On my most recent trip to Santa Barbara, my mom and I came across the Public Market on Victoria Street. The SB Public Market is a great spot for shopping and grabbing a bite to eat or drink. They have everything from juice bars, wine and cupcakes to pasta, meat, seafood and so much more! It’s a unique collection of regional artisans that offers everything you can imagine in locally sourced and sustainably made foods. So of course, I wanted to buy something from every purveyor.
When we first walked in, we stopped at the Juice Well for some free samples. As most juice bars, it was a little pricey — but if you’re in need for something super healthy and fresh, it’s worth it (or of course, if you have the extra cash, then go for it!). The Forager’s Pantry is a great option too for a quick heathy drink or bite to eat, and if you’re looking for a gift or on-the-go supplies! I grabbed a super delicious tea drink and some fruit – it reminded me of a mini Whole Foods, but a little cheaper and much more local – which I appreciate 🙂
My mom and I were immediately drawn to the delicious smell of Rori’s Artisanal Creamery — so delicious and creamy! And across from Rori’s is Enjoy Cupcakes, which are also so delicious and very tempting. They both have the cutest shops too (as you can see below). And if I wasn’t married yet, I would definitely have Enjoy Cupcakes cater my wedding events. They have the sweetest décor — you have to check out their site.
In the middle of the Market you can find local professionals stopping for lunch at The Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, The Pasta Shoppe, Flagstone Pantry and further back you can find Belcampo Meat Co. and Santa Monica Seafood. All offer delicious, freshly made and locally sourced food — perfect for lunch, happy hour or dinner.
My mom and I decided to grab lunch from Belcampo Meat Co. to take on our train ride home. Belcampo offers a selection of sandwiches, salads and sides – all meat and produce is sourced from their own farm at the foot of Mount Shasta. (Bonus: they also offer a breakfast burrito from 8-11am daily — I must get that next time!). My mom and I ordered the Chicken Salad sandwich to-go and later enjoyed it on the train – it was delicious!
If you’re looking for smaller bites and/or specialty items, there’s also Crazy Good Bread, Culture Counter (cheese and salami), Green Star Coffee, Il Fustino (oils and vinegars) and Wine + Beer (of course, this is a must). And last but not least, The Kitchen offers classes and demonstrations for events, private parties and local chef highlights. The kitchen is to die for, and it’s connected to a beautiful formal dining area.
As mentioned, the Public Market is not only a great spot to grab a bite to eat or drink, but also to meet friends, pick up items to-go and shop for gifts. All of the suppliers are unique in their own way, but more importantly, all offer local sourced and sustainably made foods. I was recently in New York and visited the Chelsea Market, which was much larger, but just as fun. I’m loving these local markets popping up around — such a great way to promote local artisans!
I definitely recommend checking out The SB Public Market next time you’re in Santa Barbara. It’s such a fun, unique setting with something to offer everyone! Stay up to date with SBPM in the social world and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest & Facebook– they post beautiful photos (warning: it will make your mouth water) and they just started “first Thursday nights”!
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[The Santa Barbara Market is located at 38 West Victoria Street]
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