It’s no surprise that the uniqueness of Santa Barbara translates into its indie coffee shops. Stay away from the big box java stops and enjoy the brews by the locals.
The French Press -1101 State St., SB, 93101, 805.963.2721
Right in downtown, and with their own in-house roasted coffees, pastries and cookies, it’s more than a worthwhile break from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Whether you sit indoors or outdoors on the back patio, you will enjoy the generous portions. There’s also a private parking lot when you want to make it your direct destination. There is another location at 528 Anacapa St.
Vices & Spices From Around the World – 3558 State St., SB, 93105, 805.687.7196
Candy and tea and coffee? Oh My! This eclectic stop is part knick-knacks, part boutique, and lots of coffee and teas. Around since 1975, this is a spot to sit for a while – maybe even play a game of chess – and enjoy the quiet life for a bit. There’s a selection of gifts, greeting cards and teas to take with you as you go.
Coffee Cat – 1201 Anacapa St., SB, 93101, 805.962.7164
Right across from the courthouse, this spot, with its quirky vibe, is where you can grab a cup o’ joe and a bite to eat after you tour. While always busy, there’s lots of seating so you can grab a table in between your sight-seeing destinations.
Santa Barbara Roasting Company – 321 Motor Way, SB, 93101, 805.962.5213
Tell everyone you’re going to grab some java at “RoCo” and you’ll sound like a local. There’s a huge variety of coffees offered and they roast their own beans right there. This local favorite has been serving the community since 1989 and there’s no shortage of fans.
Handlebar Coffee Roasters – 128 E. Canon Perdido St., SB, 91301, handlebarcoffee.com
Roasting their own beans and offering pastries, this is a great morning stop before you set your sights on the town. They boast the roast of real vanilla beans for the vanilla latte. Who said vanilla was boring?