12 Best Places to Shop in The Central Coast, California

El Paseo

Fodor's choice

Wine-tasting rooms, shops, art galleries, and studios share the courtyard and gardens of this historic arcade.

State Street

Fodor's choice

Between Cabrillo Boulevard and Sola Street, State Street is a shopper's paradise. Chic malls, quirky storefronts, antiques emporia, elegant boutiques, and funky thrift shops abound. Numerous community activities take place at Paseo Nuevo, an open-air mall in the 700 block. Shops, restaurants, galleries, and fountains line the tiled walkways of La Arcada, a small complex of landscaped courtyards in the 1100 block designed by architect Myron Hunt in 1926.

Book Den

Bibliophiles have browsed for new, used, and out-of-print books at this independent shop since 1933.

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Channel Islands Surfboards

Come here for top-of-the-line surfboards and the latest in California beachwear, sandals, and accessories.

Chaucer's Bookstore

This well-stocked independent shop is a favorite of many locals.


This upscale, European-style women's boutique dresses clients in designer clothing from around the world. Sibling shoe and home-and-garden shops are nearby.

Paso Robles Market Walk

Taste wine and craft beer, feast on ramen bowls, burgers, and sweet treats, and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in this upscale public market in a residential area six blocks north of City Park. The eclectic collection of purveyors showcases the products of local chefs, vintners, and makers—all committed to sustainable business practices.  Book a room in one of the six luxury lofts on the market's second floor for convenient dining and shopping before or after wine touring.

Santa Barbara Public Market

A dozen food and beverage vendors occupy this spacious arts district galleria. Stock up on gourmet goodies; sip on handcrafted wines and beers while watching sports events; and nosh on noodle bowls, sushi, artisanal ice cream, and savory street tacos.


Santa Barbara–based SeaVees makes and sells casual, comfortable, '60s-style California sneakers that have a classy, dressed-up flair.

24 E. Mason St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, USA
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Serious antiques hunters head southeast of Santa Barbara to Summerland, which is full of shops and markets. Several good ones are along Lillie Avenue and Ortega Hill Road.

Surf N Wear's Beach House

This shop carries surf clothing, gear, and collectibles; it's also the home of Santa Barbara Surf Shop and the exclusive local dealer of Surfboards by Yater.

Wendy Foster

This store sells casual-chic women's fashions at its flagship store downtown and four other outlets around the county.