in the Victoria Court parking lot, called "Lot 5" on google maps, entered at 1230 Chapala Street.
San Marcos Courtyard is on the 1100 block of State St.
You can walk into Victoria Court from the 1200 block of State St.
Soho's Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St, call (805) 962-7776.
Ensemble Theatre Company, 33 W. Victoria Street, call (805) 965-5400.
Rori's Artisanal Creamery, 38 W. Victoria St, call (805) 845-2223.
Corazon Cocina, 38 W. Victoria St, call (805) 845-0282.
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 W. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara CA 93101, call (805) 962-5322. Open Wed-Sun 12-4. Entrance is free.

map

Click on map for interactive view

star star star star star

Lefort

2020-04-28 08:26:18

It's a good pic spot.

star star star star star

Paul L.

2017-04-21 18:01:19

Warm weather. Enjoying this small town life...Have fun

star star star star star

Steve

2009-11-06 05:40:00

oh the old plaza

star star star star star

Lane

2009-10-14 22:20:00

Peets has a sick mocha freddo- try it!

star star star star star

Abeline

2009-10-14 22:03:00

The courtyard behind Peets Coffee is great- quiet, good place for a chat with friends.

star star star star star

Robin

2009-10-06 20:46:00

I so wish I could be there! AMs before work...

Your Comment

Name
Rating
Description

Last Updated: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:42:53 GMT

Text and Image copyright: © 2006-2024 LotsaFunMaps.com.
Copying prohibited. Contact the editor | Facebook | Blog | Old Blog