The Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is one of the city’s most eclectic and lively neighborhoods. Bordered by lower State Street and the waterfront of East Beach, the Funk Zone consists of several walkable blocks and hosts a variety of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, breweries, local boutiques, art galleries, and more. Below is a guide to all of the best places to eat, drink, and shop in the Funk Zone – all of which can be visited in the course of one day!
Seaside Maker’s Collective
The Seaside Makers Collective is a shop that sells goods made by local artisans, which makes it the perfect place to find a unique Santa Barbara souvenir or gift! The store also hosts The Grapeseed Company, which is a custom scent bar that produces beauty products made from local ingredients.
Channel Islands Surfboards
Not only does this place make and sell custom boards, it also provides a variety of swimwear, clothing, and accessories. Channel Island Surfboards captures the Santa Barbara spirit and style in just one shop!
The Blue Door
The Blue Door hosts a collection of antique, hand-selected pieces of art, furniture, clothing, and accessories. In this three-story building, you will be able to hunt for vintage treasures and as well as some more modern pieces.
The Project / Corazon Cocina
The Project is a combined restaurant and tap room that is the home of Corazón Cocina. The dishes here present a unique, modernized twist on the flavors of Mexican street and market food. While enjoying a meal, you can walk towards the back of the building and purchase a craft beer from the connecting brewery, Captain Fatty’s.
One of the most popular restaurants in Santa Barbara, The Lark consistently serves meals that are made with locally sourced, responsibly grown, and seasonal ingredients from throughout the Central Coast. The food items are typically served family style and are intended for sharing.
Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant
A gourmet food shop, dining area, and staple of the Funk Zone. Metropulos Fine Foods serves a large assortment of specialty foods, charcuterie items, and beverages which are ideal for a picnic. You can also use their outdoor patio to dine on the delicious breakfast and lunches they provide from the shop ‘s kitchen.
A tiki-style, craft cocktail bar found in the heart of the Funk Zone! This joint is serving boozy and slushy tropical island inspired drinks in a fun atmosphere. Test Pilot is a rare find in a place like Santa Barbara so make sure to stop by!
Topa Topa is a brewery that originated in Ventura, CA and opened up a modern and spacious taproom in the Funk Zone. The beer selection is diverse and for those looking to explore more, the building it is located in also holds businesses like Fox Wine Co, Lama Dog Taproom, and The Nook Eatery.
Santa Barbara Winery
One of the most popular wine tasting rooms in the city and the heart of the Urban Wine Trail, Santa Barbara Winery is a must- visit for newcomers or tourists. Each wine sold here is made from grapes that are sourced from vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County. The tasting room and outdoor patio is a great place to relax, sip, and people-watch,
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