A Santa Barbara Walking Tour from State to the Funk Zone

Red roofs and adobe whitewashed walls are only a small part of the beauty in Santa Barbara. Stroll and enjoy gourmet restaurants and the many tasting rooms.
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Ditch the car for the day and take this walking tour of downtown Santa Barbara. Showing off the American Riviera at its best, the itinerary rambles from historic paseos flanked by whitewashed adobe walls to the bustling food and drink scene of the Funk Zone.

 

5 Destinations from State Street to the Funk Zone

5 Places to Visit from State Street to the Funk Zone

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    Scarlett Begonia

    This restaurant treats breakfast with gourmet sensibilities. It serves morning guests on the quaint patio of Victoria Court, away from the constant chatter of State Street. Start with a biscuit sampler, then opt for lemon-ricotta pancakes.

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    County Courthouse

    Head to the top of the clock tower to take in views of red-tiled roofs, mountains and sea. Then stop at tasting rooms in the Wine Collection of El PaseoLa Arcada and Casa de la Guerra open-air malls.

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    Handlebar & C’est Cheese

    Get a freshly roasted cup of coffee at Handlebar while you admire the historic Spanish outpost at El Presidio de Santa Báarbara State Historic Park. Around the corner, C’est Cheese features deliciously gooey lunches.

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    Funk Zone

    Hit this hip district for pintxos, paella and Spanish-influenced gin and tonics at Loquita. Finish with a Oaxacan Dead cocktail at Test Pilot, a modern spin on the tiki bar.

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    Waterfront

    Meander along the harbor to catch the best views in town. Then ride the Lil’ Toot water taxi to Stearns Wharf for oysters at the Shellfish Company and a glass from Deep Sea wines.

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Published on July 18, 2017
Topics: Travel
About the Author
Matt Kettmann
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.

Email: mkettmann@wineenthusiast.net.


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